Influencing democracy

The American Democracy Lab Podcast: Episode 5

How do we build trust among Americans who have turned their back on the truth? How can we heal the deep divisions in our country? Host Alan Lambert welcomes author, lecturer, and journalist Anne Nelson to discuss the eroding trust in our democracy through a conversation about influence and information, an exploration of the Council for National Policy, and more.


Anne Nelson is an author and lecturer in the fields of international affairs, media, and human rights. Since 2003 Nelson has been teaching at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where her classes and research explore how digital media can support the underserved populations of the world through public health, education and culture. She is most recently the author of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right.

About American Democracy Lab

The American Democracy Lab podcast at WashU brings together experts from different fields and backgrounds to talk about an issue or aspect of our American democracy and where different perspectives may converge. Launched on Presidents’ Day 2021, the American Democracy Lab podcast is presented by the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with WashU Engage and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.