Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is a simple solution with a big impact. It promotes majority support, contributes to more civil and issue-oriented campaigns, gives voters more choices, and produces a more reflective democracy. Amidst widespread frustration with politics among both…

The Census: Why the Alarm in 2020?

The federal census – the headcount of the number of people living in the United States – is fundamental to American democracy. Census results are used to decide how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives,…

Impeachment: This Time and the Next Time

This program will probe our current impeachment crisis but go further. We will begin by exploring today’s urgent questions about impeachment such as its role in our constitutional scheme, its background, and history, whether impeachment is a legal or political…

Fossil Fuel Trains

Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and…

America Compromised

Money talks and special interest groups have bought their way into Washington, wielding a tremendous amount of influence over lawmakers. The government of “we the people” is under attack and equality for all compromised. How did this happen and can…

The Tyrant Next Time

The 45th president is a symptom of a political malady that afflicts America’s experiment in self-governance: the ability of malevolent forces to divide, manipulate and motivate millions of voters through the thousands of details collected from all of us through…

Know-It-All Society

According to The New Yorker’s Jill LePore, Michael Lynch, the philosopher of truth, describes with a clear-eyed timely critique of our culture’s narcissistic obsession with ”we” know and “they” don’t. Lynch will discuss the digital culture and its tendency to…

Are We Heading Into a New Financial Crisis?

The financial crisis of 2008 seriously impacted most Americans. For many, it was a debacle that exposed the policies and practices of Wall Street that were not in the public interest. The destruction was formidable and thought was given as…