How a Bill Becomes a Law

By Morgan Monteiro

In this podcast, I discuss the process on how a bill becomes a law. I go step-by-step and do my best to explain the rather long and convoluted process, and then begin a discussion on the fact that not many people seem to know how it happens. Followed by that are the interviews with three college students, none of whom know the correct process. I have omitted their names at their request, because It can be kind of awkward to be interviewed about something you know nothing about. Afterwards, I analyze the interviews and begin to talk about political participation and how this process relates to participation. Following that, I offer solutions for what people can do to fix the problems that I discuss in the podcast. I close with the song from schoolhouse rock about the same topic.

College Activists at Standing Rock

By Natalie Green

The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline began this year and immediately became a controversy due to environmental concerns, treaty violations, and health risks. Due to these human rights violations and environmental threats, activists have given much attention to supporting and protecting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The pipeline continues to be constructed as winter conditions worsen the occupants’ conditions. This podcast focuses on the role of the college activist, with an interview with a Beloit college student who shares her experiences and reflections. Tessa discusses with me the importance of protecting the land and people at Standing Rock and the way in which she approaches activism as a student.

The Supreme Court

By Mark Stephens and Steven O’Neil

This thrilling podcast focuses on the Supreme Court. More specifically, we discuss major cases the Supreme Court has dealt with, and how the Supreme Court has developed into a formidable power within the American political system. Furthermore, we open our podcast up to three different Beloit College students, where we ask them about how they think the recent election and the implications it will have on the Supreme Court will affect their day-to-day lives. We also ask them and discuss between ourselves the power of the Supreme Court within the American system.

Racism in American Politics

By Noritsugu Shiba

This podcast talk about racism in American politics. Racism is big issue in American Politics. The history shows us discrimination and segregation. The contemporary politics also shows the racism such as young black men’s exclusion from politics and Donald Trump’s win in the Presidential election.

I will analyze the racism in American politics with three questions. The first question is what’s the problem of racism in American history. The second question is whether contemporary politics overcomes racism. The third question is what the solution of racism might be. Through these three questions, you can understand the problem of racism lurking in American politics.


Audio References
I have a dream speech


The War on Drugs and Marijuana Legalization

By Lindsey Bogott

This podcast is about the war on drugs and the legalization of recreational marijuana in the
United States, more specifically in states where it has already been legalized, and how that has affected incarceration rates for minorities. I delve in to the history of the war on drugs and bring in specific examples from the Supreme Court, podcasts, and authors. Bringing in content from California’s Proposition 64, which passed on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, I then transition into the positive and negative components of legalization of marijuana in regards of minorities, using interviews from students that come from California, Washington, and Colorado.
Infuser, Jazz. “Jazz & Hip Hop.” SoundCloud. SoundCloud, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.McEvers, Kelly. “As The Legal Pot Industry Booms, African-Americans Are Left Behind.” NPR. NPR, 18 Mar. 2016. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.

Montgomery, Host: Michael. “Proposition 64 Let’s California Voters Have Their Say on Recreational Use of Marijuana.” Forum. KQED Radio, 18 Oct. 2016. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.

The Electoral College

By Katia Virieux

You want to learn more about the Electoral College and how it works? You are looking for arguments to help you make your mind to either support or oppose the Electoral College? Maybe you want to learn more about alternatives to this system? Or you just want to hear what other people have to say about it? In any of these, cases this podcast is made for you! Come and enjoy listening to this podcast about the Electoral College System.

Climate Change

By Josh Nelson and Jay Hoffman

Climate change has been debated in the past, but not as much as it has been in recent times. Science has shown that climate change (previously known as “global warming”) is impacting the planet we inhabit; many aspects of our world are heavily affected by this, such as the environment, organisms, and economies. Josh Nelson and Jay Hoffmann bring you up to speed on climate change and what it means in terms of politics in the United States. They will discuss the opinions of both Trump and Clinton on the issue.. Guest speakers Jamison Huntley (Coach Huntley), Kyle May and Joe McKay give great conversation about the issue Climate change presents and what we need to do to solve it, and one of these speakers presents a counterargument to the others. Please listen and learn about climate change so YOU can make a positive impact.

Police Brutality

By Lillie Herbst

This is a podcast dealing with issues of police discrimination and brutality towards people of color. I discussed with Beloit faculty members the past, present, and future events that will shape and define the police force, and the rights of the black community. I analyzed two speeches that show the history of the push towards a more equal police force, and one speech that shows what may be happening with the police force in the future. In the podcast I also talk about how long this has been an issue, and I discuss a large movement which has started to end this brutality and violence.

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New, 2010. Print.

CNN. “Donald Trump: We Have to Bring Back Law and Order.” YouTube. YouTube, 26 Sept. 2016. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

Danahunter. “MLK on Police Brutality.” YouTube. YouTube, 19 Jan. 2016. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

“Malcolm X: Police Brutality & Mainstream Media.” YouTube. YouTube, 15 Dec. 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

Parkinson, Robert G. “Did a Fear of Slave Revolts Drive American Independence?” The New York Times. The New York Times, 03 July 2016. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

Potter, Gary, Dr. “The History of Policing in the United States, Part 1.” The History of Policing in the United States, Part 1 | Police Studies Online. Eastern Kentucky University, 25 June 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. Chicago, IL: Haymarket, 2016. Print.

“We Affirm That All Black Lives Matter.” Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter Foundation, 2016. Web.

Campus Carry

by Zach Jenkins and Ethan Harycki

In our podcast Zach and I cover the topics of the new campus carry law in Texas and the cocks not glocks movement which sparked from the law passing. We will primarily be focusing on the law itself because of its large implications to the larger Texas student body while brushing up on the movement. We go over what the law entails and who is and who isn’t protected under the law. We also interviewed a political science major from our very own Beloit campus to see how she views the current law.

Affirmative Action

By Hannah Klintworth
In this podcast, I briefly examine marginalized groups within the context of current and past America to clarify why affirmative action exists, discuss the history of affirmative action and its history in the Supreme Court, as well as touch on some of the controversies surrounding the topic. In addition, I analyze and consider how successful affirmative action is in making up for past discrimination and helping underrepresented individuals by weighing in on the opinions of Mauricio Sosa, Edward Stern, and Erin Shea, three fellow Beloit College students who answer questions such as: Is affirmative action effective in assisting women and ethnic minorities? Can it be improved? Is there a more effective method to address inequalities?
Fox News Interview with Donald Trump:
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity:
Anti-Discrimination or Reverse Discrimination: The Impact of Changing Demographics, Title VII and Affirmative Action on Productivity by Jonathan Leonard:
Madeline Heilman, Caryn Block, and Jonathan Lucas:
Will Affirmative-Action Policies Eliminate Negative Stereotypes? By Stephen Coate and Glenn C. Loury:
The Real Impact of Eliminating Affirmative Action in American Law Schools: An Empirical Critique of Richard Sander’s Study by David Chambers, Timothy Clydesdale, William Kidder and Richard Lempert
The Effect Of Affirmative Action Bans on College Enrollment, Educational Attainment, and the Demographic Composition of Universities by Peter Hinrichs:
Associated Press Interview with Barack Obama:
Reprise de “Rythme is love” (instrumental) Santapiro (Soundtrack):
Chasing the Sun Matt Stevens (Soundtrack):