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WBOI Presents: The Filibuster


The filibuster has changed a lot since its use was dramatized in 1939.

In such a closely divided Washington, discussions of priorities and the agenda of the party in power are often accompanied by a discussion of the filibuster. Should it be reformed or removed? If so, how would this happen? How has the filibuster been used in the history of the Senate? Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, moderates the conversation that was recorded via Zoom on November 1.

Panelists include:

David Gogol, Principal (retired) Faegre Drinker Biddle and former Legislative Director for Senator Richard Lugar

Daniel Holt, Assistant Historian, US Senate Historical Office

Laura Merrifield Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Indianapolis

Special thanks to Andy Downs and Deanna Wooley for organizing this program. Our music is by Mark Waldick, Noah Campodonico, Kurt Roembke, and Hope Arthur. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship, Steve Mullaney, Kyle Norbeck, Diahmynd Thomas, Mikaela Veltum, and Sydney Wagner.