Politics in Question

By Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner

Join hosts Lee Drutman, Julia Azari, and James Wallner, three lively experts on American political institutions and reform, as they imagine and argue over what American politics could look like if citizens questioned everything.

  1. 1.
    Should lawmakers be afraid of taking votes?
    51:13
  2. 2.
    Should House Republicans fire Liz Cheney?
    41:07
  3. 3.
    Is American democracy backsliding?
    1:10:59
  4. 4.
    Can Biden transform American politics?
    45:05
  5. 5.
    What does presidential rhetoric say about the state of American politics?
    35:22
  6. 6.
    Why can't Congress do its job?
    38:38
  7. 7.
    What are the prospects for elections reform at the federal level?
    49:04
  8. 8.
    How do independent voters impact American politics?
    49:22
  1. 9.
    How does conspiracism impact American Politics?
    57:16
  2. 10.
    What makes American democracy work?
    59:16
  3. 11.
    Who disciplines bad behavior in government?
    54:39
  4. 12.
    Did the filibuster break the Senate?
    59:40
  5. 13.
    Will Americans pay for government if they don't trust it?
    56:10
  6. 14.
    Why do Americans celebrate presidential inaugurations?
    31:11
  7. 15.
    What is the future of the Republican Party?
    1:02:52
  8. 16.
    Will Congress change how it operates in 2021?
    1:01:29
  9. 17.
    What is the best way to pick United States senators?
    1:13:28
  10. 18.
    How did losing to Trump in 2016 help Democrats win the presidency in 2020?
    59:40
  11. 19.
    Does it really matter which party controls Congress next year?
    43:33
  12. 20.
    Can a new agency improve national elections in America?
    1:02:13
  13. 21.
    How should Americans interpret the results of the 2020 election?
    1:04:11
  14. 22.
    Did American democracy win on Election Day?
    1:13:48
  15. 23.
    Do presidential debates help Americans make better choices when they vote?
    45:55
  16. 24.
    Should the Democrats play hardball in 2021?
    55:39
  17. 25.
    How should the United States select its judges?
    52:38
  18. 26.
    How well do our political parties represent us in government?
    55:40
  19. 27.
    What can we learn from other nations about pernicious polarization in the United States?
    1:04:54
  20. 28.
    How will the debate to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg end?
    51:14
  21. 29.
    What did the political conventions tell us about the state of the 2020 presidential campaign?
    58:53
  22. 30.
    How important is expertise and experience in Congress?
    49:07
  23. 31.
    What Are the Pillars of Democracy?
    1:07:55
  24. 32.
    How did the suffrage movement win the right to vote for all women in the United States?
    58:22
  25. 33.
    When should Americans remove statues of historical figures from the nation's public square?
    1:02:30
  26. 34.
    How is identity politics impacting the 2020 presidential election?
    1:00:56
  27. 35.
    How do Republicans win elections?
    1:18:57
  28. 36.
    What will a Biden presidency look like?
    49:39
  29. 37.
    How will public opinion on democracy impact the 2020 presidential election?
    54:07
  30. 38.
    How did the Great Migration help shape today's politics?
    58:28
  31. 39.
    What will it take to achieve racial justice in American politics?
    52:47
  32. 40.
    What are the politics of protest?
    1:07:47
  33. 41.
    What values are essential in a successful democracy?
    1:07:31
  34. 42.
    How do democratic self-governments respond to extremism?
    57:34
  35. 43.
    What role do norms and values play in democratic self-government?
    1:06:55
  36. 44.
    How does populism threaten democracy around the world?
    1:06:01
  37. 45.
    Does incivility weaken or strengthen democracy?
    59:59
  38. 46.
    Will Americans hold the government accountable for its pandemic response?
    1:10:22
  39. 47.
    Did the media create political polarization?
    53:12
  40. 48.
    The Never Trump Movement: Emergent Faction or Dwindling Group of Has-Beens?
    55:36
  41. 49.
    How will COVID-19 impact the November elections?
    48:43
  42. 50.
    Do ideas or interests drive our politics?
    52:25

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