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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 1:45pm

The University of Minnesota Science Court students are researching and debating whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States.

In this second episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, SciCourt examines the public health and psychology of volunteer and mandatory service programs. Matt Simonson and Hannah Ihekoronye interview members of the science team. Philip Dowdell discusses the impact of mandatory service programs on public health. Manix White talks about the role psychology plays in the effectiveness of service programs.

Follow us on social media -- Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @scicourt -- and if you are interested in serving on our jury to decide this case at the end of April 2021, apply at You can also follow along by subscribing to the Science Court Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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