Language Of Politics

The four most commonly used words in the English language from 2011 serve as a time capsule of public interest. They are, in order: occupy, deficit, fracking, and drone. What happens to language as it goes from mundane use to charged political debate? How do political insiders create buzzwords and craft messages that resonate with the public?

The host of CBC’s Power and Politics, Evan Solomon, sits down with pollster and political strategist Dimitri Pantazopoulos, Toronto Star journalist Susan Delacourt, and former principal secretary to the leader of the official opposition in Canada, Brad Lavigne, to discuss the how, why, where and who of writing the language of politics.

Programmed in partnership with CBC’s Power and Politics.


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