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26 April 2017

Increasing Civic Engagement

For the week of April 30, 2017

Despite an uptick in social activism among younger Americans, many of them remain disconnected from politics and government. A new textbook, “American Government: Stories of a Nation,” seeks to link the mechanics of political science with real-world examples of how engaged citizens can influence our political system.

Guest: Scott Abernathy, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota

  • Part 1 – 14:23

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    Professor Scott Abernathy had two main goals when writing his textbook “American Government”: The first was to teach through narrative and stories and the second was for the stories to be more inclusive.

  • Part 2 – 12:13

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    Abernathy discusses one of the most contentious of President Trump’s cabinet nominations, Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. A look at why many oppose her stance on school choice and how choice and voucher programs affect public education.

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