Thwarting Democracy and the Battle for Voting Rights

It’s election season! And there may be new voting requirements where you live. Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed a dizzying array of changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past.

On this week’s show, we’ll hear stories about the hard fought battles for the right to vote, and examine whether modern day voting requirements are a step backwards in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.


Reverend Tyrone Edwards, civil rights historian in Plaquemines Parish Louisiana; Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative; Clifford Kuhn, Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; JT Johnson, civil rights organizer; Allen Secher, rabbi; Jerel James and Tamia Adkinson, docents at Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine; August Tinson, testified in U.S. vs Fox (1962); Gary May, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of Bending Towards Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.

Timing and Cues

Program #43-14- Begin date: 10/22/14. End date: 04/22/15.

Total run time is 29 minutes (no hard breaks)
– Music in/out.

Additional Credits

Host: Laura Flynn
Producers: Laura Flynn, Andrew Stelzer, George Lavender, Jasmin Lopez
Contributing Producers: Anna Simonton and Dina Weinstein
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth

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