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Inspiring Americans to think about how we live together, with short explainers, conversations, and surprising stories about the institutions and ideas we invent to govern our lives at the local level. It's local government for non-wonks and above-average citizens, covering everything from district attorneys, to city charters, to zoning, to public schools.

Latest Episodes

Environmental Issues at the State Level

An Interview with Josh McNeil, Executive Director of Conservation Voters of PA. As the Trump administration rolls back environmental protections at the nation level, some states will serve as bulwarks, enacting their own state level protections. Currently, Pennsylvania is not one of those states. Not by a longshot. Josh McNeil is working to change that. https://www.conservationpa.org/

34 MIN2018 OCT 16
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Environmental Issues at the State Level

Anatomy of a Winning State House Campaign with Amanda McIllmurray

Elizabeth Fiedler was a respected reporter for Philadelphia public radio station WHYY. In 2017, she set her career aside to run for a State House seat in South Philly. Not only did she win handedly--turnout in the district was as high as it had been in the last Presidential election. Amanda McIllmurray was at the helm of the campaign through that May primary. We talk about the tactics and principles that led to Fiedler's win, and which may have led to such a stunning turnout for the district.

33 MIN2018 OCT 2
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Anatomy of a Winning State House Campaign with Amanda McIllmurray

State Legislatures Part 2: Rewind

In episode 008 we took a look at the way state legislatures work. But when we only talk about the way institutions work today, it’s easy to accept that that’s how they were meant to be, or how they must be. A look back can rid us of the assumption that history is a straight line, and that our institutions are always progressing. On this episode, we look back at a few evolutionary milestones, and ask the question: are today's institutions where where we want to be?

21 MIN2018 SEP 19
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State Legislatures Part 2: Rewind

State Legislatures Part 1: Nuts and Bolts

Even with gerrymandering making some headlines, the states tend to get lost between local and national news cycles. And yet they are often pushing national policy conversations, and consistently influencing the daily lives of citizens. In the next three episodes, we attempt to give states their due. We kick off by considering why states are so relevant to both national politics and our daily lives. That, plus a quick look at what they're actually doing up there in that dome.

14 MIN2018 SEP 4
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State Legislatures Part 1: Nuts and Bolts

Trash Talk with Michelle Feldman and Nic Esposito of Philly's Waste and Litter Cabinet

Every week a city employee or contractor comes and whisks your trash away to some far off place. But it turns out 'away' isn't that far, and it's filling up fast. Hear about one city's plan to curb their waste and litter problem.

29 MIN2018 JUL 24
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Trash Talk with Michelle Feldman and Nic Esposito of Philly's Waste and Litter Cabinet

Lancaster and Machine Politics with Kevin Ressler

A community leader, activist, and lifelong resident of Lancaster, PA talks about what he learned from his 2017 campaign to become the city's youngest mayor.

30 MIN2018 MAR 12
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Lancaster and Machine Politics with Kevin Ressler

Gerrymandering in North Carolina

In this episode, you'll hear from Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause, North Carolina, about gerrymandering in his state and how it fits into the story that's playing out around the country. With a quick primer on redistricting, what's it's supposed to accomplish, and how it got so (literally) twisted.

22 MIN2018 FEB 26
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Gerrymandering in North Carolina

Risk and Needs Assessment: A Primer

Human judgment is imperfect. Because of that, local governments are developing or purchasing risk and needs assessment tools to support decision making at various points throughout the criminal justice system. Can stats and computers help us make better decisions about punishment and rehabilitation?

34 MIN2018 FEB 19
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Risk and Needs Assessment: A Primer

Evidence-based Justice: An Interview with James Greiner

In this episode you'll hear fromDr. James Greiner, Professor at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of Harvard's Access to Justice Lab. His work is devoted to advancing an evidence-based approach in US legal practice. We’ll talk about why law is decades behind medicine, and we’ll get into how that relates to the role of the District Attorney.

22 MIN2018 JAN 16
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Evidence-based Justice: An Interview with James Greiner

The District Attorney: A Primer

Today we talk about one of the most powerful figures in local government: the prosecutor.

