Kurt Andersen and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright explore where art and democracy collide. The political playwright and West Wing star Anna Deavere Smith channels President Clinton. Poet Billy Collins talks about Walt Whitman and the challenge of writing poetry about democracy. An architecture critic travels to Charlottesville Virginia to look at Thomas Jefferson's big, beautiful vision for democratic space. Plus, we visit the auditions for the next American Idol series.
This program is part of public radio’s special coverage, “Whose Democracy Is It?”