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Election Night Call-In

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Join Brian Lehrer's (Mostly) Swing State Radio Network on this Election Night. Listeners call in to 646-829-3980 as polls close around the country. 

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Soundcheck

Once Rhymed About, Obama Finds Less Support from Hip Hop in 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

Before the 2008 presidential election, hip hop stars like Nas, Young Jeezy and Sean "Diddy" Combs enthusiastically endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama through speech and song. But four years later, the hip hop community's support of President Obama's re-election has seemed somewhat muted. Hip hop writer and Soundcheck bullpen member Sowmya Krishnamurthy joins us to discuss how rappers like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco and Nicki Minaj have demonstrated their feelings of political support, apathy and disapproval leading up to election day. 

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Soundcheck

Auto-Tuning The Candidates, Hip Hop In The 2012 Election, And The Citizens Band

Monday, November 05, 2012

Tonight on Soundcheck: With Election Day finally here, we take a look at a few ways music and politics have intersected this cycle.

Mad About Music

For News Anchor Tom Brokaw, Music a Constant Companion

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Throughout his distinguished career, music has always been Tom Brokaw's companion, as he reveals in this interview with host Gilbert Kaplan.

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Soundcheck

Sean 'Diddy' Combs For Musician In Chief

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Throughout the past several weeks, Soundcheck has been accepting nominations for our first Musician In Chief. Today, Sowmya Krishnamurthy tells us why Sean "Diddy" Combs deserves your vote.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lizz Winstead on Election Season

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lizz Winstead, political satirist and co-creator of the Daily Show, offers her take on the presidential campaign, from the GOP primaries through last night's debate.

→ Event: Lizz Winstead's "Bang The Dumb" | November 5th Gramercy Theater

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Virginia and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Presidential Debate, Round Two

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, reviews last night's town hall-style presidential debate.

→ Post-Debate Resources: Transcript | Fact-Check | Chat Transcript

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Play | Town Hall Debate Bingo!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Watching the presidential town hall debate? Why not watch and chat with us while we play interactive debate bingo! Get a fresh card, fill in your tiles as the candidates (or moderators) call out your terms, and tweet out when you've got a winner. Got beef with what constitutes a tile? Come chat it out or hash it out at #debatebingo.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Romney on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, talks about Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Post-Debate Adjustments

Monday, October 08, 2012

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC political director during the 2008 campaign and current political coverage coordinator, talks about the post-debate polls and how the campaigns are re-setting.

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The Takeaway

The State of Small Business After Obama's Acceptance Speech

Friday, September 07, 2012

Throughout this election, both parties are preaching the necessity of one thing: jobs, jobs, and more jobs. But how someone feels about the economy is often much more important than jobs reports and other hard economic indicators. Two small business owners in key battleground states explain how the economy is influencing their businesses and employment. 

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On The Media

Tired of Covering the Campaigns

Friday, September 07, 2012

This is the time when most Americans start paying attention to the campaigns, but political reporters have been on the election beat for more than a year and, according to Politico's Dylan Byers, are just plain sick of it. Brooke Speaks to Dylan about why journalists can't wait for this election cycle to be over with.

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On The Media

Covering the Totally Predictable Conventions

Friday, September 07, 2012

Political conventions used to be places where decisions were made and delegates truly participated. Now, they are just a series of scripted speeches covered by the media as though they are breaking news stories. Bob reflects on the last two weeks of this modern convention style.

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It's A Free Country ®

Buoyed by Automobile Hiring, Energy, & Tech, Swing State Employment Picture Outpaces Nation's

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The layers of irony could scarcely be denser.  Buoyed in part by automobile hiring, employment in swing states looks far better than the nation as a whole, providing a possible path to victory for President Barack Obama, who bailed out the big three auto manufacturers with a clothespin on his nose.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ari Shapiro on Romney vs. Obama: Day 1

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

With wins in Wisconsin, DC, and Maryland, Mitt Romney now has half the delegates needed to win the nomination. And for the first time yesterday, President Obama attacked Romney by name. NPR White House Correspondent, Ari Shapiro, joins from Wisconsin to discuss the 2012 race and other political news.

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Soundcheck

Campaign Songs 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

As ten states cast their ballots in Republican presidential primaries today, we take a listen to the music of 2012’s political campaigns. Allison Stewart, who has written about politics and music for outlets like the Washington Post, guides us through the candidates’ song selections – and musical endorsements – of late.

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