U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to Women March attendees in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in 2019.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to Women March attendees in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in 2019.

Democracy vouchers go national

Kirsten Gillibrand might take a local experiment across the country. Is it possible to consume in a carbon neutral way? A look at how the values that made America great are now bringing America down. And what happens when the roller derby leaves your town.

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Democracy Dollars

Presidential Kirsten Gillibrand has unveiled a plan called “Democracy Dollars.” Eligible voters could opt into the program and get vouchers to give to the candidate of their choice. Sound familiar? Margaret Morales, a researcher at the Sightline Institute, discusses how democracy vouchers would play on a bigger stage.

Amazon carbon neutrality

What if you could order all the short-turn consumer goods you wanted and not have to worry about the carbon downsides? There are offsets for that. But do they work? We spoke to Amazon employee Emily Cunningham and Paula DiPerna, North America special advisor at CDP.

Steven Brill, Tailspin

Steven Brill says his generation broke America. He's a baby boomer who says over the past five decades, the values that made America great are now bringing America down. His new book, Tailspin, tracks how that happened – and explains why he’s surprisingly optimistic.

Rat City Rollers

Roller derby is retro cool again, but increasingly far from Seattle. Rat City Roller Derby founding member Carmin “Clobberin Mame” Thomas came to explain what a community loses when their derby team has to leave town.