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Democracy! The Podcast

Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award. Each episode takes an in-depth look at some of the biggest challenges facing the vitality of democracy around the world. Produced in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute,  hear from some of the most experienced experts working in the field of democracy, rights, and governance and learn from first-hand accounts as they share how they tackle real-life problems and help move countries towards a more democratic process for all.

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Episode 1

The Power of the Press: Media’s Role in Democracy

As the rise of corruption, authoritarian power and nefarious interference takes hold in many countries the power of the press has been challenged throughout the globe.  In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we’ll examine the role media plays in sustaining a free and independent society, and why the bad guys always take first aim at the press corps.   


Episode 2

Under Attack: Malign Influence & Disinformation

While the explosive growth of digital and social media has increased universal access to information over the past several years, nations with nefarious intent, including Russia and China, can now sow seeds of chaos and confusion more easily than ever. In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we’ll focus on the threat malign influence and disinformation present to stable societies and democracies everywhere.


Episode 3

The COVID Conundrum

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned countless lives upside down, disrupted hundreds of elections, and challenged our status quo of what we typically expect democracies to deliver. In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we’ll take a closer look at the impact COVID-19 has had on democracy.


Episode 4

The Next Generation

Across the planet, people under the age of 30 make up the largest youth count in history.  Yet, despite the reality that many face significant threats to their happiness and livelihoods, youth and the next generation offer some of the brightest spots across our horizons.     


Episode 5

When Women Win

On this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we take an in-depth look at what happens when women win.  Featuring special guest 64th US Secretary of State and Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, the Honorable Dr. Madeleine Albright, as she speaks out on some of the most urgent issues facing women around the world today and shares some of her best behind the scene stories as the US’s first top woman diplomat.


Episode 6

The Download: Haiti

From the shocking assassination of their president to a deadly earthquake and the crush of Covid, Haiti has dominated the headlines the past several months.  But on this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, find out why the media doesn’t always get the story about Haiti right, and why the news isn’t all bad for the Caribbean’s 2nd largest island.  


Episode 7

Ukraine: Stronger Together

Ukraine’s 30-years of statehood has been a series of highs and lows towards a stable democracy. In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we are joined by all three of the consortium’s members to talk about the power of their partnership. Then the Mayor of Kyiv, the Honorable Vitali Klitschko, sits down with Adrienne to discuss how his years in the boxing ring prepared him to fight for democracy.  


Episode 8

Navigating the Northern Triangle: Part 1

The Northern Triangle, made up of Northern Central America countries including Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, has faced many challenges when it comes to building strong, resilient democracies. However, civil society organizations, citizens and election bodies continue to fight for good governance.


Episode 9

Navigating the Northern Triangle: Part 2

Irregular migration is a global crisis responsible for critical health, economic, security, and citizenship issues everywhere. In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we dive headfirst into the issue of immigration in Guatemala as we talk to a few who have witnessed the problem first-hand.


Episode 10

Democratic Resilience

At the heart of democracy lies peace, security and resilience, and for some countries, these qualities are the toughest to come by.  So where does a nation even begin when trying to build a strong, resilient and lasting democracy?


This podcast is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through CEPPS. Established in 1995, CEPPS pools the expertise of three premier international organizations dedicated to democratic development: IFES, IRI, and NDI. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.