Civics

"Democracy is not a spectator sport," says Kenneth C Davis, author of America's Hidden History and the new Don't Know Much About History. We discuss the role of social studies education in encouraging students to be active and informed participants in democracy. And, we take a look at the new "Moose on the Loose" social studies curriculum for New Hampshire students. 

Original air date: Thursday, October 3rd at 9 a.m.

When you think about civics and government, you probably think about voting and politicians, but the government touches every part of your life from birth to death. Today, we look at birth. What does it take to be born an American citizen? And then, once you are, how do you prove it?

Then, the story of how tourism on Mount Washington became a model for mountain tourism nationally.

Why Do Midterms Matter & How Do They Impact You?

Oct 31, 2018
Sara Plourde

We sit down with NHPR's Civics 101, our podcast refresher course on the basics of our democracy.  The team has dug into how midterm elections impact us, the local and national offices on the ballot, and what makes midterms unique in New Hampshire. 

Listen to the entire Midterm Edition series from Civics 101 here

Be sure to check out NHPR's voter resources page to find the answers to all your voting questions.  During the show a caller asked how to change party affiliation before voting, but in the general election, it's not necessary to change affiliation to vote for either party.  For more information, click on our title to see this full page, for links to more coverage.

Justine Paradis

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Several organizations are coming together to address what they say has been an abrupt and sharp decline in basic historical knowledge among New Hampshire students.

New Hampshire Historical Society president Bill Dunlap sounded the alarm in an op-ed earlier this month, saying this knowledge deficit could have dramatic consequences for the state.

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New Hampshire students may soon be brushing up on their state history. A new law will require New Hampshire high school students to take one credit of history and a half credit of civics as a prerequisite for graduation.

Democratic Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a former civics teacher, sponsored the bill. He says chronic low voter turnout in the U.S. is a symptom of poor civics education.

6.14.17: Civics 101 & Threshold

Jun 14, 2017
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6.13.17: Civics 101 & Threshold

Jun 13, 2017
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6.12.17: Civics 101 & The Threshold Podcast

Jun 12, 2017
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On today's show:

  • Civics 101 - Declaring War
  • "'Please Call Stella': Capturing English, from Afrikaans to Zulu." Producer Rebecca Sheir taks a look -- and listen -- inside the world's largest online database of English accents. Listen again at prx.org.
  • All this week we're playing episodes from the first season of the podcast Threshold. Today we talk to the host of the podcast, Amy Martin and share Episode 1. Listen to this Episode 1 here. To learn more, see photos, and listen to bonus interviews, head to thresholdpodcast.org.

Nashua City Civics Class Is Surprisingly Popular

Mar 7, 2017
Emily Corwin / NHPR

Not even Mayor Jim Donchess expected the city’s new thirteen-week, twenty-six hour class on city government to fill up so fast.  

“Fifty people seemed like comfortable number,” Donchess said. When those seats filled up quickly,  his office closed registration.

The syllabus includes subjects such as what happens to solid waste, and what tax assessors do.

“Well, I wouldn’t call it dry,” Jay Welch said as students streamed into the city’s auditorium. Like many who showed up, Welch is an avid volunteer.

What’s the appeal? Answers ran the gamut.