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"Democracy, American-Style"

Series produced by Sharon Glassman

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Fifteen, 2-minute 'real-person' thoughts on democracy recorded at a cider stand set up in Brooklyn.

"When politics gives you rotten apples, make apple cider!"

To get real people talking about democracy, producers Sharon Glassman and Gale Mayron build a cider-stand in Brooklyn, offering folks a cool beverage for their thoughts.

The result: 15, two-minute segments -- passionate, informed, inspiring -- featuring speakers from TX, FL, MI, Minn, South Africa PA, and around the corner.

Airable w/ or w/out intro/outro.

Producers' fave five: "Mandela...Bush", "I Voted for the Dead Man", "We Don't Have to Agree," "Question Everything," "Definitions and Best Guesses."


15 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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"Anees" (sp?) from Brooklyn says post 9/11 democracy lacks civil liberties

Bought by PRX Administrator


  • Added: Oct 21, 2003
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Ted from TX gives us America's "mission statement" by reciting the Preamble to the Constitution and explain how teaching kids how to run meetings h...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Sep 22, 2003
  • Length: 02:05
  • Purchases: 1
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Bob, a law professor explains why democracy's "big ideas" depend on us -- and offers a prescription.

Bought by WMPG


  • Added: Sep 20, 2003
  • Length: 02:02
  • Purchases: 1
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David, a law professor, explains why democracy works best in smaller units -- like his parents' commune

  • Added: Sep 19, 2003
  • Length: 02:05
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Bob, descendant of a Revolutionary-War Brooklyn family, explains the Why of Democracy -- now, and then.

Bought by WUIS and WUSF


  • Added: Sep 18, 2003
  • Length: 02:04
  • Purchases: 2
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Steve, a young Detriot politician, and his fiancee', Sharon, talk about why his career democracy involves major compromises -- and why they don't t...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2003
  • Length: 02:07
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Steve, who recently got elected to office in Detroit, and his fiancee', Sharon, lay out the links between dollars and democracy.

  • Added: Sep 16, 2003
  • Length: 02:07
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Donathan, a local singer/songwriter challenges listeners to ditch their complacency and vote!

Bought by KERA


  • Added: Sep 15, 2003
  • Length: 02:05
  • Purchases: 1
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If democracy is a marketplace of ideas, Judith asks, why are people scared to say what they believe, and so willing to vote for politicians who don't?

Bought by WAMC, WMPG, and WVPE


  • Added: Sep 14, 2003
  • Length: 02:04
  • Purchases: 3
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Grace, a Brooklyn-born Democratic poll worker in Sarasota for Election 2000, explains how the experience changed her views on democracy.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2003
  • Length: 02:06
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Nadine from South Africa remembers voting for Mandela in 94 and asks, crying: Why don't Americans value democracy more?

Bought by KWCW and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Sep 12, 2003
  • Length: 02:03
  • Purchases: 2
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Kenny, a "visionary kid" votes, reads the paper and is giving up his dreams of fixing democracy to become a fireman.

  • Added: Sep 11, 2003
  • Length: 02:06
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Essie from Phila: People need to listen to the news, not just soundbites (and not just NPR!)

  • Added: Sep 10, 2003
  • Length: 02:08
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Ron, from Minnesota, explains his most important vote was for a man who wasn't even alive...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2003
  • Length: 02:06
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A world of accents and opinions -- intellectual and emotional -- about what the word Democracy means.

Bought by Littleglobe and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Sep 08, 2003
  • Length: 02:12
  • Purchases: 2