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Revisiting the Rhetoric of the 2012 Presidential Debates

In the 2012 presidential campaign, both candidates repeatedly promised one thing: to deal with the economic and unemployment issues that plague the nation. Many voters were skeptical that the opposing candidate’s plan could really help Americans find work, which led to very heated debates on the matter.

Take a look inside the rhetoric of the 2012 campaign as UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy’s Dean, Henry E. Brady, joins UC Davis economist Hilary Hoynes and UC Berkeley sociologist Cybelle Fox to explore the way the candidates discussed income inequality.

Richard “Dick” Beahrs, a member of the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement Advisory Board at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, moderates the panel as they evaluate the way the debate strategies that each candidate used have affected bipartisanship, civility, and public discussion.

Watch “Makers v. Takers: A Sensible Way to Debate the Role of Government?” to see what you can determine about the two politicians’ use of words.

See what other videos are available from Goldman School of Public Policy.

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Presidential Predictions

The presidential election is over, but there is still a lot to be learned from the votes.

A panel of experts comprised by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies analyzes President Obama’s re-election and what it can tell us about the President’s second term.

Was this election a demand for Obama’s return or was it merely a rejection of Republican candidate Mitt Romney? Obama won with a smaller majority then he did in his first election. Is this a reflection of the president’s leadership in his first term? Can we expect changes in his policy?

Find out the answers and more in “Four More Years: Obama’s Re-Election and the Prospects for a Second Term: 32nd Annual Review of the Presidency.”

Check out these videos about national issues and politics to learn more.

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UC and the BRAIN Initiative

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to create a bold, $100 million public-private initiative to better understand the brain and the diseases that affect it. Appropriately called BRAIN (for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the group brings together experts across private industry, academia and government agencies in the areas of neuroscience, neurotechnology and neuroscience.

You can bet a good portion of that research will take place within the University of California, where researchers are already deeply entrenched in unlocking the mysteries within the human brain. How do we know? Because many of these same researchers have shared their fascinating discoveries in autism, alzheimer’s, neurology, and mental health and psychiatry with UCTV viewers for years.

And it seems our viewers are always hungry for more. UCTV’s Human Brain iTunes feed consistently shows up in iTunesU’s Top 10 Collections and “What’s Hot” sections.

No doubt that President Obama’s endorsement will mean even more exciting discoveries — and UCTV programs — to come. In the meantime, subscribe to our Human Brain feed in iTunes and browse our archive of Neurology programs at our website. There’s plenty to keep your brain busy!

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Theda Skocpol: The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

History happens on a regular basis on UCTV with the long-running interview series “Conversations with History,” hosted by Harry Kreisler of UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies, and with the election just more than a week away, we’re making history fast.

This week, Kreisler welcomes Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol for a discussion of America’s political future. After reflecting on her intellectual journey, Professor Skocpol talks about her timely new books, “Obama and America’s Political Future” and “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism” (co-authored with Vanessa Williamson) and shares her strategy in studying political and social transformations, her analysis of the Tea Party and its long term impact on the Republican Party, and the reasons for President Obama’s failure to meet progressive expectations after the high hopes generated by his 2008 campaign.

Watch The Tea Party with Theda Skocpol – Conversations with History

 

 

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Incumbent v. Challenger – Two Very Different Animals

UC San Diego political scientist Sam Popkin knows what it’s like to face the wrath of the President of the United States. While working on Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign, it was Popkin who stepped into Ronald Reagan’s shoes at the podium during Carter’s debate prep sessions and, after 11 minutes of giving the president a hard-to-swallow dose of what Reagan was expected to deliver in the real debate, both Carter and his wife seemed ready to pounce.

In total, Popkin has served on five Democratic presidential campaigns. He’s also conducted extensive research on every campaign going back to World War II for his book “The Candidate: What it Takes to Win — and Hold — the White House.” As a result, he’s got plenty of insight, frank assessments and strong opinions about the saga that is Obama v. Romney, which he shares this week on “UCTV Prime Vote.”

No matter what you thought of the candidates’ first debate this week, you’ll eat up the juicy details Popkin shares from his own experiences in “The Candidate: Debate Prep.” Then on “The Candidate: The Incumbent,” Popkin focuses on Obama’s advantages and weaknesses as the incumbent, an “entirely different animal” than Romney’s role as challenger. Popkin weighs in on that in “The Candidate: The Challenger.”

Once you hear Popkin’s perspective, which he’s also been sharing with The Atlantic’s James Fallows, you’ll look at the presidential race in a whole new light. Don’t miss it!

The Candidate: Debate Prep with Sam Popkin

The Candidate: The Incumbent with Sam Popkin

The Candidate: The Challenger with Sam Popkin

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