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.
January 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
border wall, chuck schumer, donald trump, government shutdown, immigration, mexico, nancy pelosi, oval office, politics, speeches, trump shutdown
In this episode we break down Donald Trump's Oval Office address over the shutdown and border security, as well as the Democratic response from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer underscoring what is happening persuasively in this political war over reopening the government.
December 9th, 2018 | 46 mins 31 secs
ayanna presley, beto o'rourke, elections, midterms, politics, speeches
In the second part of our mid-term victory speech series, we're taking a look at speeches on the left by Beto O'Rourke and Ayanna Presley. These speeches are extraordinary examples of thematic structures, metaphor, and symbolism.
November 23rd, 2018 | 48 mins 58 secs
alexandria ocasio-cortez, elections, midterms, politics, rhetoric, speeches, ted cruz
In this two-part episode we take a look at some of the best victory and concession speeches from the midterm elections by both parties. Here, in part one we break down victory speeches from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, and Ted Cruz from Texas.
October 12th, 2018 | 55 mins 2 secs
breet kavanaugh, congress, corey booker, elections, hearings, kampala harris, politics, senate, supreme court
In this episode we drill down into the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Christine Blasey-Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. We examine her story and it's nonverbal elements, along with how the situation has been politicized by the senators.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.