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The People vs. Democracy

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In recent years, authoritarians have seized power in democracies around the world, riding waves of populist fervor. The scholar Yascha Mounk has studied this trend. He says democracy itself may in danger, and there isn’t much time left to save it.

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Research shows that more and more people are open to military rule and media censorship. They increasingly distrust politicians, fear multiethnic societies, and elect authoritarian leaders. So it makes sense to ask: is liberal democracy in danger? The scholar Yascha Mounk has been studying the global threats to democracy, and he’s noticed that individual rights and the popular will are increasingly at odds. He joins us Thursday to explain how we got here and what it will take to save democracy.

Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America. He's also a columnist at Slate and the host of the Good Fight podcast.

On Saturday, March 17, Mounk will be reading and signing his new book The People vs. Democracy at the King's English Bookshop at 7 p.m. MORE DETAILS

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.