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WVXU has been covering the stories of politics and corruption at Cincinnati's City Hall since early 2020. We have now launched an initiative to more closely examine Cincinnati politics and the individuals who have shaped it, along with the current allegations of corruption. We'll also explore proposals for change, and seek feedback from local leaders and community members on what can be done to restore trust in City Hall.Trust in Local Government, WVXU's Public Integrity Project will analyze our council-manager form of government and the charter amendments designed to reinforce ethical standards at City Hall; take a historical look at corruption in Cincinnati government; talk with the candidates for Cincinnati mayor and continue with an ongoing series of features, interviews and candidate profiles.

Have Americans Lost Their Trust In Institutions And If So, Can It Be Restored?

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Jose Luis Magana
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

From unfounded allegations of a stolen election, to widespread distrust of the media, to a capital insurrection, to right here in Cincinnati where multiple local government officials face criminal charges, it seems America's faith in institutions is in jeopardy. According to the Pew Research Center, just 20% of U.S. adults trust the government to do the right thing. Has America reached a historic low point in terms of trust?

As author Ethan Zuckerman writes, our current climate may provide new opportunity. In his book Mistrust: Why Losing Faith in Institutions Provides Tools to Transform Them, Zuckerman argues that Americans have faith in one another even in moments of polarization.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss how to begin to repair our trust in institutions is University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure Director and Public Policy, Information and Communication Associate Professor Ethan Zuckerman.

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Read more from WVXU's "Trust In Local Government" series here.

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.