Ep. 21: How do In-Group & Out-Group Attitudes Work?

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?

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Ep. 19: What’s the Deal with Identity Politics?

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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Ep. 18: Why can’t Red & Blue America agree on what just happened?

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?

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Ep. 7: What’s the Deal with Voter ID?

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?

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Ep 6: Who Can Vote in America?

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.

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Ep. 5: Will the Election be Rigged?

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.

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Ep. 4: The Case for Party Elites

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.

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Episode 3: The 2016 Democratic Party Platform

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!

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Episode 2: The Republican Platform

Episode 2: In this week’s show, we look for clues in the Republican Party platform about what may be changing in the Republican party, what remains the same, and what all of that tells us about the relationship between the activist base and its unorthodox nominee. Three political science professors can’t do the platform justice, so we encourage everyone to check out the actual platform! Check out this episode!

Episode 1: Platforms

Our first episode is here! Check it out! In Episode 1, we talk about why ordinary voters should put down the Pokemon Go and take the time to read the actual party platforms. In our next two episodes, we will go over each party’s platform in detail.