60-Second Civics

Saturday, January 23
   Daily civics quiz
Which of the following was NOT an accomplishment of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration in his first 100 days in office?


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About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4234, What Can a President Accomplish in 100 Days?
Why do presidents rely so heavily on executive orders during their first 100 days in office? We examine this question and learn about the standard set by FDR during his first 100 days as president on today's podcast.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4233, A President's First 100 Days
FDR faced the Great Depression and a banking crisis when he assumed office. Joe Biden faces the challenge of COVID-19 and a struggling economy. FDR's aggressive response within the first 100 days of his inauguration set the standard for every president after him.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4232, The Role of Former Presidents in American Society
In modern times, former presidents have largely chosen to engage in public service, but they have also sought to improve their reputations.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4231, Inauguration Day
Technological advances in the early twentieth century allowed for ballots to be counted more quickly and reduced the time it took for legislators to travel from their states to the capital. As a result, the Twentieth Amendment was ratified in 1933, allowing for a newly elected or re-elected president and members of Congress to begin serving their terms shortly after being elected, reducing the amount of time "lame-duck" officials remain in office.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4230, The Troubled Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
You might be tempted to think that Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden is the most troubled in history, but it is not. Today we look at the first inauguration of Abraham Lincoln and remember Lincoln's words as an inspiration for the future of our diverse union.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4229, The Power to Investigate: How Congress Works, Part 23
Congress has conducted hundreds of investigations since 1792.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4228, The Authority of Congress to Conduct Investigations: How Congress Works, Part 22
Even though it's not mentioned in the Constitution, Congress has the authority to carry out investigations.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4227, Lobbying: How Congress Works, Part 21
Today's podcast explains the practice of lobbying and the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4226, How Constituents Contribute to Legislation: How Congress Works, Part 20
Constituents, the people represented by an elected official, are valuable sources of ideas for legislation. Constituents influence legislation by responding to opinion polls and contacting members of Congress, among other methods. Lobbying is another method of trying to affect legislation. These are typically organized efforts to influence legislators and other public officials to propose or modify legislation or regulations.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4225, The Executive Branch as a Source of Legislation: How Congress Works, Part 19
Congress and the executive branch normally work closely together in creating legislation. The president will often lay out his or her legislative agenda in the State of the Union address. Executive agencies also regularly provide legislative proposals.


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