Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

Jul 2, 2012

When a neighbor is the antagonist….

Listen to this one-hour special at 11:00 am on Wednesday the 4th over Public Radio 89.5-1

This timely and sharply relevant special tells stories of American democracy at the local level. Hosted by Scott Simon, this program takes you to communities across the U.S., where local residents struggle with big issues. Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one’s antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different “color,” but a neighbor.

  • Energy: The people of Caroline, NY wrestle over the controversial gas drilling method known as fracking.
  • Civil Rights/Values: The debate over North Carolina's Marriage Amendment in an African American church in Hickory, NC. Immigration: In San Juan, Texas, the debate over how aggressively to police the border.
  • Government Spending: The "participatory budgeting" experiment in Chicago's 49th Ward.
  • Young People & Democracy: A look at how young people are engaging in politics and social action four years after the Obama Wave.
  • Environment: Fishermen in Kodiak, Alaska, their livelihoods threatened by ocean acidification, take steps to make their voices heard on carbon emissions.