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September 20 - 
Black, White, and Blue Lies: Lies that Divide, Lies that Unite

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.

September 20 - Black, White, and Blue Lies: Lies that Divide, Lies that Unite

P.T. Barnum taught us to love spectacle, fake news, and a good hoax. A century and a half later the show has escaped the tent.” -- James Parker, staff writer for The Atlantic

We'll talk about the lies in politics and the politics of lying, historical examples, current practice, and the consequences for democracy. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

Special Guests:

Key Topics:
  • How is the present moment in American politics different from others in our history? Or is it?
  • Remember the old riddle about the truthful Whitefoot and the lying Blackfoot? How can people know who to trust?
  • How does trust in government -- or distrust -- play into this? What is the recent history of trust in government in America?
  • What characterizes white lies, black lies, and blue lies? Where do conspiracy theories fit and how do they work?
  • How much of this is because of the rapidly changing media paradigm? Did we have similar examples from the dawn of the broadcast age? What responsibility does the media have to combat disinformation and lying?
  • What can ordinary citizens do to protect themselves -- 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

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?

September
ELECTIONS IN MAINE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

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