Humankind: An Informed Republic

America's founders recognized that without a king, the fledgling nation would need an informed citizenry or their bold experiment in democracy could fail. So in early America, the government subsidized newspapers, established the postal system to facilitate information flow and drew up plans for public education.

Now, in the digital age, we'll ask whether the demise of newspapers threatens citizens' access to quality journalistic information, and whether remarkably low civic knowledge by average Americans weakens the fabric of democracy.

This one-hour "Humankind" documentary features retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

For more information, visit the Humankind website


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