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Ever wonder what a White House Chief of Staff actually does? How about a Press Secretary? And is gerrymandering still a thing in this country? The first 100 days of the Trump administration is the perfect time to bone up on civics you should have learned in school…but probably didn’t. Civics 101 is your guide to what you need to know, when it matters most.

Ever wonder what a White House Chief of Staff actually does? How about a Press Secretary? And is gerrymandering still a thing in this country? The first 100 days of the Trump administration is the perfect time to bone up on civics you should have learned in school…but probably didn’t. Civics 101 is your guide to what you need to know, when it matters most.
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Ever wonder what a White House Chief of Staff actually does? How about a Press Secretary? And is gerrymandering still a thing in this country? The first 100 days of the Trump administration is the perfect time to bone up on civics you should have learned in school…but probably didn’t. Civics 101 is your guide to what you need to know, when it matters most.

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Episode 76: Native American Reservations

11/21/2017
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On this episode: What is a Native American reservation? What is a pueblo? What does it mean to be a sovereign nation? What is the relationship between reservations and the federal government? Can reservations pass laws that run up against state or federal statutes? How are, and were, reservations created? What does the Bureau of Indian Affairs actually do? Our guest is Maurice Crandall, assistant professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth, and a citizen of the Yavapai-Apache Nation of...

Duration: 00:17:29


Episode 75: White House Staffers

11/17/2017
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In this episode: What do White House staffers actually do, what are the rules constraining them, and how have the day-to-day staffing demands of the White House changed over the years? Our guest is Karen Hult, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:13:03


Episode 74: Unions

11/14/2017
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In this episode: What is a union? How are unions formed? What are the benefits and costs of labor unions, for both workers and business? What does the history of unions in America, and what might unions look like in the future? Our guest is David Zonderman, author of Uneasy Allies: Working For Labor Reform in Ninetheenth-Century Boston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:15:25


Episode 73: The Vice President

11/10/2017
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The vice president is said to be just a heartbeat away from Commander-in-Chief. But what does the VEEP actually do? How significant a role does the vice president play in the White House... and with the president? And what kind of effect can a running mate have on a presidential election? To find out, we talked to one of the foremost experts on the Vice Presidency, St. Louis University law professor Joel Goldstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:16:38


Episode 72: The 2nd Amendment

11/7/2017
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On today's episode: The Second Amendment. For ages, the right to bear arms was among the least controversial amendments in the U.S. Constitution. Today, it's among the most divisive issues in American politics. What were the Founders hoping to achieve in ratifying The Second Amendment? When did the U.S. start regulating guns? What qualifies as an “arm”? We'll seek out constitutional consensus on a topic where common ground is hard to find. Our guest is Jeffrey Rosen, CEO and President of the...

Duration: 00:14:45


Episode 71: The Secret Service

11/3/2017
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You've heard of the Secret Service and you've probably even seen them in action - observing stoically behind a dark suit and sunglasses. But what exactly do they do? How does someone become an agent? And how are they fairing with the demands of a Trump presidency? Today we get a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the agency from New York Times Reporter Nicholas Fandos who's been covering the service's inner-workings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:15:32


Episode 70: The 1st Amendment - Freedom of the Press

10/31/2017
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On today's episode: We continue our investigation of the First Amendment with a conversation about the freedom of the press. What does this freedom guarantee publishers and journalists? Why did the Framers include it in the Constitution? And what does it mean in the era of digital media? We address these questions and more with Elizabeth Skewes, Department Chair of Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information. Learn more about your ad...

