Civics 101

Civics 101

From New Hampshire Public Radio

Ever wonder what a White House Chief of Staff actually does? How about a Press Secretary? And is gerrymandering still a thing in this country?The first 100 days of the Trump administration is the perfect time to bone up on civics you should have learned in school...but probably didn't. Civics 101 is your podcast guide to what you need to know, when it matters most.More from Civics 101 »

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 17: Veto

The presidential veto is one of the cornerstones of the system of constitutional checks and balances the framers used to prevent the misuse or abuse of power within any branch of government. How has the veto been used historically and more recently? In this episode we cover the basics of the veto.

Episode 16: Gerrymandering

Over the years, gerrymandering has become synonymous with weirdly-shaped maps of electoral districts, nefarious political maneuvering, and partisanship. But when did gerrymandering become the norm? Is it always used for political gain? And is there any way to stop it from happening? Our latest episode dives into the complicated history of the gerrymander. #civics101pod Submit your questions through our website: www.civics101podcast.org

Episode 15: Department of State & Department of Defense

They are two of the most powerful positions in a president's cabinet: the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense. One has been around since the American Revolution, the other is relatively new. So what exactly do these two departments and their heads do? And are diplomatic efforts and military strategy natural opposites? In this episode, the history and interaction between two of the most powerful US agencies. #civics101pod Submit your questions through our website: www.civics101podcast.org

Episode 14: The Office Presidential Correspondence

George Washington received five letters a day, Theodore Roosevelt received so many letters it became a fire hazard at the White House, and Ronald Reagan loved reading mail from the country's youngest citizens. In today's super connected world, who's in charge of handling all the correspondence addressed to the President? We look into the history of the Office of Presidential Correspondence and go behind the scenes of the Obama administration to see how mail of all kinds gets sorted. #civics101pod Submit your questions through our website: www.civics101podcast.org

Episode 13: Filibuster

From Jimmy Stewart's unyielding speech in "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" to today's threats of using the nuclear option for approving Supreme Court nominees, the term "filibuster" gets thrown around a lot, but what is it? What are the rules governing this sanctioned form of unruliness? And is it effective? #civics101pod Submit your questions through our website: www.civics101podcast.org

Episode 12: The Nuclear Codes

What exactly does it mean when we say a president "has the nuclear codes"? Is it really as simple as pressing a button? And what happens after a president does order a nuclear strike? Retired Marine lieutenant colonel James W. Weirick explains. #civics101pod Submit your questions through our website: www.civics101podcast.org

Episode 11: The State of the Union Address

The State of the Union address is a longstanding tradition that involves bizarre, unexplained protocol and more applause than a high school graduation. It's also mandated by the constitution. In this episode, we learn how the SOTU has changed since George Washington delivered the very first one to a joint session of Congress way back in 1790. #civics101pod

Episode 10: Impeachment

A number of listeners have asked about a consequential government procedure: How is a president impeached? And why is it that the presidents that have been impeached haven't been removed from office? Our guide today is Julia Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. #civics101pod Submit your questions: civics101@nhpr.org www.civics101podcast.org or call the Civics 101 hotline: 202-798-6865

Episode 9: Overturning a Supreme Court Ruling

We're staying on the federal court system beat with a deeper look into the Supreme Court. The word "supreme"is defined as: "an authority or office superior to all others." So when the Supreme Court decides on a case, it's final, right? Not exactly. In Episode 9, we cover the handful of ways a Supreme Court ruling can be overturned or nullified. #civics101pod Submit your questions: civics101@nhpr.org www.civics101podcast.org or call the Civics 101 hotline: 202-798-6865

Episode 8: Federal Courts

When a trio of judges on a federal appeals court in Washington state upheld a freeze on president Trump's Executive Order on immigration, some people celebrated, the administration protested - and at least a few people said: "Wait a minute... How *do* the federal courts work? Episode 8 looks into the structure and power of the federal courts - what they can do, how they do it, and why it matters. #civics101pod Submit your questions: civics101@nhpr.org www.civics101podcast.org or call the Civics 101 hotline: 202-798-6865

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