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Episode 5: The Extraordinary Search for Ordinary Politicians

On this episode of Ways & Means, we explore one of the most vexing issues in politics – how to get more ordinary people to run for office.

We attend a school for wanna-be politicians, and follow teacher Jeremy Hachen as he launches a bid for state office.

Nick Carnes, faculty at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, talks about his research into “white collar government.”

“It really matters that almost none of our politicians come from the working class jobs that most Americans do every single day,” says Carnes. “That made me want to understand what exactly is keeping ordinary Americans from getting into politics.”