55 Voices for Democracy


Oct 20, 2020


Dec 22, 2020

Oct 20, 2020


55 Voices for Democracy

October 20 to December 22, 2020

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. In this election year, 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 that was launched by the Thomas Mann House in October 2019. With this new podcast series, Los Angeles Review of Books, Thomas Mann House, Goethe-Institut Boston, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Wunderbar Together expand upon the successful series.

Beginning on October 20, 2020, Tom Zoellner and his co-hosts will engage in a vivid conversation with intellectuals, artists, and activists about the question of how to renew democracy today. Among the first guests are Rebecca Solnit, the political scientist Chantal Mouffe and novelist Daniel Kehlmann.


Thomas Mann House

LA Review of Books

Goethe-Institut Boston

Goethe-Pop Up Seattle

Wunderbar Together



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