Episode 4: The DecodeDC Voter Guide

Perhaps the most cockeyed voter guide you've ever heard, this piece intentionally avoids the big issues of this race. Instead, Andrea talks to brilliant thinkers -- among them Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Lawrence Lessig (The Future of Ideas, One Way Forward: The Outsider's Guide to Fixing the Republic) and Jim Wallis (Sojourners, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It) -- about what they're thinking as they head to the voting booth. 


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Reader Comments (17)

No option to download, this time?

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew


November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE'VilleMike

The Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street are alike and the problem goes right back to your first podcast! The problem is representation.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Great podcast!

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHassan

Great podcast/episode Andrea!!! My only wish is that it would have been posted earlier! Some great questions every voter should think about!!!


November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Vaillancourt

I am loving these podcasts. Thank you!

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Hi, Andrea. Your new podcast is a great addition to the conversation. (I wish it were weekly!)

I have one complaint: I find the music very distracting. (This American Life uses a similar style, but for some reason it works better for those stories).

Thanks for considering a change ...

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Getting better. I think the funky music misleads me but a close listening serves.

The trickle down metaphor is always derogatory.

One I prefer, for its irony when proferred by the wealthier side, is, 'A rising tide lifts all boats.'

Didn't hear that one this year - guess someone noticed that a rising tide lifts the lowest boats first.

Pray for the day.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Tally

Matt - they are similar, and it is about representation.

Other blogs here debate whether we're ready for democracy. I have faith that we can be.

Re representation - We have complete freedom to support either one of the two parties we choose. Is the problem that neither one fits me? Ans: yes. But I can't budge either one of them.

Solution: more parties; make mine a progressive.

(The foregoing has been a shameless pitch for IRV - instant runoff voting.)

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Tally

I'm so impressed by your willingness to give thoughtful and well-researched insights on politics without rallying listeners around a side. Yesterday, I discovered your podcast because of 99% Invisible - and I'm hooked! Keep up the good work. I'll keep listening for sure.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Isn't this page supposed to be the blog? I don't want the audio podcast (I don't have a "pod" nor do I want one). I want to read the blog post, i.e. the transcript. Are you not going to post transcripts of your pieces?

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEveT

Two things would be very helpful

1) Transcripts
2) Email alerts when there is a new post.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Harrigan

You have this so wrong.

Obama is one of the worst culprits there has been on GMO food. He has talked one game and done the exact opposite.

The real Omnivores Dilemma is that so many people are content to believe whatever swill is presented to them in speeches rather than holding the pols responsible for what they've actually done.


November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Kingston

Great work. But, the music -- especially on the Voting Guide episode -- is distracting. I appreciate it as a transition and to emphasize a point/give a place for the listener to think/absorb, but it seems to do the opposite. Just too much-too much. Just a nitpick on otherwise great content.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMPJ

I have I gigantic problem with the first article about genetically modified crops. For starters we have been genetically modifying crops for about 10,000 years through methods of selective breeding. Without this there is no modern agriculture. Not to mention when you read articles by scientists on the matter especially the late great Norman Borlaug they explain that without these high yield high nutrient crops we don't have enough farm space available to feed the population. It's the sort of thinking we have in this country that now that we have the good life we should switch to organic farming. In doing so we drive up the global cost of food and completely wreak havoc in the developing world. I'm surprised she didn't seem to do any back digging and just took the interviewee at his word.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZane

Zane, Seabrook doesn't research anything she says or produces. The only litmus test seems to be how good it sounds to her or how close it is to standard university professor grade liberalism. That is, a snobbish, self-congratulatory elitism that assumes that the world works according to their mental model and looks down their nose at anyone who actually produces something you can drop on your foot.

Sort of like National Public Radio without the fund drives. No wait, I take that back, I guess Seabrook does have her hand out. Amazing to me that folks who pander for a living can look down their nose at those of us who earn a living without such handouts. Parasites.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

Is it possible to download the outro music somehow? Is it by Chris Mandra as well? What's the piece's name? I sounds awesome :-)

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathryne

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