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Trump is one of five American presidents to be elected after losing the popular vote. Those who won did so by maintaining a majority of electoral college votes. Is this the best system for a representative democracy? Who decides how we elect the President of the United States?


David Martin Davies

On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • What makes a successful protest?
  • Civility in the age of viral video and viral hate (21:27).


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What do Americans say about the government overseeing their lives? What affects their attitudes toward political institutions?

Scholar Roderick Hart attempted to answer these questions through analysis of 10,000 letters to the editor in 12 U.S. cities from 1948 to present day.

Guest: Roderick Hart, author of "Civic Hope: How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive"