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Teaching Television Studio, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania, 1963.
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The Great Debates of Nixon and Kennedy
October 21, 1960

In 1952, the presidential campaign was televised nationwide for the first time. The public avidly followed the television coverage of the campaign, rating television as the most informative of the media available to them. Before television, radio was used to broadcast political speeches. Calvin Coolidge used this technology in 1924, and Franklin Roosevelt, who was president from 1933 until 1945, captured the attention of Americans through his radio-broadcast "fireside chats." Despite criticism that television increases the cost of political campaigns, it plays an important role in bringing presidential debates to the people. Have you watched any political debates?
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