Carah Ong Whaley Interview: Bonus Content

Carah Ong Whaley

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Carah Ong Whaley

Carah Ong Whaley Associate Director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and cohost of the podcast Democracy Matters. The podcast Democracy Matters is a collaboration between faculty and students. It incorporates ideas and perspectives from students alongside the experience and professional connections of faculty like Carah. As a result, the podcast brings an energy and dynamism through the collaborative process. But it also says a lot about the values and principles behind the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement.

Our conversation begins with some thoughts on the podcast, but explores the values and ideas behind it as well. We discuss the influence some of the students make on the podcast, but also why it’s important to include them in the process. Carah’s also an avid listener of other podcasts so she offers a wide range of podcast recommendations.


This interview is a part of new bonus content available only on Patreon. New episodes will feature podcasters, activists, or other thought leaders in informal conversations. Next week’s bonus episode will feature Mila Atmos, host of the podcast Future Hindsight. You can find bonus content like this interview when you support the Democracy Paradox on Patreon.

Consider making a monthly contribution as small as $5 to help support the podcast and access content like this interview. You can also make a one time donation at Patreon. Any contributions go to costs related to the show including hosting fees, equipment, and marketing. You can also support the show through sharing it with others or with a rating and review on your favorite podcast application such as Apple, Spotify, or Castbox.

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