Season 1: Simple Civics

You probably took a government or civics class, but many of us still have questions about how it all works. WFYI's Simple Civics is here to help! In each episode, Butler University Professor of Political Science Terri Jett tackles a specific question, breaking down the history behind an issue and how it affects us today. It doesnt have to be complicated, so let's make it simple.

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics What is the Bayh-Dole Act?

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What is the Bayh-Dole Act?

Senator Birch Bayh's final piece of landmark legislation is known as the Bayh-Dole Act.

What is the Bayh-Dole Act?

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What is Title IX?

Title IX is known for expanding women's sports, but its effects are far-reaching.

What is Title IX?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics What is the 26th Amendment?

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What is the 26th Amendment?

Senator Birch Bayh helped pass the 26th Amendment, giving 18 year-olds the right to vote

What is the 26th Amendment?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics What is the 25th Amendment?

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What is the 25th Amendment?

Explore how the 25th amendment cleared confusion about the transfer of presidential power.

What is the 25th Amendment?

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Filibusters

Do filibusters foster bipartisan cooperation? Or stop democracy in its tracks?

Filibusters

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Members of Congress

Learn the basic roles of members of congress.

Members of Congress

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Diversity in Congress

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Diversity in Congress

Does the demographic makeup of congress match the diversity of the American population?

Diversity in Congress

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Native American Governments

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Native American Governments

Long before Europeans arrived in the U.S., Native Americans had sophisticated governments.

Native American Governments

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Executive Orders

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Executive Orders

U.S. Presidents since George Washington have used executive orders to move their agenda.

Executive Orders

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics The Latino Vote

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The Latino Vote

There are a few reasons why Latino voters continue to surprise political analysts.

The Latino Vote

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Hispanic Leaders

Meet three trailblazing Hispanic leaders both past and present who have shaped our country

Hispanic Leaders

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Lame Ducks & The Peaceful Transfer of Power

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Lame Ducks & The Peaceful Transfer of Power

Learn what happens in the days between the presidential election and inauguration day.

Lame Ducks & The Peaceful Transfer of Power

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics How Does the Electoral College Work?

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How Does the Electoral College Work?

The Electoral College is used to decide presidential elections in the United States.

How Does the Electoral College Work?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Inconclusive Elections

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Inconclusive Elections

What happens if an election is too close to call?

Inconclusive Elections

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics How Are Supreme Court Justices Appointed?

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How Are Supreme Court Justices Appointed?

Replacing a Supreme Court justice is no easy feat.

How Are Supreme Court Justices Appointed?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics History of Political Debates

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History of Political Debates

Debates are a staple of the election cycle these days, but that wasn't always the case.

History of Political Debates

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics History of the Electoral College

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History of the Electoral College

Dr. Terri Jett shares the history of the Electoral College and calls for a new system.

History of the Electoral College

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics How Does Campaign Finance Work?

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How Does Campaign Finance Work?

It costs a lot of money to run any campaign for office, especially the presidency.

How Does Campaign Finance Work?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics What Is Gerrymandering?

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What Is Gerrymandering?

There's a reason some political districts seem to only elect members of one party.

What Is Gerrymandering?

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Why Do We Have A Census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. embarks on a daunting task: count every resident in the country.

Why Do We Have A Census?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Should Washington, D.C. Be A State?

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Should Washington, D.C. Be A State?

What would it take to make Washington, D.C. an official state?

Should Washington, D.C. Be A State?

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What Does Disenfranchisement Look Like?

What did it look like when only certain groups of people were able to vote?

What Does Disenfranchisement Look Like?

Video thumbnail: Simple Civics Equal Rights for Women

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Equal Rights for Women

A lot has changed for women in America since the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Equal Rights for Women

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Women for President

Women have been running for the nation's highest office well before they had the right to.

Women for President