Debate Series Aims to Inform Discourse

The Fairfield Citizen just did a story on our upcoming debate event, the National Debate Series. Check it out here.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from the story:

Kimball and Gaudet have a singular mission: to bring civility and intelligence back to political conversation.

“It’s so much easier to spew rage than to engage in intelligent conversation,” Kimball said. “There are a lot of people who are fed up.”

When Kimball says “a lot of people,” he refers, in part, to the growing audience he and Gaudet get for their weekly podcast, “PoliTalk.” Available at iTunes and other online podcast hosts, PoliTalk is typically an hour-long conversation between the two men, both of whom name the weekly National Public Radio show “Car Talk” as their chief inspiration.

“We’re trying to inform and entertain,” Gaudet said, “when I think others are trying to inflame and entertain. Rush (Limbaugh) makes $30 million a year. I’d like to have that. Anger sells. But if we can change the tone of the discussion, I think we all benefit.”

“We get a lot of good information that we bring to the show, without making it sound like insider baseball,” said Gaudet, whose career has been spent mostly in marketing, technology and media. “We can have conversations that appeal to a broad audience, and, in a sense, an under served audience. [Other, more partisan shows] are preaching to the converted. We’re preaching to the convertible. That’s always your swing vote.”



One response to “Debate Series Aims to Inform Discourse

  1. Simply put, the article nailed it and the debate hosted by Politalk last night drove home the point that informative, civil, debate can entertain and stimulate our minds. It presented an excellent forum for political discourse without the rhetoric and shouting so prevalent in political “discussion” today. Audience members were nodding to one argument, and then nodding in agreement with the counter argument. People changed their minds, remained civil in post debate discussion, and tapped their chairs in a civil form of approval to any point made by the debate teams .

    A group of students commented that the views and arguments presented by the debate teams made them seriously question their own sources for news and information. I know they will find their way to PoliTalk, as I have, to present the issues in a civil manner that promotes tolerance and compromise rather than hateful and meaningless rhetoric.

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