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THE DEMOCRACY TEST with Heather Cox Richardson and Neal Conan The presidency of Donald Trump has sparked a national conversation .Is our democracy at risk? Across the country, scholars, activists and citizens are taking stock. With an eye on how democracies have failed throughout history, and on the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe, they ask the question … can it happen here? The Democracy Test gives a broad and diverse national platform to this work as we seek to understand what is truly unique in this moment of our nation’s history, what brought us here, and what it would take to emerge with an even stronger understanding of what democracy means in America and what we can do now to move toward an even stronger expression of its ideals.

THE DEMOCRACY TEST with Heather Cox Richardson and Neal Conan The presidency of Donald Trump has sparked a national conversation .Is our democracy at risk? Across the country, scholars, activists and citizens are taking stock. With an eye on how democracies have failed throughout history, and on the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe, they ask the question … can it happen here? The Democracy Test gives a broad and diverse national platform to this work as we seek to understand what is truly unique in this moment of our nation’s history, what brought us here, and what it would take to emerge with an even stronger understanding of what democracy means in America and what we can do now to move toward an even stronger expression of its ideals.

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THE DEMOCRACY TEST with Heather Cox Richardson and Neal Conan The presidency of Donald Trump has sparked a national conversation .Is our democracy at risk? Across the country, scholars, activists and citizens are taking stock. With an eye on how democracies have failed throughout history, and on the rise of authoritarian leaders across the globe, they ask the question … can it happen here? The Democracy Test gives a broad and diverse national platform to this work as we seek to understand what is truly unique in this moment of our nation’s history, what brought us here, and what it would take to emerge with an even stronger understanding of what democracy means in America and what we can do now to move toward an even stronger expression of its ideals.

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Episodes

Big Fella: Special Edition of Truth, Politics and Power

12/21/2018
A hundred years ago, a young man was about to become famous on an entirely new scale. The dawning engines of mass communication, advertising and public relations elevated Babe Ruth into a national phenomenon. When asked why he earned more money than the President of the United States, Ruth honestly answered “I had a better year.” That marked the birth of the celebrity culture that paved the way for everyone from Charles Lindbergh to Donald Trump. In a special edition of Truth, Politics and...

Duration:00:59:51

TRUTH AND FAITH: The Sixth and Final Episode of The Democracy Test

11/2/2018
Donald Trump lied routinely as a businessman and as a presidential candidate: their frequency did not change once he took office, but, on the next episode of “The Democracy Test,” co-hosts Neal Conan and Heather Cox Richardson hear an argument that the character of his lies took a turn to autocracy when he took office. The corrosive effect of a President’s lies, and why we can’t rely on checks and balances will not constrain the president on their own, but need to be animated by men and...

Duration:00:52:59

CHECKS AND BALANCES: Episode Five of The Democracy Test

10/26/2018
A key innovation of the American constitution, is a system of checks and balances to make sure the President can’t govern like a king. In the next Episode of “The Democracy Test,” co-hosts Neal Conan and Heather Cox Richardson explore how that system works, and what happens when Congress and the courts fail to check the chief executive. The program also delves into the unwritten rules that can lubricate the machinery of government - the “norms,” and finds some unexpected lessons from...

Duration:00:52:58

CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED: Episode Four of The Democracy Test

10/19/2018
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.

Duration:00:53:00

CREATED EQUAL: Episode Three of The Democracy Test

10/12/2018
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...

Duration:00:52:59

A HOUSE DIVIDED Episode Two of the Democracy Test

10/6/2018
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...

Duration:00:52:59

WHY DEMOCRACY: Episode One of The Democracy Test

9/28/2018
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...

Duration:00:52:59

Final Edition

3/30/2018
As Truth Politics and Power winds up weekly production, host Neal Conan puts Donald Trump and Trumpism into historical context. Historian Heather Cox Richardson argues that we’re in the convulsions of a major political realignment, like those of the 1850s, the 1890s and the 1920s. Then, Historian John Mearshimer on Trump’s deconstruction of the world order that’s been in place since the Second World War and we conclude, with a conversation with broadcaster Ted Koppel. That’s a “Final...

Duration:00:53:24

Politically Correct

3/23/2018
“Politically Correct” originated as an insult on the fringes of the American left…and migrated over to the conservative rhetorical arsenal. In an archive edition of Truth Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan asks an expert of political rhetoric…Kathleen Hall Jamieson…about Donald Trump’s use of the term, hears about its origins and evolution from linguist John McWhorter, and talks with comedian Josh Blue, who dances along the PC line every night as part of his stand-up routine. “Politically...

