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What do most people mean today when they use to the term "democracy"?

a. Direct democracy
b. Representative democracy
c. Totalitarian democracy
d. Oligarchic democracy

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 2264, Colonial America, Part 12: Democracy
Why did Aristotle think that democracy wasn't the best form of government?
60-Second Civics: Episode 2263, Colonial America, Part 11: Aristotle's forms of governments.
Aristotle defined "right" and "corrupt" forms of government. Learn what these are on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2262, Colonial America, Part 10: Aristotle and the branches of government
Aristotle observed that every country's government must perform three functions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2261, Colonial America, Part 9: Lessons learned by the Founders
The American Founders learned two important lessons about government. Listen to today's podcast to learn about them.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2260, Colonial America, Part 8: Hamilton on the lessons of history
Alexander Hamilton was not a fan of using examples from history when designing modern governments.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2259, Colonial America, Part 7: John Locke and the Founders
Why was John Locke considered "America's philosopher"? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2258, Colonial America, Part 6: Lessons from Greek and Roman philosophy
Democracies did not have a history of success, but the Founders learned the lessons of history.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2257, Colonial America, Part 5: Self-government
Even by 1776, Americans had 150 years of experience in self-governance.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2256, Colonial America, Part 4: Well-read Founders
America's Founders were well-read, familiar with Aristotle, Cicero, and Blackstone.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2255, Colonial America, Part 3: A rural nation
The America of the 1700s was a largely rural nation.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2254, Colonial America, Part 2: A diverse nation
America of the 1700s was a diverse place.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2253, Colonial America, Part 1: The American colonies
America was established as a large, diverse nation composed of people of varying backgrounds, religions, and languages.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2252, Introduction, Part 2: The American Founders
Today we learn about America's Founders and the ideas that influenced them.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2251, Introduction, Part 1: An adventure in ideas
Americans are defined as people by our shared values, such as our belief in liberty, equality, and justice.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2250, Political parties, Part 17: The downside of political parties
Today we learn about some of the downsides of the political party system in the United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2249, Political parties, Part 16: Political parties as agents of stability
Despite James Madison's fears, political parties can be agents of stability.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2248, Political parties, Part 15: The role of political parties today
What are political parties good for, anyway? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2247, Political parties, Part 14: Political parties as a revolutionary idea
Are political parties good for the nation? Here are some arguments in favor of them.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2246, Political parties, Part 13: Martin Van Buren on political parties
Martin Van Buren believed that political parties could act as a kind of glue in the American political system.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2245, Political parties, Part 12: Political parties as a permanent part of the American political system
At the time of his inauguration, Thomas Jefferson hoped that political parties would disappear.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2244, Political parties, Part 11: Tied presidential election
The Twelfth Amendment ended a problem with the Constitution and created an ongoing role for political parties in the American system.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2243, Political parties, Part 10: The Election of 1800
Why was the election of 1800 revolutionary? Find out on today's episode.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2242, Political parties, Part 9: Anatomy of the Alien and Sedition Acts
Today we examine the Alien and Sedition Acts in detail.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2241, Political parties, Part 8: The Alien and Sedition Acts
The Alien and Sedition Acts would shock us today. They arguably caused John Adams to lose reelection.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2240, Political parties, Part 7: Federalists and Republicans
The Federalists and Republicans became the first national political parties in the United States, but neither considered the other to be the "loyal opposition."