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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy



Our podcast aims to rise above the daily news grind and have intellectually-engaging conversations about issues related to democracy.

Democracy Works podcast 

Winner of a 2018 People’s Choice Podcast Award

If you’re looking for partisan bickering or hot takes on the news, this is not the podcast for you. We aim to rise above the daily news grind to take a broader look at issues impacting democracy — which can be just about anything.

Why the name Democracy Works? It’s about people coming together to build things that are greater than the sum of their parts. Much like workers throughout Pennsylvania’s history built ships and trains at iron and steel works, each of us has a role to play in building and sustaining a healthy democracy.

You probably hear a lot these days about how democracy is failing. We can’t promise that the view will always be rosy on this podcast, but we can promise an examination of how people are trying to make democracy work.

Visit the podcast website for more information about the show and detailed show notes for each episode.