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You Don't Have to Yell

Apr 29, 2021

Why is Congress 73% male? Jennifer Lawless of the University of Virginia explains how women are just as likely as men to win an election, far less likely to be encouraged to run, and the changes we can make to correct this imbalance.

Apr 22, 2021

Steven S. Smith of Washington University explains the history of the Senate, how it serves as a moderating force in US politics, and the difficulty in ending obstructionist tactics like the filibuster without removing the political weight of moderates in the chamber.

Apr 15, 2021

Jerry Robinson of explains how Nixon's petrodollar agreement with Saudi Arabia created artificial demand for the US dollar, inadvertently leading to today's deficit spending and forever wars.

Apr 8, 2021

Michael Miller of Barnard College discusses the current moves to undermine voting going on in state houses across the nation, and how history shows structures designed to preserve minority rule arise most when race is a central issue.

Apr 1, 2021

Ray La Raja, Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, explains how caps on fundraising by political parties has created a power vacuum that's been filled by wealthy donors and ideological groups, tilting the fundraising environment in favor of more extreme candidates.