Civics 101

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How do landmark Supreme Court decisions affect our lives? What does the 2nd Amendment really say? Why does the Senate have so much power? Civics 101 is the podcast about how our democracy works…or is supposed to work, anyway.

Recent Episodes
  • What's up with those flags?
    Jun 11, 2024 – 00:30:42
  • Strikes, Unions and Workers' Rights
    Jun 4, 2024 – 01:07:41
  • Why do we have the National Zoo?
    May 28, 2024 – 00:28:18
  • What's it like to report on Congress?
    May 21, 2024 – 00:22:16
  • Why ballot design matters
    May 14, 2024 – 00:33:04
  • What is Money?
    May 7, 2024 – 00:20:46
  • A city government, a looming disaster, and a complicated choice
    Apr 30, 2024 – 00:30:47
  • "I see a temple that we built."
    Apr 26, 2024 – 00:34:46
  • Why are we printing so much paper money? (D.C. field trip dispatch)
    Apr 26, 2024 – 00:27:27
  • The Constitution is not vegan! (D.C. field trip dispatch)
    Apr 24, 2024 – 00:18:57
  • Why is Marbury v. Madison in Trump’s Supreme Court brief?
    Apr 23, 2024 – 00:46:08
  • What do the RNC and DNC do?
    Apr 16, 2024 – 00:26:12
  • How to file your taxes
    Apr 9, 2024 – 00:37:38
  • Why do we pay income taxes, again?
    Apr 9, 2024 – 00:35:50
  • Promises, Promises: What Biden and Trump are saying they'll do if elected
    Apr 2, 2024 – 00:44:45
  • How did Lochner v. New York end up on the naughty list?
    Mar 26, 2024 – 00:40:07
  • How Can The Government Ban TikTok?
    Mar 18, 2024 – 00:20:14
  • Can the Supreme Court save us from ourselves?
    Mar 12, 2024 – 00:24:20
  • Amending the Constitution
    Mar 5, 2024 – 00:18:25
  • What's Going On With Civics Education?
    Feb 27, 2024 – 00:55:43
  • Extra Credit: How to Argue Against Disinformation; Trump Trials Update
    Feb 20, 2024 – 00:31:11
  • What Are Presidential Pardons?
    Feb 13, 2024 – 00:28:19
  • How Should We Govern the Algorithm?
    Feb 6, 2024 – 00:47:29
  • What is Federalist 10?
    Jan 30, 2024 – 00:22:09
  • Election 2024: What Is Happening?
    Jan 23, 2024 – 00:23:09
  • How much do government employees get paid?
    Jan 16, 2024 – 00:22:12
  • Rumors and Lies, the American Version
    Jan 9, 2024 – 00:57:00
  • Expulsion from Congress
    Jan 2, 2024 – 00:19:49
  • Can we fix school lunch?
    Dec 26, 2023 – 00:40:56
  • The Politics of School Lunch
    Dec 19, 2023 – 00:33:08
  • Does Santa Break The Law?
    Dec 12, 2023 – 00:23:25
  • What is a Federal Holiday?
    Dec 5, 2023 – 00:24:22
  • Term Limits for Congress?
    Nov 28, 2023 – 00:27:14
  • What is the Order of Succession?
    Nov 21, 2023 – 00:23:14
  • SCOTUS Watchlist
    Nov 14, 2023 – 00:29:09
  • What powers does the Speaker of the House have?
    Nov 7, 2023 – 00:21:02
  • The After School Satan Club
    Oct 31, 2023 – 00:22:46
  • Heather Cox Richardson on the State of America
    Oct 24, 2023 – 01:04:35
  • The National Weather Service
    Oct 17, 2023 – 00:31:44
  • Separation of Church and State
    Oct 10, 2023 – 00:29:28
  • BONUS: American Girl Dolls and YOU
    Oct 4, 2023 – 00:27:30
  • What Are Government Shutdowns?
    Oct 3, 2023 – 00:24:11
  • A (Sorta) Civics Trivia Battle
    Sep 26, 2023 – 00:26:16
  • Did American Girl Dolls Do Right By History? (Part 2)
    Sep 19, 2023 – 00:48:56
  • Did American Girl Dolls Do Right By History? (Part 1)
    Sep 19, 2023 – 00:41:39
  • Classified Documents
    Sep 12, 2023 – 00:32:02
  • What is RICO?
