The money-media election complex keeps destroying the democratic process. How did we get here? And where are we headed? [ dur: 28 mins. ]

  • Robert W. McChesney is professor of communication at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. His books include, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy,  Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America, and The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again.

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, how did the Congress become antagonistic in the past three decades? What are the consequences? What can be done to repair the system? [dur. 29 mins. ]


  • Sean Theriault is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of, The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution , Party Polarization in Congress, and his latest, The Gingrich Senators:The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress.
  • David C. W. Parker is an associate professor of political science at Montana State University. He is the author of The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns, 1880-2006 , Doing Archival Research: A Practical Guide for Political Scientists, and a contributing author for the book, The Consequences of Divided Government. He is the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization.
  • Keith T. Poole is Philip H. Alston, Jr. Distinguished Chair in the department of Political Science at the University of Georgia and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California San Diego. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 articles as well as the co-author of  Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches,  Ideology and Congress, and Congress: A Political-Economic History of Roll Call Voting.

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