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The Media, the Messages and the Impact



Politics — especially presidential politics — dominates our discussions, whether on social media or at the family dinner table. 

Politics is wrapped into how we are responding to the pandemic. It is playing out on our televisions, our tablets, our laptops and our phones. Yet, are we confident that the next voting generations are engaging and learning from this real-time civics lesson? 

Research tells us most likely not. So, The Museum of Broadcast Communications wants to help close the documented Civic Opportunity Gap by bringing an innovative real-time online exhibit and curriculum on “The Great Debates” to schools across the country. 

From talk radio, to television, to podcasts, to Twitter, we want students to understand not just the debates but the critiques, the spins and the patterns. 

Building critical thinking 
We want to support teachers in developing critical thinking and news literacy in students — two things that will serve them throughout their lives and help them to be part of our democracy. 

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The Museum of Broadcast Communications is committed to helping parents, teachers and anyone who wants to be a more informed voter. Within this site, we offer curriculum that develops critical thinking and media literacy in students, links to performance highlights, commentary and debate analysis that can help you understand how today’s debates are shaped by

60 years of broadcast history.

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