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Mila Atmos

What Speech is Unprotected?

When we talked with Suzanne Nossel, the CEO of the PEN America Foundation, we focused on free speech in America, and how it’s under attack in various ways. One interesting thing she said was that there is no actual definition of “hate speech” and that “hateful speech” is a better representation of the kinds of…

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Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review

We recently talked with Jane Suiter and David Farrell, who were instrumental in the implementation of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly. The Citizens’ Assembly uses deliberative mini-publics to recommend policies to the Irish Parliament. Listen to our interview with them here! While we were talking, Jane discussed a deliberative democratic initiative happening on the other side…

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Why the US Doesn’t Declare War

Earlier this season, we talked with Stephen Wertheim of The Quincy Institute. During our interview we spent some time discussing the ways in which the US wages war, and how we seem to get ourselves into an awful lot of conflicts without having Congress declare war. So, we thought we’d give a brief overview of…

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4 of Illinois’s Last 7 Governors Were Jailed. Why?

Our newest episode with David Greising of The Better Government Association really opened our eyes to the impact of investigating, and the role that good journalism and concerned citizens play in making sure our policymakers stay honest. Listen to our interview with David Greising here! It’s no secret that Illinois has a problem with corruption,…

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Why We Vote on Tuesday

Our latest episode with Seth Flaxman of Democracy Works is all about how his organization is making it easier than ever to vote. They’ve created TurboVote, which lets you register to vote and order absentee ballots online, making it more convenient to do our civic duty. While we were talking, Seth mentioned that Election Day…

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The Impact of Shelby v. Holder

For the third episode of our eighth season, we talked with Marcia Johnson-Blanco of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Election Protection program. We sometimes assume that we need to be most worried about external threats to our democracy, but after talking with her, it’s clear that’s not the case. One of the most worrying election issues we…

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The Electoral College

Our latest episode with Hannah and Nick of the Civics 101 podcast was as enlightening as it was fun to make. We talked about a range of subjects important to democracy, and at one point we were discussing the Electoral College. Hannah made two very interesting points: 1) the Electoral College is a holdover from…

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