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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.
    The myth of the "Latino vote"11/30/2020
    38:54
  2. 2.
    Can corporations be democratic citizens?11/23/2020
    30:25
  3. 3.
    Is common ground hiding in plain sight?11/16/2020
    31:43
  4. 4.
    When four threats to democracy collide11/09/2020
    34:54
  5. 5.
    Wynton Marsalis on democracy as jazz and The Ever Fonky Lowdown11/02/2020
    37:26
  6. 6.
    News deserts are democracy deserts, too10/26/2020
    43:17
  7. 7.
    The Supreme Court's politics and power10/19/2020
    44:51
  8. 8.
    The perfect storm for election disaster10/12/2020
    36:59
  1. 9.
    The 2020 election from WPSU's Take Note10/05/2020
    37:41
  2. 10.
    Hong Kong's fight is everyone's fight09/28/2020
    37:41
  3. 11.
    Sheriffs 10109/21/2020
    39:35
  4. 12.
    Students learn, students vote09/14/2020
    40:17
  5. 13.
    A dark side to "laboratories of democracy"09/07/2020
    40:10
  6. 14.
    A fall preview — with a new cohost!08/31/2020
    40:09
  7. 15.
    YIMBYs and NIMBYs in a democracy08/24/2020
    39:46
  8. 16.
    After 100 years, there's still no "woman voter"08/17/2020
    31:35
  9. 17.
    She Votes! — Susan B. Anthony and "voting while female"08/10/2020
    33:25
  10. 18.
    Reason in politics and hope for democracy08/03/2020
    30:54
  11. 19.
    The people who choose the President07/27/2020
    42:39
  12. 20.
    Broken Ground: Robert Bullard on environmental justice07/20/2020
    23:17
  13. 21.
    The world's most punitive democracy [revisited]07/13/2020
    39:18
  14. 22.
    Suspect citizens in a democracy [revisited]07/06/2020
    36:59
  15. 23.
    The second annual Democracy Works listener mailbag06/29/2020
    40:10
  16. 24.
    How to end democracy’s doom loop06/22/2020
    44:27
  17. 25.
    The clumsy journey to antiracism06/15/2020
    35:22
  18. 26.
    Civil rights, civil unrest06/08/2020
    40:39
  19. 27.
    Aaron Maybin on doing the hard work of democracy [rebroadcast]06/03/2020
    34:25
  20. 28.
    Free speech from the Founding Fathers to Twitter06/01/2020
    42:37
  21. 29.
    Bonus: Mayors and bipartisanship during COVID-1905/29/2020
    19:56
  22. 30.
    The people vs. the experts — and those caught in the middle05/25/2020
    36:00
  23. 31.
    China’s role in the COVID-19 infodemic05/18/2020
    35:42
  24. 32.
    A roadmap to a more equitable democracy05/11/2020
    40:25
  25. 33.
    Trust, facts, and democracy in a polarized world05/04/2020
    41:49
  26. 34.
    Bonus: Civic engagement, social distancing, and democracy reform05/01/2020
    37:58
  27. 35.
    Give me liberty or give me COVID-19?04/27/2020
    34:42
  28. 36.
    Bonus: COVID-19 and Democracy with The Democracy Group04/24/2020
    55:04
  29. 37.
    Federalism in uncertain times04/20/2020
    36:15
  30. 38.
    Will COVID-19 create a one-issue campaign?04/13/2020
    39:34
  31. 39.
    Public health depends on the Census04/06/2020
    39:22
  32. 40.
    Free and fair elections during a pandemic03/30/2020
    42:29
  33. 41.
    COVID-19 exposes democracy’s tensions03/23/2020
    43:01
  34. 42.
    Populism is not a monolith03/16/2020
    37:11
  35. 43.
    Swamp Stories: Cashing In03/09/2020
    25:50
  36. 44.
    The promise and peril of early voting03/02/2020
    36:55
  37. 45.
    Breaking down Black politics02/24/2020
    34:36
  38. 46.
    Does Congress promote partisan gridlock?02/17/2020
    41:09
  39. 47.
    How states are working to keep your vote safe02/10/2020
    37:02
  40. 48.
    Primaries, parties, and the public02/03/2020
    40:42
  41. 49.
    The connective tissue of democracy01/27/2020
    37:04
  42. 50.
    How the Tea Party and the Resistance are upending politics01/20/2020
    41:51
  43. 51.
    A 2020 preview01/13/2020
    35:45
  44. 52.
    Grassroots organizing to “reboot” democracy [rebroadcast]01/06/2020
    37:15
  45. 53.
