Democracy: A Short History of a Big Idea

Democracy is one of those rubbery words. We kinda know what it means. But do we really? It’s voting and elections, but it’s much, much more than that. Democracy has inspired The Velvet Revolution and the Arab Spring.  It encouraged the Suffragists and the Civil Rights Movement. It stirred the hearts of men like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. But it seems in many ways we still don’t know what democracy means. Truly means.
 

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Original music for this series by Steve Mullen at Walk West Productions

Demanding Democracy

Demanding Democracy

Wikileaks’ controversial founder Julian Assange. The first Tea Party activist. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. What do they all have in common?  They’re Demanding Democracy. 

Writing Democracy

Writing Democracy

Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy.  Some pick up weapons.  And some put pen to paper.

Living Democracy

Living Democracy

Ward Cunningham invented the wiki.  But he didn't patent it.  Why?  Because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. How do you live your democratic ideals?

Questioning Democracy

Questioning Democracy

“Whose democracy is it?”  Fair question? Or, an unpatriotic one? This hour, we’ll wrestle with democracy by questioning it.