22 MIN2018 JAN 3
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The District Attorney: A Primer

Latest Episodes

Environmental Issues at the State Level

An Interview with Josh McNeil, Executive Director of Conservation Voters of PA. As the Trump administration rolls back environmental protections at the nation level, some states will serve as bulwarks, enacting their own state level protections. Currently, Pennsylvania is not one of those states. Not by a longshot. Josh McNeil is working to change that. https://www.conservationpa.org/

34 MIN2018 OCT 16
Comments
Environmental Issues at the State Level

Anatomy of a Winning State House Campaign with Amanda McIllmurray

Elizabeth Fiedler was a respected reporter for Philadelphia public radio station WHYY. In 2017, she set her career aside to run for a State House seat in South Philly. Not only did she win handedly--turnout in the district was as high as it had been in the last Presidential election. Amanda McIllmurray was at the helm of the campaign through that May primary. We talk about the tactics and principles that led to Fiedler's win, and which may have led to such a stunning turnout for the district.

33 MIN2018 OCT 2
Comments
Anatomy of a Winning State House Campaign with Amanda McIllmurray

State Legislatures Part 2: Rewind

In episode 008 we took a look at the way state legislatures work. But when we only talk about the way institutions work today, it’s easy to accept that that’s how they were meant to be, or how they must be. A look back can rid us of the assumption that history is a straight line, and that our institutions are always progressing. On this episode, we look back at a few evolutionary milestones, and ask the question: are today's institutions where where we want to be?

21 MIN2018 SEP 19
Comments
State Legislatures Part 2: Rewind

State Legislatures Part 1: Nuts and Bolts

Even with gerrymandering making some headlines, the states tend to get lost between local and national news cycles. And yet they are often pushing national policy conversations, and consistently influencing the daily lives of citizens. In the next three episodes, we attempt to give states their due. We kick off by considering why states are so relevant to both national politics and our daily lives. That, plus a quick look at what they're actually doing up there in that dome.

14 MIN2018 SEP 4
Comments
State Legislatures Part 1: Nuts and Bolts

Trash Talk with Michelle Feldman and Nic Esposito of Philly's Waste and Litter Cabinet

Every week a city employee or contractor comes and whisks your trash away to some far off place. But it turns out 'away' isn't that far, and it's filling up fast. Hear about one city's plan to curb their waste and litter problem.

29 MIN2018 JUL 24
Comments
Trash Talk with Michelle Feldman and Nic Esposito of Philly's Waste and Litter Cabinet

Lancaster and Machine Politics with Kevin Ressler

A community leader, activist, and lifelong resident of Lancaster, PA talks about what he learned from his 2017 campaign to become the city's youngest mayor.

30 MIN2018 MAR 12
Comments
Lancaster and Machine Politics with Kevin Ressler

Gerrymandering in North Carolina

In this episode, you'll hear from Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause, North Carolina, about gerrymandering in his state and how it fits into the story that's playing out around the country. With a quick primer on redistricting, what's it's supposed to accomplish, and how it got so (literally) twisted.

22 MIN2018 FEB 26
Comments
Gerrymandering in North Carolina

Risk and Needs Assessment: A Primer

Human judgment is imperfect. Because of that, local governments are developing or purchasing risk and needs assessment tools to support decision making at various points throughout the criminal justice system. Can stats and computers help us make better decisions about punishment and rehabilitation?

34 MIN2018 FEB 19
Comments
Risk and Needs Assessment: A Primer

Evidence-based Justice: An Interview with James Greiner

In this episode you'll hear fromDr. James Greiner, Professor at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of Harvard's Access to Justice Lab. His work is devoted to advancing an evidence-based approach in US legal practice. We’ll talk about why law is decades behind medicine, and we’ll get into how that relates to the role of the District Attorney.

22 MIN2018 JAN 16
Comments
Evidence-based Justice: An Interview with James Greiner

The District Attorney: A Primer

Today we talk about one of the most powerful figures in local government: the prosecutor.

22 MIN2018 JAN 3
Comments
The District Attorney: A Primer