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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. Host Bob Garfield is one of the Purple Project organizers.

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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. Host Bob Garfield is one of the Purple Project organizers.

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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. Host Bob Garfield is one of the Purple Project organizers.

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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. Host Bob Garfield is one of the Purple Project organizers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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