Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss begins with a speech about civic responsibility and the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society. A longtime proponent of civic engagement and active citizenship, Dreyfuss talks about incorporating these values into education. Dreyfuss is skilled at reaching out to listeners, and he clearly has the audience held rapt by his persuasiveness. Veteran political journalist and political editor of New York Magazine Michael Kramer plays devil's advocate and challenges Dreyfuss' assertions, and listeners will be both entertained and enlightened by the arguments raised during their conversation.
Just what are the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society? Are civic roles in government and everyday life inherent, or do they need to be formally taught? Finally, what are the consequences of letting civic accountability wane?
Michael Kramer is a veteran political journalist, formerly serving as chief political correspondent for Time magazine and political editor of New York Magazine.
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