Political Campaigns

The Takeaway

How to Beat the 1 Percent at Politics

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A new site billed as the of politics is designed to give regular people the information that big donors like the Koch brothers might have.

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The Takeaway

The Future of Politics Reflected in 2014 Midterms

Monday, October 20, 2014

With a high number of retirements and vulnerable incumbents, the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance this election cycle.

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Cuomo Releases Public Financing Extension Bill

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

With just days to go in the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo has released his long-awaited bill to extend public financing of political campaigns to statewide races.


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Ted Sorensen Writes with Affection and Respect for the Kennedy Clan

Monday, December 31, 2012


When a "member of the opposition" said that he had read Ted Sorensen's new book, Kennedy, and that he didn't like it very much, Sorenson replied that he was surprised, because "I didn't know you could read." Thus the sharp-tongued attorney and political advisor begins his talk before a 1965 Book and Authors Luncheon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ralph Nader's Solutions

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ralph Nader, political activist and author of The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future, talks about his new book and reflects on the current political climate in this election year.


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On The Media

The Dirty South

Friday, October 12, 2012

Lee Atwater became one of the most complicated and successful Republican political operatives in history by employing a triple threat: spin when you can, change the subject when you can’t, and if all else fails, appeal to the voters’ resentment and fear, usually of African-Americans. In this conversation from 2008, Brooke talks to Stefan Forbes, director of "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story", about the dark legacy of Atwater’s Southern strategy.

Kenneth Sandford - When All Night Long a Chap Remains

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On The Media

The World's First Political Consulting Firm

Friday, October 12, 2012

In the 1930's, married couple Clem Whitaker and Leone Baxter founded Campaigns, Inc., the world's first political consulting firm. In the ensuing 30 years, Campaigns Inc. pioneered tactics like the out-of-context quote, relentless pamphleteering, and what we now call opposition research, all techniques that are part of the modern campaign playbook. Bob talks to Jill Lepore, New Yorker contributor and author of The Story of America: Essays on Origins about Whitaker and Baxter's political legacy.

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On The Media

Covering the Modern Campaign

Friday, October 12, 2012

The way campaigns are run is changing rapidly and it's up to reporters to catch up. OTM producers PJ Vogt and Chris Neary talk about what the modern campaign looks like from the inside with Sasha Issenberg, author of the book Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns. You'll also hear from political consultant Hal Malchow and Columbia Professor Don Green - each of whom helped change the way campaigns are run.

Bert Jansch - High Days

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The Takeaway

New Book Reveals the Art of Mudslinging

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian have spent the past 18 years doing "oppo" work: the tedious and delicate task of going through public documents about political candidates. The two have co-authored a new book titled "We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics," which is peppered with anecdotes about wrangling these files from obstructionist clerks — but never reveals the names of any of their clients.


Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Election Signs

Saturday, September 25, 2004

As we approach the first Tuesday in November, you’re very likely to see more and more red, white and blue bumper stickers, buttons and lawn signs cropping up all over. Graphic designer Michael Bierut explains why so many of these campaign signs look the same, no matter what side ...