Democracy flourished in Athens 2500 years ago — but lasted only about a century. What did Athenian democracy look like — who was included as a citizen, who was excluded, and why has the idea and practice of democracy been so influential? We talk to scholar Catherine Zuckert.
The asymmetries between the Democratic and Republican parties are many these days–in the media, in their infrastructures, and in the way they seek and use power. Author Caroline Fredrickson tells us about the flaws in our current system, and how we can restore our democracy.
That’s the name of the gripping new book by Nancy McLean, Duke University historian, who tells the story of the cycles of US history and the ongoing attempts by the wealthy to shape government in a way that benefits them at the expense of the majority — without the majority knowing they’re doing it.