Braver Angels president David Blankenhorn discusses with Laura Flanders our belief that there’s still value in talking, and the ways we do it that actually seem to bring people together.
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Listen to Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. break down the political and racial divides alongside special guest, Chloe Valdary.
Braver Angels was born in response to the crisis of polarization—a growing crisis that hampers government, destroys trust, degrades public discussion, fosters isolation, and harms personal relationships.
USA Today // In the Trump age, political polarization in the United States has never been higher. Groups like Braver Angels are promoting civility to lower angst.
John Wood, Jr. highlights a surprising potential political partnership in congress, and reveals a new Braver Angels process…
Ciaran talks to Ezra Klein about the state of our public conversation, viewpoint diversity on college campuses, the rise of the intellectual dark web, and whether Braver Angels can truly find values that meaningfully connect Americans across ideological differences.
Evangelical conservative community organizer Evan Chase comes by to talk faith and politics, race, community service, his support for Trump and the power of love to change society.
Ciaran and John talk about their roads to Braver Angels, the Depolarization Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., the need for community and how to apply love in politics.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. talk to Arthur Brooks, the President of the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the recently-published “Love Your Enemies,” about his new book, antidotes to polarization, and the transformational power of love amidst today’s social-media-fueled rancor.
John, Greg, Randy and Braver Angels editor Luke Phillips talk Mueller Report, the evolving story of Jussie Smollett, and the frustrations of justice and politics.
This week on the Braver Angels Podcast Ciaran and John talk polarization and the Obama administration with Obama speech writer Terence Szuplat.
Braver Angels leaders Ciaran O’Connor, John Wood, Jr., plus Greg Steinbrecher and Randy Lioz talk the politics of climate change, Israel, and the difficulty of charged conversations.
Immediately following President Trump, Braver Angels media director and former Republican nominee for congress John Wood, Jr. took the stage from Pepperdine university to discuss the state of the conservative movement in California, and need to restore civil bonds with people on the left.
Average Joe turned political celebrity Ken Bone joins John and Ciaran to talk about his wild ride to fame following his celebrated appearance at the second 2016 Trump vs. Clinton presidential debate, and to share his insights into the problem of political polarization and how we can overcome it.
On January 31st, Braver Angels shared a vision of what our politics could be if we were to seek the best in each other, harkening to our common creed. Here’s what it felt like…
Los Angeles Times // Amid conflict, Lincoln sought conciliation. Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.” Amid despair, he summoned “the braver angels of our nature.”
Fox News // America is built on the pursuit of a more perfect Union, but today we are yet again on the brink of a civic fissure so deep it threatens our democracy.
John and Ciaran are joined by sharp and lively Kim Iversen, former syndicated talk radio show host and co-founder of The Left media network, to talk about immigration, the causes of polarization, special interest influence on politics, Kim’s issues with the Democratic Party as well Donald Trump, and more.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr., with fellow Braver Angels leaders Greg Steinbrecher and Randy Lioz, discuss bias and pile on culture in the wake of the protests involving Covington Catholic High School students and participants in an Indigenous People’s Rally, and the Gillette commercial targeting “toxic masculinity.”
Brown University’s Glenn Loury cross examines John on Braver Angels and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
John and Ciaran dive back into the government shutdown and immigration debate, imagining a new way forward. J and C also announce the Braver Angels State of the Union event, two days after President Trump’s SOTU and the Democratic response, in Washington D.C.
Atlantic Magazine // One Saturday morning this past fall, a handful of progressive voters were seated in a neat circle, pondering why more people don’t agree with their preferred policy solutions for the country.
In June of 2018, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 150 delegates, half red and half blue, came together to say that the era of polarization must come to an end. They issued a new American declaration, one that declares that the era of polarization must come to an end. That “We the People” not only must heal our nation, we can. They also adopted a set of principles and a program for ending polarization.