Our guest this week is Theda Skocpol, who joins us in the Contexts Podcast studio to discuss the state of American civic and political participation today. Topics include the impact of the internet on politics, loudmouths in the news media, John Stewart and the prospects for social science research today.

Wes Longhofer also joins us again to discuss a discovery that explains why we’re not all free riders.

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