Braver Angels Podcast

Fame and Polarization with Ken Bone

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.

Protests, Pile-Ons and Toxic Masculinity

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.”

Trump, Syria and the Government Shutdown

Former Clinton and Obama campaign staffer Ciaran O’Connor and former Republican congressional nominee John Wood, Jr. kick off the relaunched Braver Angels Podcast with discussion about the Trump Administration’s pullout from Syria, the government shutdown, the work of Braver Angels and the importance of the Depolarization Movement.

A Trump Supporter and a Black Lives Matter Activist Discuss Policing and Racial Justice

Ciaran and John host a lively Better Angels discussion between Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and Greg Smith, a Trump supporter and former police officer. Produced by Harry Fortuna. Music Credits:“Backed Vibes”Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons: By Attribution

April 12 Member Call with John Wood, Jr.

Guest speaker John Wood, Jr., an African American Republican who challenged Rep. Maxine Waters for Congress in 2014 and is now Director of Media Development at Better Angels, addresses “Why I’m a red, and why I’ve dedicated my career to depolarization.”

Bridging the Divide in High Schools

Ciaran O’Connor joins Ryan Adell, Executive Director of Next Generation Politics, to interview Avalon Fenster and Ryan Arranz, a liberal and a conservative high school student, about polarization, politics, and the next generation of political dialogue.

March 15 Members Call With Peter Yarrow

Listen to the inaugural Better Angels Members Call, a monthly call for all members. Peter Yarrow joined us to discuss why he is a part of Better Angels, and Greg Smith (an Ohio red) and Kouhyar Mostashfi (an Ohio blue) talked about how they are working together to depolarize their community.

April Lawson (NYT) and Annafi Wahed (The Flip Side)

In the inaugural edition of the revamped Better Angels Podcast, Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. talk to April Lawson, editorial assistant to David Brooks and Ross Douthat at the New York Times, and Annafi Wahed, a former Clinton staffer and founder of The Flip Side, about their political perspectives — clarifying disagreements and illuminating commonalities.

A Conservative Christian and a Liberal Muslim Find Their Better Angels

After participating in a Better Angels workshop, conservative Christian Greg Smith and liberal Muslim Kouhyar Mostashfi visited each others’ places of worship and became friends. Now they are leaders in the Better Angels movement and advocates for bridging the political divide. In this episode, Better Angels Director of Public Engagement Ciaran O’Connor brings them together for a wide …

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David Blankenhorn and Hunter Baker

Better Angels President David Blankenhorn talks to Hunter Baker, a conservative scholar, Better Angels board member, and Professor of Political Science at Union University, about politics, polarization, and bridging the divide in our current political climate.