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Podcast: 55 Voices for Democracy

The series "55 Voices for Democracy" is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland, and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until November 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. Thomas Mann’s conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever.

"55 Voices for Democracy" is an initiative launched by the Thomas Mann House in October 2019. With the new podcast series, Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, the Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City as well as Wunderbar Together expand the successful series. Tom Zoellner and his co-hosts engage in vivid conversations with intellectuals, artists, and activists about the question of how to renew democracy today. Among the first guests were Rebecca Solnit, the political scientist Chantal Mouffe, novelist Daniel Kehlmann, and the Belarusian opposition politicians Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Franak Viačorka.

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