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Great first production. Thanks.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Yay! I've been checking the page diligently to see when the first ep. would be done.

Thanks to Mule Radio for helping get this on iTunes, since thats where I manage my other podcasts as well.

Now to go give it a listen...

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeth R

This was amazing. THANK YOU for making this podcast.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTC

Really enjoyed the podcast, and the history of the House's size has long been ignored. Glad to see someone with your experience tackling this issue. Good luck! I am already an iTunes subscriber!

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

any chance of an RSS feed for the podcast for non-iTunes users? thanks.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Jacobs

I enjoyed this episode, for the most part. I was especially interested to hear about how the Article on Apportionment was left out of the Bill of Rights in error! The quotation that bothered me was:

"The only democracy that comes close to America's ratio of representation is India, and it's parliament is notoriously rife with corruption."

Is the implication here that the ratio of apportionment is positively correlated to the level of corruption?

Transparency International's 2011 Corruption index lists thirteen democracies as being more corrupt than India (Mexico, Argentina, Benin, Indonesia, Suriname, Moldova, Mali, Mongolia, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Guyana, Timor-Leste, Paraguay) All of these countries have a far lower apportionment ratio than India or the US. From the (admittedly brief) bit of research I've done, there doesn't seem to be any correlation between level of corruption and apportionment ratio at all.

If that wasn't the implication, then it's unclear to me why the statement was even included.

That notwithstanding, I look forward to future episodes of DecodeDC!

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris Walker

Awesome!
Unbelievable, isn't it how Congress doesn't and can't represent??
You can't represent over 700 thousand people. The Republican who said she does it by "listening a lot" isn't answering the question---you can't listen that much, literally, there isn't enough time in a day!
Forty-four percent of Congress are millionaires, while one percent of Americans are millionaires...more of the same.
Old, white, male and rich, and that's another thing--it's a boy's club---and the women that play, have to play by the boys' rules. One example that comes to mind over and over again is Hillary Clinton who went from a helpful mission to do national health care in the 90's, to "Yes on Iraq War" and "We came..we saw...we killed him (giggle)!"

But..does our vote count....regardless? Ie, are the voting machines paid for with all those billions under the "Help America Vote (sic) Act" reliable? That's too big a question to answer from Washington because every district is different with different players and battles, but the software is corruptible and the human organizations running the elections are even worse.

Great show!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCBurkey

Excellent first episode. Nice, different view of what's behind some of the "gridlock" in DC. Not a condition that's often raised; it's a really astute analysis.

The one thing I'd offer as something to consider going forward is to see if you can infuse some ideas on how the situation you raise could be addressed. What can be done about it? Can it be fixed? What are the obstacles, costs, pragmatics/logistics, etc.?

I think you would want to avoid leaving listeners feeling hopeless about the whole thing. We all want the government to work and clearly it's not right now. What can we, as citizens/voters/activists, do to help avoid a complete breakdown?

Really cool start, though. It's an awesome point of view. I look forward to more...

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPCox

Great first episode! I never even thought about how they came up with the 435 representatives. I can't wait for you to enlighten me more about DC.

I would love to get your take on this whole fiscal cliff thing.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

Maybe you could ask some congresscritters why they're killing the US Postal Service by requiring retirement funding 75 years in advance?

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCBurkey

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