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Feb 28, 2017

Anything and everything you say, whether it was a gaffe or something on point, can be cut, misconstrued, or marketed in a way that can go and hurt the candidate's position in the race. — Ben Sparks

What are politicians telling us? Why do campaigns go negative? * 

Political operative Ben Sparks discusses the art and craft of campaign communication. Ben has directed campaign communications and managed campaigns for a variety of household names, including several sitting governors and senators. * 

In this interview, we face uncomfortable truths about how campaign messages we despise are simply hideous reflections of ourselves. * 

Further readings Ben recommends include: * 
"The Iliad" by Homer - http://amzn.to/2lUaamo
"All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren - http://amzn.to/2l9ojyV * 
"Face the Nation" by Bob Schieffer - http://amzn.to/2mdmSzd * 

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Feb 23, 2017

Online harassment degrades and can violently suppress our freedom of expression. When we equate online abuse with bullying, we miss its complex and dynamic underpinnings.

Soraya Chemaly (@schemaly), director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project, illustrates how online abuse, particularly of girls and women, mirrors age-old antisocial behavior that occurs offline. She presents this as a social problem that we can't expect victims to solve individually.

Learn in this episode what role you can play to influence your own online communities to promote equality and democracy, addressing challenges to these values in real-time. 

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Feb 14, 2017

Immigration affects every aspect of American life. How and where does impact you? What are the implications of US immigration policy on your life?

Varsha Kayi and Lindsey Wilkes, managing partners of immigration law firm Kayi & Wilkes, discuss two sets of executive orders: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States and Border Security and Immigration Improvements, both issued January 25th, 2017, as well as the Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, issued January 27th, 2017.

Find out what you need to know and what actions you can take to lend material support to immigrants in your life — people that you may not know need your help; people that it may be remarkably easy to help in ways that — no exaggeration — will change their life.

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