Civics 101

Series produced by New Hampshire Public Radio

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A podcast refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works.

Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College? How do congressional investigations work? What does the minority whip actually do? Civics 101 is the podcast refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works.


176 Pieces

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How the document at the heart of the women's suffrage movement turned the framer's message on its head.

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 17:12
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Citizens deserve to know what’s going on, so the framers made sure that news could be printed and information disseminated. But how does the press ...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 21:25
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What do third parties do to American politics?

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 25:04
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How did the party that supported slavery become the party that nominated our first African-American president?

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 19:25
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How did the party of Lincoln become the party of Trump?

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 23:12
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What’s wrong in America today? What would you do to fix it? These are the winners of our third annual Student Contest.

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 12:57
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What prevents someone from affiliating with a political party? What is the ideology of an independent? And how can these voters exist in a two part...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 19:21
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How can we learn the truth in an age of misinformation, "fake news" and media mistrust?

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 14:20
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Every state has different election laws -- what does that mean for the ballot count, and when will we finally know who won?

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:30
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What can the President and Congress do before they're sworn in?

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:36
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How justices are added to the Supreme Court, via partisan or nonpartisan means.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:32
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There's no law that says they have to happen, but the presidential candidate concession speech is an important element of the peaceful transition o...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:30
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What is the likelihood that we will get rid of the electoral college system? Is anyone actively working toward that goal?

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:29

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:34
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How do Supreme Court justices differ in the way they interpret the Constitution?

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 04:30
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When it comes to the judiciary, when do we prioritize independence over accountability?

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 04:33
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What can candidates do with the cash left in the coffer?

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 04:19
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How is it that Georgia is electing both U.S. Senators in the same year? If the Senate has a 50-50 Democrat-GOP split, is there a majority leader?

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 04:14
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Sometimes called the "tenth justice," the Solicitor General is the lawyer for the United States government.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 04:22
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A little-known role of the Archives -- they keep the whole Electoral College process running smoothly every year.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 04:20