Duration:00:53:24

Presidential Milestones

3/16/2018
The slave owner who founded the Democratic Party and, much later, a favorite of Donald Trump. The first President to be impeached. The history of Ronald Reagan’s most famous speech. In a compilation from the archives of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan hears about the disruptive Andrew Jackson, the lurid impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, and how a junior speechwriter came up with the line: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” It’s a “Presidential Milestones” Edition, on the next...

Duration:00:53:24

How Civil Wars End

3/9/2018
The final phase of the civil war in Syria is descending to new levels of agony as Syrian and Russian jets reduce a suburban of Damascus to rubble, forcing 400,000 people to live underground. On the next “Truth, Politics and Power,” Neal Conan refreshes “How Civil Wars End.” Listen back to groundbreaking comparative analysis of the causes, resolutions and duration of civil wars, to a conversation with Deborah Amos on the history of the conflict in Syria, plus historian Annette Gordon Reed on...

Duration:00:53:24

The Politics Of Oil

3/2/2018
The boom in oil and gas production in the US has profound effects on the economy and foreign policy - the technology that created the boom, fracking, has industrialized and polluted many communities. In a “Politics of Oil” edition of Truth, Politics and Power, host Neal Conan asks about the trade offs in the oil and gas glut, about how it changes politics around the world and whether it will delay any transition to clean sources of energy, and thus accelerate the catastrophe of climate...

Duration:00:51:59

Gun Rights And Gun Control

2/23/2018
Gun Rights And Gun Control by TRUTH, POLITICS AND POWER

Duration:00:51:57

Family Ties At The White House

2/16/2018
In our latest episode, the troubling trend of nepotism in the Trump administration and how it can lead to corruption and the erosion of democracy.

Duration:00:53:24

Presidents, Politics And The FBI

2/9/2018
While the FBI is no stranger to political controversy, the bureau is now the target of an unlikely attack. President Trump and his allies have launched a campaign to discredit the FBI…and, by extension…the Russia Investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller. In “Presidents, Politics and the FBI”, host Neal Conan speaks with former FBI Agent Asha Rangappa about declassified memos, smoking guns and the culture of the bureau. Plus NPR’s Ron Elving on the political history of the...

Duration:00:53:24

America First

2/2/2018
In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Trump turned to a slogan he trumpeted during his campaign and his inaugural address. But this time, he spoke of “America First” almost exclusively in terms of trade policy. In the next edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” host Neal Conan asks whether the slogan more accurately describes a nationalist revision of American foreign policy that threatens to make the world more chaotic and more dangerous. Plus we revisit interviews...

Duration:00:54:22

The Next Middle East War

1/26/2018
Turkey's escalation in it's war against US backed Kurdish fighters puts the United States on a collision course with a NATO ally and offers a window into the contradictions of U.S. Middle East policy in a post ISIS Syria. For Syria's Kurds, it means being caught in between President Erdogan's plan to eliminate a "mortal enemy", and President Trump's overarching goal in the region ... to confront Iran.

Duration:00:53:23

The Inaugural Edition - A Year Later

1/19/2018
A year ago, as Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States, many compared elements of his campaign to fascism. This week, we invite you to revisit the inaugural edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” where host Neal Conan asked whether it was fair or accurate to use terms like fascist and Nazi, or to make direct comparisons to Adolph Hitler. A year later, the conversations with Hitler biographer Volker Ullrich and historian Robert Kagan resonate with the tumultuous...

Duration:00:52:56

Confronting Iran

1/12/2018
As President Trump makes a crucial decision on the deal to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, two old enemies confront each other in eastern Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and in the waters of the Persian Gulf. In “Confronting Iran ” Truth, Politics and Power host Neal Conan considers the consequences of the current stand-off, and re-visits conversations on two crucial periods - how Iran emerged as the winner of the US lead invasion of Iraq, and the small naval war between Iran and the...

Duration:00:52:56

Seven Dirty Words

1/5/2018
The effort to suppress specific words at the Centers for Disease Control represents another round in the long conflict between politics and science. In a “Seven Dirty Words” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan revisits the history of science and censorship, plus a strange story of the FCC and George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words…you know, the ones you can never say on TV…or radio.

Duration:00:52:57