The Atlantic // Andrew Ferguson — Borrowing techniques from couples therapy to bring liberals and conservatives back together.
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.
Bismarck Tribune // Ellie Shockley — I am asking that we see the full humanity of ordinary North Dakotans who identify with a different political party than our own. Better Angels defines depolarization in the way I’m using the term.
The New York Times // Nellie Bowles — Classes, apps and message boards are trying to bridge the divide between the left and the right, one conversation at a time.
WLOS TV Ashville NC // “So what can we do to make the world a better place for everybody?” she wondered.
Arizona Daily Star// Andrea Molberg — It’s time to enjoy the Fall weather! Come spend your time watching the Better Angels documentary to see how citizens across the country are turning down political heat.
Talbot Spy // Better Angels is a national organization formed in 2016 after the Presidential election by folks who felt that the divide between red and blue Americans had become so severe that we were headed for civic breakdown.
The Sheridan Press // Sheridan — About 50 local residents showed up Tuesday to hear about the launch of the local Better Angels chapter, which is part of a national effort to reduce political polarization and promote civil political discussions.
A red-blue workshop in Evanston, IL welcomed CNN’s Van Jones — and participants from the left and right reflected on the personal impact that Better Angels programming had for them.
Wilmington Star News// Cheryl Whitaker — The public is invited to a free screening of the documentary “Better Angels: Reuniting America” on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St. Registration is at 6 p.m., the showing begins at 6:30 p.m., and a discussion will follow.
The Sheridan Press — Better Angels is a nationwide grassroots movement to depolarize America. We think of it as a companion to Community Conversations where we model how to talk about tough subjects in a civil and respectful way. Learning how to bring people of opposing political parties together in the same manner will be enlightening.
The Sheridan Press // SHERIDAN — Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify America. By creating opportunities for meaningful discussions, Better Angels works to dial down the heated rhetoric that gets in the way of real conversations and accurate understanding of our differences.
The Billings Gazette// Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify America, according to a news release from Sheridan College.
Bret Weinstein, a key figure in the ‘Intellectual Dark Web,’ speaks with John Wood, Jr. of Better Angels about the rising cross-partisan movement in America…
The Fulcrum // What’s going on here? Do Republicans and Democrats have vastly divergent conceptions of what constitutes proper and improper presidential conduct? Do they have different recollections of the behavior of past presidents?
The Frederick News-Post// Jim Carpenter and Natalie Abbas are on different sides of the political aisle —Carpenter, a Democrat from Frederick, and Abbas, a Republican from Myersville. But that hasn’t stopped the two Frederick County residents from talking politics in a respectful way. And now, they aim to spread civil discourse through a national nonprofit tasked with teaching Democrats and Republicans how to discuss the issues without inflaming the rhetoric.
What makes a patriot? How do we express our patriotism? Hear Better 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.
KCRG // Marion — Better Angels has a mission to depolarize American political conversations, and the group spoke Tuesday at the Marion – East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club.
Ciaran and John tackle the impeachment question.
Newton Daily News // “We can still have our differences — that’s fine — but we should be able to get along while we do it,” Peters said, noting that although he ran as a Republican candidate he sees himself more as a Libertarian. “So that’s kind of what Better Angels is all about.” Last week, Peters held a screening of the “Better Angels: Reuniting America” documentary and coaxed a brief discussion with some of Jasper County’s elected officials, 2020 campaign workers, candidates and voters at the Newton Public Library.
The Daily Universe// Is there a good way to disagree with someone while still being respectful of their thoughts and opinions? BYU persuasive writing professor Erin Blackmun teaches her students that sharing their opinions with each other is an opportunity to be enlightened.
Better Angels director of media development and national ambassador John Wood, Jr. speaks to noted economist, social commentator and host of The Glenn Show, Glenn Loury about the power of love as a social value to transform our political culture in the face of our vicious polarization.
The Reminder // SOUTHWICK — Bringing together people with opposite political views often creates a volatile situation. To keep the peace and bring back civility, open discussion, and understanding, Better Angels is bringing political parties together in Western Massachusetts at their Sept. 30 bi–partisan public event.
TimesUnion // ALBANY — France, a right-leaning libertarian from Albany, and Galvin, a progressive who lives in Niskayuna, are founders of the local chapter of Better Angels, a national movement working to depolarize a highly polarized America.
White Bear Press // SAINT PAUL — At the end of June, I attended the Better Angels National Conference with a friend in St. Louis, Missouri. We had a great time learning more about the organization and how we can help heal the political divide in the USA. People from all 50 states attended the conference.
Inside Sacramento // Better Angels is not another summit of academics or a photo-op for politicians. It is citizen-to-citizen advocacy focused on breaking the cycle of political retribution and partisanship at the grassroots level. Unlike efforts to assign blame or browbeat people, Better Angels embraces ideological differences and focuses on returning civility to political disagreement.
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.
Tab Berg, Inside Sacramento America is binging on outrage because liberals are arrogant elitists recklessly opening our borders and bankrupting the country, while conservatives are hateful bigots bent on destroying the environment and oppressing poor people. Neither statement is true, but both stereotypes feed the outrage addiction that has become the default narrative of public …
Race remains the a volatile point of division in American life. Can we cross the racial divide in politics to heal America?
AlterNet // On a roadside billboard in North Carolina promoting the Cherokee Guns store, beneath the words “The 4 Horsemen Cometh are Idiots” appear American citizens and congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, collectively known as “the squad,” whom Trump told to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”