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60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation's government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas…

Center for Civic Education


    • Aug 10, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    60-Second Civics: Episode 4684, Native Americans and Colonial America: Back-to-School Basics, Part 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 1:15

    The American colonists were not the first people on the North American continent. Native Americans had lived on the continent for at least 24,000 years. Listen to this episode to learn a little more about Native Americans during colonial times! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4683, The American Founders: Back to School Basics, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 1:15

    The American Founders drew on a number of basic ideas and experiences to create the kind of government they believed would best protect the natural rights of Americans and promote the common good. Get introduced to some of the Founders in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4682, An Adventure in Ideas with We the People: Back to School Basics, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 1:15

    The history of the American people has been a great adventure in ideas and in trying to make these ideas a reality. Over the next few weeks, 60-Second Civics will explore the important philosophical ideas and historical events that influenced the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4681, Passing the Buck and Pointing the Finger: Balance of Powers, Part 13

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 1:15

    Why has Congress adopted a passing the buck and pointing the finger strategy when it comes to enacting legislation for certain responsibilities? Find out in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4680, Reasons for the Shift of Power Away from Congress: Balance of Powers, Part 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 1:15

    The balance of power shifted from Congress to the presidency during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt and has remained there to this day. Learn what factors lead to this shift in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4679, The Shift of Power: Balance of Powers, Part 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 1:15

    From the establishment of our government under the Constitution until Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration in the 1930s, Congress dominated the national government. But then power started to shift toward the executive branch. Learn more in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4678, Physical Evidence of the Founders' Intentions: Balance of Powers, Part 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 1:15

    Even the placement and design of the three branches of government in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., provides physical evidence of the Founders' intent that Congress dominate the national government. Listen to learn more! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4677, Congress and the Impeachment Power: Balance of Powers, Part 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 1:15

    Evidence that the Framers intended to create a predominant Congress is apparent by how they bestowed the branch with the power to impeach the president and other high officials in the national government. Learn more in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4676, The Framers Intended Congress to Dominate: Balance of Powers, Part 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 1:15

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4675, Limits on Each Branch of Government: Balance of Powers, Part 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 1:15

    The Framers of the Constitution created a system of separated and shared powers and checks and balances to limit and control the use of power by governmental institutions and to prevent the possibility of tyranny. Learn more of each branch's ability to check the use of power by the other institutions in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4674, How the Supreme Court Shares Power: Balance of Powers, Part 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 1:15

    The Framers of the Constitution wanted to prevent a tyrannical executive in the presidency and a tyranny of a majority in Congress. But they were also careful to limit the power of the courts. Learn how in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4673, How the President Shares Power: Balance of Powers, Part 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 1:15

    The Framers of the Constitution made each branch of the national government share some of its primary responsibilities and powers with one or more of the other branches. For example, the president and the executive branch have the primary responsibility for carrying out and enforcing laws. Learn more! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4672, How Congress Shares Power: Balance of Powers, Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 1:15

    The Framers of the Constitution wanted to limit the power of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national government. So, they made each of them share some of its primary responsibilities and accompanying powers with one or more of the other branches. Listen for more! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4671, How to Prevent Tyranny: Balance of Powers, Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 1:15

    The Framers of the Constitution were concerned about two things: First, the emergence of a tyrannical executive in the presidency and second, a tyranny of a majority in Congress.??Learn how they design a system of government to address these concerns in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4670, Congress as the Predominant Branch: Balance of Powers, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 1:15

    Which branch of the federal government has the most power? We explore the intentions of the Framers for how powered was to be distributed among the branches in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4669, A Constitutional World Turned Upside Down: Balance of Powers, Pt 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 1:15

    Today we begin a special series of podcasts to examine the question of whether power in the federal government is appropriately balanced between Congress and the executive and judicial branches. We will also learn how power has shifted from Congress to the executive and judicial branches of government and consider the implications of this shift. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4668, Public and Private Happiness: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 1:15

    Many of our choices have social consequences and therefore have a civic dimension when they enhance or subtract from public happiness.??Thus the pursuit of happiness must refer both to public and to private happiness.Many of our choices have social consequences and therefore have a civic dimension when they enhance or subtract from public happiness.??Thus the pursuit of happiness must refer both to public and to private happiness. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4667, Self-control Is a Key to Happiness: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 1:15

    Every day we make numerous choices in deciding what course of action will add to our well-being and what will make us happy. Making these choices is the pursuit of happiness. Learn more about this important concept in this podcast! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4666, Origin of the “Pursuit of Happiness”: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 1:15

    In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson announced that every human being has “certain unalienable rights,” among which are those to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But what did Jefferson mean by “the pursuit of happiness”? Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4665, Rights That Cannot Be Taken Away: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 1:15

    One key to understanding “inalienable” rights--as distinguished from ordinary, “alienable” rights--is found by turning to one of Thomas Jefferson's rough drafts of the Declaration of Independence. Listen to learn more about the foundations of your rights that cannot be taken away! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4664, Inalienable Rights: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 1:15