    E.J. Dionne on making America empathetic again [rebroadcast]12/30/2019
    36:12
  46. 54.
    Is it possible to overdo democracy?12/23/2019
    42:41
  47. 55.
    Chris Beem on democratic humility and virtues12/16/2019
    35:30
  48. 56.
    Next-generation democracy12/09/2019
    29:22
  49. 57.
    The democracy rebellion happening in states across the U.S.12/02/2019
    42:55
  50. 58.
    A roundtable on impeachment, institutions, and legitimacy11/25/2019
    56:01
  51. 59.
    Your guide to ranked-choice voting11/18/2019
    38:45
  52. 60.
    Latino immigrants and the changing makeup of American democracy11/11/2019
    42:20
  53. 61.
    Inside the world’s largest democracy11/04/2019
    39:20
  54. 62.
    Changing the climate conversation10/28/2019
    39:52
  55. 63.
    From political crisis to profound change10/21/2019
    38:11
  56. 64.
    Andrew Sullivan on democracy’s double-edged sword10/14/2019
    40:45
  57. 65.
    The case for open primaries10/07/2019
    35:20
  58. 66.
    Understanding impeachment — from the Federalist Papers to the whistleblower09/30/2019
    32:16
  59. 67.
    Street-level bureaucrats at the border09/23/2019
    39:59
  60. 68.
    Out of Order: A conversation with Mitch Landrieu and Margaret Carlson09/20/2019
    37:48
  61. 69.
    China’s threat to democracies around the world09/16/2019
    40:16
  62. 70.
    One state’s fight for fair maps09/09/2019
    36:01
  63. 71.
    How music transcends political polarization09/02/2019
    31:02
  64. 72.
    Doing the hard work of democracy in Baltimore09/01/2019
    43:57
  65. 73.
    How conspiracies are damaging democracy09/01/2019
    37:25
  66. 74.
    Defending the First Amendment and the Fourth Estate08/12/2019
    33:19
  67. 75.
    Standing up for science and fighting the climate wars [rebroadcast]08/05/2019
    38:28
  68. 76.
    Tracing the past, present, and future of protests07/29/2019
    27:21
  69. 77.
    A conversation about conversation [rebroadcast]07/22/2019
    33:58
  70. 78.
    Politics and Polls: Blue state federalism07/15/2019
    37:56
  71. 79.
    The Pledge: Are you scared of the cafeteria lady?07/15/2019
    18:22
  72. 80.
    How Democracies Die author Daniel Ziblatt on the “grinding work” of democracy [rebroadcast]07/08/2019
    33:12
  73. 81.
    A democracy summer reading list [rebroadcast]07/01/2019
    54:33
  74. 82.
    Answering your questions about democracy06/24/2019
    46:53
  75. 83.
    Congressional oversight and making America pragmatic again06/17/2019
    47:04
  76. 84.
    Will AI destroy democracy?06/10/2019
    39:54
  77. 85.
    The 2019 version of Democracy in America06/03/2019
    36:13
  78. 86.
    What neoliberalism left behind05/27/2019
    39:35
  79. 87.
    Demagogues are more common than you think05/20/2019
    39:13
  80. 88.
    What does the Mueller report mean for democracy?05/13/2019
    33:08
  81. 89.
    School segregation then and now05/06/2019
    39:51
  82. 90.
    What Serial taught Sarah Koenig about criminal justice — recorded live at Penn State04/29/2019
    34:03
  83. 91.
    Is it time to revive civility?04/22/2019
    36:38
  84. 92.
    E.J. Dionne on empathy and democracy04/15/2019
    34:33
  85. 93.
    No Jargon: Who controls the states?04/08/2019
    30:18
  86. 94.
    The ongoing struggle for civil rights04/08/2019
    37:32
  87. 95.
    Immigration, refugees, and the politics of displacement04/01/2019
    36:40
  88. 96.
    A playbook for organizing in turbulent times03/25/2019
    39:55
  89. 97.
    Jonathan Haidt on the psychology of democracy03/18/2019
    44:26
  90. 98.
    Future Hindsight: Ian Bremmer on the failure of globalism03/14/2019
    33:18
  91. 99.
    Brexit and the UK’s identity crisis03/11/2019
    28:59
  92. 100.
    Brazil’s tenuous relationship with democracy03/04/2019
    40:20
  93. 101.
    Yellow vests and the “grand debate” in France02/25/2019
    37:53
  94. 102.
