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Democracy Optimist is a thought-provoking public radio series and podcast that delves deep into the heart of democratic processes, elections, and voting rights to ask a simple but vital question: how do we sustain our democracy?

The series is hosted by University of Kentucky Election Law research professor Joshua Douglas, a passionate advocate for civic engagement, and produced by WEKU under the auspices of the Eastern Standard production team.

From candid conversations with experts to engaging interviews with everyday champions of democracy, each episode offers a fresh perspective on the challenges and triumphs of the democratic process. Good news on voting rights is possible—if we take seriously the need to protect our democracy. We aim to amplify the diverse voices shaping our political landscape and seek to inspire informed, empowered citizens.

Democracy Optimist theme music, (What Does It Mean to Be An) American, is contributed to the series by the composer and artist, Madeleine Peyroux.

Joshua A. Douglas is a law professor at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Court v. The Voters: The Troubling Story of How the Supreme Court Has Undermined Voting Rights" and "Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting."Find him at www.joshuaadouglas.com
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