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Purple Podcast #1: “Is Democracy up for grabs?”

As part of our month-long launch campaign for Purple Project for Democracy, (a strictly non-partisan, apolitical effort that a number of other large news organizations have also contributed to) On The Media is featuring a series of conversations about an alarming loss of trust, faith and devotion by Americans for American democracy -- and what to do about it. Bob is one of the Purple Project organizers. Here is Episode #1

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Purple Podcast #2: "Low Information, High Misinformation Voters"

As part of our month-long launch campaign for Purple Project for Democracy, (a strictly non-partisan, apolitical effort that a number of other large news organizations have also contributed to) On The Media is featuring a series of conversations about an alarming loss of trust, faith and devotion by Americans for American democracy -- and what to do about it. Bob is one of the Purple Project organizers. Here is Episode #2

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Purple Podcast #3: Let’s Not Discount Reality

As part of our month-long launch campaign for Purple Project for Democracy, (a strictly non-partisan, apolitical effort that a number of other large news organizations have also contributed to) On The Media is featuring a series of conversations about an alarming loss of trust, faith and devotion by Americans for American democracy -- and what to do about it. Bob is one of the Purple Project organizers. Here is Episode #3

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Purple Podcast #4: Media to the Rescue?

As part of our month-long launch campaign for Purple Project for Democracy, (a strictly non-partisan, apolitical effort that a number of other large news organizations have also contributed to) On The Media is featuring a series of conversations about an alarming loss of trust, faith and devotion by Americans for American democracy -- and what to do about it. Bob is one of the Purple Project organizers. Here is Episode #4

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Easing the Tension At the Thanksgiving Table

While we are prepping you for having a fun conversation on Thanksgiving with our Great Thanksgivingtaking Toolkit, Keep this handy as the conversation runs amok.

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When Brands and Politics Collide

For the second time this year, a study has come out showing how consumers perceive brands as political - whether that is justified or merely supposition. Read on to see how consumers are aligning brand preferences with political perspectives.

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If you have to talk politics at Thanksgiving...

Our friends at USA Facts (usafacts.org) have pulled together a mobile-friendly tool for getting the facts about a range of issues that are likely to come up over turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Follow the link and bookmark it on your phone.

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What to watch - Your Purple Playlist on TV

f you want to learn more about democracy in a lean-back setting, Ovid TV has created the perfect playlist for you. View the playlist and get 7 days of video-viewing for free!

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The bucket list for involved citizens: 76 things you can do to boost civic engagement

We are so enthusiastic about what you can do to get involved and become more civic-minded. Our partners at Brookings Institute and UVA created a list of 76 ways for you to things big and small to get your civic game on. Print out the list and check off a few boxes.

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For Students in Coal Country, the Census Is a Hands-On Civics Lesson

For Students in Coal Country, the Census Is a Hands-On Civics Lesson Does the census count? That is what students in Kentucky are learning about in this great article about coal country. Not just why the census is important, but also the complications that extend beyond the citizenship question to other people who may be [...]

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East German children taught to lie, then the system fell.

Many stories have come out about life in East Germany before the Berlin Wall fell. This one in particular is an important read, as it talks about the systematic education of children in the East, and the impact of its rapid dismantling of structure in the East.

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Grant to develop civics education "roadmap" awarded to iCivics

An award was given to iCivics by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and U.S. Department of Education to put together a "roadmap" for teachers to educate their students on history, civics and the like. This represents progress in returning civic education to the curriculum.

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How To Be a Journalist

This video takes you behind the scenes of how journalists do their jobs, and how hard it has become. In our era of media polarization and questioning, this is worth the 10 minutes of your time.

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The 2020 Election is Already Stressing People Out, Data Shows

The 2020 Election Is Already Stressing People Out, Data Shows In a recent article published in HuffPost, over half of the country is already stressed out about the 2020 elections. Thankfully, HuffPo published a few simple tricks to reduce your anxiety in the run-up between now and next November. Read the stats and their survival [...]

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All the Rage

A philosopher on why anger has become the default reaction toward those we disagree with—and what we can do about it. Originally posted on Humanities Washington blog.

