Who We Are

The Democracy Group is a network of podcasts united around the goal of helping listeners understand what’s broken in our democracy, and how people are working together to fix it. We see the network as a public service dedicated to creating a more informed, civically engaged electorate.

Podcasts in this network model a form of dialogue and inquiry that is civil and well-informed and a commitment to fostering civic engagement. You’ll hear from scholars, policy experts, journalists, organizers, and everyday people who are exercising the rights and responsibilities as democratic citizens.

The network allows individual podcasts to collaborate with one another and provides listeners with a one-stop shop for podcasts about democracy, civic engagement, and civil discourse. Our podcasts move beyond the partisan horserace to examine larger-scale issues of politics, government, and civil society.

The Democracy Group is organized and funded by The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State, which produces the Democracy Works podcast in partnership with WPSU, central Pennsylvania’s NPR station.

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frequently asked questions

I’m a podcaster or producer – how do I join the Democracy Group?

Thanks for your interest! We want to provide our listeners a place to encounter diverse perspectives, trustworthy content, with each show approaching democracy in a unique way for people we are not already currently reaching. If you feel like you are a good fit, then please apply.

I’m a publisher or PR agent – how do I pitch a guest?

Our shows are always happy to have exciting guests on. If you'd like to pitch your author, expert, or leader to be on our shows, please send your pitch here.

I’d like to collaborate with the Democracy Group – how can we connect?

We love to work with leaders, brands and organizations to create content that attracts, empowers and activates audiences. Are you interested in creating a podcast episode, engaging new audiences, or some other collaboration? Let’s chat.

How can I support The Democracy Group as a sponsor?

Check out our partnership page for more info about why sponsoring The Democracy Group yields big results, or email us to learn more.