The Leonard Lopate Show's coverage of the issues and ideas, conventions and candidates.
Sasha Issenberg shows how cutting-edge social science and analytics are reshaping the modern political campaign, upending the way political campaigns are run in the 21st century. In The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns Issenberg writes about the techniques—including persuasion experiments, innovative ways to mobilize voters, heavily researched electioneering methods—and shows how they’re being used.
Since the 2000 election, Florida has been a prime battleground state for presidential candidates, and this year is no exception. Sergio Bustos, political editor at the Miami Herald, joins us to discuss how the candidates are wooing voters in the Sunshine State. We’ll also discuss Senator Bill Nelson’s re-election bid and how one of Florida’s House races has become one of the tightest and most contentious this year.
Virginia is one of the prized swing states in this year’s presidential election. Washington Post Local Columnist Robert McCartney discusses the major issues that the state’s voters care about this year, on both the national level and in the tight Senate race there. Plus, we’ll look at the impact of economic shifts in Virginia over the last four years.
For almost two decades, Iowa has produced more corn than any other state in the country. But this year a severe drought has hit the state hard, and that’s having an impact on everything from animal feed to ethanol production. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson talks about how the corn crop could affect how the swing state votes next month. We’ll also look at the candidates’ recent trips to the state, where early voting is already under way.
Bradley Smith, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics, Adam Rappaport, Chief Counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and ProPublica’s Kim Barker discuss how social welfare nonprofit groups, known as 501(c)(4)s are avoid regulation to finance the campaigns. They’ve already spent more than $71 million on television ads, more than all super PACs combined, according to estimates from Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group. Kim Barker has been reporting the series Revealing Dark Money and Big Data for ProPublica.
There have been major economic shifts across the country since President Obama was elected in 2008. Washington State is home to Boeing as well as Amazon and Microsoft, and Chris Grygiel, Seattle news editor for the Associated Press, talks about how the economic recession and recovery have affected these major employers.
We’ve seen huge economic changes across the country since 2008. The Associated Press’s Dale Wetzel talks about the natural gas and oil industries in North Dakota and throughout the Plains states that has grown over the last four years, and what that means for voters in November. Plus, we’ll look at the race for Kent Conrad’s seat. The Democratic senator announced his retirement in January 2011.
In 2008, we broke down the election map state-by-state. In 2012, we’re breaking it down by industry. Each week, we’ll look at a different industry that changed dramatically over the last four years and find out how that might affect the presidential election. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times talks about the automotive industry and the continuing impact of the 2009 bailout as well as the president’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission was moving against China, alleging that the country illegally subsidizes its auto part industry—and how all of that affects voters in states from Michigan to Missouri.
Matt Bai, The New York Times Magazine’s chief political correspondent, investigates the state of Ohio, and whether it was Obama’s auto bailout that saved Ohio from falling off the cliff or the policies of the Republican Governor, or if it was something else entirely. He argues that the answer could decide the next presidency. His article “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” appears in the September 9 issue of the magazine.
Matt Taibbi, Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone, talks about the election and the complicated relationship the Obama administration has with Elizabeth Warren and with the financial industry.
WNYC Special Correspondent Baratunde Thurston, author of How to Be Black, gives us an update of the events in Charlotte.