    Sep 5, 2023 – 00:21:45
  • The Republican and Democratic Parties
    Aug 29, 2023 – 00:41:30
  • Civics Education 2: When the Curriculum is Against the Law
    Aug 22, 2023 – 00:29:02
  • What Is (or Was) Affirmative Action?
    Aug 15, 2023 – 00:36:41
Recent Reviews
  • LostInOklahoma
    Definition of money
    A bartering tool. Like wire cutters are an electrical tool. 🤩
  • Constitutionally speaking
    This is a great show!
    I started listening to this show about a month ago. It’s very informative, factual and very well researched. Nick and Hannah’s enthusiasm for the Constitution and the workings of government are contagious! Bravo and well done to the team who produces this wonderful podcast. They are stewards of American democracy.
  • Georgie2000000000000000
    TSG
    If you are looking for a podcast about American civics, keep looking. Civics is the study of government structure, constitutional underpinnings and legal systems. Knowledge of the powers government has and those it doesn’t, is essential to American citizenship. So is knowing when your rights are being violated. This pod thinks civics is social studies/history. It lumbers through even those topics in a boring, condescending way. The two episodes I listened to interviewed the same person twice and half of it was an exact repeat of material covered in the first. I’m deeply disappointed, because a real pod about civics is sorely needed.
  • Corgichick
    Love this show!
    I just discovered this show and it’s been the show I’ve been looking for!! It is so factual, modern, not left or right, blue or red. Plain facts. I love learning about what helped form and shape our country into what it is, and all the little details that got us here. The little details no one really thinks about. Keep up the great work and make the episodes longer!
  • LadyAudley
    Mixed feelings
    I like that they try to be fair and present both sides of an issue in good faith. But there are some issues. For example in the latest episode about campaign promises from Biden and Trump, they discussed Biden’s promises around reproductive rights and DIDN'T MENTION TRUMP’s STANCE at all. Isn’t that pretty important information? Why was that completely skipped??
  • Dusie B.
    Everything civics.....
    I'm an 85 year old woman who thought I knew my way around our country's constitution. WRONG !!! I can't tell you how appreciative I am of your program. I've been generally conservative but not nutty about it...have usually found myself voting for moral laws and personal integrity of candidates. However, after Jan. 6, all cards were on the table and after living through WW2 (Dad fought in WW1, brothers in WW2) I knew a fascist wannabe when I saw it. I just needed to dive deeper into the Constitution. Thank you for that. Your programs are concise, intelligent and short enough to hold my old brain's interest. Keep it up, you wonderful young people. I've passed on your podcast info to my grandchildren. Embarrassingly, my kidlets usually say,"Grandma Sue, we know that stuff". I really hope so..... Sue Donohoe Plano, Texas ....(God help us down here).
  • A dyslexic who loves books
    My favorite civics pod
    Incredibly entertaining and accessible. I recommended to so many people it really breaks things down and makes you realize that you’re not the only one that has these questions. :)
  • Northgolfer
    Very entertaining and informative
    For those who question how deep they go into a subject, remember this is a “100 level course”. It is meant to be an introduction to a topic. This podcast nails it perfectly. In addition, far to many voters do not understand how the government works. This podcast helps educate voters on what politicians can and cannot accomplish on their own while in office
  • Katet in NC
    Entertaining but biased
    The show’s hosts are entertaining and tell great stories about American civics, government and legal theories. However, it’s clear they are biased against conservatives. They are subtle about it oftentimes omitting key facts that would highlight how democrats are as nefarious as republicans in certain civil matters. Oh well. I expect it coming from NPR. Nonetheless it’s a good podcast.
  • WSKG member
    Fun and interesting and very informative
    These two people go together like peas and carrots. They do their research and present the information in clear and timely ways. I never miss a new podcast and I enjoy every minute of these episodes while learning so much. And yes, I support the station just because of this podcast. Checkout the website!!
  • Ti317
    Very thinly veiled propaganda
    The danger with most good propaganda is that it contains some truthful elements. This podcast is no exception. It cherry picks what facts to highlight and which to ignore or deny. The 2nd Amendment episode is a prime example. It ignores the Magna Carta which is a progenitor of the Amendment, as well as writings on the subject by the Framers. I can also do without the 2nd grade reading rainbow voices but I guess it is aimed at simpletons
  • butterdesign
    Like your favorite teachers were: smart and funny
    It’s so timely to share how government works, and how it’s meant to work. Two naturally very funny hosts draw out the humor already there in our history of peculiar characters and evolved systems, paired with the how and why instead of just the - snore - what and when. There’s plenty of dry reading on these topics out there but here’s where you might, instead, have your interest sparked and civic action inspired.
