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Quiz: Guns

September 28, 2022

Do active shooter drills affect students’ mental health? What does the Second Amendment actually say? Test your knowledge and learn more here.  

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Five Minutes of Common Ground: Criminal Records

September 20, 2022

America is being ripped apart at the seams over policy disagreements, right? Obviously we have major divisions, but guess what: it’s not over policy. In…

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What makes a news source reputable?

September 13, 2022

What makes a news source reputable? This week’s podcast guest knows more than a little about the answer to that question. Kakie Urch (Kakie like…

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Content Moderation and the Value of Free Speech with Shannon Oltmann

September 7, 2022

In this episode of our podcast, Shannon Oltmann shares her perspective on the trickiness of content moderation and the value of speech – even crazy…

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Secretary of State/Secretary of the Commonwealth

August 23, 2022

  What Is It? What does a Secretary of State do? That’s kind of like asking what a sandwich is – is a hamburger a…

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A Conversation With Naseem Khuri

August 9, 2022

We’re always negotiating, but is there a way to negotiate without things getting toxic? Naseem Khuri says yes – and he believes that understanding the…

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State Attorney General

August 2, 2022

What Is It? Your attorney general is your state’s top lawyer. They represent you – and your state legislature and agencies – in legal matters….

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A Conversation with Social Entrepreneur Sam Daley Harris

July 26, 2022

Sam Daley-Harris is one of the great social entrepreneurs of the past few decades. He founded the anti-poverty group Results in the 1980s before going…

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State Controller/Comptroller

July 4, 2022

What Is It? A state controller is a state’s chief accountant and money watchdog. You know how a company has a chief financial officer (CFO)?…

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