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When Public Schools Were Considered Vital to Democracy

Americans used to think free public education was a cornerstone of a democratic republic. What happened? Read this essay about what made the link between school and civics so vital in the past.

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Primers on Democracy

Bites Media has put together this list of very accessible explanations that touch core and current issues. Bookmark these links for when you are reading the news and need some clarification on terms and legalese. Thanks Bites!

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This 1954 Essay on Humanity Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

Our friends at Reader's Digest resurfaced a great essay from a very different time in our nation's history. Yet it is still a great and important read. Click to get to the link and read on.

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A Harvard Professor Asks: How Do You Teach Patriotism to 9-Year-Olds?

Every morning, fifth graders in schools across the nation recite the pledge of allegiance. But what does it truly mean to salute the American flag?

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Future Hindsight: A Playbook for Connecting with Your Representative

From the Purple Podcast Playlist: Brad Fitch is the President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization that educates constituents on how Congress works, giving them a stronger voice in policy outcomes.

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How Do We Fix It? Listen First & Democracy with Pierce Goodwin

From the Purple Podcast Playlist: Pearce Godwin, founder and CEO of Listen First Project, joins How Do We Fix It? Hosts Richard Davies and Jim Meigs to discuss the #ListenFirst movement as well as the thousands who have signed the Listen First Pledge.

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Another Way: Evan McMullin on Rebuilding Our Democracy

These podcasts explore what it means to be an engaged citizen in a democracy and combine professional and academic expertise with boots-on-the-ground work happening in communities across the country. In this episode, hear how Evan McMullin came to national prominence when he ran for president in 2016 as an independent, anti-Trump conservative. Since the 2016 election, he has been a strong and principled independent voice on many issues. 

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Democracy Works: Citizenship, Patriotism, and Democracy in the Classroom

A series of podcasts from Mark Kissing, a professor of education at Penn State, helps budding teachers find their way to helping students understand our American-style democracy.

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Podcast Series: Civics 101

This podcast series from NHPR gives you an audio overview of the fundamentals that define our government.

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How Bork's 1987 Nomination Muted Supreme Court Nomination Hearings (via Retro Report)

The contentious 1987 Senate confirmation hearings that led to the rejection of Robert H. Bork as a Supreme Court nominee fundamentally changed the nomination process. Since then, nominees to the Court have revealed almost nothing about their judicial philosophy, leaving open questions about their positions on issues that may come before the court.

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Bush v. Gore: How a Recount Dispute Affects Voting Today

The dramatic controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election, one of the closest in U.S. history, led to sweeping voting reforms, but opened the door to a new set of problems that continue to affect elections today.

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Roots of Our Presidential Primaries

In 1912, a battle over presidential primary elections transformed American politics. This video, released in 2016, has insights that continue to resonate today.

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Upheaval at the 1860 Democratic Convention: What Happened When a Party Split

Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 and his subsequent assault on slavery might not have happened had the Democratic Party not been in such disarray. This video, released in 2016, has insights that continue to resonate today. 

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The Birth of the U.S. Political Convention in 1831

In 1831, a radical third party came up with a new way to select a presidential candidate, one that is in use today: the national nominating convention. This video, released in 2016, has insights that continue to resonate.

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Prepping for Thanksgiving beyond the food

Prep for conversation while you prep for making the big Thanksgiving meal with some tips from The New York Times Food Festival

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Hello My Name Is America: A Fork in the Road

From the Purple Podcast Playlist: In a powerful conversation, Mark sheds light on the splendor of our complexity, highlighting that no American can be summed up as simply red or blue. He explains our desperate need to get outside our comfort zone and learn from people who are different than we are. 

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American Democracy: "Productive Conflict," Or A Dumpster Fire?

Hidden Brain is an NPR show hosted by Shankar Vedantam about the unexpected patterns in our world. This episode is relevant because the tone of American politics can be...nasty. It doesn't take a seasoned political analyst to see that. But is this nastiness really worse than in previous eras, and if so, what does that mean for our democracy?

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