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The Check-In: Political Discourse

May 19, 2020

The coronavirus crisis is already impacting the way we live our daily lives, it might be shifting the way we see our society and the world, but will it change the way we vote next this year? With local elections creeping up on June 2nd here in mid-Misosuri and with all that’s going on in the world, voting might be not the first thing on your mind right now, but this is a great time to observe how crises can reshape political systems and the way we all think about politics.

A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that two-thirds of Americans believe the election will be affected by COVID-19. And while the election will decide if President Trump will serve another term, much more hangs in the balance. As matters of public health, financial security, civic duty and personal freedom are being debated, partisan arguments can become heated and even violent.

In this episode, we talk about what we can expect in the upcoming election season.

Our guests:

Andrea Benjamin, associate professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 

Jay Sexton, MU history professor and Kinder Institute Endowed Chair on Constitutional Democracy.

To hear the live show, tune in weekdays at noon. Also, you can leave us a voicemail at 877-532-0971 about how you are handling the isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.