Political Science


New! Let The People Decide 109 min.

"Let the People Decide" traces the history of voting rights struggles in the United States from 1960 through the present day.

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New! McConnell, the GOP & the Court 54 min.

How Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell helped transform the Supreme Court and U.S. politics. Amid scrutiny of the high court, and a power struggle in the GOP, McConnell’s rise and role pushing the judiciary to the right, and America’s polarized democracy.

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New! Does America Need a Third Party?: A Debate (Audio Only) 51 min.

For much of its history, the United States has had a two-party system, with Democrats and Republicans vying for office. Indeed, since the Civil War (1861–65), every president has been a Democrat or Republican, along with most governors and members of Congress and state legislatures. Supporters of the two-party system argue that it fosters stability, simplifies voting decisions, and encourages broa...

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New! Should NATO Admit Ukraine?: A Debate 50 min.

Founded in 1949 as a mutual defense alliance among nations in North America and Western Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) today has 31 member countries. Four more countries—including Ukraine—have declared their desire to join the alliance. Ukraine has sought to move away from Russia’s sphere of influence in recent years and align itself more closely with the West. Since Russia...

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Is the Democratic Party Too Far Left?: A Debate 51 min.

Defund the police. Pass the Green New Deal. Redistribute the wealth. These are but a few of the demands that the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party has voiced in recent years. With the emergence of "The Squad" in 2018—a group of four Democratic members of Congress who embraced various far-left and socialist proposals—some liberal lawmakers have pressed their case more fervently. And with De...

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Is the FDA Too Cautious?: A Debate 50 min.

Since its creation in 1906, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has helped ensure that the food and drugs Americans consume are safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic in the early 2020s, however, the FDA came under heavy criticism for moving too slowly to approve vaccines. This slow pace of approval, some charged, endangered the lives of many people who were infected with the coronavirus. Othe...

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Should Congress Abolish the Debt Ceiling?: A Debate 50 min.

For years, the U.S. government has been spending more money than it takes in, resulting in a national debt of more than $31 trillion. To fund government operations, Congress has raised the debt ceiling—the amount of money the government can borrow from banks, investors, and foreign countries—more than 70 times. If the federal government breaches the debt ceiling, the law prevents it from funding m...

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Should the Supreme Court Focus on the Original Meaning of the Constitution?: A Debate 50 min.

Since the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787, Americans have debated how the document, which sets forth the structure of the U.S. government, should be interpreted and applied. Some argue that the U.S. Supreme Court, which oversees the federal judiciary, should focus on the Constitution’s original meaning as the drafters understood it. This approach, supporters contend, keeps the Constitution f...

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Mayor Humphrey of Minneapolis 58 min.

Hubert Humphrey was Mayor of the city of Minneapolis from 1945 to 1948, and in only three short years in office, he changed the face of the city. With little administrative power to counter the deep rooted corruption in the city, Mayor Humphrey had to use unconventional tactics to get things done. Interviews with Bill Moyers, President Carter, Art Naftalin and others, this documentary examines Hum...

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Clarence and Ginni Thomas: Politics, Power and the Supreme Court 114 min.

As controversy erupts around Clarence and Ginni Thomas, the inside story of their path to power. How race, power and controversy collide in the rise of the Supreme Court Justice and his wife – a couple reshaping American law and politics.

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