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Ask Civics 101

What’s the different between the House and Senate? How does the electoral college work? Why's the voting age 18? How do you become a citizen?

If you have a question about civics, elections, or our government, NHPR's own Civics 101 is here to help! Hosts Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy will be answering your questions about our democracy and how it works every Monday at 5:44PM on All Things Considered.

Send your questions - no matter how big or small  - to civics101@nhpr.org.

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Today we're answering a question about control of the U.S. Senate. Who becomes the Senate Majority Leader when no party has the majority?

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With the Democrats picking up two seats after the runoff election in Georgia, the Senate will  have 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats after Inauguration Day. 

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Today we’re answering a question from a listener who asks: Why do we have Presidential Libraries?

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Today we're answering a question about one way a President can be legally removed from office. There's impeachment... and then there's the 25th amendment. What is the 25th amendment? And how does it work?

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Today we're answering a listener question about certifying the Electoral College vote. Namely: what is with all of the downtime between the date when the electors meet to vote and the day those votes get counted in Congress? Is it a holdover from the days of slow travel and horse drawn carriage? Is it about our molasses bureaucracy? 

Read on or listen to this short episode for the answer.

From Podcast to Print

Sep 4, 2020

Civics 101 Hosts Publish New Book Looking at Fundamentals of Democracy and U.S. Government.

NHPR’s Civics 101 podcast hosts Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy will become first-time authors when their new book, A User's Guide to Democracy: How America Works, goes on sale Tuesday, September 8. The book also features illustrations by cartoonist Tom Toro of The New Yorker magazine.