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CLIP: History of the Iowa Caucuses
Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register, talked about the history of the Iowa Caucuses and how Iowa became so important to the U.S. presidential election process.
July 20, 2014 : 7 min. 58 sec.

CLIP: 50th Anniversary of 1964 Republican Convention
Richard Norton Smith talked about the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican National Convention where former Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) was nominated as the party’s presidential candidate. He discussed the historical and political significance of the event, including the split between the Republican Party’s “establishment” and “conservative” wings and its continuing effect the on Republican Party, the tea party movement, and American politics overall.
July 13, 2014 : 14 min. 53 sec.

CLIP: Young Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections
Ashley Spillane talked about Rock the Vote’s campaign to sign up young voters for the 2014 midterm elections. Topics included the group’s revamped mission and Web site, its goal of registering 1.5 million new voters, and younger voters' attitudes toward government.
July 13, 2014 : 8 min.

1964 Mississippi Summer Project
Participants in the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project, a coordinated voter registration effort between Southern civil rights organizations, talked about their experiences.
June 28, 2014 : 1 hr. 33 min.

History of the Act of Voting
Sophia Rosenfeld on the history and role of the secret ballot in America, including voting techniques and systems implemented in the 18th and 19th centuries.
May 11, 2014 : 1 hr. 17 min.

2014 Political Campaign Ads
Larry Sabato on the more than $2.6 billion estimated to be spent on political television ads in 2014 and the various types of ad styles and their effectiveness.
May 2, 2014 : 41 min. 47 sec.

2014 Midterm Elections
Stefan Hankin and Kellyanne Conway talked about public opinion on politics and policy, and the political climate ahead of the 2014 and 2016 elections.
April 13, 2014 : 56 min. 5 sec.

Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions
Lisa Rosenberg discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC that strikes down limits on federal campaign contributions.
April 3, 2014 : 43 min. 57 sec.

Political Commercial Archives
Patrick Meirick on the Political Commercial Archives, which are housed at the University of Oklahoma, and efforts to preserve the materials.
February 17, 2014 : 42 min. 29 sec.

Youth Voter Issues in 2014
Matthew Segal on the reaction of young voters to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, and the issues that polls have shown are most important to youth voters.
February 2, 2014 : 33 min. 51 sec.
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