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Democracy Works / Candidate Dale Kerns (Lib)

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Nov 2, 2018 4:31 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, November 2, 2018:

"If you're looking for partisan bickering or hot takes on the news, this is not the podcast for you. We aim to rise above the daily news grind to take a broader look at issues impacting democracy."

That's how the Democracy Works podcast created by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University is described.  The podcast points out that we often hear about how democracy is failing today, but how does it actually work?

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy examines democracy from multiple angles, saying they are "partisan for democracy" and that they don't take sides on the political spectrum. 

Appearing on Friday's Smart Talk to discuss Democracy Works and why and how it works are Michael Berkman (Ph.D), director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy (MID), Christopher Beem (PhD), Managing Director of MID and Jenna Spinelle, communications specialist at MID. 

Also, Smart Talk hosts our final candidate conversation with Dale Kerns, a Libertarian running for the U.S. Senate.

Smart Talk invited the candidates for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Governor's office to appear on the program so that voters can hear where they stand on the issues.  Hear the candidates here.



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