Political Engagement (Update)

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September 20, 2015

We'll tune in to watch Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina trade barbs.  But what would it take to get more of us politically involved all year round, and not just during election season? This hour we explore a few ways, whether it's by using games to make the political process more fun, or mobilizing activists through the Internet.

  1. Making Democracy Fun

    Correction: This interview refers to a survey finding that only 22% of Americans trust government at all levels. The actual survey was limited to trust in the federal government, and found that 22% of Americans trusted the government in Washington "almost always or most of the time".

    We all know it's important to be involved in local government, but can political participation also be fun? Josh Lerner thinks so. He believes local governments could boost the fun factor in the political process by borrowing a few ideas from game design.

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  2. Voices From The Internet Underground

    All across the world, young activists are mobilizing over the Internet and demanding change. In her new book, "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are," Emily Parker profiles a few of these online activists, and writes about how they're transforming life in China, Cuba and Russia. She spoke with Steve Paulson about how the Internet is helping to create a new generation of politically engaged citizens.

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  3. Against Voting

    In his book "The Ethics of Voting," Georgetown philosopher Jason Brennan argues that we'd be better off if more people stayed home on Election Day. He says citizens don't have a civic duty to vote, and that some of us probably shouldn't vote at all.

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  4. Make Energy Democratic

    "Shock Doctrine" journalist Naomi Klein's Dangerous Idea?  Democratize the world's energy supply.

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  5. Lands in Limbo

    Some countries are still struggling for international recognition.  Photographer Narayan Mahon talks about his “Lands in Limbo” project – photographs that show what happens to the citizens of a nation that’s denied UN membership.

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