“Politically homeless,” Bridget Phetasy recounts her journey through life and the culture wars.
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Art is about our experiences.
Art is about our experiences.
Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary sings the group’s Grammy-winning hit “If I Had a Hammer” and encourages you to try your hand at singing a song that captures the spirit of Braver Angels for our songwriting contest.
Listen as the Braver Angels crew, including Ciaran, April, Monica and John, share their experiences related to COVID-19.
How do we overcome the bitterness of American politics and change the way things are done? “Left of Bernie,” yet a consistent defender of President Trump; author, commentator and creator of the comic strip “Dilbert” Scott Adams is a fascinating or infuriating voice in the political conversation, depending on who you ask. But Scott is …
Sam Daley-Harris shares the practices for effective organizing across the partisan divide.
Independent minded cultural voices Chloe Valdary and Ken Bone weigh in on a better American future coming out of COVID-19.
Braver Angels Chief Marketing Officer Ciaran O’Connor delivers a Tedx Talk on the art of depolarizing communication.
Everybody seems to hate the media. But is it the problem or the solution?
Do not be ashamed of being afraid. Many of us in the United States at this moment are fearful. We may or may not be afraid for ourselves as individuals—but we fear for our loved ones and we fear for our country. That was true for many of us before the pandemic. It is strikingly …
In my previous article, I argued that the chili bowl should be America’s new national metaphor. I said that it strikes the right balance between individuality and commonality. A chili bowl has unique and identifiable ingredients, but it is still held together with a single sauce. People can maintain their unique identities, while also having …
Better has become Braver. John and Ciaran introduce the Braver Angels Podcast, discuss the organization’s transformation, and debate the politics of the coronavirus.
Peter Boghossian, Co-author of “How to Have Impossible Conversations,” joins John and Ciaran on the Braver Angels podcast.
Ciaran O’Connor talks to David McCullough III about his vision for the American Exchange Project, and what we can learn from students bridging the divide.
Employing some strategies used in couples therapy, one group’s mission since 2016 has been to try and heal the bitter divide between liberals and conservatives in the country, urging them to find common ground and avoid labels. NBC New York’s Melissa Russo reports.
Braver Angels talks to former FBI Director James Comey
It’s often presumed that empathy is a good thing, and that more of it will make us, and our country, considerably better. If only we could put ourselves into each other’s shoes more easily, so the thinking goes, we would have so much more respect and compassion for one another. Not only will we be …
Braver Angels national leader John Wood, Jr. delivers a passionate address to The Visionaries Summit in Sacramento, California on the power of personal transformation to effect social change through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles of non-violence.
Braver Angels president and co-founder David Blankenhorn appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal for a lengthy discussion about the organization and how to restore civility to politics.
Ciaran and John talk to road-tripping ideological opponents.
Greg and Randy join the hosts to discuss the impeachment hearings and all the ways Braver Angels is countering divisions.
Matt Kibbe, former president and ceo of FreedomWorks and host of Kibbe on Liberty at The Blaze Media network, sits down with John Wood, Jr.
In my experience, it’s entirely possible to use these skills online, and indeed, if people did so more consciously, our digital world would be a much kinder place.
Bret Weinstein, a key figure in the ‘Intellectual Dark Web,’ speaks with John Wood, Jr. of Braver Angels about the rising cross-partisan movement in America…
Ciaran and John tackle the impeachment question.
Ciaran rides solo for a stimulating conversation with Rusty Reno of First Things. Rusty talks about the homogenization of the political elite, and how he sees the electoral college as a bulwark against the power of those with social and economic advantages.
Race remains the a volatile point of division in American life. Can we cross the racial divide in politics to heal America?
I’ve been moderating Braver Angels workshops for around two years, and there are several experiences that have been consistent for me from one workshop to the next. Among these is listening to the conclusions that participants draw from their time with us. Without fail, at least one participant will mention how much closer the two …
Julie Kohler, author of the Washington Post article “How Calls to ‘Love Your Enemies’ Enforce the Status-Quo,” joins Ciaran and John for a back and forth about her own past critiques of Braver Angels, the proper place of empathy in political life, and the importance of depolarization to preserving the possibility for political progress in …