election 2012

Following the Campaign Trail: Currents Fall 2012

Fall of 2012 was the perfect time to conduct a class about American electoral politics - so it was taken up as the topic for Currents, a class offered to incoming Freshmen. The course explores the 2012 election from a variety of academic perspectives - including, but not limited to, philosophy, economics, history, and, of course, political science. In this podcast, five Currents students shared their experiences with the class. 

The students interviewed are: Trevor McNary, a double major in International Studies and Economics with a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies; Jonathan Burdick, a Chemistry major; Elisabeth Campbell, a double major in Russian and Political Science with a minor in Spanish; Kevin States, a double major in marketing & management; and Kyle Richardson, a Political Science major. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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The Politics of Spin: A&S Student Patrick O’Dowd at the VP Debate

The Presidential debates are over now but a couple of weeks ago University of Kentucky student Patrick O’Dowd had the chance to attend 2012’s one and only Vice Presidential debate. Held at Kentucky’s own Centre College in Danville, he was able to experience what many only get to see on television every four years.

O’Dowd began his undergraduate education as a political science major but is now about to graduate with a degree in English. The opportunity to attend the debate came after a summer spent interning for the local alt-weekly newspaper, Ace Weekly, where he spent his time both writing and running their website. O’Dowd’s press pass allowed him extensive access to the debate grounds and to those there representing both of the campaigns. In this podcast, he walks us through his experience and gives listeners a chance to look behind the red, white, and blue curtain of national American politics.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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