Democracy Works

Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

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What does it mean to live in a democracy? Democracy Works seeks to answer that question by examining a different aspect of democratic life each week — from voting to criminal justice to the free press and everything in between. We interview experts w...Show More


38:13 | Nov 18th, 2019

Ranked-choice voting has been in the news a lot lately. It was adopted in New York City’s November 2019 election, used for the first time in U.S. Congressional elections last year, and will be the met...Show More
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danny recommended:

That was great! My take-away was that while ranked-choice voting isn't necessarily perfect its easier to implement than other changes, peopl...Show More

36:53 | Aug 19th, 2019

From Pizzagate to Jeffrey Epstein, conspiracies seem to be more prominent than ever in American political discourse. What was once confined to the pages of supermarket tabloids is now all over our med...Show More
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Excellent episode during the current state of the media/news industry. Where has the art of fact-checking gone? Why people turn to conspirac...Show More

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46:21 | Jun 24th, 2019

Is the United States really a democracy? What will the EU look like in 50 years? What should 2020 candidates be doing to demonstrate civility? Those are just a few of the questions we received from De...Show More
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danny recommended:

Yay! My question got answered. I asked: What's the future of geopolitical unions like EU? Enjoyed the answer, which talked about future gl...Show More

02:10 | Apr 25th, 2019

We are excited to announce our first ever Democracy Works listener mailbag episode! We’ve covered a lot of ground on the show over the past year, but there’s still many more questions to answer — and ...Show More
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jspinelle recommended:

Do you have a question about democracy? I want to hear it!

39:23 | Mar 25th, 2019

20 years ago, Srdja Popovic was part of a revolution — literally. He was a founding member of the Otpor! movement that ousted Serbia Slobodan Milsovic from power in 1999. It’s easy to characterize soc...Show More
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I know a podcast works when I buy the book right after!

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