Politics: Meet Me in the Middle

In an age when saying the wrong thing in a Twitter post could leave you ghosted by onetime friends—or worse—we find our country torn apart at the political seams. But things don’t need to be this way. Constructive social discourse is not dead, it just needs a little resuscitation. From CurtCo Media. ​ Consider Meet Me in the Middle your political rehab. Each week, Ed Larson (Pulitzer Prize winning historian, author, and world-wide lecturer) invites guests from across the ideological spectrum—including politicians, activists, and celebrities—to sit down, discuss the issues, and if not find consensus, at least find common ground. So bring an open mind and remember, we’re more alike than different.



episode 41: 41 - The Making Of A President 2020 with Journalist Walter Shapiro

Walter Shapiro is a veteran of eleven Presidential campaigns. In this episode he brings his insights and observations about how coverage has changed campaigning during the pandemic. Ed Larson relates how debates have changed throughout history. Jane Albrecht wonders if - in the race for ratings and clicks - the news media has lost sight of their purpose. The panelists present their views on future campaigning and if the country can return to the middle ground.


2:15 - How has Presidential campaign coverage changed,

3:40 - The history of press coverage since 1960,

6:00 - Was the Press responsible for Donald Trump,

6:50 - Ratings and the press,

8:25 - History of partisan news,

10:15 - Can the media return to unbiased coverage?,

12:35 - Will the 2020 Presidential debates change minds?,

14:45 - Do National polls matter?,

15:5 - How has the pandemic changed campaigning,

17:35 - Faith in Government,

23:50 - Being a speech writer for Jimmy Carter


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Hosted by: Jane Albrecht and Ed Larson

Produced and Edited by: Mike Thomas

Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick

A CurtCo Media Production

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