  • this game has no talent
    reconstruction episode is essential to all Americans.
    thank you for this episode.
  • Textdgh
    Bias shaded with a little truth
    Another wing biased show purporting to be educational.
  • curiosity in 21st century
    Much needed
    Since Civics was dropped from school curriculum and ignored. As Justice O’Connor stated over many years, she was amazed and saddened by the amount of ignorance she met. She devised a Civics lecture series to address the many, many problems because of the lack of education or misconceptions regarding HOW we were to live in a American democracy. Thank you for teaching the BASICS OF OUR LAWS AND GOVERANCE .
  • History Podcast junkie
    This is not civics
    Anyone who thinks this isn’t just another news show peddling a narrative has bought into the narrative. Most of the opinions lead in a democrat national committee talking point direction. Write me off as a Trump supporter, which I am not, to dismiss an opposing point of view. I’m a college educated with degree in political science and another in public administration. I was actually taught how things function and act in a world where elected politicians manage government employees. That’s civics with out political opinion injected. It’s simply the mechanics of how a government functions. It’s pretty boring to most but I enjoy it.
  • Critime
    Great Info, please leave the ReadyRainbow sound affects out
    It is so condescending to think your listening audience can’t understand this fantastic information without the Reading Rainbow sound effects, musical interjections and over the top enunciation by the two hosts. I find it incredibly distracting.
  • Humanhere
    Feedback and Questions
    I love this show. How do I submit questions to the hosts?
  • gavingoodman30
    Educational and Easy
    This podcast makes learning about all the different topics they go through so easy. I don’t worry about learning or taking information down, I just listen to the stories and it all comes with it. Great way to do a podcast. Keep killing it guys!
  • Taestepney
    Great Education
    I love their style of teaching Civics
  • J P Dukes
    Terrific Show
    Not only do you learn a lot from this show, it's really well made, and the hosts' conversational style really works. As a podcast guy, I know firsthand how hard it is to make that work well, while still telling a compelling narrative with audio interviews. I'm super impressed.
  • bravopunk88
    Clear bias
    Generally a fan of the show, but the most recent episode on isms was patently biased
  • T. Bizzle 1
    Way downhill
    This podcast used to be great but has gone way downhill the last couple of years. It went from a fact-based, informative show on the workings of government aimed at middle & high-schoolers to a much more biased take on issues that only presents one side and uses the trendy language of those in academia. This show is well past it’s prime and I am looking for a new podcast that gets back to the basics of government and politics heading into the 2024 election cycle.
  • Pass The Hot Sauce
    My favorite podcast
    I am a huge consumer of podcast content and Civics 101 consistently stays as my favorite to listen to. It is perfect for my recreational love of government and politics, and Nick and Hannah are fun and engaging. I am always looking forward to the next episode, and consistently re-listen to past episodes. Great show, keep up the strong work!
  • J-spg
    Good concept but extremely biased
    Great podcast concept and well put together. Some of the episodes are excellent and very educational. The issue I have is that it bills itself as an educational/fact based podcast but exhibits extreme bias and in some case false information that supports a narrative.
  • jsudave
    Amazing
    This is the podcast I have always wanted but couldn’t seem to find. It is amazing what we do not know but assume that we do.
  • brookies23
    Incomplete information
    It’s a well done podcast, but the amount of bias brings educational value into question. You would think that a civics/history podcast would fairly represent both sides.
  • Zed_55
    A podcast to save to listen & repeat .
    A national treasure of our civic responsibilities to learn and inform others.
  • 50+ Personal Trainer
    Outstanding Podcast
    Hannah and Nick are fabulous hosts. I’ve been listening to and enjoying this podcast for quite a while. I totally trust the information presented by them and in this current environment, that’s saying a lot. Today I’ve become a monthly sustainer. I should have done this a long time ago. Thank you for your hard work!
  • Lea tard
    Love this show
    Although I wish I would’ve paid more attention in high school I love the show. Thank you. Keep up the good work.
  • Rsosa71811111
    Civics that should be taught in schools
    Informative show and civics education. Listening for years and appreciative of all the work they do! Thank you!
  • Hedilamar
    Great show
    This show is very informative and covers a variety of topics.
