Democracy Works

By Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy/The Democracy Group

The Democracy Works podcast 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 who study democracy, as well as people who are out there doing the hard work of democracy day in and day out. The show’s name comes from Pennsylvania’s long tradition of iron and steel works — people coming together to build things greater than the sum of their parts. We believe that democracy is the same way. Each of us has a role to play in building and sustaining a healthy democracy and our show is all about helping people understand what that means. Democracy Works is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.

  1. 1.
    Your guide to ranked-choice voting [rebroadcast]
    39:44
  2. 2.
    Is it possible to overdo democracy? [rebroadcast]
    41:58
  3. 3.
    Looking back to move forward
    29:17
  4. 4.
    The people vs. the bureaucrats in Flint
    39:12
  5. 5.
    There is no "I" in democracy
    41:09
  6. 6.
    How democracies can win the war on reality
    40:35
  7. 7.
    Conspiracism finds a home on the intellectual right
    30:58
  8. 8.
    The Federalist Society's ideas have consequences for democracy
    45:08
  1. 9.
    Colored Conventions show us where democracy really happens
    42:36
  2. 10.
    Can pranksters save democracy?
    30:42
  3. 11.
    Public schools, not government schools
    44:45
  4. 12.
    Reforming criminal justice from the inside out
    41:57
  5. 13.
    Laboratories of restricting democracy
    42:20
  6. 14.
    Danielle Allen on achieving democracy's ideals
    36:11
  7. 15.
    Reimagining citizenship in a consumer world
    38:08
  8. 16.
    Understanding — and addressing — domestic terrorism
    35:30
  9. 17.
    Anne Applebaum on why democracy is not inevitable
    44:55
  10. 18.
    The long road to a multiracial democracy
    28:24
  11. 19.
    A path forward for social media and democracy
    39:07
  12. 20.
    Will Alexei Navalny make Russia more democratic?
    36:49
  13. 21.
    Direct democracy's dark side
    37:07
  14. 22.
    Check out our partners in The Democracy Group
    2:20
  15. 23.
    Extreme maps, extreme politics
    39:04
  16. 24.
    American democracy's violent disruption
    33:09
  17. 25.
    What neoliberalism left behind [rebroadcast]
    39:59
  18. 26.
    How conspiracies are damaging democracy [rebroadcast]
    37:16
  19. 27.
    Did democracy work in 2020?
    28:59
  20. 28.
    The people want pot
    41:42
  21. 29.
    What really motivates Trump supporters
    38:39
  22. 30.
    The myth of the "Latino vote"
    37:45
  23. 31.
    Can corporations be democratic citizens?
    29:55
  24. 32.
    Is common ground hiding in plain sight?
    31:43
  25. 33.
    When four threats to democracy collide
    34:24
  26. 34.
    Wynton Marsalis on democracy as jazz and The Ever Fonky Lowdown
    36:41
  27. 35.
    News deserts are democracy deserts, too
    42:48
  28. 36.
    The Supreme Court's politics and power
    43:21
  29. 37.
    The perfect storm for election disaster
    35:12
  30. 38.
    The 2020 election from WPSU's Take Note
    36:08
  31. 39.
    Hong Kong's fight is everyone's fight
    37:10
  32. 40.
    Sheriffs 101
    39:35
  33. 41.
    Students learn, students vote
    39:25
  34. 42.
    A dark side to "laboratories of democracy"
    39:37
  35. 43.
    A fall preview — with a new cohost!
    39:39
  36. 44.
    YIMBYs and NIMBYs in a democracy
    39:14
  37. 45.
    After 100 years, there's still no "woman voter"
    31:05
  38. 46.
    She Votes! — Susan B. Anthony and "voting while female"
    32:55
  39. 47.
    Reason in politics and hope for democracy
    30:21
  40. 48.
    The people who choose the President
    42:09
  41. 49.
    Broken Ground: Robert Bullard on environmental justice
    22:47
  42. 50.
    The world's most punitive democracy [revisited]
    38:49

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