Big Books & Bold Ideas with Kerri Miller

Do the debates matter to you?

A stage lined with podiums for a debate.
The debate stage is prepared for the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 19, 2019. - The debate is scheduled for November 20.
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And then there were six.

It will be the smallest stage of candidates yet at Tuesday’s Democratic debate – the seventh overall, and the last to happen before the all-important Iowa caucuses. But are the debates making a difference? Are the candidates talking about what matters to you and your life experience?

Monday on MPR News with Kerri Miller, we talked about it with two political scientists.


  • Philip Chen, assistant professor of political science at Beloit College in Wisconsin

  • Todd Shaw, professor of political science and African American studies at the University of South Carolina

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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