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UH Class Has Students Taking a Closer Look at Presidential Race & Debates

On Tuesday, NPR’s Kelly McEvers spoke with a government teacher in Aurora, Illinois about the challenges of talking with students about some of the vulgarities on display in this year’s presidential race. A University of Houston instructor is having similar conversations with a small group of college students, in a class called Presidential Campaigns and […]

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On Tuesday, NPR’s Kelly McEvers spoke with a government teacher in Aurora, Illinois about the challenges of talking with students about some of the vulgarities on display in this year’s presidential race. A University of Houston instructor is having similar conversations with a small group of college students, in a class called Presidential Campaigns and Debates.

We talk with Sarah Spring, Director of UH's Speech and Debate program, about teaching political communication, including how campaigns communicate differently during primary and general election seasons, and how the form of debates can impact the content of what we see and hear.

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Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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