presidential debate

We begin with a look at the many challenges media outlets face when, under increasing scrutiny from all sides, they are covering a presidential race unlike any other.

Of the millions who watched last night's presidential debate, eight undecided voters from the Kansas City area watched from KCUR's studios. UMKC's Division of Diversity and Inclusion Vice Chancellor Susan Wilson invited them to see if what they heard influenced how they would vote. Susan shares what she found with Up to Date host Steve Kraske.

Two standout high-school debaters share their stories and assess last night's third Republican presidential debate.


  • Monica Medeiros, senior, Lincoln Prep
  • Michael Franklin, junior, Sumner Academy

In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

Two men — well one man and one big, yellow bird — were caught in the crossfire of last night's debate: the moderator Jim Lehrer and the Sesame Street character Big Bird.

It's safe to say that after last night the two of them are having very different mornings. While the veteran news anchor swallowed scathing reviews, Big Bird enjoyed a strong backing.

Presidential Debate: An NPR Live Chat

Oct 3, 2012
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President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney face off from Denver Wednesday night in their first televised presidential debate. Jim Lehrer of PBS's Newshour will moderate.

If you're not content to simply yell at the television, join NPR's live chat below to get in your two cents and engage in relevant conversation during the event.

The discussion starts here at 7:30 p.m. CST and live coverage of the debates begins at 8 p.m. on KCUR 89.3 FM and