Local Politics and Citizen Participation

One of the signatures of American democracy, the New England town meeting, is fading into obscurity. And that's just one indicator of a national trend. Hear why interest in local politics is flagging, and tell us what's happening where you live. Join NPR's Neal Conan and his guests for that discussion.

Guests:

Peter Millham
*Former moderator of the Guilford Town meetings

Robert D. Putnam
*Founder of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
*Professor of public policy at Harvard

Robert Lang
*Director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech
*Co-editor of Redefining Urban & Suburban America: Evidence from Census 2000

Charlie Lyons
*President of the National League of Cities
*Superintendent of Shawsheen Technical School District in Billerica, Mass.
*Selectman in Arlington, Mass.

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