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A Few Reasonable Words

A Few Reasonable Words features three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science. We analyze current political events through the lens of political theory and research in American politics. Every week we offer a quick reminder about the basics in a segment called Civics for Grownups. We also include recommended readings. Learn more: https://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com/
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A podcast from three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science.

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Aug 27, 2016

This week, we ask: Should we make it harder or easier to vote? We discuss the history of restrictions on voting in the US, ways that current law makes it harder or easier to vote, and the theoretical cases for a broader and narrower electorate. For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Aug 20, 2016

This week, we ask: Are our elections are rigged? We provide evidence that they are not, and then discuss why that claim is a serious one, and how it gets confused with other, broader claims about advantages and disadvantages in American democracy. For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Aug 12, 2016

Should primary elections be open to everyone? Should superdelegates be eliminated completely? Or are there good reasons for peer review of candidates for political office? How should we balance democratic legitimacy and quality control? This week we consider the case for party elites. For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Aug 5, 2016

In this week's show, we look for clues in the Democratic Party platform about what may be changing in the Democratic party, what remains the same, and what all of that tells us about the relationship between the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Democratic establishment. Three political science professors can’t due the platform justice, so we do encourage everyone to check out the actual platform! For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

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