Archive of Shows from 2012
Between 2004 and 2012, the League of Women Voters - Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produced and sponsored a series of radio programs on topics in participatory democracy called the Democracy Forum.
Here are programs from the 2012 archive.
Political Advertising and Its Effect on Voters and Elections - October 8, 2012
- Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Richard R. Lau, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
- Does political advertising work? How does it work? Do ads change people's minds about the candidates?
- Does negative advertising work better than straight ads? Are they more memorable? Do they persuade people about candidates, or do they make people so disgusted that they stay home?
- Is this good for democracy? What can citizens do?
Educating Voters; Educating Citizens - September 10, 2012
- Professor Jennifer Hochschild, the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government at Harvard University.
- Elisabeth MacNamara, the 18th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF).
- What is the role of public education in creating an informed electorate? What is the responsibility of the citizens themselves?
- What is the difference between an educated electorate and a well-informed one? Does it matter for democracy?
- Does ideology trump evidence? When the facts conflict with beliefs, do people mistrust the fact-checkers?
- What can we as citizens do to inform ourselves? What can we do to inform each other across the partisan divide?
Tea Party: What Can We Learn about Civic Engagment -- August 13
- Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University
- Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine.
- Tea Party members, who they are, and what they believe
- The movement's impact on elections and governing
- What it means for civic participation
Income Inequality: Does It Matter for Democracy - June 18, 2012
- Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University and director of the National Bureau of Economic Research
- Susan Feiner, Professor of Economics and Professor of Women and Gender Studies
- What are the trends in income inequality over the last century?
- What are the factors that have caused the widening gap between the super-rich and everyone else?
- Why does it matter? What are the risks to democracy?
Corporations in Politics and Public Policy - May 14, 2012
- Robert Monks, shareholder activist, author, and corporate governance adviser
- The role in of corporations in shaping public policy through financing political campaigns and lobbying
- Do free enterprise and democracy go together?
- Possible alternatives to the current system
Is the Two-Party System Working or Broken? -- April 9, 2012
- The role of the two-party system in federal elections and government
- The effects of partisan politics in the Congress
- Possible alternatives to the current system.
Dysfunction in Congress: What Do We Need to Make It Work -- March 12, 2012
- 2nd District Congressman Rep. Michael Michaud
- Arn Pearson, VP of Programs at Common Cause.
- The underlying structural or procedural problems that keep Congress from governing effectively
- Most important reforms, e.g., redistricting, campaign finance reform, return to regular order
Free Speech, Corporate Money, and Democracy - February 13, 2012
- Jeff Clements, co-founder of Free Speech for People and author of the book Corporations Are Not People.
- Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.
- The constitutional background of granting personhood to corporations and equating political spending with free speech.
- The practical outcomes for democracy.
- What can citizens do?
What do we need to make our democracy work better - January 9, 2012
- 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
- Dr. Thomas E. Mann, constitutional scholar of the Brookings Institution
- Why do you think Congress has such a low approval rating?
- What are the systemic impediments that prevent Congress from responding to what members surely know citizens want?
- Is campaign finance reform part of the solution?
- Is the two-party system is part of the problem.
- What about revising the Senate rules to limit use of the filibuster or other Congressional reforms?
- How do you view the role of the media?