Atlantic Magazine // One Saturday morning this past fall, a handful of progressive voters were seated in a neat circle, pondering why more people don’t agree with their preferred policy solutions for the country.
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Albany Times Union // A group of 14 Capital Region people who came together for a day late last month to learn strategies for bridging the political divide were so inspired by the experience that they plan to spread the lessons further.
Essex New Daily // The day after the 2016 presidential election, South Orange resident Andy Roth woke up feeling disappointed in the way discussions about the ballot had gone in the country.
Boston Herald // Nothing spoils Thanksgiving dinner like family members throwing political daggers across the table at one another — a sour sport that pits Trump-cheering kin against Warren-rooting in-laws and ruins the holiday for everyone.
Greenville News // During the exact moment when worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were being gunned down, an evenly split group of ideologically polar opposites was sitting down in Clemson to begin trying to defuse the rancor that has come to define political discourse in 21st century America.
Washington Times // Liberal Susana Isaacson, 70, and conservative Susan Symingron, 63, are friends who have bridged their political divide but couldn’t find anyone else to join their bipartisan exchanges.
The Daily Caller // Sixteen people from both sides of the ideological aisle gathered Saturday for an unlikely experiment: learning how to speak civilly and trying to understand each other.
The New York Times // This has been an emotional week. We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage.
ABC Nightline // Greg Smith and Kouhyar Mostashfi are perhaps two of the strangest political bedfellows imaginable.
CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing.
The Eagle // New student group holds open debates on policy issues
WCCO Middays // Professor Bill Doherty from the U of M joins Roshini Rajkumar in studio for two segments to discuss how we can regain our civility when it comes to politics and our daily discourse with each other.
Arjen van der Horst // Amerika gaat de eindfase van de verkiezingscampagne in na een ongekend turbulente week. Democratische kopstukken waren het doelwit van bompakketjes.
The Local Live # 233 // In our Round Table, Maura Carlin speaks with Ken Freeman and Sara Silver, volunteer organizers for Better Angels, an organization that brings people together not to change their views, but to listen and to respect opposing points of view.
NHK News Web // Under President Trump who attacks to obey people with different opinions, the division of society is deeper than ever in the United States.
PrincetonInfo // What do you say, what do you do, a week from today if you wake up in the morning and discover that Trump still controls the Senate and the House of Representatives?
San Francisco Magazine // Better Angels is doing the saintly work of getting liberals and conservatives in the same room—and teaching them to play nice.
My Faith Radio // Dr. David Stevens discusses physician-assisted death, the cost of healthcare, and crowdfunding. Then, John Wood, Jr. and Rob Robertson talk about Better Angels and their work to create productive and humane conversations.
Greenfield Recorder // Although officially described as a workshop, a gathering of “blues” and “reds” on Saturday was also something of a retreat.
TimesUnion // During their pre-Halloween weekend, about a dozen area residents will do something that sounds genuinely scary: spend seven hours talking face to face with others who hold opposing political views.
Tredyffrin Patch // The Conestoga Young Democrats and Young Republicans sponsored an event aimed at reducing political polarization among the left and right.
Inside East Sacramento // Local alliance is determined to depolarize politics.
WBTV // Democrats and Republicans came together to talk through tough issues for an afternoon in Charlotte.
WCNC // “I may not agree, but they have valid opinions just like I do.”
StarTribune // But there’s a way out. It entails building relationships — for real, not for the sake of saying so.
My Faith Radio // It seems that even a name holds enough division to set our pulses racing. A new movement is trying to bring people back together.
Loudoun Now // Mel Pine and William “Butch” Porter have become friends and meet regularly for coffee and conversation, thanks in part to the Better Angels organization, which seeks to reduce polarization by bringing folks together from across the aisle.
Falls Church News Press // Better Angels is committed to bringing people with different political views together to better understand each other, to look for areas of commonality and to build alliances to strengthen our communities.
Carroll County Times // There is little question that, politically, our country may be more divided than it has ever been. Part of the problem seems to be a lack of rational conversation with one other about our political beliefs, and the reasons for them.
North Jersey Record // A widening political divide has a small group of republicans and democrats trying to restore civil discourse in the place where the union was saved.