55 Voices for Democracy: David Shimer





Oct 27, 2020


55 Voices for Democracy: David Shimer

Tuesday, October 27, 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.  

Starting on October 20, 2020, Tom Lutz and Tom Zoellner 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 Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, and the political scientist Chantal Mouffe.

2. Episode: David Shimer on the Vulnerability of the Electoral Process

David Shimer is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an Associate Fellow at Yale University. His reporting and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and Foreign Affairs. He is pursuing a doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar and received his master’s degrees in history from Yale University.

In this episode he discusses his book Rigged: America, Russia, and 100 Years of Electoral Interference with Tom Zoellner and talks about what foreign meddling means for the future of democracy in the digital age.


Thomas Mann House

LA Review of Books

Goethe-Institut Boston

Goethe-Pop Up Seattle

Wunderbar Together



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