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The Modern Struggle To Vote

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On March 7, 1965, civil rights protesters attempted a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the state capital, to draw attention to the voting rights issue. (https://bit.ly/2P9urXb)

Monday, we’re talking about the modern struggle to vote in America. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was meant to enfranchise racial minorities long denied the ballot. But has it really worked out like that?

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Monday, we’re talking about the modern struggle to vote in America. When it was passed in 1965 the Voting Rights Act was meant to enfranchise racial minorities long denied the ballot. But has it really worked out like that? Not according to investigative journalist Ari Berman. Having studied the past 50 years of electoral history, Berman says that a “committed group of counterrevolutionaries” have fought to undermine the VRA and shatter the achievements of the civil rights movement.

Ari Berman is a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a reporting fellow for the Nation Institute, the media non-profit associated with the Nation magazine. He's the author of the book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

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.