UCTV Prime Gets Political on New Series “Prime: Vote”

We know, we know. You’re probably on election coverage overload. But what if you could get more than just the typical “horse race” coverage? What if you could find reasoned, rational discussion — backed by academic research– on issues being raised in the public debate?

That’s just what UCTV Prime promises with “Prime: Vote,” a series of short segments with prominent UC faculty offering informed analysis and insightful commentary on the 2012 election.

The series debuts today with commentary by Peter Gourevitch, political scientist and founding dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, who comes down on the side of spending over austerity to address the national debt and boost the economy.

And come back this Friday (March 16) for more commentary on “Prime: Vote,” including “Incumbents, Are You Listening?” from UC Merced’s Jessica Trounstine, who describes factors that encourage incumbents to listen to voters, and “The Case for Immigration,” by UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri.

In April, “Prime: Vote” debuts timely interviews with UC faculty who can provide context to the rough and tumble journey along the campaign trail.  The first interview premieres April 3 with Lynn Vavreck, a UCLA political scientist and recognized expert in political messaging.

Is there something you’ve been wondering about related to political messaging? Send your question to us and we just might pose it to Professor Vavreck during our upcoming interview. Just email your question to prime@uctv.tv by Noon (Pacific) on March 21, and please include your name, city and state, along with your question.

Look for new “Prime:Vote” segments every two weeks through November 2012 at http://www.uctv.tv/primevote and http://www.youtube.com/uctvprime.

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