Again, the Golden Rule is radical. And so is the mission of Braver Angels.
I had brought my family of five, longtime residents of deep-blue Brooklyn, NY, to meet a new friend and his family, longtime residents of solidly-red Simpsonville, SC. We only knew each other through video chats and phone calls, as if we had met through an online service for taboo political friending. Not too far from the truth.
Ciaran O’Connor introduces Braver Politics and interviews the former bishop of Newark about religion and politics.
Following their debate at Denison University in Ohio, students agreed that something profound took place and that the experience had changed them. “I’m asking myself how I can carry this forward to other students,” one student said, “and even more, I’m wondering how we can expand and bring it to a multiplicity of campuses.”
Four Reds with different views of President Trump debate how conservatives should think about the former president.
On April 3, Braver Angels and the world lost one of our best leaders. When we lost David Iwinski — a thinker, a bridge builder, and a believer in America — I and many members of our community also lost a beloved friend.
Representatives Becky Carney (D) and John Torbett (R) of the North Carolina General Assembly discuss how politicians can work together to foster trust, citizenship, and goodwill.
You may know of Coleman “Coldxman” Hughes as a podcaster and writer—but have you heard his music? Alma Cook asks him about his musical past, present, and future.
Probably the most important question about social conflict, then, is not whether it exists (it does), or whether we can eliminate it (we can’t), or even whether we should try to eliminate it (we shouldn’t). The real question is how we should approach it.
The racial dynamics of American life have been reflected—or perhaps distorted—by entertainment. Joy Donnell and John Wood Jr. explore this legacy of Hollywood.
We think we have the answers—but what happens when we start asking more questions? Mónica Guzmán chats with Ciaran O’Connor about her new book, I Never Thought of It That Way.
I think it’s safe to say most of us have been involved in heated political discussions with family or friends, whether we initiated them or not. But what flipped the switch from polite family discussions about whose turn is it to go pick up groceries to tense discussions about politics?
Freeway Rick Ross’ once right hand man Lorenzo Murphy recalls the crack era.
Annette is a school-of-hard-knocks grandma from rural Maryland. Len is a retired cognitive psychologist from the suburbs. Here, they share their experiences with social class and explore the depth of America’s class divide.
Professor John Sibley Butler shares lessons from the black bourgeoisie.
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Daniel Seddiqui worked 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks in 2009—from coal miner in West Virginia to bartender in Louisiana. Today, he joins host Mónica Guzmán to share what he learned along the way.
Esther Cash, a liberal college student at a conservative university, chats with Ciaran O’Connor about her political evolution, polarization on campus, and her generation’s role in rehabilitating political dialogue.
This past week we released our 2020-2021 evaluation, Depolarizing During the Pandemic, which uses rigorous evaluation data to measure the impact of Braver Angels programs on Americans’ attitudes toward politics, and toward one another.
Anthropologist Peter Wood believes the 2020 election was stolen. Here, he joins Ciaran O’Connor to discuss the nature of anger, truth, trust, and conspiracy theories.
On the one-year anniversary of January 6th, 2021, John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O’Connor reflect on the state of American politics and the future of Braver Angels.
How can we pursue Dr. King’s Beloved Community in 2022?
Five years after Braver Angels was born, three of the organization’s founders reflect on the 2016 event in Ohio where it all started.
Thanksgiving 2017. My house buzzed with chattering voices. Two dining-room tables butted together to accommodate five sons and wives. A half-sized table awaited six small grandchildren.
On an all-women roundtable edition of our podcast, two Red and two Blue Braver Angels leaders get personal about abortion.
Kirsten Powers, senior political analyst at CNN, chats with Mónica Guzmán about what grace is and isn’t, and how to make grace a daily habit.
Andrew Yang joins Silas Kulkarni and John Wood, Jr. to talk electoral reform, political polarization, and navigating race and identity in political discourse.
Hawk Newsome, David Iwinski, and Dr. Tess Russell gather with host Ciaran O’Connor to talk about public trust, science, and the COVID vaccine.
Barbara is a lifelong liberal, and Rick is a committed conservative. As a married couple, how do they stand each other when they can’t stand each other’s politics?
Christopher Bail, author of Breaking the Social Media Prism, discusses how to combat online polarization and re-imagine social media platforms.