American Democracy Lab podcast — presented by Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement — returns for season two by revisiting the insurrection at the US Capitol Building on the one-year anniversary of the event through a special two-part conversation.
The guests, the Honorable Richard Gephardt and Zach Wamp, spent much of their careers working inside the Capitol Building as members of the US House of Representatives. In this conversation, they reflect on January 6, 2021, recounting where they were when they first heard about the attack and their efforts as members of bipartisan groups focused on election integrity.
In part two of the conversation, Gehardt and Wamp discuss the legacy of January 6, 2021, including what reforms may result from the insurrection and how we can restore trust in our election system at a time of increasing polarization.
Richard Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs. Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives (from 1977 to 2005), representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District. He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995, and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. Mr. Gephardt established an endowment for the Gephardt Institute for Public Service (now the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement) in 2005.
Zach Wamp is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. Mr. Wamp served in the House for more than 15 years and was a senior member on the House Appropriations Committee as well as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
Episode 6: The Legacy of January 6, 2021 (Part 1)
Our guests, the Honorable Richard ‘Dick’ Gephardt and Zach Wamp, spent much of their careers working inside the Capitol building as members of the US House of Representatives. In this conversation, they reflect on January 6th, recounting where they were when they first heard about the attack, what the legacy of January 6th represents for our democracy, and where we as a nation go from here.
In part two of our conversation revisiting the insurrection at the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, guests Richard Gephardt and Zach Wamp discuss the history of elections in the United States and identify potential reforms that could increase trust in the system. They offer their advice to current members of Congress on how to bridge the widening gap between Republicans and Democrats to restore faith in our democracy.
About the 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 hosted by Associate Professor Alan Lambert and presented by the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with WashU Engage and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.