From Obama to Braver Angels: A Conversation with White House Speechwriter Terry Szuplat

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Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. welcome Terence Szuplat to the podcast. Terry was Barack Obama’s senior foreign policy speech writer and a member of the administration’s speechwriting team for all eight years of the Obama presidency. Here Terry talks his work with the Obama administration, his experience coming to a Braver Angels workshop, and the challenge of unearthing common values across the partisan divide.

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