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First things first: our very own Latif Nasser has an exciting new show on Netflix. He talks to Jad about the hidden forces of the world that connect us all.


Then, with an eye on the upcoming election, we take a look back: at two pieces from More Perfect Season 3 about Constitutional amendments that determine who gets to vote.


Former Radiolab producer Julia Longoria takes us to Washington, D.C. The capital is at the heart of our democracy, but it’s not a state, and it wasn’t until the 23rd Amendment that its people got the right to vote for president. But that still left DC without full representation in Congress; D.C. sends a "non-voting delegate" to the House. Julia profiles that delegate, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and her unique approach to fighting for power in a virtually powerless role.


Second, Radiolab producer Sarah Qari looks at a current fight to lower the US voting age to 16 that harkens back to the fight for the 26th Amendment in the 1960s. Eighteen-year-olds at the time argued that if they were old enough to be drafted to fight in the War, they were old enough to have a voice in our democracy. But what about today, when even younger Americans are finding themselves at the center of national political debates? Does it mean we should lower the voting age even further?


Music in this episode by Carling & Will


This episode was reported and produced by Julia Longoria and Sarah Qari.


Check out Latif Nasser’s new Netflix show Connected here.


Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate. 

Comments (2)

Richard Kairis

Ms Longoria appears to arrive at her interview with Congresswomen Norton with such pre-conceived ideas about the Congresswoman's restriction on voting that she does not hear what the Congresswoman is saying. No, Ms Norton does not have a vote in committee or on the house floor, but there is so much more involved in the process of creating policy and legislation. The concept appeared to go right of my Longoria's head.

Aug 18th
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Clinton Crick

Jad has a slipup and gets the last amendment wrong (saying it's the 25th, when it is really the 26th).

Aug 9th
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