Frustration Nation

(Adam Hirsch)

Polls show Americans' frustration running high with politics, politicians and the political process, so we're taking a week-long look at gridlock, partisan feuding, the problems facing our nation ... and hopefully, some ways to move forward.

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Creative Solutions for a Frustrated Nation

Friday, February 26, 2010

All week we’ve been exploring the mechanics of a broken legislative body in our series, “Frustration Nation.” We wrap up the series with a look at the solutions to government gridlock. Can we move away from filibusters? Should we rehaul our election rules? Should we get rid of the Senate altogether?

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A High School Teacher Explains Government Gridlock

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under ordinary circumstances, it can be hard to get young people engaged in politics. But when the political system seems broken, does the job become even harder? For the fourth installment in our series, "Frustration Nation," we turn to a high school civics teacher and two students to hear how the turmoil in Washington plays out in the classroom.

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Listeners React to Media's Role in Political Gridlock

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yesterday, we spoke with media experts about the role of news in politics and its impact on the gridlock in Washington, D.C.  We received many comments from listeners who believe strongly that the media are responsible for much of the political divisiveness in the country today.

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The Media's Role in America's Political Divide

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From television, to talk radio, to the newsstands, Americans are inundated with news about the sorry state of politics. But are the media merely covering the story of D.C.'s gridlock, or are they creating it? For the second installment of our series, "Frustration Nation," we examine the role of the media and its impact on the political divisiveness in America and Washington, D.C., today.

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Your Six Word Fix for Washington

Monday, February 22, 2010

Are you frustrated by how the government is running in Washington? Tell us how to fix it in six words.

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Why Americans are Angry and D.C. is Broken

Monday, February 22, 2010

A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.

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