Strategic political communication hot takes with footnotes. Every episode Dave Karpf, PhD and Peter Loge look at communication campaigns in the news, explain what’s working and what’s not, and how to make it all better.
Karpf and Loge are George Washington University associate professors who think they’re smarter and funnier than they really are. Karpf is the author of several books on digital politics and once sort of accidentally made Bret Stephens cry. Loge has spent 30 years working in politics and strategic communication and is unreasonably proud of getting a 10/10 on RoomRater.
Live reunion episode at the Buzz Advocacy Summit
AI is more, and less, terrifying than you thoughtKaprf and Loge return for a live reunion episode recorded at the Buzz Advocacy Summit. Karpf rants about generative AI, tech and politics while Loge name-checks Aristotle, and they both agree AI more - and less - alarming than you probably thought.
TTFN - Democratic institutions are under attack. Don't just defend them - promote them
On the final episode of before an extended hiatus, Karpf and Loge talk APSA and a hotel strike, ethics of deciding whose money to take, and critical need to not only defend democratic institutions, but also to pro-actively promote them. Hiatus note: We're available for conferences, weddings, Arbor Day parties, or whatever special occasion calls for hot takes with footnotes. TTFN.
It's time for academics to play offense.
Karpf and Loge encourage academics and researchers to keep focusing on challenges facing society, and for universities and funders to make a loud and consistent case for the importance of that research. It's past time to play offense. Plus we make fun of Elon Musk.
Strategic comms and the social media cafeteria.
Thoughts on Threads, Post, Blue Sky, podcasts and what strategic comms professionals should do about all of it. Dave is also still concerned about climate change and the end of the world.
Trump, Messi and the Red Bike Guy
Like everyone else, Karpf and Loge are tired of Trump but keep talking about him anyway. They also talk about Red Bike Guy and the power of mockery, and lessons for Major League Soccer and Messi from strategic political communication.
Musk, COVID lessons and Trump 2024 is Slim Shady 2002 and more
On a post-season pre-summer school bonus episode Karpf and Loge talk Musk, comms lessons learned from the US COVID response, CNN, Trump channeling Eminem's 2002 hit "Without Me," and political attacks and political narratives.
Fresh, insightful, and entertaining
Covering a variety of timely topics, Karpf & Loge offer a practitioner’s view on strategic communications —and politics, and football (the original one). A fun office hours slot —30 mins. works just great— brimming with “the least common the senses” directly from Plato’s Cave —I bet it’s recorded down there— that helps understand the reality around us. Well done.
Jolly good show
A great product from my favorite GW professor, as well as from Dave Karpf. Only suggestion is that both would do well to invest in studio-grade microphones.
Have some affirmation K+L
Overall an insightful 30 minutes.
They do speak in page long paragraphs occasionally (they’re professors, what can you do?) but they know what they’re talking about. It’s light-hearted and won’t be a giggle fest like some other comms/political podcasts so you will actually feel smarter at the end— or at least more aware.
Muskrats, just forget about it.