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Democracy Works

135 EpisodesProduced by Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy/The Democracy GroupWebsite

Examining what it means to live in a democracy


The second annual Democracy Works listener mailbag

Michael, Jenna, and Chris in the studio in summer 2019.

Before we take a short summer break, Michael and Chris answer your questions about democracy in our current moment. Thank you to everyone who sent in questions; they were excellent!

Some of the things we talk about in this episode include:

  • The difference between federalism and the federal government
  • The definition of an institution
  • How media coverage of the 2020 election will compare to 2016
  • What mask wearing says about the health of American democracy
  • What the U.S. can learn from other democracies
  • Why the “hard work of democracy” is that way

For the next few weeks, we’ll be revisiting some of the episodes in our back catalog (with a twist) and bringing you episodes from other podcasts that we think you’ll enjoy. We’ll be back with new episodes before the end of August.

If you have suggestions for episodes topics or guests for us to tackle in the fall, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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Related Episodes

Last summer’s listener mailbag

A democracy summer reading list

Federalism in uncertain times

Free and fair elections during a pandemic

Episode Credits

This episode was recorded on June 18, 2020. It was engineered by Jenna Spinelle, edited by Jen Bortz, and reviewed by Emily Reddy.

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