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Florida has been a central focus for presidential campaigns ever since it put George W. Bush in the White House with a margin of 537 votes. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and their surrogates have been crisscrossing the state in the last few days.

A widely cited 2010 study found that even when presented with facts, people are still likely to hold onto their erroneous views and sometimes cling to them even more. Now that study has been debunked..

Janet Reno’s tenure as Bill Clinton’s attorney general was marked by increasing acts of right-wing white extremism. The events revealed a deep divide along political lines similar to what we see today.

The new novel The Mothers focuses on a teenager who gets pregnant by the son of her pastor. Her decision to have an abortion then ripples out to affect her African-American church community in Oceanside, California.

Like political opinions, society’s view of profanity is subject to evolution. That’s the subject of a new book called What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains and Ourselves.

Image: Welcome to Florida sign, by Joel Kramer

Why Florida is pivotal in presidential campaigns 10 MIN, 8 SEC

Florida has been a central focus for presidential campaigns ever since it put George W. Bush in the White House with a margin of 537 votes. As Tim Kaine has said, “If you win it in Florida, it’s won.” That’s why Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and their surrogates have been crisscrossing the state in the last few days.

Guests:
Mike Schlitt, Producer, 'The Document' (@schlitthappenz)

Fact-checking's 'backfire' effect gets debunked 9 MIN, 17 SEC

PolitiFact says Donald Trump has stretched the truth in more than half of his statements that they evaluated, and it was around 12 percent for Hillary Clinton. Does it matter? A widely cited 2010 study found that even when presented with facts, people are still likely to hold onto their erroneous views and sometimes cling to them even more. Now that study has been fact-checked.

Guests:
Thomas Wood, Ohio State University

More:
There’s (More) Hope for Political Fact-Checking

How 90s right-wing extremism echoes in today's politics 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Janet Reno, the nation’s first female attorney general, died this morning from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Her eight-year tenure in Bill Clinton’s administration was marked by a number of instances of right-wing white extremism, like the Oklahoma City bombing and rise of the Unabomber. Those events revealed a deep anger and divide along political lines -- not unlike what we see today. 

Guests:
Mark Potok, Editor, Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report

'The Mothers,' a novel about how an abortion changes a community 15 MIN, 19 SEC

The new novel The Mothers tells the story of a teenage girl who gets pregnant by the son of her pastor. Her decision to have an abortion then ripples out to affect her African-American church community in Oceanside, California. Written by a first-time novelist, The Mothers is receiving lots of buzz and is one of the most anticipated books of fall.

Guests:
Brit Bennett, author

More:
A Town’s Secret Propels ‘The Mothers,’ a Lauded Debut Novel

The Mothers

Brit Bennett

Why we don't give a damn about swearing anymore 4 MIN, 49 SEC

Like political opinions, society’s view of profanity is subject to evolution. That’s the subject of a new book called What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains and Ourselves.

Guests:
Benjamin Bergen, UC San Diego

More:
Dirty words and the people who use them

What the F

Benjamin K. Bergen

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