  • Still Listening 2
    Good Civics Education
    Very informative show and have been listening for years. But, how can you do a propaganda episode without mentioning the government’s efforts to control the narrative and suppress alternative views on anything related to COVID? A concerted all-of-government effort is certainly more worthy of mention than some untruths spouted by the former President off the cuff. Also in the most recent episode, isn’t it common knowledge that the President Obama birth certificate mudslinging originated from the Hillary Clinton campaign during their battle for the Democratic nomination in 2008? Yes, to be perpetuated by President Trump…
  • piggmann51
    Left bias exposed
    Wow. Generally this podcast provides good information. However this episode only had examples of disinformation and misinformation from the right. No mention of the Russia hoax, Clinton email scandal and others from the left. Very disingenuous and intellectually dishonest. But what would one expect from the Brookings Institution, who is as far left as one could be. Need to provide balanced information and leave the bias out.
  • Ms Cogito
    Great for students and teachers
    I assign or recommend these episodes in my government class. Informative, succinct and entertaining.
  • SHIPLEY FAMILY
    Excellent for simple, general explanations!
    Appreciate the simplicity of highly complex topics and issues.
  • Hodge004
    Well written, well produced, and fascinating topics
    Absolutely love the podcast! Most of the topics are unique and something you have never consider before, or others are items that impact our every day lives but you never really sit back to think about it. Overall, the quality is fancy. Highly recommend!
  • lexiiiui2019
    Love this podcast!
    The hosts break down such lengthy topics into 30-40 minutes in an engaging, informative and fun way! 💚
  • Tom in Virginia
    Un-academic commentary, not a fair-minded presentation
    I listened to the 2nd Amendment episode and, wonder of wonders, they found two professors who agree that the 2nd Amendment is not at all what conservatives or the NRA claim. They even managed to scorn the Jan 6 riots (which were unarmed riots) in their commentary on bearing arms. Are these weak and juvenile arguments - I forgot hypocritically one-sided - the best that NPR and the Left can muster? Yes, that’s a pun.
  • Kris j r
    Listener supported?
    Good show, occasional left bias is exposed but overall informative. My only question, you constantly beg for money and claim the show is expressly listener supported. And then I get to listen to a 30 second indeed advertisement. What’s up with that?
  • Lena Reid
    Civics
    Love it!!! Gonna make my kid listen to it!
  • Begown
    Civics 101
    If you’re screeching in the review of a civics podcast that “It’S nOt A dEmOcRaCy It’S a RePuBlIc” then you should should probably listen to a civics podcast. (Hint: a republic is a representative democracy.)
  • mflikeslaw
    Enlightening, Thoughtful and Ultimately Fun!
    Civics 101 is THE source for insight about the the United State’s beginnings, flaws and continuing transformation. This is the go to podcast for those interested in the nation’s democratic republic!
  • Shannanigans1
    So informative!
    Not only is this podcast informative but also very entertaining. Love it!
  • PescadoMPA
    A wonderful civic lesson for anyone
    A great and knowledgable podcast to get your lessons in history. Short, concise, and well put together. Love it.
  • RichmondRiddick
    Important service to civil conversations
    Always fascinating. And to those touting bias, little with humans transcend bias but if you have critical thinking skills, you can seek objective podcasts and then form an opinion. We have the right to disagree but we don't have the right to our own set of make-believe facts. I feel confident listening to this podcast I'm getting facts.
  • Emery Says Hello
    Freshman Year Civics Class
    If you care about being an informed citizen, THIS IS THE SHOW!! Easy to follow story-based content. Designed for kids so it doesn’t do deep dives (it’s not supposed to) as a college student this show is invaluable because it gives me a safe starting point for any discussion, debate, or essay. In a world where people are quick to attack you out of a conversation because you are an “idiot” basic civics knowledge is a life line to having your voice heard over all the noise.
  • 073
    Civics 101
    Great podcast - teaches civics, a neglected subject in most schools. This should be required listening for all students and especially for all voters who want to be informed. Really impactful podcast. Because I admire their work I donate to New Hampshire Public Radio [and i live on the other side of the country!].
  • GOH Lover
    Love this
    Civic nerds & novices will all love this podcast!!
  • geekmee
    How it’s suppose to work
    I love the work that you guys do and I have learned a lot. But it’s become increasingly obvious that the way it’s suppose to work is just window dressing or talking a good game, compared to how things really get done.
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