Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College? How do congressional investigations work? What does the minority whip actually do? Civics 101 is the podcast refresher course on the basics of how the U.S. government works, hosted by Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice.
Occasionally, some topics, like the flag and the pledge of allegiance, demand a more in-depth exploration. We call these episodes “IRLs,” and they cover the history of a topic and the relevant court cases that got us where we are today.
Each episode explores a single topic – the secretary of state, the NIH, the vice president – through interviews with experts. The hosts ask the questions you’ve been wondering but may be too afraid to ask – what exactly does the vice president do? How do executive orders work? Episodes are about 20 minutes long.
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Nick’s radio career started at the tender age of 8, when he did promotional commercials for the White Mountains as “Tommy Idaho Jones."
Much more recently, he worked in the Education Department at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, focusing on content creation, media production, and storytelling in a digital age. In his spare time he picks apples and plays country harmonica, board games and trivia.
WHERE TO FIND CIVICS
Schedule: New episodes are released on Tuesday
Listen: The show can be listened to directly from the website, as well as subscribed to and listened to on most podcast platforms.
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2018 Edward R Murrow Awards, Excellence in Innovation
Hannah received her M.A. in journalism from New York University, where she studied longform non-fiction writing and audio production. While in New York, Hannah worked as a reporter for Bedford + Bowery and interned at WNYC's "Death, Sex and Money" podcast.
Over the past 10 months, the Civics 101 podcast has been downloaded over 4 million times by listeners in every state and more than 50 countries. California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas top the list of where listeners are based.
CAST AND CREW
Civics 101 is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio. The show is hosted by Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice and produced by Taylor Quimby, Hannah McCarthy, Jimmy Gutierrez, and Justine Paradis. Erika Janik is the Executive Producer.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT CIVICS 101
"Refreshing way to continue to educate the public and hope for educated civic participation."
"Civics 101 is the perfect dose of valuable and critical information about our country. It gives me interesting information and yet leaves me wanting to learn even more".
"It means backing up out of the day-to-day news stories which are like putting one's nose to the trunk of a tree, and seeing the big picture (the forest.) I wish there were a lot more radio shows like it!"
"I love listening to you two while I’m driving or doing dishes. Just listened to the episode on the pledge and the flag. I don’t think I knew a single thing you talked about, so thank you for enlightening me!"
"I just started listening to this podcast and am BLOWN AWAY. I love that it is in short, digestible bites but long enough to get much needed detail. Thank you for this. I never had all of this in high school. It has been a source of great pain that I have been lacking the education I should have gotten in my youth. I have never been so politically active as I am now and Civics 101 allows me to learn and then APPLY that knowledge in my actual political activities. It is a knowledge gap that has now (when I finish!!) been filled. BRAVO, BRAVA to you all and thank you so much!"
"Long time listener, first time caller, your latest IRL series inspired me to seek you out and say thank you so much for what you do! It has been so helpful through my political coming of age through these complicated times"
"Being from Guam, I use podcasts as a virtual field trip of sorts to get my students to hear from experts, that otherwise would not be an option for us. Thank you so much for this podcast! It is such a great way to differentiate the presentation of content for my students."
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