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.
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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.
Listen to Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. break down the political and racial divides alongside special guest, Chloe Valdary.
Pundits and activists on the left and the right are saying we cannot seek understanding with our political opponents without sacrificing our political goals. We disagree.
Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. recap their recent journeys across the country discussing depolarization and reconciliation, Ciaran’s interview with Ezra Klein, the values that bind Americans and John’s feelings on Memorial Day.
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.
Braver Angels leader and media director John Wood, Jr. calls upon us to “Unite America,” addressing the challenges and arguments against depolarization in this special episode of The Braver Angels Podcast.
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.
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum stops by The Braver Angels Podcast to talk polarization, campus politics and the challenges facing the Democratic field.
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.
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.
Ione Butler, founder of Uplifting Content, and artist and activist Billy Singhas join Ciaran and John to talk about the suite of racial controversies to hit America in the last couple weeks, including the Ralph Northam blackface scandal, Liam Neeson’s shocking admission and congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s perceived anti-Semitic tweets.
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.”
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.
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.
Ciaran O’Connor interviews Alexandra (Lexie) Hudson, a writer and education policy expert, who served as an Assistant to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in the Trump administration. Lexie recently attended a Better Angels workshop and wrote an article in Quillette about her experience. Have a listen:
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. machinedhumanity.com/ Music Credits:“Backed Vibes”Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, explores the question, “Why are good people divided by politics?” He also takes questions from Better Angels members.
Steve Sphar and Marisa Bogdanoff, the red and blue co-chairs of Better Angels’ Sacramento alliance, discuss their journey to build an alliance, including the challenges of equally representing the two sides.
Sally Kohn is a longtime organizer, political commentator (on both CNN and Fox News), and the author of the just-published “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity.” In this episode of the Better Angels Podcast, Ciaran, John and Sally discuss how to work with those you disagree with, how to confront hatred …
Peter Yarrow sings a tune, and Andrew Walker of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission delivers a Christian case for depolarization.
A monthly support call for all Better Angels moderators and organizers.
Better Angels President David Blankenhorn talks to Jordan Peterson, a psychologist, professor, and influential conservative intellectual, about politics, polarization, and how to bring conservatives into the fold.