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The 'Big Lie' Continues To Threaten Democracy

HERMON, ME - NOVEMBER 03: A election worker moves between voting booths at a polling location on November 3, 2020 in Hermon, Maine. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Scott Eisen/Getty Images

The 'Big Lie' Continues To Threaten Democracy

HERMON, ME - NOVEMBER 03: A election worker moves between voting booths at a polling location on November 3, 2020 in Hermon, Maine. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Introducing ‘The Democracy Solutions Project’

Ahead of the 2024 election, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times are launching a new series examining how we can strengthen American democracy.

HERMON, ME - NOVEMBER 03: A election worker moves between voting booths at a polling location on November 3, 2020 in Hermon, Maine. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Scott Eisen/Getty Images

 

In what ways is democracy under threat in the United States? And how do we strengthen our union?

Those are two of the key questions posed in a new series of reports, editorials, podcasts and radio segments from WBEZ and the Sun-Times called “The Democracy Solutions Project,” which will run through the 2024 presidential election. The project is a partnership between Chicago Public Media and the University of Chicago’s Center for Effective Government at the Harris School of Public Policy.

To kick off the project, Reset discusses threats to democracy and potential antidotes to those threats as well as how we can improve civic engagement at the local and national levels.

GUESTS: Will Howell, Sydney Stein Professor, Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, director of UChicago’s Center for Effective Government

Eric Liu, CEO and co-founder of Citizen University, author of several books, including You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen

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