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KNPR's State of Nevada About SON Archives Participate Specials
Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration
Boycott Las Vegas Say Social Conservatives
How Safe Is Your Food?
Robert Coover And The Return Of The Brunists
Council Votes For Horse-Drawn Carriages
The Progressive Bluegrass Sounds Of The Infamous Stringdusters
The Good Foods Of Lent
Behind The Bundy Ranch Standoff
Can 'Serious' Reading Happen Online?
Lynne Jasames On Why 'It's Okay To Cry'
BASE Jumping: The Allure And The Danger
Anti-Government Protesters Win Round Against BLM
Tax Advice For The Alternative Economy
The Secret History Of Las Vegas
Bryan Ferry (Of Roxy Music) Brings His Orchestra To Vegas
Deal Reached Between North Las Vegas And Labor Unions
Is Tipping Obsolete?
Being Oscar
The Life Cycle Of A Mall
Bundy Family Says Local Officials Need to Step In To Stop BLM Dispute
The Future Of Space Tourism
Fixing Nevada's Mental Health System
UNR President Seeks To Restore Funding
The Brass Tacks Of The Education Initiative

An Informed Republic
An Informed Republic

AIR DATE: July 5, 2010

In lieu of KNPR's State of Nevada, we are airing this documentary produced by Humankind:

America's founders knew their democracy required informed citizens, but is quality journalism now threatened by the decline of print newspapers? With Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Pulitzer-winning historians.

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In a perverse way, I'd say the decline in interest/knowledge of "Civics" reflects a logical and rational decline in respect for government. I'd also say improving critical thinking skills in general is much more important than focusing on civics. Why? For example, I think people with strong critical thinking skills but weak civics awareness are more likely to vote for "good" presidents than people who know all about civics but can't think for themselves.
John YoungJul 7, 2010 14:02:21 PM
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