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The War on Empathy: Marion Nestle and George Lakoff

MarionNestleGeorgeLakoffRemember when President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and “empathy” was transformed by some political commentators into a dirty word? This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to two giants in their respective fields who think empathy is probably pretty important, especially when it comes to policy.

First, host Alex Wise talks to Marion Nestle, a noted nutritionist and author whose latest book digs into the power of cartoons to drive home complex arguments for fighting food insecurity issues in this country. Next, progressive linguist extraordinaire George Lakoff discusses how liberals need to improve their messaging to convince people that policies that help people are actually a good idea.

George Lakoff podcast exclusive (not for broadcast)

podcast-iconGeorgeLakoffIn this podcast exclusive, more from Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise‘s interview with George Lakoff. In the discussion, Prof. Lakoff talks about the different approaches to messaging and framing by both Democrats and Republicans, the attack on empathy, and the Obama Administration’s embrace of the term “ObamaCare.”