The Impact of Conservative Courts
January 8, 2020
The Trump Administration has been nominating judges at breakneck speed, and the Senate has been confirming them at a similar pace.
Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review
December 26, 2019
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 […]
Why the US Doesn’t Declare War
December 23, 2019
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 […]
4 of Illinois’s Last 7 Governors Were Jailed. Why?
December 4, 2019
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, […]
Why We Vote on Tuesday
November 26, 2019
Our latest episode with Seth Flaxman of Democracy Works is all about how his organization is making it easier than ever to vote. We thought we’d look at why Tuesday was chosen as a “convenient” election day.
The Impact of Shelby v. Holder
November 20, 2019
We talked with Marcia Johnson-Blanco of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Election Protection program. One of the most worrying election issues we talked about was the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court Case, and the damage it did to certain states’ electoral infrastructure.
The Electoral College
November 13, 2019
Our latest episode with Hannah and Nick of the Civics 101 podcast was as enlightening as it was fun to make. We thought it might be interesting (and helpful) to give a quick overview of exactly what the EC is, and how we got it in the first place.