Category: Civil Rights (31)
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.
Practical Equality: Robert L. Tsai
December 20, 2019
“It’s important to be practical and hard-nosed about equality and justice.”
Robert L. Tsai is a law professor at American University and an expert in constitutional law. His latest book, Practical Equality, is a call to arms for equality and social progress. We discuss why equality is essential for citizens in a democracy and how the law can often serve as the primary mechanism to ensure justice.
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.
Powering American Democracy: Seth Flaxman
November 22, 2019
“The real tradition in the U.S. is make voting convenient.”
Seth Flaxman is the co-founder of Democracy Works, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that aims to make voting simple and seamless. They provide tools for voters, such as TurboVote, as well as critical data infrastructure for elections. We talk about voting in the 21st century, creating partnerships for a stronger democracy, and increasing voter turnout.
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.
Protecting our Elections: Marcia Johnson-Blanco
November 15, 2019
“The right to vote is preservative of all other rights.”
Marcia Johnson-Blanco is the Co-Director of the Voting Rights Project, an initiative of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The program works to ensure voters have an equal opportunity to vote, to have that vote count, and to keep elections free and fair. We talk about the challenges, threats, and solutions facing our democracy and elections.
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.
The Human Rights of Women: Lynn Paltrow
August 2, 2019
“What are the human rights and civil rights of pregnant women?”
Lynn Paltrow is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. We take a deep dive into the consequences of recognizing fetal personhood for the human rights of women and how reproductive health is at the center of the fight for equal rights.
June 14, 2019
“Just bearing witness is important.”
Jackie Zammuto leads the programmatic work in the United States of WITNESS, an organization that makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. We discuss how to use video more strategically and effectively for change, and how videos bring a human perspective to big complex challenges.
March 8, 2019
“Without housing, nothing else is truly possible.”
Maria Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and has advocated for solutions to homelessness at the national level since 1985. We discuss why housing is a human right, how criminalization of the homeless is both perverse and ineffective, and examine the leading reasons behind the affordable housing crisis.
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.