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Playlist: Election 2020

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Specials for the election year. More to come.

Diaries of a Divided Nation 2020

From KCRW | 52:58

Diaries of a Divided Nation: 2020 is a people’s history of the United States recorded in real time.

Divided-nation-2020-_294x210__small Over the past year, a team of audio journalists have documented the lives of seven ordinary people with different views, living in different places, and with different stakes in politics. Each participant has recorded their thoughts and experiences as the extraordinary events of 2020 have unfolded. These are their stories. 

And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women's Fight for the Vote

From PRX | 51:58

In the centennial year of the 19th Amendment, Rosario Dawson and Retta guide us through the fight for women’s voting rights, a history that resonates now more than ever.

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"Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.” Written by suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women’s rights activists used this rallying cry to demand voting equality. But the suffrage movement included far more voices and perspectives than these two well-known names: throughout the fight for women’s right to vote, generations of diverse activists demanded full access to the ballot box. Hosts Rosario Dawson and Retta guide us through this hour-long special, bringing us the stories we didn’t learn in our history books.

And Nothing Less is a production of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and PRX. This hour is an adaptation of the official podcast commemorating 100 years of the 19th Amendment and women's constitutional right to vote.

Political Junkie - Great Moments in Presidential Debates (2020)

From Ken Rudin's Political Junkie | Part of the Political Junkie (Specials) series | 53:56

Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a review of many great moments from the history of televised presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House.

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In 1960, the first televised presidential debates were held between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, giving voters a unique opportunity to see the two candidates up close. Since 1976, all the major party nominees for president have participated in televised debates. The issues ranged from domestic concerns to foreign policy. But these debates are also remembered to many dramatic moments and memorable gaffes that have often helped decide the outcome of the elections.

Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a review of many of these great moments from past presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House.

Ken's guests include: 

  • Bob Schieffer, former moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation and moderator of debates in 2004, 2008 and 2012
  • Marvin Kalb, former CBS and NBC News correspondent; panelist in second 1984 presidential debate
  • Jon Margolis, former Washington correspondent for The Chicago Tribune; panelist in 1988 VP debate
  • Alan Schroeder, journalism professor at Northeastern University and author of Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail
  • Returning Civility to Political Discourse

    From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Weekly Hour Long Episodes series | 59:01

    National polling in recent years has consistently reported that 2/3rds of those polled feel that there’s a major problem with civility in our nation, while 75% agree that it’s certainly worse than it was just a few years ago. Since 2004, PEACE TALKS RADIO has been tracking the conversation about the declining civility in our political discourse. This time on the program we present another panel of guests with their takes on it with Suzanne Kryder hosting the conversations.

    Lightbulb_small National polling in recent years has consistently reported that 2/3rds of those polled feel that there’s a major problem with civility in our nation, while 75% agree that it’s certainly worse than it was just a few years ago.  Since 2004, PEACE TALKS RADIO has been tracking the conversation about the declining civility in our political discourse.  This time on the program we present another panel of guests with their takes on it with Suzanne Kryder hosting the conversations.  

    We hear from Fordham University Communications/ Media Studies professor Jesse Baldwin-Philippi, who isn’t sure that we can blame the social media tech platform for our incivility.  Also, we hear from Tasha Philpot, who is an  Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.  Also, a politician,, Brent Hill who became a member of the Idaho State Senate in 2000 and its President Pro Tem in 2010.  He is also the Director of a program called Next Generation at the National Institute for Civil Discourse. 

    Political Junkie - Great Moments in Convention History (2020)

    From Ken Rudin's Political Junkie | Part of the Political Junkie (Specials) series | 53:58

    Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin on a journey through political history as we revisit memorable and historic moments from national party conventions of the past, and consider how the role of conventions in the presidential race has evolved from then to today.

    Great-moments-in-convention-history-special-logo_small This year's Democratic and Republican conventions will look different than in years' past due to social distancing considerations. Nevertheless, we can still expect them to largely be coronation ceremonies for the presumptive nominees.

    But many conventions of the past have been filled with moments that were contentious, memorable, and historic: The Southern walkout in protest of Hubert Humphrey's pro-civil rights speech in 1948, Geraldine Ferraro becoming the first woman on a major-party ticket in 1984. The utter mayhem in Chicago in 1968. And visible moments of dissention and disarray at both parties' conventions in 2016.

    Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin on a journey through political history as we revisit memorable and historic moments from national party conventions of the past, and consider how the role of conventions in the presidential race has evolved from then to today.

    Ken's guests include:
    Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation
    Barbara Eagleton, widow of Sen. Tom Eagleton, 1972 Democratic VP candidate
    Judy Goldsmith, former president of National Organization for Women
    Stephen Hess, senior fellow emeritus at The Brookings Institution

    Plus, we revisit Ken's past interviews with:
    George McGovern, 1972 Democratic presidential candidate
    Walter Mondale, 1984 Democratic presidential candidate
    Michael Dukakis, 1988 Democratic presidential candidate 

    LBJ and the Great Society

    From LBJ and the Great Society | 52:00

    Before Vietnam sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled record accomplishments domestically: medicare, civil and voting rights, immigration reform, and public broadcasting. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama.

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    President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of accomplishment on the domestic front unmatched since FDR.  Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — fifty years later, these programs are so deeply woven into the fabric of American life that it is difficult to imagine the country without them.  

    So how did Lyndon Johnson, who made so ruinous a mess in Vietnam, pull off so extraordinary a feat at home? That’s the question we’ll be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia.