In an effort to uncover where corruption in American politics starts, The Probe goes deep inside an average high school student body presidential election. Listen as hosts Lisa Burton and Mary Beth Smith meet the candidates and their families, speculate on their motives for running, and unmask all the nasty aspects of running for office at any level.
As the four candidates in the FDRHS presidential election gear up for week one of their campaigns, The Probe team goes deep into what influences their decisions and platforms. While a lot of time is spent unpacking the beige, malleable oddball August Tooley-Anderson in the form of an interview with him and his parents, the real fun starts when Lisa and Mary Beth review early campaign tactics and social media interactions between students and their options for president. Who is the early front-runner when it comes to resources? What do a candidate's influencers tell us about their ability to lead? Why is Ladysmith Black Mumbazo so calming?
Lisa Burton: Lisa Burton
Mary Beth Smith: Mary Beth Smith
August Tooley-Anderson: Brian Holden
Artie Tooley-Anderson: John Thibodeaux
Adam Tooley-Anderson: Chris Rathjen
Principal Jonathan Benjamin Franklin: Eddie Piña
Vice Principal Curtis Hannigan: Ryan Ben
Faculty Liaison Eliza Schroeder: Meredith Stepien
Thomas Buffington, Jr: Clayton Margeson
Cori Wilson: Lauren Walker
Staci Kramer: Shira Wilson
Produced by Matt Young, Lisa Burton, Mary Beth Smith, and Hannah Parsons
Original Music: Hannah Parsons
Other Music: Final Cut Pro, iLife, and iMovie Sound Effect.
Editor: Hannah Parsons
The Probe Logo: Maxwell Hudetz
Special thanks to Cards Against Humanity for allowing us to record in their beautiful space.