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CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED: Episode Four of The Democracy Test
The right to vote - once limited to white male landowners - expanded to include African Americans and women, but many states enacted literacy tests and poll taxes that almost eliminated the minority vote until 1965. In “Consent of the Governed,” Co-Hosts Neal Conan and Heather Cox Richardson trace the history of Jim Crow, and explain modern techniques to manipulate the electorate, like gerrymandering and dark money. That’s the next episode of the Democracy Test, from Truth Politics and Power.
CREATED EQUAL: Episode Three of The Democracy Test
In the depths of the Great Depression, many Americans lost their faith in a democracy that allowed an enormous gap between the wealthy and the too-often desperate poor. In “Created Equal,” the latest episode of the “Democracy Test,” Presidential biographer Robert Dallek tells us how Franklin Delano Roosevelt restored faith in democratic institutions and built the modern welfare state. We also hear how inequality ballooned again over the past fifty years, how that corrodes democracy, and what...
A HOUSE DIVIDED Episode Two of the Democracy Test
A HOUSE DIVIDED Episode Two of the Democracy Test with co-hosts Neal Conan and Heather Cox Richardson If you think partisan politics are bad now, consider the 1850s, when members of Congress pulled knives and pistols on the floor of the House of Representatives and political arguments turned into brawls. Those dispute lead to the bloodiest war in our history. Next time on “The Democracy Test from Truth Politics and Power,” hosts Neal Conan and Heather Cox Richardson talk with historian...
WHY DEMOCRACY: Episode One of The Democracy Test
EPISODE ONE: WHY DEMOCRACY Why did Athens and Rome choose democracy in ancient times, and why did the founders decide to adapt a form of government that had been widely shunned for two millennia? In the first episode of a new six part special series, “The Democracy Test”, Harvard classicist and political philosopher Danielle Allen joins co-hosts Neal Conan and Heather Cox Richardson to argue that democracy arises from a love of liberty and the human desire to shape our own lives. And while...
James Comey says that President Trump asked for a loyalty pledge…and his unwillingness to agree was the beginning of the end of his job as Director of the FBI. In the next Truth, Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan talks about the loyalty past presidents have asked of their political appointees.
The dangers of Mission Creep and the ever expanding role of the US military overseas as the Defense Department’s mission grows to cover tasks previously handled by diplomats and other civilians.
The battle over health care encapsulates a philosophical chasm. Democrats want to expand coverage, even at the price of raising taxes. Republicans want to reduce the size and power of the government, even if that costs millions coverage. The evolution of the battle over big government, from the New Deal to Tump care.
A Gerrymander Edition of Truth Politics and Power delves into the structural advantage that Republicans enjoy in the House of Representatives. Both parties redraw electoral lines to help themselves.
President Trump is delegating more authority over National Security to the generals who lead the National Security Council and the Pentagon. On this Edition of Truth Politics and Power, how the National Security Council makes decisions, how it meshes with the President and his Cabinet, and the vast differences between the two generals he’s appointed as National Security Advisor.
Trump said that, as President, opponents should never know whether or not he would use nuclear weapons…that unpredictability comes as new technology undermines nuclear deterrence and ushers in a new era of instability.
6. Politics Of Fear (Repeat Program)
Analyzes the meaning and purpose of hateful language, and the failure of imagination, that’s left so many Americans without meaningful employment. Plus a recommended reading segment.