    The Declaration of Independence states that “all Men are … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” But what does “unalienable Rights”, or as it was intended “inalienable Rights” mean? Learn more in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4663, Stoicism, Christianity, and Moral Equality: The Basic Ideas of Constitutional Government in the Colonies, Part 19

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 1:15

    On Friday, we discussed the origins of Americans' sense of political equality, but our founders also possessed a strong sense of moral equality. Indeed, the idea of the moral equality of human beings has ancient origins. Listen to today's episode for more! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4662, All Men Are Created Equal: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 1:15

    The Declaration of Independence states that among the andquot;truthsandquot; that Americans hold to be andquot;self-evidentandquot; is that andquot;all Men are created equal.andquot; But what was meant by this statement? Learn more today! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4661, The American Mind: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 1:15

    Thomas Jefferson said that his purpose in writing the Declaration of Independence was to express a shared understanding of the American mind. Learn more about this term and its significance today! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4660, Self-Evident Truths: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 1:15

    That andquot;all Men are created equalandquot; and andquot;endowed by their Creator with Certain unalienable Rightsandquot; was self-evident to Americans at the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Why was this? Learn more about the foundations of our self-evident truths. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4659, Independence Day: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 1:15

    Independence Day is a time to remember and appreciate our heritage of a democratic form of government and to reflect on our country's fundamental principles. Over the few episodes, 60-Second Civics will examine some of the fundamental ideas about government that are contained in the Declaration of Independence, which was passed by Congress on July 2, 1776, and issued on July 4. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4658, The Future for LGBTQ+ Rights: LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 1:15

    There's a number of questions that surround the rights of transgender Americans and surround the rights of other parts of the LGBTQ spectrum that are going to continue to be very important when it comes to this particular social justice movement. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4657, Obergefell v. Hodges: LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 1:15

    There's a long history of federal cases, like Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas, that eventually lead up to Windsor v. U.S. as well as Obergefell v. Hodges, which are really the federal Supreme Court marriage equality cases that all really focus on two particular elements of the U.S. constitution. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4656, The Defense of Marriage Act: LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 1:15

    Just like we see earlier in the courts, and we see in the legislatures, the executive branch plays a crucial role in the LGBTQ rights movement, particularly when it comes to marriage equality. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4655, Early Legislative Victories for LGBTQ+ Rights: LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 1:15

    Like the courts' role, the legislative branch has played a pivotal role in the LGBTQ rights movement. New York, one of the nation's largest states, was a site for an early legislative victory, and that legislation set a standard for legislative action around the country. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4654, Goodridge: The Cinderella Moment for Marriage Equality, LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 1:15

    Why was the 2003 Massachusetts decision in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health such an important moment, particularly when it comes to the role of courts in social justice movements? Find out more from Christopher R. Riano about this critical court case in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4653, Laying the Groundwork for LGBTQ+ Rights: LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 1:15

    We're joined again today by Christopher R. Riano, the president of the Center for Civic Education and co-author, with William Eskridge, of Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-laws, winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. We ask him: What were some early LGBTQ+ rights questions that the community faced, particularly following what happened at Stonewall? Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4652, What's Significant About the Stonewall Riots? LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 1:15

    What were the Stonewall Riots and why are they seen as such an important milestone in the LGBTQ+ rights movement? Find out today as we launch a special weeklong series of LGBTQ+ Pride Week podcasts with our special guest, Christopher R. Riano, the president of the Center for Civic Education and co-author, along with William Eskridge, of Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-laws. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4651, Promoting a Healthy Democracy: Building Your Skills as a Citizen, Part 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 1:15

    Of all the duties of citizens, perhaps none is more important than doing your part to ensure the healthy functioning of American constitutional democracy. What can you do to support the survival of our constitutional democracy? Find out today! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4650, Effective Participation: Building Your Skills as a Citizen, Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 1:15

    A fundamental aspect of citizenship is participating in the civic affairs of the community and the nation. However, participation alone is not enough. It's important to participate in an informed, thoughtful, and effective manner. How do you do this? Find out in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4649, Respecting Individual Worth and Human Dignity: Building Your Skills as a Citizen, Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 1:15

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4648, Assuming the Responsibilities of a Citizen: Building Your Skills as a Citizen, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 1:15

    Being a citizen of the United States means fulfilling certain personal, political, and economic responsibilities. Learn what these include and how you can take on these responsibilities in this episode! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4647, Becoming an Independent Member of Society: Building Your Skills as a Citizen, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 1:15

    Today we launch a special series on the five civic dispositions of the National Assessment for Educational Progress Civics Framework. The first civic disposition stresses the importance of becoming an independent member of society. Listen for more! Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4646, Juneteenth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 1:15

    In celebration of Juneteenth, we invited Dr. Vicki Ross-Norris back on the podcast to discuss the rich history and importance of this holiday for Americans. Center for Civic Education

    60-Second Civics: Episode 4645, Challenging the System: Active Citizenship, Part 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 1:15

    The American system of government is built on popular sovereignty. However, there have been times in our nation's history when the government did not pursue the common good. Part of being an active citizen is knowing when and how to challenge the system. Here are some principles that can help you. Center for Civic Education