Brian Lehrer Primary Night Special: A Moment in Democracy

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Brian Lehrer, his guests, and callers take this evening to check-in on Democracy in action, here and abroad.

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Less than a year ago, millions of New Yorkers turned out to vote in the presidential election. Experts expect as few as 500,000 to vote in this year's primary. As results roll in on Primary Night, we ask where the voters have gone and how to get them back. We'll take a look at how the modern structure of New York City's government and elections came to be. And, we'll explore the different types of Democracy, young and old, from all around the world.

Guests Include:

From the WNYC News Team:

  • Political reporters Andrea Bernstein and Bob Hennelly in studio
  • Reporters Arun Venugopal, Kathleen Horan and Lisa Chow in the field and at various campaign headquarters

On How to Create and Sustain Movements:

  • Marshall Ganz, lecturer in public policy at Harvard University and adviser to the Obama campaign
  • Michael DuHaime, former campaign manager for Rudy Giuliani, adviser to John McCain, and long-time New York City political insider

On New York's Brand of Democracy:

  • Bill Lynch, longtime Democratic consultant
  • Eric Lane, Law Professor at Hofstra and chair of the 1990 New York City Task Force on Charter Implementation, which restructured NYC government

On Democracy Around the Country:

  • Lani Guinier, civil rights scholar and President Bill Clinton's nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

On Democracy Around the World:

  • David F.J. Campbell, professor at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria and researcher behind the Democracy Ranking Project
  • Katty Kay, political reporter for the BBC
  • Tony Karon, senior editor at