This Old House (of Representatives)
December 11th, 2010 - (2 Comments)
America has elected 44 different presidents, but more than 12,000 people have served in Congress. Matthew Wasniewski (James Madison University alum) was recently appointed as the fourth official historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. He says that while much has changed in the House since its first session (members no longer carry weapons on [...]
Ten Cents a Dance
May 30th, 2009 - (0 Comments)
During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry produced what some consider the greatest era of popular music. Elliot Majerczyk (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) looks at the songs that became the soundtrack of the ‘lost generation’ and helped pull America through hard times. Also: Nigel Sellars (Christopher Newport University) explains that Roosevelt’s New Deal [...]
Obama to Muslims: "I’m listening"
February 7th, 2009 - (0 Comments)
Between his words to Muslims in his inauguration address and granting his first television interview as president to an Arab language network, President Obama is clearly signaling a new approach to easing tensions with Muslims nations. To help build relationships, the president is seeking advice from experts on the region, such as Abdulaziz Sachedina (University [...]
"I do solemnly swear"
January 22nd, 2009 - (0 Comments)
More than one million people are expected to descend on Washington, DC for Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20th. Political Scientists Carol Pretlow and Rudolph Wilson (Norfolk State University) say that, of all the groups watching to see what the president elect will do once he takes office, the African American community has a unique [...]
Do Negative Political Ads Really Work?
October 18th, 2008 - (0 Comments)
Paul Freedman (University of Virginia) says negative political ads actually help to educate and engage voters. Television viewers may instinctively reach for their remote controls when yet another negative ad airs during a commercial break, but those who stay tuned might reap some surprising benefits. Also: Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University) examines the likely impact—or [...]