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I Hereby Dub Thee...

Friday, April 17, 2015

New York Magazine's Jaime Fuller on the media's habit of assigning each presidential candidate a simple descriptor.

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The Denialist Mystique

Friday, April 10, 2015

When a presidential candidate denies climate change, how do journalists balance truth-telling with the mandate of objectivity? 

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A Mormon Reporter on the Romney Bus

Friday, November 16, 2012

Buzzfeed reporter McKay Coppins followed Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election. Like Romney, Coppins is a practicing Mormon, although he never actually told anyone in the Romney family that he shared their faith. Brooke talks to Coppins about how his faith and his reporting intersected, and why the Romney campaign saw his religion as a liability. 

Yo La Tengo - On Our Way to Fall

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How Negative was this year's Election Coverage?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Bob talks to Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, who studied the tone and scope of this year's election coverage. Jurkowitz says that the tone of this election season was extremely negative, both in mainstream and social media.

Deaf City - White Lake

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Why You Can't Vote Online Yet

Friday, November 09, 2012

Election Day saw long lines at the polls and confusion among voters. Why can't we just log on and vote? Brooke speaks to Thad Hall, co-author of Point, Click and Vote: The Future of Internet Voting about why, despite being used in countries like Estonia, online voting won't be a reality in the U.S. anytime soon.

Will Samson - My Broken Mirror

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Forecasting Tuesday

Friday, November 02, 2012

Less than a week before the election, many observers across the political spectrum say that they believe a victory for President Obama is highly likely. Others say that it's reckless to predict the future with any kind of certainty. Nate Silver of the New York Times FiveThirtyEight blog explains to Brooke the difference between forecasting and fortune-telling, and defends his belief that an Obama win seems probable. 

Grizzly Bear & Feist - Service Bell

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Covering the Totally Predictable Conventions

Friday, September 07, 2012

Political conventions used to be places where decisions were made and delegates truly participated. Now, they are just a series of scripted speeches covered by the media as though they are breaking news stories. Bob reflects on the last two weeks of this modern convention style.

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The Problem With Likely Voters

Friday, December 23, 2011

Political polls need to determine who's likely to vote and who isn't. Pollsters rely on people to tell them whether they're going to vote or not - but it turns out that may not be the best plan for creating accurate polling numbers. Bob talks with Slate's Sasha Issenberg about a study which found that 55 percent of voters who tell pollsters they won't vote actually do.

Nicolas Jaar - Problems With the Sun

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