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May 29, 2017

In recent months Donald Trump has taken to labeling news stories and outlets that criticize him as "fake news." The term, which only a few months ago had been used to describe online hoaxes masquerading as news stories, now has become nearly impossible to define. Dr. Lauren Neefe returns to cohost, and together we make...


Feb 21, 2017

Donald Trump claims to be not only a presidential candidate but also the leader of a historical movement to "make America great again." The day after his inauguration, however, millions marched in cities across America in order to show that Trump's movement does not speak for them. We interview participants at...


Dec 20, 2016

As Barack Obama's presidency comes to an end, first drafts of his legacy are already being written. In this episode I'm joined by three scholars who are contributors to one such draft—an upcoming book called Reconsidering Obama: Reflections on Rhetoric. Professors Jennifer Mercieca, Mark McPhail, and David Frank...


Oct 31, 2016

"Political correctness" has been a devil term for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, but the term's meaning is far from clear. In this episode I offer a history of political correctness, and suggest that, like every other part of Trump's campaign, his use of the term is like nothing we've seen before.


Sep 19, 2016

From time to time the news media call upon debate coaches to analyze the presidential debates, but always with an emphasis on what each candidate needs to do in order to score political points. In this episode we are joined by six current and former debate coaches and argumentation scholars, who lead the conversation in...