Coming up on Connections: Friday, July 3

Jul 2, 2020

Credit Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell/ Creative Commons License / U.S. Navy

First hour: Special programming – “Intelligence Squared U.S.A: Has the Electoral College Outlived Its Usefulness?”

Second hour: Special programming – “Science and the Fourth of July”

We have special programming on this July Fourth holiday. In our first hour, it’s “Intelligence Squared U.S.A: Has the Electoral College Outlived Its Usefulness?” Five American presidents assumed office without winning the popular vote. President Trump’s election in 2016 renewed debate about the Electoral College. Supporters argue the Founders wanted to safeguard against mob rule, and ensure voters in less populous states a voice in presidential elections. Opponents claim it was created to protect the institution of slavery, and now subverts the will of people, prioritizing voters in rural and swing states. As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the landmark “faithless elector” case, we ask: Has the Electoral College outlived its usefulness?

Then in our second hour, it’s “Science and the Fourth of July.” From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — were science geeks, and their methodical way of thinking is reflected in the Declaration of Independence. To celebrate the holiday, we dig into the science that makes fireworks sparkle, flags durable, and hot dogs delicious. Plus, what brain researchers are learning about the pursuit of happiness and feelings of patriotism.