Independence Day Programming

Jul 3, 2012

NHPR will air the following special programs for Independence day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

9:00 a.m.   Socrates Exchange: Who Is American?

The Exchange presents an encore broadcast of their most recent Socrates Exchange program which explores a topic through the Socratic method of dialogue.  In this episode, we ask who is American?  Is it simply a matter of birthright and legal status?  Or is it a state of mind, a certain spirit or attitude?  And is being American defined by the way we view ourselves or how others look at us?  Laura is joined by Max Latona, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College for this hour-long discussion.  Here is the link to the show originally broadcast May 24, 2012. Socrates Exchange: Who Is American?

12:00 p.m.  Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

This timely one-hour special is produced by the Center for Documentary Studies and hosted by NPR's Scott Simon.  It presents stories of American democracy at the local level through people who wrestle with issues alongside and in opposition to their neighbors.  At a time of political gridlock and polarization at the national level, Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one’s antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different “color,” but a neighbor.  More information is available at: