Subliminally Correct

A Political Persuasion Podcast

About the show

Subliminally Correct is a bi-weekly podcast where two experts in subconscious messaging examine the intersection of politics, persuasion, and all the ways politicians and newsmakers are using psychological tactics to influence you every single day.

The show is hosted by Alex Dobranic, Political Consultant and Certified Consulting Hypnotist; and Taylor Sherman, Executive Coach and Certified Hypnosis Instructor – experts in politics and subliminally persuasive tactics.

Guests range from political staffers, consultants, journalists and academics, to experts in hypnosis, body-language, and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology; here to give you an inside look into what makes the persuasive politician.

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Episodes

  • Episode 17: NRA-TV

    September 28th, 2018  |  37 mins 58 secs
    2nd amendment, barack obama, brett kavanaugh, chicago, gun rights, national rifle association, nra, oliver north

    The NRA has a vice-grip on our current political environment on the issue of guns. In this episode we explore the persuasion tactics of the National Rifle Association's TV channel; we break down how they use rhyming, repetition, and rhetoric to win the hearts and minds of gun issue voters and what makes their tactics so controversial.

  • Episode 16: THANKS OBAMA

    September 14th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins
    democrats, elections, obama, politics, republicans, trump, university of illinois

    We've talked a lot about President Obama's persuasive speech patterns on this show, but how would you like to hear them for yourself? This episode Obama goes on the attack in a campaign speech criticizing Trump and the Republicans and we break down what makes him a particularly gifted and persuasive speaker.

  • Episode 15: If You're Gonna Run in Texas

    August 31st, 2018  |  40 mins 42 secs
    beta o'rourke, elections, house of cards, pledge of allegiance, politics, ted cruz, texas, us senate

    In this fascinating episode we take a journey down to the Lone Star State where a high-profile Senate race heavy in persuasion is being run by the incumbent Ted Cruz (R) and his challenger Beto O'Rourke (D). We deconstruct the ads each side is running and how they contribute to framing the debate.

  • Episode 14: Weekend at Bernie's

    August 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 19 mins
    2016 primaries, bernie sanders, campaigns, donald trump, hillary clinton, minorities in politics, political rhetoric, progressives

    What was the magic that allowed Bernie Sanders galvanize so many young progressives to his cause? In this episode we sit down with a former Bernie staffer to discuss which influence tools Bernie used repeatedly, both effectively and not.

  • Episode 13: How to Win Votes and Influence People

    August 3rd, 2018  |  54 mins 45 secs
    2008 pennsylvania primary, ai, analyst institute, campaigns, elections, notre dame, obama, persuasion, politics, sales tactics, social pressure, voter behavior

    There's a fascinating, recent trend in politics... using new, scientifically proven tactics that leverage the power of deliberate, face-to-face social pressure to influence voters. But would you believe they also use those psychological devices on staff and volunteers as well? Learn valuable tactics you might even use yourself!

  • Episode 12: Discourse, with Special Guest Adam Lisagor

    July 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins
    2016 election, adam lisagor, bernie sanders, dialogue, discourse, donald trump, elections, facilitation, politics, sandwich video, silicon valley

    Renowned Silicon Valley video producer, Adam Lisagor joins us this week for a truly special episode all about his new project called Discourse. What happens when two people from opposite ends of the political spectrum sit down face-to-face, heart-to-heart with no motive other than to gain a deeper understanding of the other's values? Adam did just that and recorded it all. Find out the lessons he learned and what it means for the rest of us!

  • Episode 11: Obama's Rhetorical Model, with Special Guest Michael Reitzes

    July 6th, 2018  |  50 mins 31 secs
    2008 presidential campaign, 2012 presidential campaign, barack obama, bernie sanders, donald trump, elections, hillary clinton, mitt romney, politics

    President Obama is widely recognized as a highly effective public speaker. But what made him so good? We speak with veteran campaign consultant and scholar, Michael Reitzes who worked on President Obama's campaigns in '08 and '12 about a study he produced analyzing Obama's persuasive speech patterns.

  • Episode 10: Alex Jones & Info Wars

    June 22nd, 2018  |  40 mins 53 secs
    alex jones, alt-right, conspiracy theories, elections, info wars, politics, survivalists

    Ever talk to that one friend you have who believes all the conspiracy theories and ask yourself, "Where did they get all of these crazy ideas?" Well we did, and we tracked it down to Alex Jones and Info Wars – where fringe, alt-right survivalists are given the foundation for the next conspiratorial movement. We break down one of his episodes and show you how he sells his ideas... and his products.

  • Episode 9: The Milton Model Pt. 1

    June 8th, 2018  |  45 mins 20 secs
    donald trump, elections, hnlp, language patterns, milton erickson, neuro-linguistics, nlp, politics, twitter

    What does a pioneering psychiatrist born in 1901 and Donald Trump have in common? More than you might think! In this episode we explore how Milton Erickson, the father of modern hypnotic language patterns, influenced a lot of contemporary persuasive speaking techniques – especially in politics. What is it about Ericksonian speaking patterns that create deep, persuasive change in a person and how can politicians, or even yourself, use them to be more influential?

  • Episode 8: The Trump Show Pt. 2

    May 25th, 2018  |  39 mins 53 secs
    body language, charisma, donald trump, elections, influence, michigan, politics, rally

    Part 2! This episode is all about Donald Trump and a recent rally he held in Michigan. Many people on the other side say they don't understand why his supporters are so passionate, or how he can get so much conviction and belief from those listening to him. We examine his words and actions to show you exactly why he is seen as so charismatic to so many people. This is part two of a two-part episode.

  • Episode 7: The Trump Show Pt. 1

    May 11th, 2018  |  45 mins 18 secs
    body language, charisma, debbie stabenow, donald trump, elections, influence, michigan, politics, rally

    This episode is all about Donald Trump and a recent rally he held in Michigan. Many people on the other side say they don't understand why his supporters are so passionate, or how he can get so much conviction and belief from those listening to him. We examine his words and actions to show you exactly why he is seen as so charismatic to so many people. This is part one of a two-part episode.

  • Episode 6: The Zuckerberg Hearings

    April 27th, 2018  |  47 mins 31 secs
    aleksandrkogan, cambridge analytica, congress, elections, facebook, facebook data breach, facebook data leak, hearings, house of representatives, politics, senate, zuckerberg

    Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress. We break down audio clips to explain many of the subconsciously persuasive devices being used to distract or entrap.

  • Episode 5: To Serve and Persuade, with Special Guest Rintu Basu

    April 13th, 2018  |  55 mins 39 secs
    britain, law enforcement, london, nlp, persuasion skills black book, police, policing, policy, rintu basu, uk

    We speak with Rintu Basu, best selling author of the Persuasion Skills Black Black Book, about his time training British police forces to use persuasion and influence techniques to gain compliance from suspects and the types of mental and cultural framings built around policing in the US and the UK.

  • Episode 4: Not Your Average Voter Myth

    March 30th, 2018  |  52 mins 42 secs
    average voter myth, connor lamb, elections, lulu garcia-navarro, national public radio, npr, pa 18, pennsylvania, politics, renee montagne, rick saccone

    A must-listen episode where we break apart a story from NPR in which they travel to Pennsylvania to talk to "average voters" about the issues most important to them in the recent special election. Although to the untrained ear these voters may seem like they're talking about the issues, we teach you to read the unconscious cues in their voices and break down the myth of the "average voter".

  • Episode 3: People Focused, Data Driven with Special Guest Luke Riley

    March 16th, 2018  |  49 mins 2 secs
    analytics, bernie sanders, cambridge analytica, data, donald trump, hillary clinton, politics, voting

    Ever wondered how campaigns choose the people they target with their message and why? Our guest, Luke Riley was on the inside of Hillary Clinton's data operation and he gives us the inside story about how campaigns and firms like Cambridge Analytica use consumer data to build predictive models of your voting behavior.

  • Episode 2: How the Message Gets Made, With Special Guest Peter Koltak

    February 28th, 2018  |  48 mins 32 secs
    barack obama, bernie sanders, communications, donald trump, government, hillary clinton, messaging, peter koltak, politics, press, us congress

    We talk with Peter Koltak, Chief of Staff to a U.S. Congressman about the process behind crafting an effective campaign message and look back at all the ways it went well or ended poorly.