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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: Freedom Summer and Mississippi Civil Rights
Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council, talked about “Freedom Summer” and the movement to promote voter registration and civil rights in Mississippi in the 1960s. He explained why segregation was so intertwined in Mississippi’s culture and why civil rights efforts were so important in the state.
July 13, 2014 : 11 min. 30 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.

Congressional Productivity
A discussion about why the House of Representatives is on track to produce the lowest number of legislative accomplishments since the Clinton administration.
May 31, 2014 : 42 min. 17 sec.

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.

Q&A with U.S. Senate Youth Program
High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talked about their participation in a week-long government and leadership education program.
April 27, 2014 : 58 min. 59 sec.

Farm Bill Signing Ceremony
In the wake of congressional action on the farm bill, President Obama traveled to Michigan State University to speak about the $956.4 billion package and signed it into law.
February 7, 2014 : 45 min. 1 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.

U.S. Race Relations in 2014
Sheryll Cashin, author of Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity and Sophia Nelson, author of Black Woman Redefined, talked about race relations in 2014.
February 1, 2014 : 55 min. 38 sec.
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