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A Few Reasonable Words

A Few Reasonable Words features three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science. We analyze current political events through the lens of political theory and research in American politics. Every week we offer a quick reminder about the basics in a segment called Civics for Grownups. We also include recommended readings. Learn more: https://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com/
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A podcast from three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science.

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Sep 30, 2016

Do the news media give American voters the information we need in order to make informed choices? If not, is it really the news media’s fault? Is there anything we can do about it?

Sep 23, 2016

What does research tell us about the effects of presidential debates? Do they actually affect voters’ perceptions of the candidates? Do they affect election outcomes? What role does the media play in framing the debates? What role should it play? Are debates in their current format the best way to see presidential candidates in action? How should a smart voter approach the presidential debate spectacle? For more episodes, check out our website. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Sep 17, 2016

Do candidates really intend to follow through with their campaign promises? Do they actually follow through? When they don’t, why don’t they? Are they lying to us, or are they unable to fulfill promises due to circumstances outside of their control? Regardless of whether they keep their promises, do we actually believe them? How can we responsibly evaluate them? For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Sep 10, 2016

Ep. 8: Is there more to political communication than truth and lies? We consider Harry Frankfurt’s famous essay, “On Bullshit” and expand our repertoire for discussing falsehoods. We then apply these definitions to the elephant in the room, the 2016 presidential campaign. For more episodes, check out our website. http://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

Sep 2, 2016

This week, we ask: What is the case for voter id laws? What is the case against them? Who do they affect disproportionately and why? For more episodes, check out our website. http://Afrwpodcast.wordpress.com

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