Left to right: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pose before the start of the French-language leaders’ debate in Montreal in September 2015.
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The creation of a new debate commission in Canada should ensure televised showdowns between party leaders amid federal election campaigns are transparent and a boon to democracy.
Lessons in civil discourse can start in the classroom.
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A former middle school teacher offers a series of tips on how educators can teach young people to engage in more civil discourse.
A woman enters the media workspace at the University of Las Vegas, site of the last 2016 U.S. presidential debate.
Do you feel as if the moderators keep asking the same questions of the presidential candidates? Our panel has some fresh ideas.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the October 9 presidential town hall debate.
An expert in political rhetoric singles out Trump's repeated use of reification – the tendency to treat people as things – and the role it's played in his tortured response to the leaked tape.
Trump speaks at the town-hall style debate.
Scholars from the Washington University in St. Louis react to the second presidential debate.
Kaine (L) and Pence, Oct. 4, 2016.
One in five vice presidents becomes president. So we had scholars watching Tuesday night. Here's what they heard.
The roll-out has been a bit clunky, but there’s potential.
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Live events like sports seemed immune to streaming services' assault on traditional broadcast TV. Now that might change.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama trade barbs during the 2012 presidential race.
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
Protesters wearing masks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. But no one seems to be laughing anymore.
Ethical coverage of Trump shouldn’t be a joke.
Just ask Megyn Kelly of Fox News. Covering the Trump campaign is no picnic. But journalists have a duty to do more than write clickbait stories on the billionaire candidate.
It’s so easy to get sidetracked during an argument if you don’t remember just one thing. So what is it?
It's so easy to get side-tracked in any discussion and once that happens you're doomed. So what do you need to know to win your argument?
Sorry Ed, Paxman was the real star of the show.
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Jeremy Paxman might be a bully, but his confrontational style makes for a great show.
Bennett has been invited, but Cameron still stands accused of ‘running scared’.
The debate over the debates rages on, and the broadcasters' decision to widen the field could have unexpected consequences.
Tony Abbott may have subconsciously revived the gender debate in Australian politics when he asked if Kevin Rudd ever ‘shuts up’ in last night’s debate.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott seems to have done the job. Some judges reckon the Oxford boxing blue endured nothing worse than a split decision points loss. Others credit him with delivering a “knockout…