Bonus Episodes

The novel coronavirus has impacted every aspect of our democracy. With all the daily updates on the pandemic, it can be difficult to step back, to zoom out and see the larger, structural impacts this crisis is having and will continue to have on our democracy. 

Representatives from each of the member shows of the Democracy Group podcast network took this opportunity to unite forces and answer the big questions surrounding COVID-19 and our democracy.

Episode 2: Civic engagement, social distancing and democracy reform

Democracy is very much a group activity. Inside, we come together to debate, discuss, do the work of government, and make laws. Outside, we protest and hold rallies. But much of this is not possible. Social distancing presents a tremendous challenge. In this episode, we look at the barriers and the opportunities as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID, the pandemic … has really brought to bear not just the inequities and the inequalities, but also the necessity to have a much more active sense of democracy as a verb — democracy as an action that we can all be part of.”

-Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, 70 Million


Richard Davies
Co-host, How Do We Fix It?


Mila Atmos
Host, Future Hindsight

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Founder and CEO of Lantigua-Williams and Co.
Creator and Executive Producer, 70 Million

Carah Ong-Whaley, Associate Director at James Madison Center for Civic Engagement at James Madison University
Co-host, Democracy Matters

Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow at New America
Co-host, Politics in Question

Episode 1: National and International Implications of COVID-19 

COVID-19 brings together several issues that have long been talked about separately — political polarization, misinformation, international cooperation, democratic norms and institutions, and many others. We dive into some of those issues in this episode and discuss how we can all work together to protect, and even strengthen, democracy as we emerge from the first wave of the pandemic.


Jenna Spinelle
Communications Specialist at the McCourtney Institute for Democracy
Host, Democracy Works


Luke Knittig, Senior Director of Communications at the McCain Institute
Host, In The Arena

Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin
Host, This is Democracy

Rachel Tausenfreund, Editorial Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States
Host, Out of Order

Weston Wamp, Senior Political Strategist and Consultant at Issue One
Host, Swamp Stories


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