A short history of arguing about politics

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Is Monday's presidential debate at Hofstra University really a debate at all? Jill Lepore is a professor of history at Harvard and a staff writer for the New Yorker. She's written a fascinating piece about the ins-and-outs of modern presidential debates since 1960 and raises provocative questions about whether we're really getting as much out of them as we could.

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Presidential candidates Sen. John Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon pose
following their debate at a Chicago television studio, September 26, 1960.
Photo: AP Wirephoto

Credits

Guest:
Jill Lepore - Harvard University / New Yorker magazine - @NewYorker

Host:
Todd Purdum

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer, Katie Cooper, Evan George