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Democracy Works
Democracy Works
Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

The Democracy Works podcast seeks to answer that question by examining a different aspect of democratic life each week — from voting... more

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How to combat political extremism

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, one of America's leading experts on the far right, joins us this week to discuss what draws people... more

12 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
A different kind of political divide

Scholars Yanna Krupnikov and John Barry Ryan argue that America might not be as polarized as we think because the... more

29 Jan 2024 · 39 minutes
Tim Alberta on evangelicals and Republicans

Chris Beem talks with journalist Tim Alberta about the role that Evangelical Christians play in the Republican Party — and... more

22 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
How election officials are preparing for the year ahead

Tammy Patrick from the National Association of Election Officials joins us for our first full episode of 2024 to unpack... more

15 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
Finding hope in 2024

Happy New Year! We're starting off 2024 with a conversation about finding hope in politics.

01 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
Year in review: Media, mental health, and threats to democracy

For our final episode of 2023, we revisit some of our episodes from throughout the year and reflect on what's... more

18 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
Making Peace Visible: The state of democracy in India

This week, we're bringing you an episode from War Stories, Peace Stories, a podcast that helps us understand the human... more

11 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
Does mandatory civic education increase voter turnout?

Two of our Penn State colleagues join us this week to discuss their recent findings on the connection between state-mandated... more

04 Dec 2023 · 39 minutes
A deep look at political loss

Democracy is sometimes described as "a system where political parties lose elections." That's true but doesn't capture the deeper feelings... more

20 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
When populism and democracy collide

Cas Mudde, one of the world's leading experts in the study of populism and far-right politics, joins us this week... more

06 Nov 2023 · 41 minutes
Democracy Works
How to combat political extremism
Democracy Works