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Dissecting Political Ads

There's the biographical ad, the negative attack, and the counterattack. For all the money that's spent on them, political ads are remarkably simple compared to their commercial cousins. How do candidates choose their ads and which ones are effective? Join NPR's Neal Conan for a guide to what you can expect this campaign year.


Joshua Green
*Senior editor, The Atlantic Monthly
*Author of Dumb and Dumber: Why are Campaign Commercials so Bad?

John Brabender
*Chief creative officer of Brabender Cox

Kathleen Hall Jamieson
*Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania
*Author of several books on politics and advertising, including The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics

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Neal Conan
Award winning journalist Neal Conan was the final host of Talk of the Nation, which broadcast its final show on June 27, 2013.