Should We Have a President?

If we made “America From Scratch” today, would we have a president?

We spend a lot of time thinking, worrying, debating—and, yes, fighting—over who should be our president. But is that the best use of our political energy?

In this episode of “America From Scratch,” we explore the idea of eliminating the presidency entirely—and some other alternatives to our current political structure. Experts share how you can make the biggest difference in government today, regardless of how the political pendulum is swinging.

Featuring interviews with:

  • Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota
  • State Representative Erin Maye Quade, a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party of Minnesota, representing District 57A, Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • State Representative Abigail Whelan, a member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, representing District 35A, Anoka.

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“America From Scratch” is produced by Rewire for PBS Digital Studios as part of the Twin Cities PBS initiative “In It Together.” Made possible with funding from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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