July 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
2020, debates, elections, hypnosis, metaphors, politics, primaries, rhetoric, stories
How do candidates change their message on the debate stage? What's the strategy behind some of the questions being asked and how they're answered? This episode we've picked out the most persuasive and fascinating moments of the first Democratic debate!
June 12th, 2019 | 43 mins 57 secs
2020, cory booker, elections, elizabeth warren, metaphor, pete buttigieg, politics, scaffolding, values
How much persuasion can a candidate get into a five minute speech? A lot! This episode we break down speeches from three very different Democratic candidates at the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame forum where nineteen candidates only had a few minutes to relate to the audience and get them on their side.
May 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
2020, elections, joe biden, politics, primaries, speeches, theme music
Is Joe Biden really sincere about his promise about restoring the soul of the nation? Listen to his first rally demonstrating thematic appeals, persuasive metaphor, and why he wants to stop fighting and start fixing. We break down how he is using Obama's tried and true playbook of persuasion in this episode.
March 30th, 2019 | 56 mins 10 secs
2020, john ratcliff, kevin mccarthy, lindsey graham, liz cheney, mueller report, politics, press conferences, sarah sanders, steve scalise, ted cruz
How do you take a terrible narrative and flip it on its head? In 24 hrs the Republicans went from being back on their heels to in front of the cameras, touting the scandalous victimization of Donald Trump. How did this happen and what rhetorical techniques did they employ in this flip? Find out in this episode!
March 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
2020, announcement speeches, bernie sanders, democratic primary, donald trump, double communication, elections, mindreading, politics, punctuational ambiguity, scope ambiguity, special interests
We all have that "Bernie Bro" friend who can't seem to get over his 2016 loss. What made Bernie such a galvanizing candidate who can generate such fervent supporters? And will his magic work again now that he's announced another run? We break down his announcement video and ads to get to the bottom of Bernie.
February 3rd, 2019 | 55 mins 2 secs
2020, campaign announcements, campaign rally, campaigns, kamala harris, metaphors, motivation direction, oakland, presidential election, rapport, slogans, stories
So many candidates are announcing a run for the presidency, but what makes one announcement better than another? This episode we review Kamala Harris's remarkable announcement to run for president. In her speech she builds story arcs, weaves meaning into narratives, and demonstrates other persuasive tactics that make the crowd cheer.