October 09, 2012

Parallels Between Current and Past Presidential Elections

Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences, American University

John S. Jackson, Visiting Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University

Host: Craig Cohen

It's a natural tendency, each Presidential election year, to compare how the campaign is playing out to what happened during previous elections. How is 2012 like 2008? 2004? While every election brings its own issues, and conditions, and the electorate itself changes, there may well be some lessons to be learned from recent history, that can tell us why this year’s campaign is playing out as it is. We’ll explore parallels between the 2012 Presidential election and elections from the past 50+ years.


September 13, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - John Bambenek, (R) IL 52nd State Senate District

John Bambenek, Republican Candidate for the Illinois Senate from the 52nd State Legislative District

Host: Craig Cohen

In the coming weeks, Focus will provide you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in the 13th Congressional District race, and the 52nd State Senate District race. We'll begin with the Republican running for the Illinois Senate from the 52nd District, John Bambanek. He faces Democratic incumbent Mike Frerichs this November. (Frerichs will appear on the program October 1st).


June 28, 2012

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win--and Hold--the White House

Samuel L. Popkin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego

Host: David Inge

In every presidential campaign there are two winners, the inevitable winner when it starts, and the inevitable winner when it ends. Sometimes, they are actually the same person. Our guest will be Samuel Popkin, professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. We’ll look at the dynamics of some recent campaigns … how challengers get to the White House, and how incumbents hold it. It’s all in his new book "The Candidate."


May 30, 2012

Current Events in Egypt

Last week, people in Egypt went to the polls to cast votes in the country’s first free presidential elections. Of the 13 candidates competing in the first round, two will contend in a runoff next month. One is the candidate of the Muslim brotherhood; the other served as Prime Minister under the old regime of Hosni Mubarak. We welcome back Ken Cuno, associate professor of History at the University of Illinois for another conversation about Egyptian politics. We’ll talk about the recent elections and try to get a better understanding of those competing for power.


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