A live taping of the CNN show Crossfire. Has a more polarized media damaged civil discourse and political debate? Or does it reflect what viewers — some highly partisan — really want?

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Have Highly-Polarized Media Made The Shutdown Worse?

October 7, 2013

The Boston Globe's Michael Kranish wrote over the weekend about hyper-partisan, highly-polarized media and their effect on policy discussion. Kranish cited a Duke University study that indicated the US electorate is the most-polarized it has been since the 1900sJim Braude and Margery Eagan asked listeners what they're watching and listening to, if they prefer a "point of view" in their news, and what programming is too combative.

Also on BPR:

  • Shannon O'Brien — former State Treasurer — and Charlie Chieppo were the guests for Monday's politics segment. They discussed the ongoing shutdown, and the Boston mayor's race.
  • Rosalind Barnett talked about gender differences in education, and whether it's a damaging trend women's colleges are going co-ed.
  • The Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III was the guest on Open Mic.
  • Birder Vern Laux talked about the great Fall migration of New England bird populations.

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