Democracy in Crisis

  • Democracy In Crisis: The death of Freddie Gray and the future of police reform

    Democracy In Crisis: The death of Freddie Gray and the future of police reform

    On a cold and rainy day shortly after the election, I interviewed Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in his office overlooking the city's downtown. Donald Trump had just nominated noted racist Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and the consent decree the city had been negotiating with the...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 12: D. Watkins and the Death of Freddie Gray

    Democracy in Crisis Episode 12: D. Watkins and the Death of Freddie Gray

    On this week’s episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with D. Watkins, educator, editor at large at Salon.com, and the author of "The Cook Up," and "The Beast Side" about the drug war and Freddie Gray, who died after being arrested in Baltimore two years ago this week. And composer...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Republican dirty trickster disses square A.G. Sessions' outdated take on toking

    Democracy In Crisis: Republican dirty trickster disses square A.G. Sessions' outdated take on toking

    Roger Stone has two bongs shaped like his hero, Richard Nixon. "One's in the shape of his head, the other is kind of more artsy," he said. "They're both very cool but they're a symbol to me that the war on drugs, as waged by Nixon, was a failure. Is a failure." Stone, the famous Republican dirty-trickster...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Move over Louise Mensch, Roger Stone has a Carter Page theory of his own

    Democracy in Crisis: Move over Louise Mensch, Roger Stone has a Carter Page theory of his own

    Carter Page, the seemingly hapless, dead-eyed and bald-headed former-Trump adviser who is at the white-hot center of the controversy surrounding Trump campaign collusion with Russia, looks like he tried to learn to smile like Putin but can't pull it off. Yet he continues to accept offers to botch...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 11: Tax Resisters

    Democracy in Crisis Episode 11: Tax Resisters

    Feeling crushed by your own taxes, while wondered why the president won't release his? This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Democracy in Crisis' FOIA expert Mary Finn about her story on tax resisters. Co-host Marc Steiner is on a reporting trip in Alabama. And composer Ruby Fulton puts one...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Archaeological Notes on "Russia"

    Democracy In Crisis: Archaeological Notes on "Russia"

    After the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian interference with the U.S. election, I had to renew my press credentials and took the elevator down to the private subway that runs beneath the Capitol. As the train approached and the glass doors opened, I imagined a...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Paul Ryan’s No Good Very Bad Day

    Democracy In Crisis: Paul Ryan’s No Good Very Bad Day

    Friday afternoon, after a dramatic capitulation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walked out before the press and conceded defeat on what had been his party’s primary concern for the last seven years. “Obamacare is the law of the land,” Ryan said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 8: House Hearings on Possible Russian Involvement in the Election

    Democracy in Crisis Episode 8: House Hearings on Possible Russian Involvement in the Election

    In this week's episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk about the House Intelligence Committee hearings on possible Russian involvement in the U.S. election and ask—where does this all lead? Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Congress going "berserk" over Russia

    Democracy in Crisis: Congress going "berserk" over Russia

    Like the rest of the country, Congress has gone crazy. "The idea that Russia could come in and interfere with our election, all of us should be going berserk," Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings said Thursday, summarizing the mood on at least half of the Hill.  On Monday, the House Intelligence...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Republicans seek leaks, raise possibility of prosecuting press

    Democracy in Crisis: Republicans seek leaks, raise possibility of prosecuting press

    Republicans collectively twisted themselves into knots Monday in order to ignore what was really happening in the hearings on Russian hacking of the election and tried to use it as an opportunity for another attack on the free press. FBI Director James Comey confirmed during the House Select Intelligence...

  • Democracy in Crisis: The Man Behind FOIA

    Last week, reporters from the Indianapolis Star filed a state public records request and learned that while Mike Pence was governor he communicated using a hackable AOL account to conduct state business. And reporters used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law in 2015 to show that Hillary Clinton...

  • Democracy in Crisis: General Flynn's brother responds to "From Skater to Hater"

    Joe Flynn, the brother of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, wrote this letter in response to our story "From Skater to Hater: Mike Flynn's Wipe Out." We verified the identity of the author but did not edit the letter.  Baynard: I hope this finds you well. I am just so pissed at all the...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 5: Shane Bauer on Private Prisons & Stoned at CPAC

    Shane Bauer joins us to talk about private prisons in the Trump era. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo supporting the federal government's continuing use of private prisons, rescinding an Obama administration directive last year that aimed to reduce and eventually phase out...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Stoned Reflections from the Opposition Party

    I am stoned at CPAC. I am in hell. Here’s how it happened: Shortly after Steve Bannon laid out his vision of nationalism and the deconstruction of government on the first day of CPAC, I was writing a story over a beer at the National Press Club. On the television was Sean Spicer who said the regime...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Bannon brings nationalist deconstruction to CPAC

    Steve Bannon, the schlubby alt-right White House advisor who wants to destroy the state, was the clear star of the first day of the conservative circle jerk that is CPAC. Bannon shared the stage with Reince Priebus, former head of the Republican National Committee and Trump's chief of staff, but...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Church and Trump

    In front of the illuminated columns of the Supreme Court Building, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney and several other Christian activists gathered together, waiting for Donald Trump to announce his pick for Supreme Court justice—a spot left vacant for nearly a year after Republicans refused to acknowledge...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Occupying airports and the future of protest

    Donald Trump, Russian sex workers, and Vladimir Putin aren't the only ones who need to worry about piss. In a recent column about the Women's March in Washington on the day after the inauguration, Kate Drabinski wrote: "There's much to say about the politics and critiques of these events, but in...

  • Democracy in Crisis: A podcast discussing the BWI protest with one of its organizers

    In the first episode of the Democracy in Crisis podcast, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner speak with Payam, one of the organizers of a protest at Baltimore's BWI airport, about the Trump administration's indefinite ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Lawyers at Dulles fight for travelers trapped by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

    Lawyers are huddled up, poring over papers on the floor of Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington D.C. a couple hundred feet away from the throngs of protesters cheering, chanting and welcoming home people coming out of customs from international flights. Since Donald Trump signed...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Solidarity for the Inaugural Six

    Six journalists have now been charged with felonies for reporting on the black bloc protests on inauguration day in Washington D.C. Police allege that they have violated the district's laws against rioting. Evan Engel of Vocativ; Jack Keller, a producer for the web documentary series "Story of...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Darkness at noon

    Dozens of police officers blocked off the corner at 12th and Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., gripping their batons and big canisters of pepper spray, their faces obscured behind shields, as nearly 100 activists who had already been arrested were cordoned off behind them, waiting to be...

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