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Episode Info: Note: this podcast was recorded before the November 8th 2016. In this podcast with Barton Swaim, author of The Scriptwriter, we discuss the language of politics including: The language of Donald Trump — sentence structure and simple language. The role of emotion in politics and political speeches, but also the role of emotion in the workplace. Using “safe” but empty verbiage in order to gather favor without really promising anything. Gender differences in political speech and the effects of such differences in the audience. Trumps success has led to copycat speeches. Humor and wit in politics. The use of Plain English in politics. About Barton Swaim: Barton Swaim, a native South Carolinian, attended the University of South Carolina and the University of Edinburgh. From 2007 to 2010 he worked for Mark Sanford, South Carolina’s governor, as a communications officer and speechwriter. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife, Laura, and three daughters, and writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and The Times Literary Supplement. The Speechwriter is his first book.
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