Full episode - November 18, 2016
Trust and faith help any relationship, including the relationship between citizens and their government. What happens when trust is at a record low, and faith seems to be in mutually incompatible beliefs in a polarized society? Garry Wills, professor emeritus at Northwestern University, and an author of many books on faith and on politics, reflects on how the challenges of democracy and faith, and how America might seek a better path.
Full story - November 03, 2016
David Carroll, head of the Carter Center's Democracy Program
America has long prided itself as a beacon of democracy, but US elections face some of the same challenges as elections the world over. David Carroll, head of the Carter Center's Democracy Program, shares some of what he's learned through decades of election monitoring and working to strengthen democracies around the globe.
Full episode - November 03, 2016
Voters casting ballots
What could America learn from emerging democracies around the globe? More than you might think. David Carroll, who heads the Carter Center's Democracy Program and has worked for decades helping to monitor elections and strengthen democracies worldwide, weighs in.
Full story - October 21, 2016
Dublin street scene
Trace your family tree back far enough, and you'll likely find an immigrant or a refugee. Even seemingly homogenous populations, like Ireland's, have had plenty of them over time, coming in and going out. Germany is now integrating almost a million refugees who have come in over the past year. In the face of such changes, how do people in each country consider, expand or defend their identities?
Full episode - October 21, 2016
Berlin Wall remnant at Bernhardstrasse, where the wall once ran down the middle of a street
Few issues hit more of an emotional chord, or an emotional nerve than those around borders and belonging, immigration and identity. Bringing it home in this third of a three-episode series on these issues, host Mary Kay Magistad visits the lands of her ancestors — Ireland and Germany — and explores the ways in which they are wrestling with these issues — and have wrestled with them in the past.
Full story - October 06, 2016
East London street scene
As the dust settles, post-Brexit vote, conflicting views remain of what it means to be British, and on what enhances and what threatens that identity. Host Mary Kay Magistad visited London, and chats with people on different sides of the issue, with takes on identity, immigration and borders that defy stereotypes.
Full episode - October 06, 2016
Britain long ruled the waves, and many of its citizens have now voted for it to control its own borders, and make its own decisions, free of EU control. Is this about sovereignty, or identity, or something else entirely? It's complicated, and often not in the ways you'd expect.
Full story - September 22, 2016
Many of us take borders for granted,
Who we are is less about what we say, than about what we do — who we include and exclude, who we tolerate. Chandran Kukathas, head of government at the London School of Economics, argues in the wake of anti-immigrant sentiments in the United States and Europe, these "free" societies could and should do better about walking the talk.
Full episode - September 22, 2016
People have been moving around, and borders have been shifting around, for as long as there have been people. Who gets to say who belongs, and who doesn't? Chandran Kukathas, who heads the London School of Economics' department of government, argues that a free society should tolerate difference, and (relatively) open borders, and quit fearing Muslims as a group.
Full story - September 09, 2016
Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, teaches propaganda at the New School in New York
Many Americans might think propaganda is something that happens elsewhere, but in the War on Terror, Nina Khrushcheva saw and heard tropes familiar to her, having grown up in the Soviet Union as the great-granddaughter of former leader Nikita Khrushchev. Now a US citizen and New School professor in New York, she teaches propaganda, and hopes more Americans will become more propaganda-literate. She shares some ideas on where to start.