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Hannah and Nick are the co-hosts of NHPR's Civics 101, the national podcast refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works.

Civics 101 was created in the wake of the 2016 election. Each episode focuses on one facet of our government's operations. Nick and Hannah interview scholars, activists, and political scientists to break down Supreme Court decisions, the foundational documents, presidential powers, the legislative process, and much more. They took those years of interviews and condensed them into a book, A User's Guide to Democracy: How America Works.

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A User's Guide to Democracy: How America Works

A lively, approachable crash course in everything you should know about the US government.


Illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Tom Toro 



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Table of Contents:

· The Powers That Be: The Legislative Branch, The Executive Branch, The Judicial Branch

· States of the Union: Federalism, Local Government

· A Government by the People: Elections and How They Work, The Electoral College, Political Parties, Voting

· The Documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Amendments

· The Robes: Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, Anticanon: Four Bad Supreme Court Decisions

· A User’s Guide: How to Communicate with Your Legislators, How to Lobby for What You Believe In, How to Stage a Protest, How to Run for Office


· Pop Quiz!

· Presidential Fun Facts



"An informative and appealing civics lesson for first-time voters and old hands alike."
―Publisher's Weekly

"An easily digestible, illustrated guidebook to the agencies and institutions that make up the federal government... Just the thing for students of civics―which, these days, should include the entire polity."
―Kirkus Reviews

"Remember in high school when you’d take a nap or zone out during government class? Was it just me? History and Politics were not my jam as a 16-year-old. Do I regret that now? A tad, but this book helped me get back on track as if I did pay attention in high school."

-Natalie B.


Nick and Hannah have presented nationally on many topics, including:

  • Civic Engagement

  • The Pros and Cons of our Foundational Documents

  • Is Congress broken?

  • How to Create a Podcast

  • Audio Editing for Beginners

Click here for their bio at Macmillan Speakers

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