Episode 4: Election Day Special – Tipping Points

As you’re sitting around this Election Day, waiting for results to come in, sports might be the furthest thing from your mind. Just as when you watched your favorite college football team play on Saturday, electoral politics probably were the last thing you wanted to think about.
But what if there actually is a relationship between the two, a link between the outcomes of Saturday’s games and Tuesday’s election? That was the premise pursued by Andrew J. Healy, Neil Malhotra and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo in their 2010 study, “Irrelevant Events Affect Voters’ Evaluations of Government Performance.”
The new season of the Out Of Left Field Podcast officially will begin next week. But we couldn’t let this Election Day pass uncommented upon. And so today’s story revisits that decade-old study and tries to project which college football games played over the weekend will have a lasting impact on the Great American Experiment.
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As always, I want to thank everyone involved in the total team effort behind this episode:
* George Hochbrueckner, for the closing theme. Check out his album, Celticafricousticelectric on iTunes.
* Scott Holmes Music (https://scottholmesmusic.com/) for the opening theme, Hotshot.
* Dr. Neil Malhotra, Professor, Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School or Business.
* Jessica Berenblat of JB Arthouse (https://www.jbarthouse.net) for the cover design.
* Rachel Blechman of Tinbear Consulting (https://tinbearconsulting.com/) for her technical guidance and for building a new internet home for Out Of Left Field (OutOfLF.com).
* Our sponsors, Everipe Blender-Ready Superfood Smoothies (everipe.com), which has rescued breakfast-time for my family; Soggy Doggy (soggydoggydoormat.com), because it’s a lot easier to shelter in place when your place doesn’t smell like wet dog; and Electra-Craft (http://electra-craft.com/), whose coffee machines keep us all fully caffeinated and surprisingly productive in our new working- and schooling-from-home situation. 

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