How did presidential debates grow into the institution we know today? How important are the debates? Are there too many primary debates? Should we worry about the debates being too focused on entertainment? What should we look for in the Democratic debates?
For episode 7 of Campaign Context Professor Alan Schroeder (Northeastern University) joined me for a discussion on televised presidential debates, providing both historical context and scholarly insight into the 2016 debates. Professor Schroeder is a leading expert on presidential debates and has an Emmy Award-winning background in television production. He is the author of Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV and Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House.