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Monster: Maps, Math and Power in N.C.’s 2021 Redistricting

Monster: Maps, Math and Power in North Carolina - A special podcast series from The News & Observer’s Under the Dome.
Monster: Maps, Math and Power in North Carolina - A special podcast series from The News & Observer’s Under the Dome.

In a limited-run podcast from Under the Dome, we explore how lawmakers draw these maps, their impact on power in North Carolina’s political landscape and how new tools are changing the fight against gerrymandering. Our last episode, All eyes on Raleigh, is now available for streaming.

Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear from North Carolina’s biggest team of political reporters.

Monster, Part 1: So you want to make a map...
In the first episode of this special Under the Dome series, we explore the rules of redistricting – the drawing of new electoral maps. Those rules often conflict, and that friction is a prime reason why North Carolina sits center stage during battles over gerrymandering.


Monster, Part 2: What gerrymandering isn't
In the second episode of this special Under the Dome series, we examine why defining gerrymandering is harder than it appears. Bizarre shapes don’t always translate to political shenanigans. And some of our own choices – about who we are and where we live – complicate the picture.


Monster, Part 3: Math on the front lines
In the third episode, we dive deep into the mathematics that could be the key to quantifying and fighting gerrymandering. Some of that math dates back to secret U.S. atomic bomb labs. And although complex, its inner workings are built on some familiar ideas.


Monster, Part 4: All eyes on Raleigh
In the fourth episode of this special Under the Dome series, we unravel the politics of mapmaking today, the potential for reform and how the choices state legislators make will impact the legal fight over district lines for years.


This story was originally published April 1, 2021 11:48 AM.

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