In this episode we take a listen to the first night of the Democratic debates, which occurred over two nights. This is part one of our two-part episode.
We've chosen to pick one segment from each issue/topic to analyze how the different candidates responded, as well as persuaded, one another and the audience. Listen to this episode to find out:
- The hypnotic technique of revivification and how it is used to do a conversational regression during the debate.
- How the moderators of the debate acted partially to sway audience's opinion and to frame questions for certain candidates to answer.
- This one photo that changed a whole discussion that you might not have seen yet.
- How Cory Booker bought himself an extra time slot that wasn't originally there to discuss his position.
- Utilizing words and catch-phrases that only certain groups know about (in this case, veterans and the military) in order to convincingly frame their opponent.
- How policy toward Israel and Palestinine became a hot-button topic without even mentioning the name of the country, and why one candidate was singled out for their position on Israel.
- What Chuck Todd thinks is now a part of "high school life" that wasn't there just a few years ago.
- Whether quoting the Bible is a good thing, and how one candidate quotes a religious text without saying what they are quoting.
- How one leading candidate uses the phrase, "This is not about policy, this is personal" which draws us away from reality and into rhetoric
- The metaphor of a painting that almost draws the audience away from the question being asked
- And much more!
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Ten candidates: Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill DeBlasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Insley, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, and Elizabeth Warren.
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