Reason in Politics: Lawrence Lessig interviews John GastilOn his podcast Another Way, Larry Lessig spoke with John Gastil of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. They discussed the polarized media landscape and specific steps we can take to improve deliberation, understanding, and the use of reason. Gastil's book, Hope for Democracy, tells the story of the Citizens' Initiative Review in Oregon.
Views on the working class, from the left and the rightIn his interviews with Reihan Salam of the Manhattan Institute, and then subsequently with Bhashkar Sunkara of Jacobin and The Nation, Ezra Klein helps contextualize different approaches to imagining and approaching workers and working-class voters. A common critique of elite discourse runs through the two interviews.
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The Invention of Citizens' Juries with Ned Crosby and Pat Benn
Ned Crosby, American inventor of the "Citizens' Jury" process, passed away this past week. On her podcast Facilitating Public Deliberations, Professor Lyn Carson interviewed Crosby and Pat Benn on the contemporary history and philosophy behind the concept. Curiously, the process of bringing together randomly selected citizens to deliberate policy emerged in the U.S. and Germany almost simultaneously. Both of the American organizations which will be leading workshops at the Hannah Arendt Center's July Workshop on Citizens' Assemblies have their roots in Crosby's work.
What we are listening to: Public Choice TheoryEzra Klein interviews the economist Alex Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University.
Speer Goes to HollywoodRoger Berkowitz
I was privileged to conduct a Question and Answer session with Vanessa Lapa and Tomer Eilav about their new documentary “Speer Goes to Hollywood.” The documentary is based on over 40 cassette recordings in which Speer sought to edit and create a Hollywood movie about his life and involvement in the Nazi Party. You can listen to a podcast of the Q&A here.