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THE DEMOCRACY TEST
with Heather Cox Richardson and Neal Conan
The presidency of Donald Trump has sparked a national conversation .Is our democracy at risk? Across the country, scholars, activists and citizens are taking stock.  With an eye on how democracies have failed throughout history, and on the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe, they ask the question … can it happen here? The Democracy Test gives a broad and diverse national platform to this work as we seek to understand what is truly unique in this moment of our nation’s history, what brought us here, and what it would take to emerge with an even stronger understanding of what democracy means in America and what we can do now to move toward an even stronger expression of  its ideals.

Truth, Politics and Power TRUTH, POLITICS AND POWER

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    • 4.7, 101 Ratings

THE DEMOCRACY TEST
with Heather Cox Richardson and Neal Conan
The presidency of Donald Trump has sparked a national conversation .Is our democracy at risk? Across the country, scholars, activists and citizens are taking stock.  With an eye on how democracies have failed throughout history, and on the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe, they ask the question … can it happen here? The Democracy Test gives a broad and diverse national platform to this work as we seek to understand what is truly unique in this moment of our nation’s history, what brought us here, and what it would take to emerge with an even stronger understanding of what democracy means in America and what we can do now to move toward an even stronger expression of  its ideals.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

sarahbargs ,

Timely and timeless

This is a welcome change from the breaking-news podcasts I usually listen to. Well-researched, with great guests, The Democracy Test makes the effort to place our current absurdity into historical context. How bad is it today, Neal Conan asks? Pretty bad! But we’ve come through worse.

This is a realistic but measured look at politics and American life today. It leaves me feeling inspired instead of exhausted.

SnuggleBearRunner ,

Relevant and engaging

The democracy test brought me to this gem of a podcast. I am not a huge history fan yet I find the material in this podcast leaves me understanding more about the similarities between politics today and those in the past. I’m also interested to learn more about the past and inspired to deal constructively with people who have different political views. Thank you!

SammyNM ,

Come back!

I’m so sad this podcast couldn’t get enough funding to keep going. I found it late and am still working through older episodes but it is outstanding. I hope they’ll find a way to make it back on-air.

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