Podcasts

Morality, Politics and Persuasion | Scott Adams and John Wood, Jr.

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 …

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Beyond Depolarization: What Our Movement is Becoming

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 …

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What Does it Mean to Love Your Country?

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.

Launching: The John Wood, Jr. Show

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.”  

A Discussion with Jonathan Haidt

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 …

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To Depolarize or Not to Depolarize with Julie Kohler

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 …

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April Lawson: Leading Braver Angels Debates

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 …

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Identity and Conversation with Monica Guzman

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 …

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Why Politics Sucks! with Mike Casentini

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.