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Eli Merritt is a political historian, and an MD and psychiatrist. At Vanderbilt University, he’s served as a professor and visiting scholar in three departments: History, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. He’s written and/or edited a few books, including the newly released HOW TO SAVE DEMOCRACY: INSPIRATION AND ADVICE FROM 95 WORLD LEADERS. He’s our guest today.

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Given his wealth of areas of expertise, I have lots of questions for him. Perhaps we will get the answer to the question of how to save democracy! And we’ll share some listener mail too.. it’s been a while!