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Beyond the Blue Podcast: How Congressional Redistricting Works with Gary Moncrief

By:    Published 10:14 am / November 14, 2011

Boise State’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science Gary Moncrief explains how the process of congressional redistricting really works in this week’s Beyond the Blue faculty podcast.

Listeners can access the website featuring a series of expert podcasts at BeyondtheBlue.BoiseState.edu or go directly to Moncrief’s presentation. Visitors can listen to podcasts directly on the site or link to iTunesU where they can download all podcasts and subscribe to receive automatic downloads of new content whenever they open iTunes.

Reapportionment and redistricting are an integral, and often controversial, component of the American political process. In this podcast, Moncrief discusses the important terminology and theories involved, as well as the history of redistricting in the United States, and how redistricting issues are different in various regions of the country. He also analyzes the difference between having the legislature do the redistricting work and having an independent commission in charge of the task. Utilizing his research and expertise in the field, Moncrief sheds significant light on a sometimes complicated and contentious part of the political structure.

The Beyond the Blue website has been developed to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exists in many fields at Boise State. Known for its unique blue turf and nationally ranked football program, Boise State is demonstrating creativity beyond the blue in faculty podcasts, intended to introduce a variety of topics to casual listeners.

New faculty podcasts are being added on a regular basis. Other informative commentaries are offered by Evelyn Johnson (learning disabilities), Will Hughes (DNA nanotechnology), John Gardner (energy efficiency), Cheryl Jorcyk (breast cancer), Mitch Wieland (creative writing), Cindy Clark (civility in nursing), John Freemuth (public lands), Greg Hampikian (DNA forensics), Shelton Woods (rise of China), Jill Gill (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Brian Greber (America’s economic policy).

The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, its growth, research initiatives and student life. A related collection of faculty interviews also is accessible from the Reader’s Corner radio show hosted by Boise State President Bob Kustra on Boise State Public Radio.