Election debates, Fair redistricting

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate on Sept, 29, 2020
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden exchange points during their first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Morry Gash/AP Photo

A political communication professor explains why the 2022 midterm elections are seeing viewer political debates between candidates. Then, a policy expert shares his analysis of redistricting efforts across the country to learn what was effective and what wasn’t.

Featured in this Show

  • Why we're seeing fewer debates in a lot of 2022 midterm races

    According to a Politico analysis, there are fewer general election debates scheduled in U.S. Senate races this year than in past midterm election cycles. We’ll talk to an expert in political communication about why, and what we lose when candidates start debating less.

  • What makes redistricting truly fair

    We hear about the results of an analysis of independent redistricting commissions, and what they’re capable of compared with partisan state legislatures drawing their own maps.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Diana Carlin Guest
  • Lee Drutman Guest

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