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Following his exposé of how a small cadre of Republican operatives rigged American elections, David Daley emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on gerrymandering. He joins us with insight from his new book Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy, charting vibrant political movements rising to combat election tampering across the nation. In conversation with political activist and founding band member of Nirvana Krist Novoselić, Daley highlights activist groups that have paved the way for 2018’s historic blue wave and won crucial battles for voting rights in Florida, Maine, Utah, and nationwide. Daley and Novoselić delve into the stories of Pennsylvania’s dramatic defeat of a gerrymander using the research of ingenious mathematicians, and the Michigan millennial who launched a statewide redistricting revolution with a Facebook post. Join Daley and Novoselić for a portrait of a nation transformed by a new civic awakening—and a blueprint for what must be done to keep American democracy afloat.
David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked. His journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at the electoral reform organization FairVote as well as the former editor of Salon.
Krist Novoselić is a political activist and founding member of the seminal group Nirvana, and he currently plays bass and accordion for the group Giants in the Trees. He wrote a weekly column for the Seattle Weekly and is board chair of FairVote.
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