Happy tenth anniversary to the Center for Civic Education’s very own 60-Second Civics podcast! On June 21, the podcast celebrated its anniversary with a total of 3,650 episodes, a culmination of 219,000 minutes (minimum!). Over the past decade, the podcast has led listeners through topics and lessons ranging from the origins of the Constitution to present-day issues and events.
Each day, the podcast highlights minute-long lessons in a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn. The show 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. The show’s content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.
A Daily Civics Quiz accompanies each episode to test the audience on what they have just learned. More in-depth concepts are often spread across a brief series of episodes, so that ideas are fully comprehensible to listeners even with the brevity of each episode.
60-Second Civics is currently hosted by the Mark Gage. Past hosts have included Kaci Patterson, who launched the show, and David Hargrove.
The show is frequently used as a warmup activity in middle and high schools, with classes competing against each other to see which can keep the longest winning streak of correct answers to Daily Civics Quiz questions. Andrew Hennessey’s class from Watertown High School in Connecticut recently completed more than 148 correct responses in a row, besting the previous year’s record.
60-Second Civics is also broadcast every weekday on KTSW, the radio station for Texas State University in San Marcos.
With the committed and avid listenership of the podcast’s fans, 60-Second Civics has been able to produce content that promotes an educated, engaged citizenry. You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, YouTube, and Twitter. Fans of the Center for Civic Education’s Facebook page can watch subtitled video versions of each episode thanks to the generous support of Audiogram.
Thank you for joining us for daily episodes of 60-Second Civics and the Daily Civics Quiz for ten whole years! You can support the podcast by donating to the Center for Civic Education and by rating and reviewing the show on iTunes!