That Democracy Show
rlpaulproductions and WAMU - Washington, DC
How do American youth deal with politics, power, race, fairness and government? Comedy Central's Mo Rocca hosted this three-hour live special, giving youth a chance to discuss and argue their views of democracy and the culture it has spawned. During the show, listeners joined a live Webcast and online chat about democracy, and called in.

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Whose Vote Counts?
American RadioWorks and the Center for Investigative Reporting - St. Paul, MN
In the last presidential election, as many as six million votes weren't counted because of antiquated voting machines and confusion at the polls. America pledged to overhaul its voting system, but are we ready for 2004? American RadioWorks and the Center for Investigative Reporting try to find out. (51:45)

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Dissent and Democracy
Chicago Public Radio - Chicago, IL
Dissent has long been a powerful element of democracy - from the Boston Tea Party to civil disobedience in the 1950s and 1960s, from book burnings to flag burnings. For many, the right to dissent, without fear of repercussion, is a definitive hallmark of a democratic system. In this two-hour special edition of Odyssey, host Gretchen Helfrich and her guests engage in a comprehensive exploration of the role of protest in a democratic state.
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Big Money and Politics
National Public Radio - Washington, D.C.
Advocates of campaign-finance reform argue that major political contributors exercise undue influence over lawmakers. But the influence of money on U.S. politics is nothing new. Large contributions from big-business interests played a critical role in the 1896 election of President William McKinley. And a campaign finance scandal involving President Theodore Roosevelt led to the first major curb on corporate contributions, the 1907 Tillman Act. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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What Can I Say?
Sara Fishko/WNYC - New York City
Right now, as "loyalty" and "treason" are being redefined by world events, so are cultural expressions of patriotism and dissent. From "message" pictures in the old Hollywood, to morale-building songs, to satirists' comic visions, politics and mass culture have been inexorably linked. (54:06)

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