We hear a lot about the DNC & the RNC, but how much power do the national organizations really have? And are parties really driven by ideology, or is winning elections the only thing that actually matters to political parties?
What is gerrymandering and why are people (especially if they are democrats) so mad about it? Is it really to blame for all our problems? If not, what should we think about it? And where on Earth did that silly word come from?
How important is competence in government? What is the civil service anyway? Are the Trump administration's early stumbles evidence of incompetence, or just the normal learning curve of a new president?
With a President openly trafficking in conspiracy theories and his opponents developing their own about him, we explore the attraction to conspiratorial thinking. Why do folks believe conspiracy theories? How can we avoid succumbing to paranoid delusions?
Now that we've got a slate of cabinet nominees and a Trump Supreme Court nominee, how should we expect the Senate to advise & consent? Will (& should) Democrats play nice, or will they take the lessons of Merrick Garland to heart and play hardball?
What are the president’s powers? Can the president make or defy the law? What is the unitary executive theory, and what is the evidence supporting it? http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
Final installment of our month-long series on politics & identity. Knowing what we do about racial identity & structural racism, how should Democrats and Republicans think about the role of identity politics in the future?
We continue our month-long series on race, identity, & democracy with a look at institutional (or structural or systemic) racism, what kind of evidence there is for its existence, how we ought to feel about it, and what we might be able to do about it.
We continue our a month-long discussion of the connections between race, racial attitudes, and politics in the United States today. This episode explores how identity groups form and relate to each other in democratic politics. How do people in those groups develop in-group and out-group attitudes, and how do those attitudes affect attempts to build coalitions and practice pluralistic politics?
We continue our a month-long discussion of the connections between race, racial attitudes, and politics in the United States today. Today we talk about how and why some individuals develop group consciousness, and why we feel so conflicted about that.
This week we begin a month-long discussion of the connections between race, racial attitudes, and politics in the United States today. As our introduction we consider the prominent arguments from some who say that Democrats need to abandon identity politics. We ask: What is identity politics anyway? Is it possible or desirable to separate politics from identity?
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Today we discuss partisanship and how it affects our views of politics, the world, and the Election of 2016. In case you’ve missed it, Democrats and Republicans have had really different reactions to the election of Donald Trump. Is that the new normal? Is there a way to reasonably understand this election and the Trump presidency that isn’t shaded by partisanship?
Election 2016: What happened? How should we understand the surprising results? Why were the polls wrong? Why did Trump and the Republicans win? What does it mean for the future?
What is the Electoral College? Why do we have it? Where did it come from? Is it a good thing? Or is it anti-democratic? What would happen if we got rid of it and went with a national popular vote?
Should I vote, and if so, how should I vote? If my vote won't determine the election, does it matter if I vote? Do citizens have a civic duty to vote? If so, is there an ethical duty to vote a certain way? Should I still vote if I don't really know all the information? Is there ever an ethical justification for not voting at all? Are voters morally responsible for the causal effects of their votes?
This week we continue a month long series considering the question, “Should I vote?” This week, we consider the questions: Should I vote for a third party candidate? Can my protest vote send a message? Does voting third party mean I am throwing my vote away? We explain why America has a two-party system (that isn’t going anywhere) and consider the good and not-so-good reasons for supporting third party candidates. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
This week we continue a month long series considering the question, “Should I vote?” We make the case that partisan margins in Congress matter at least as much as the presidency, and that state and local races probably matter more to our daily lives. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
This week we begin a month long series considering the question, “Should I vote?” We begin with the presidency. Is the presidency even that big a deal? Does the president have real power? Even if the office is important, are the two candidates basically the same? http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
Do the news media give American voters the information we need in order to make informed choices? If not, is it really the news media’s fault? Is there anything we can do about it?
What does research tell us about the effects of presidential debates? Do they actually affect voters’ perceptions of the candidates? Do they affect election outcomes? What role does the media play in framing the debates? What role should it play? Are debates in their current format the best way to see presidential candidates in action? How should a smart voter approach the presidential debate spectacle? For more episodes, check out our website. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
Do candidates really intend to follow through with their campaign promises? Do they actually follow through? When they don’t, why don’t they? Are they lying to us, or are they unable to fulfill promises due to circumstances outside of their control? Regardless of whether they keep their promises, do we actually believe them? How can we responsibly evaluate them? For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
Ep. 8: Is there more to political communication than truth and lies? We consider Harry Frankfurt’s famous essay, “On Bullshit” and expand our repertoire for discussing falsehoods. We then apply these definitions to the elephant in the room, the 2016 presidential campaign. For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
This week, we ask: What is the case for voter id laws? What is the case against them? Who do they affect disproportionately and why? For more episodes, check out our website. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com
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