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October 18 -- Hate and Fear in Politics: 
How Fear and Anger Endanger Democracy

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Now available as a podcast from WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

October 18 - Hate and Fear in Politics: How Fear and Anger Endanger Democracy

...The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror...” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address

We'll talk about hate and fear in politics and whether they undermine democracy: how panic and fear make space for abandoning the rule of law and the regular order; how when we demonize the opposition, it makes room for extraordinary measures to stop them. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

Special Guests:

  • Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University
  • Steve Wessler, Maine human rights educator, trainer, and advocate specializing in conflict resolution
Key Topics:
  • How is the present moment in American politics different from others in our history? Or is it?
  • What does the current moment of extreme polarization have in common with other times in our history?
  • Are hate and fear related? And then what role does race and ethnicity play?
  • What role does the rapid and destabilizing pace of change play?
  • To the extent that fear is tool for political mobilization, is it one that works symmetrically for liberals and conservatives?
  • How can we get past this moment? How did we get past it before?
  • What can ordinary citizens do -- if they want to?
To learn more, follow these links to related content: Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

September
BLACK LIES, WHITE LIES, AND BLUE LIES: Lies that Divide, Lies that Unite

July
TOWN GOVERNMENT TAKE 2: Listeners have Spoken

June
TOWN MEETING: "Doing Democracy" in Your Town

May
REPUBLIC VS. DEMOCRACY: Why Should We Care?

April
CITIZEN INITIATIVES: The Devil's in the Details

March
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February
THE FREE PRESS AND A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY

January
CYBER ATTACKS ON DEMOCRACY: Social Media, Fake News, and Voter Responsibility

November
ELECTION 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?

October
POLLITICAL POLLs: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.