Politics have divided our country to the extent that the two sides not only disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they represent two different realities. This week we hear from people who are intimately familiar with this rift. They’ve lost friends. They’ve become estranged from family. They've watched civility cede to skirmishes. Our political civil war and its consequences: a special pre-election episode.
We answer any final questions you have before you go to vote. From debates, to political ads to stories and shows on NHPR, you’ve been given a lot of information, but maybe there’s a topic you haven’t heard much about or that one question that may sway you to one side or another. Today a panel of experts joins us to give you any final information you need before Election day.
We sit down with Second District Congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster. The Hopkinton Democrat is trying for a second time to unseat Republican Charlie Bass. The two part ways on just about every major issue, from health care to federal debt and Kuster has tried to chip away at the moderate image Bass projects while he has calls her a partisan liberal. Today we talk with Ann McLane Kuster on the issues and why she says she's the best next person for the job.
Our issue of the week series concludes with economic policy. No matter who wins office both nationally and in New Hampshire, they’ll face enormous budget challenges from the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington to tax and spending decisions in the Granite State. And these actions will affect the broader economy. We’ll look at the candidates’ positions.
The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome. So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.
After last night President Obama and Governor Romney have squared off three times along with one event starring the VP candidates. Lots of issues have been covered from the economy to foreign policy and many times the tone was contentious. We’ll look at who won these debates…who may have received a 'bump' from them and how we’ll continue to hear the themes that were raised up until election day.
Earlier this year, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an initiative to invest billions of dollars into increasing contraceptive access for women. Anybody with a mailbox or cable subscription knows it’s a somewhat risky move: whether we’re talking about contraceptives, abortion rights, or funding for Planned Parenthood, women’s issues have been front and center throughout the long election season. We wanted to know more about the collision of philanthropy and politics, and take a general look at the state of philant
Mitt Romney is pouncing on a post-debate bounce that has him polling neck-in-neck with the President. This may be the brand re-boot that eluded the Romney campaign after the RNC in Tampa. Pat Griffin has kept a close watch on Romney’s rising and falling campaign since the primary. Pat is a veteran ad-man and GOP consultant and strategist.
For a long time, 'middle class' meant 'comfortable'. It was a place to strive for and once there, it meant a stable job, a nice home and secure retirement. But a recent study by the Pew Research Center describes a 'Lost Decade' of the Middle Class, finding this groups to be fewer, poor and gloomier due to the economic crisis.
The ads are constant, the sums are staggering. In the presidential race, spending has crossed the half-billion dollar mark. State races meanwhile have seen an influx of big money from outside groups. The ads have ranged from tough to downright zany, even with zombies making an appearance. We look at the latest commercials and whether they’re effective.
John Carroll: assistant professor of mass communication at Boston University with a background in advertising and media. His blog is Campaign Outsider.
This past weekend in New Hampshire was full of two things that NHPR's Keith Shields follows very closely: politics and marathons.
Shields is executive producer of The Exchange and a 27 time marathoner. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to – pardon the pun – run through the intersection of marathon culture and political culture, up to and including this election.
Part 1: The Bad Science of the Left/Tweeting Political Poems
Think the right has cornered the market on denying science? No way, says Alex Berezow. He has a Ph.D. in microbiology and is co-author of the book Science Left Behind: Feel Good Falacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left.
New forensic evidence may confirm what many suspected behind-the-scenes: that the US and Israel conspired earlier this year to target Iran with the espionage malware “Flame”. Dan Goodin is Security Editor at Ars Technica and he's closely followed the unfolding story.