Democracy en When "Mad Men" Met Wonder Bread <p>For most of the twentieth century, Americans got between a quarter and a half of their daily calories from uniform loaves of factory baked white bread. It was a symbol of an industrial food revolution that inspired national pride; a dough so emblematic of a successful democracy that the book <a href="" target="_blank"><em>White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf</em></a> was written not by a baker, but a professor of politics<strong>; </strong>the author,<strong> Aaron Bobrow-Strain, </strong>teaches politics at <a href="">Whitman</a>&nbsp;College in&nbsp;Washington. He also wrote about his own attempt to prepare the perfectly rectangular cloud-like loaf in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Believer</em></a> magazine.&nbsp; We spoke to Aaron when his book was first published about the deeply symbolic place of white bread in American identity; the book is now out in paperback.<strong> </strong></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 14:27:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26709 at When "Mad Men" Met Wonder Bread What Do Democracy Promoters Actually Do? American lawmakers are furious about a mounting diplomatic crisis in Egypt, where dozens of nongovernmental workers, including 19 Americans, could face trial.<p>The United States says Egypt needs to let pro-democracy groups continue their work to help the country's transition, but Egypt accuses them of operating illegally.<p>The work of democracy promotion groups has raised suspicions in many countries, but Lorne Craner, who runs the International Republican Institute, says he has never seen anything like what's going on now in Egypt.<p>"We have never had our offices raided, we have never had Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 1793 at What Do Democracy Promoters Actually Do? Sweden's Tweet to Democracy <p>Sweden’s experiment in modern democracy, how for seven days a citizen of Sweden will have full reign of the country’s Twitter pulpit.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:52:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1507 at Sweden's Tweet to Democracy