Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill. Listen on the web at WERU.org. The show can also be heard in the Portland area at 11:30 a.m., the first Sunday of the following month, at WMPG Community Radio, 90.9 FM Portland, streaming at WMPG.org.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

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Here is information about our latest or upcoming broadcast.

September 17 — The Two-party System and the Future of Our Democracy

This new episode will be pre-recorded on September 15; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to news@weru.org with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power." ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

We'll talk about the history and the future of the two major parties, how parties change and evolve, how/why they splinter. Are the parties too strong or too weak? Are the two major parties in this moment so polarized that the system itself is undermined? Has the modern two-party system made us ungovernable? What reforms and options might be realistic? -- multi-member districts, proportional representation, ranked choice voting?

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.

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