The source is late night, BBC. Not that listening to the radio is any cure for sleeplessness, it is a companion.
They were discussing democracy, and what constitutes the signals, the signs, the effects of democracy.
BBC late night is a kind of free-for-all radio format, a world-wide, open-ended discussion on various subjects. At times the accents are indiscernible, and when translation is provided in Scots, still indiscernible. This democracy discussion with all its linguistic flavors was a pretty good definition of democracy.
What emerged was a list of things, items, causes, ingredients, recipes and knickknacks that incrementally define democracy.