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Watching the Circus

October 28th, 2012

Episode 16 of 92 episodes

Romney’s ‘binders full of women’. Pro-choice versus right-to-life. The rise of China and the slump of the American economy. These are just some of the issues that will decide the results of the closely fought American presidential election, for an electorate more polarised than ever, and divided by race, religion and class. What are the cultural issues that truly matter for the American people? What will drive them to leave their houses and vote? And just how much does the campaign circus of conventions, debates and pressing the flesh influence what happens on election day? Former Foreign Correspondent host George Negus, author and speechwriter Don Watson and the ABC’s Eleanor Hall, just back from covering the first presidential debate, will talk about the culture, rhetoric and atmosphere of America, as reflected through the presidential campaign. Listen to the podcast: mp3 Read our analysis of the discussion: Dailies The Fifth Estate is the Wheeler Centre’s series of fortnightly forums: a more measured approach to news and current affairs. Provocative and studied, authoritative and unhurried, this is real analysis that pulls no punches. Hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft, The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism. All our events are recorded, with podcasts posted on our website by noon the following day. You can subscribe online, to make sure you never miss out. So far, we’ve ranged from timely political analysis and meaty policy discussions, to magazines and manners with Ita Buttrose. Lindsay Tanner has shared his views on the state of Australian democracy, former foreign ministers Alexander Downer and Gareth Evans have reflected on this influential role, and George Megalogenis and Stephen Mayne have dissected the budget. And at the height of the print media crisis, amidst news of mass sackings at Fairfax and News Limited, we hosted Harold Mitchell, Paul Kelly and Andrew Jaspan to make sense of it all. To stay in touch with upcoming Fifth Estate topics, keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook, and our weekly e-news. The events are free, but bookings are required – get in quick, as we’ve been known to sell out.

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