The October 15, 2012 Informania radio show included an interview with Steve Johnson, Director of the Seawolves Debate Program about watching the presidential debates critically.
He recommended the following tips to enhance your ability to think critically during the debates:
Write down the questions ask and listen for answers. This will help you see if the candidates actually answer the questions.
Listen to the debates instead of watching them. This way the words candidates are saying will have a greater impact than the presentation of them.
Check facts following the debates. A good site to check is factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Songs played during this edition of Informania include: Information, by Dredg; Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off by Rosemary Clooney, and We Can Work it Out, by the Beatles.