Boston University Social Science professors Michael Holm and Richard Samuel Deese are researching the question of how democracy survives. With the support of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the Global Impact Research Fund at Boston University, they organized an international symposium on this topic in October 2020 that is now available for viewing at the website of the Pardee Center. Their book, How Democracy Survives: Global Challenges in the Anthropocene, will be published by Routledge next year. Since January of 2021, professors Deese and Holm have joined forces with The Politica to conduct a series of podcast interviews on the challenges that face democracy around the world in the 21st century.

Special thanks to podcast editor Kalliope Glavas and to research assistants J. J. Hellerman, Kira Nash, and Daniel Torrez-Ortiz.

Episode 1: Deese and Holm interview the French activist Colombe Cahen-Salvador and the Italian activist Andrea Venzon, on why they founded the global pro-democracy group NOW!

Episode 2: Deese and Holm interview the longtime activist John Vlasto of Democracy Without Borders on his work to promote the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.

Episode 3: Deese and Holm interview Columbia University political science scholar Camila Vergara on how to address the dangers posed to democracy around the world by systemic corruption and the recurring formation of oligarchic elites.

Episode 4: Deese and Holm interview Brandeis University professor and editor of The American Prospect Robert Kuttner on the prospects for preserving democracy and addressing entrenched economic inequality in post-Trump America.

Episode 5: Boston University humanities professor Joshua T. Pederson joins professor Deese to interview the international aid worker and noted science fiction author Malka Older on how democracy might transcend the nation state before the end of the 21st century.