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.
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.
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.