    Viktor Orbán’s “velvet repression” in Hungary02/18/2019
    42:12
  95. 103.
    A brief history of “people power”02/11/2019
    41:10
  96. 104.
    The power of local government02/04/2019
    43:10
  97. 105.
    Using the tools of democracy to address economic inequality01/28/2019
    36:38
  98. 106.
    What is democracy? A conversation with Astra Taylor01/21/2019
    38:31
  99. 107.
    Trump on Earth: The Red State Paradox01/14/2019
    30:33
  100. 108.
    It’s good to be counted [rebroadcast]01/07/2019
    33:10
  101. 109.
    When states sue the federal government [rebroadcast]12/31/2018
    31:45
  102. 110.
    Citizenship, patriotism, and democracy in the classroom [rebroadcast]12/24/2018
    35:42
  103. 111.
    2018: The year in democracy12/17/2018
    39:14
  104. 112.
    The complicated relationship between campaign finance and democracy12/10/2018
    34:27
  105. 113.
    Bonus: Capturing the nation’s mood12/06/2018
    28:37
  106. 114.
    Are land-grant universities still “democracy’s colleges?”12/03/2018
    32:34
  107. 115.
    Norman Eisen’s love letter to democracy11/26/2018
    34:46
  108. 116.
    Winning the “democracy lottery”11/19/2018
    41:09
  109. 117.
    From soldier-statesman to the warrior ethos: Gen. Wesley Clark on the military and democracy11/12/2018
    40:13
  110. 118.
    Protecting democracy from foreign interference — recorded live at the National Press Club11/05/2018
    33:08
  111. 119.
    Will Millennials disrupt democracy?10/29/2018
    38:16
  112. 120.
    David Frum on developing the habits of democracy10/22/2018
    40:57
  113. 121.
    When states sue the federal government10/15/2018
    30:21
  114. 122.
    How “if it bleeds, it leads” impacts democracy10/08/2018
    35:07
  115. 123.
    A story about democracy, told through 20 million traffic stops10/01/2018
    32:11
  116. 124.
    Breaking the silence in Syria09/24/2018
    36:08
  117. 125.
    Citizenship, patriotism, and democracy in the classroom09/17/2018
    34:27
  118. 126.
    Behind the scenes of the “Year of the Woman”09/10/2018
    27:17
  119. 127.
    The democrats in public sector unions [Labor Day rebroadcast]09/03/2018
    32:42
  120. 128.
    Middle America, Part 2: Grassroots organizing and rebooting democracy08/27/2018
    35:19
  121. 129.
    Middle America, Part 1: Populism and the Trump Voter08/20/2018
    33:35
  122. 130.
    Facebook is not a democracy08/13/2018
    38:07
  123. 131.
    How will we remember Charlottesville?08/06/2018
    30:07
  124. 132.
    A democracy reading list07/09/2018
    52:17
  125. 133.
    Bonus: A dose of optimism about the future of democracy07/05/2018
    13:10
  126. 134.
    The constitutional crisis episode07/02/2018
    24:50
  127. 135.
    Unpacking political polarization06/25/2018
    31:56
  128. 136.
    What should voting look like in the 21st century?06/18/2018
    28:14
  129. 137.
    When the “business of business” bleeds into politics06/11/2018
    26:39
  130. 138.
    Michael Mann’s journey through the climate wars06/04/2018
    37:20
  131. 139.
    Can young people revive civic engagement?05/29/2018
    26:35
  132. 140.
    Bonus: Democracy In Action #105/24/2018
    7:55
  133. 141.
    A conversation about conversation05/21/2018
    32:57
  134. 142.
    Ten thousand democracies05/11/2018
    28:07
  135. 143.
    It’s good to be counted05/08/2018
    32:19
  136. 144.
    Satire is good for more than just a few laughs05/01/2018
    34:17
  137. 145.
    Tommie Smith: From sharecropper to Olympic protester04/24/2018
    36:42
  138. 146.
    Generation Z and the future of democracy04/17/2018
    36:09
  139. 147.
    How Democracies Die author Daniel Ziblatt on the ‘grinding work’ of democracy04/10/2018
    32:11
  140. 148.
    What can Pennsylvania voters do about gerrymandering?04/03/2018
    26:56
  141. 149.
    Fake news, clickbait, and the future of local journalism03/27/2018
    32:35
  142. 150.
    Checking the President’s power03/20/2018
    33:40
  143. 151.
    Is Colin Kaepernick a good democrat?03/14/2018
    27:04
  144. 152.
    What is Democracy Works?03/12/2018
    5:25

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