“Politically homeless,” Bridget Phetasy recounts her journey through life and the culture wars.
Art is about our experiences.
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?
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.
Braver Angels talks to former FBI Director James Comey
Are we at war with each other in America? The language of war is often used to describe our political battles. Is this language helping us? Or do we need to speak in terms of war to move the American people to make a change? John Wood, Jr. looks at the war-like language of our …
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.
Political polarization did not start with the 2016 election — it’s been gaining momentum for over 20 years. But with the rancor and divisiveness that has been on display in recent years, polarization may have reached its worst level in the United States since the Civil War.
Braver Angels and other individuals and organizations have been working hard to depolarize American politics. But can the movement to depolarize America break into the mainstream? Or is it transforming into something that can? John Wood, Jr. tracks the rise of this movement to heal our republic, taking us on the inside in this opening …
What makes a patriot? How do we express our patriotism? Hear Braver Angels opinion page editor Luke Phillips break down the borderlines of patriotism on I’m The Villain – a podcast by Isabel Knight and Deondre Jones.
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.
We’re launching a new podcast: The John Wood, Jr. Show, featuring Braver Angels director of media development, writer, speaker and former congressional nominee John Wood, Jr. “On The John Wood, Jr. Show, I will be making the case for one America – a united country.”
Jonathan Rauch and Ben Domenech discuss practical ways to decrease online outrage, increase civility despite the political divide, and restore the disappearing institutions that previously bonded American communities.
Writer and host of the Theory of Enchantment Podcast interviews Jonathan Haidt (Braver Angels board member and author of The Coddling of the American Mind) about the challenges of free speech on college campuses, the importance of the ‘religious instinct’ in social life, polarizing vs. depolarizing kinds of identity politics, and the social and individual …
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 …
April Lawson, Braver Angels board member and architect of the Braver Angels Debate’s program, sits down with Doug Sprei on the Higher Ed Now podcast (affiliated with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni) to discuss her compelling personal and political journey and Braver Angels uniquely uplifting debate program. “It does not feel good to …
John Wood, Jr. and guest co-host Greg Steinbrecher talk to, Monica Guzman journalist and founder of Seattle based publication The Evergrey, about the influence of identity on our culture of conversation in the United States, and how to have difficult conversations across racial and political divides. Hear Monica discuss the shades of identity in the …
Editor, political analyst and veteran of previous Republican presidential administrations, Bill Kristol brings a critical take on President Trump and a long range overview of political polarization to this episode of The Braver Angels Podcast. Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr co-host.
In this special episode of the Braver Angels Podcast, writer and philosopher Lexi Hudson interviews David Blankenhorn, founder and president of Braver Angels, about the state of polarization in the United States, what makes a strong civil society and his own personal journey through the heat of American division.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. fill us in on the uplifting triumph that was the Braver Angels National Convention in St. Louis, June 19th to 22nd.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. are joined by stand up comedian and BA Podcast producer Mike Casentini to trade voice impersonations and to talk political tribalism, political hypocrisy, and why its so hard to have reasonable conversations in today’s political climate.