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December 04, 2012 02:15 PM PST

Gregg Loughman is vice president of The Governance Institute. Gregg’s previous role as senior director of national program development for National Research Corporation, included experience in partnering with health systems, medical groups, and national quality stakeholders to develop standards meant to improve the delivery of patient-centered care. Gregg has worked with healthcare providers across the continuum of care in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe on quality improvement projects ranging from patient experience to decisions support systems used in labor and delivery settings.

In this episode:
*Everything you need to know about the Affordable Care Act
*How to debunk the big rumors about health insurance reform
*What it's like being a Canadian watching American politics

December 04, 2012 02:12 PM PST

In this episode:

*Why invitational rhetoric doesn't work for the Occupy movement.
*Why the closer politicians perspectives are, the more outlandish they must make the distinctions
*What is the uncivil tongue?
*Why civility is unnecessary to attract moderates
*On flanking
*The politics of gender, class and civility

October 26, 2012 08:10 AM PDT

In this episode:

*How fallacies polarize
*Why 2012 is less divisive and derisive than 2008
*How memes have taken over
*What's up with YouTube comments
*How are algorithms fueling polarization

October 22, 2012 10:50 AM PDT

In this episode:

*Occupy and Egypt as contemporary examples of polar-rejective identification
*Why movements need continual energy--and how they re-energize through communication
*Why the medium matters
*How the way our leaders learned rhetoric in the 1960s affects contemporary rhetoric
*On the variant attractions of unification and polarization

October 22, 2012 10:47 AM PDT

Our second podcast is an interview with Dr. Monica Brasted, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the College of Brockport. We read "MoveOn: The Rhetoric of Polarization" in a 2012 issue of Relevant Rhetoric.

In this episode:

*MoveOn's polarizing tactics
*Email as a key medium for polarization
*Whether or not we've become desensitized to polarizing rhetoric
*What's MoveOn up to lately?

September 13, 2012 09:08 AM PDT

In this episode:

*The significance of China bashing
*The beauty of hate's dialectic
*A modest proposal for changing Olympic swimming
*Extremism as attacking for the sake of attacking
*Why Presidents can't fix economies
*The importance of having a sharp knife to cut the meat
*How the internet has made us third graders
*How speed hurts
*On the significance of staying empirical
*Love as an investment in the other

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