Duration: 00:15:28


Episode 69: The Federalist Papers

10/27/2017
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On this episode: What are the Federalist Papers? Who wrote them? Who uses them? And why should you read them? Professor Michael Gerhardt from UNC not only explains these invaluable documents to us, he breaks down some of the more notable essays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:15:55


Episode 68: Populism

10/24/2017
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On this episode: what is Populism? How can you identify a Populist candidate? What's its role inside of a democracy and what are some historical outcomes of populist movements? Our guest is Jan-Werner Mueller, professor of politics at Princeton University and author of What is Populism? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:11:46


Episode 67: The 1st Amendment - Freedom of Assembly

10/20/2017
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On today's episode: a closer look at one of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment: the freedom of assembly. What is it? Is our freedom of assembly tied to other First Amendment rights, or does it stand alone? Are there limits to where and when this freedom can be exercised? How are 'assemblies' defined in the digital age? Our guest is John Inazu, author of Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:15:41


Episode 66: The EPA

10/17/2017
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In the 1960’s, the American public looked around at the environment—polluted rivers, smoggy skies—and decided something needed to be done. By 1970, the blooming environmental movement had an official voice in the government: the Environmental Protection Agency. But what can the agency actually do, and how has its job changed with our changing environmental challenges? Guiding us through the brief, eventful history of EPA is Stan Meiburg, former Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA under...

Duration: 00:15:52


Episode 65: The Secretary of Education

10/13/2017
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Head of the Department of Education and a cabinet member with the ear of the President... but how much power does the Secretary of education really have? Can he or she influence policy? How much say does the Secretary have in the way we teach our kids? Our guest is Jessica Kendorski, Associate Professor and Director of Professional Education in School Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:15:06


Episode 64: The Nuclear Codes [Rebroadcast]

10/10/2017
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In this episode: What exactly does it mean when we say the President has "the nuclear codes”? Is it really as simple as pressing a button? And what happens after a president does order a nuclear strike? Retired Marine lieutenant colonel James W. Weirick, host of the podcast Military Justice, explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:12:05


Episode 63: The CDC

10/6/2017
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In this episode: What exactly does the CDC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - actually do? Could it really stave off a zombie outbreak? And who are the 'Disease Detectives' and what's their role inside the CDC? Our guest is Wendy Parmet, professor of law, public policy and urban affairs at Northeastern University. For more on the CDC, check out their all of their podcasts Find the Panoply survey here: survey.panoply.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration: 00:14:19


Episode 62: The Debt Ceiling

10/3/2017
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Every so often, while our national debt ratchets upward, politicians threaten to refuse to raise the upper limit on that debt. But does the debt ceiling actually curb the government's borrowing, and what would happen if Congress didn't raise it? Our guide to these questions is Michael Dorf, law professor at Cornell University. To fill out the Panoply survey, visit survey.panoply.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:15:08


Episode 61: The Attorney General

9/29/2017
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We're zooming in on the highest legal officer in the country and asking who, exactly, the Attorney General represents. If the AG is a member of the Executive Branch, does that make him the President's lawyer? And what happens when the U.S. government goes to court? Our guest is David Yalof, professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:17:53


Episode 60: Federalism

9/26/2017
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On this episode: what is Federalism? Who uses it? Why do we separate our powers between the states and the national government, and what are the benefits and challenges of such a system? Our guest is John Dinan, professor at Wake Forest University and editor of Publius, the Journal of Federalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:16:35


Episode 59: The Census

9/22/2017
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In this episode: What is the census, and why does it matter? How is it conducted? How are difficult to reach populations counted? What kind of questions are asked, and how are they determined? Our guest is Joseph Salvo, director of the population division at the New York City Planning Department. For more on the census, check out the segment "Save Our Census" from On The Media, and this episode from the podcast Code Switch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:12:51


Episode 58: Government Shutdown

9/19/2017
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On this episode: What actually shuts down during a government shutdown? Do federal workers still get paid? Who decides what government jobs are essential, and non-essential? What can past government shutdowns tell us about the process? Our guest is Charles Tiefer, law professor at the University of Baltimore.

Duration: 00:11:37


Episode 57: Commander in Chief

9/15/2017
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On this episode: What does it mean that the President is 'Commander-in-Chief'? What powers does the Constitution grant him? What is the difference between the President's power to conduct war, versus the power of Congress to declare it? Practically speaking, can the President order specific combat missions? How have the President's war powers changed since Vietnam and 9/11? Our guest is Michael Paulsen, constitutional scholar and professor of law at the University of St. Thomas.

Duration: 00:12:42

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