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Podcast playlist: What's next for democracy?

Podcast playlist: insurrection at the Capitol

Following the attack on the Capitol last week, The Democracy Group podcast network quickly created episodes to help listeners make sense of what transpired and what these events mean for the future of American democracy.

These episodes discuss how the proliferation of right-wing violence and extremism show that democracy reform is more urgently needed than ever. Hear perspectives from Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, New America's Lee Drutman and more.

This playlist is part of The Fulcrum's partnership with The Democracy Group, a podcast network at Penn State University. All of its shows are committed to engaging in civil discourse, inspiring civic engagement and exploring the future of our democracy.

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Podcast playlist: What's next for democracy?

The 2020 election brought record voter turnout and engaged hundreds of thousands of people as poll workers, ballot counters and advocates. How can we keep that civic spirit alive into the new administration and beyond?

The election also revealed how parts of our election system are broken — from how and when voters can register to how the Electoral College functions. And ballot initiatives provide promise about bipartisan compromise on issues like minimum wage and marijuana, but a tough road ahead for ranked-choice voting and other structural reforms.

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Podcast playlist: Voter suppression then and now

Voter suppression has a long, dark history in the United States, full of both legal and illegal efforts to prevent eligible people from registering and casting ballots. This podcast playlist examines that history -- and where such efforts are continuing today.

This playlist is part of The Fulcrum's partnership with The Democracy Group, a podcast network at Penn State University. All of its shows are committed to engaging in civil discourse, inspiring civic engagement and exploring the future of our democracy.

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Podcast playlist: Votes, votes, votes

Voting by mail, voting from jail, voting as a young person, voting as a woman. The intersection of identity, personal circumstances and voting is a crucial point of discussion in this tumultuous election year. This podcast playlist features episodes that dive into the mechanics of voting, voting rights and ways to make voting more fair and inclusive.
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