As the 2008 campaign season ends, independent producer Katie Ball discusses how intolerance still exists, even with the election of an African-American President. She discusses a lemonade stand in Florida where the homeowners covered up their John McCain signs to avoid offending anyone. Her commentary reflects on political prejudices within a battleground state and within her own heart.
How are young adults dealing with the issues of elections and government? Are they more or less likely to vote? As a part of the first post-September 11th generation, their opinions and actions are thought-provoking. Amina Al-Sadi, a college freshman, is featured in an excerpt from a public radio special produced by and for teenagers.
"Electoral Dysfunction 2008" is a sample of some of the political comedy that is taking on the presidential campaigned. The sketch show is performed by Kansas Public Radio's Right Between the Ears comedy troupe. This is an excerpt from the full show which is an hour of high energy take-offs and put-ons, spiced with off-the-wall sound effects and music.
How has the "fundamental right" to vote evolved since the colonial period? In this excerpt from the historical public radio show, BackStory, the hosts review how elections were handled as the country was formed and how voting fraud has always been a major problem. They interview Mark Summers, Professor of History at the University of Kentucky about how things have changed in the last two hundred years.
People along the U.S.-Mexico border are hoping to have their voices heard in the coming election. Marco Grajeda, news director of NPR's KRWG, describes the impact tighter border security and toughened immigration efforts are having on border communities and how the next President will have to deal with the issue of illegal immigration.
A naturalized citizen talks about the importance of a president showing strength and power and a producer reviews the differences between the current election and the 1968 campaign. Nick van der Kolk reviews what people are discussing when it comes to a president being strong, and Barbara Bernstein talks about how people alienated by the Nixon/McGovern campaign feel about the Obama/McCain campaign.
What do people think about the candidate promises about the Iraq war? How is Barack Obama's candidacy likely to change the idea of cultural diversity? Shia Levitt interviews an Iraq veteran and an academic on the importance of what the candidates are saying about the war. Then Dmae Roberts discusses Obama's March 2008 "race" speech and how it might add to the complex topic of race and identity.
Will Barack Obama's health care proposals be accepted by Washington? How is the weak economy affecting a young adult? Snigdha Prakash and Todd Melby present stories related to important issues hotly debated by both candidates. Prakash interviews an insurance lobbyist about health care and Melby profiles a teenager from Indiana about what she has to do to get by.
Does Barack Obama have a "Jewish problem"? Will John McCain's proposed energy policy include green technologies? Two independent producers present profiles of candidate issues. Rebecca Sheir talks with Jewish voters in Brookline, Massachusetts to find out whether they are worried about the candidate and Sandra Sleight-Brennan tries to put McCain's energy proposals into perspective.
Republican delegates discuss the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the convention, protesters are interviewed about their treatment, and excerpts of Sarah Palin's acceptance speech are featured in these three segments that illustrate the recent St. Paul Republican National Convention.