Protecting Free Speech: Suzanne Nossel
December 27, 2019
“There’s this kind of overt hostility toward the press that has been unleashed.”
Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the world’s foremost human rights and free expression non-profit organization. We discuss the importance of the First Amendment for American democracy, Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the press, and the state of free expression around the world.
Deliberative Democracy: Jane Suiter and David Farrell of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly
December 13, 2019
"Citizens who were in there came to sensible policy decisions."
Jane Suiter and David Farrell helped co-found the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, a deliberative forum that puts citizens at the heart of the considerations for constitutional and political reforms. We discuss how regular citizens can be trusted to weigh the evidence, make nuanced policy decisions, and become deep stakeholders in civic life.
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.
Podcasting for Democracy: Civics 101
November 8, 2019
“If you don't understand the system you're in, you can't change it.”
Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice host Civics 101, the podcast refresher course about the basics of how American democracy works. We discuss the importance of empowering citizens and understanding the rules of our complex system, as well as the enduring repercussions of slavery in the United States.
The Ethics of Big Data: Matthew L. Jones
September 6, 2019
“When things become social and granular, it becomes extraordinarily invasive of our privacy.”
Matthew Jones is a historian of science and technology at Columbia University. We examine the moral and ethical elements of big data, the big business of the surveillance of our personal information online, and how we can demand solutions that reflect our collective values.
October 26, 2018
“I'm passionate about making sure that people who want to vote, can vote.”
Max Feldman serves as Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, a nonpartisan institute that works to improve our democracy and judicial system. We discuss the powers of voting, the need to modernize election systems and enact pro-voter laws, as well as the rising trend of voter suppression since 2010.