The Philadelphia Citizen // Like so many (especially) left-leaning Americans, Madelena Rizzo spent the weeks after the 2016 Presidential election disheartened by what was happening in her country.
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BBC News // Deb is “very far to the left”. Tom’s a die-hard Republican. What happened when they met?
Oprah Magazine // It’s time for every last American to listen with less anger, argue with more grace and find the way to higher ground.
CBS This Morning // A recent CBS News poll found the number of Democrats and Republicans with negative views of the other party is growing. But a group called Better Angels is trying to bridge the gap. People with differing opinions from the same community talk face-to-face to ease tensions.
Handelsblatt // The US President scolds, the customs are brutalized. On the other hand, a movement is forming: Americans demanding more decency.
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. The anger inevitably gets directed at the N.R.A., those who support gun rights, and the politicians who refuse to do anything while children die.
CBC/Radio-Canada // A year after the 45th President of the United States came to power, the Americans are mobilized: some to defend his ideas and others to oppose it. Portraits of 8 Americans whose life has been turned upside down.
Real Clear Politics // America has always been a partisan country, but not always as sharply as today.
NPR // Better Angels hopes to bridge this era’s political chasm.
The Tennessean // Thanksgiving does not have to be a time to dread feeling heartburn over what controversial things some guests might say.
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.
Al Jazeera // Confrontations between supporters of US President Donald Trump and demonstrators that oppose his policies have often become violent during the US president’s first year in power.
Minneapolis Star Tribune // A group called Better Angels is organizing the gatherings of Republicans and Democrats to talk, listen and find what they have in common.
Nieuwsuur // It is an election campaign with an intensity that you normally only see in presidential elections. US President Donald Trump travels all over the country for his now famous campaign meetings. He himself is not on the ballot, but the interim elections in the United States are more than ever about the president.
Associated Press // A University of Minnesota professor is among those on a mission to mend the hostility between critics and supporters of President Donald Trump.
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.
Washington Post // Like so many Americans, most of Donna Murphy’s social circle shared her politics. So when she, a self-described liberal, was tasked with putting together a weekend-long event with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, she needed to broaden her bubble.
The Washington Post // Like so many Americans, most of Donna Murphy’s social circle shared her politics. So when she, a self-described liberal, was tasked with putting together a weekend-long event with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, she needed to broaden her bubble.
NBC // A national tour with the aim of reunifying a fractured America rolled into New England on Monday. The “One America” tour arrived in downtown St. Albans, Vermont.
NECN // A national tour with the aim of reunifying a fractured America rolled into New England on Monday. The “One America” tour arrived in downtown St. Albans, Vermont.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung // The sociologist David Blankenhorn, a staunch opponent of Trump, founded the organization “Better Angels” after Trump’s election victory. The aim of the workshops offered there is a more understanding relationship between politically different thinkers.
Sun This Week// The “Bridging the Red/Blue Chasm” meeting on June 19 at the Wescott Library put on by the Better Angels Project pleasantly surprised me. To the editor: The “Bridging the Red/Blue Chasm” meeting on June 19 at the Wescott Library put on by the Better Angels Project pleasantly surprised me. I expected it …
On Being// Something unusual happened two weeks ago in Waynesville, Ohio, at the conclusion of our most recent Better Angels weekend-long gathering. by David Blankenhorn The 15 area residents who had participated — seven conservative-leaning and pro-Trump and eight liberal-leaning and anti-Trump — said in a joint public statement: “We found that we are less …
CNN // David Blankenhorn, activist and president of Better Angels, tells Fareed how his organization brings people together despite political differences.
CNN // Fareed Zakaria talks to Better Angels President David Blankenhorn
MPR News// Political tensions are sky-high in the United States. Is it possible for people on both ends of a highly polarized political spectrum to give up their differences and find a way to understand each other? MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with family social science professor Bill Doherty about his experiments in fostering …
YouTube// Better Angels set out to southwestern Ohio to bring local Democrats and Republicans together for a weekend of discussion—and music—in the wake of the 2016 Election. This is their story. with Peter Yarrow, Better Angels Watch Full You Tube Here
Better Angels’ lead organizer David Lapp talks about depolarization in action as seen through his experiences with the organization he is with, Better Angels, which facilitates candid conversations between voters from the left and the right. by Dan Koch Listen to Full Podcast Here
Rochester Business Journal // David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values asserts, “We Americans didn’t necessarily think our way into political polarization, but we’ll likely have to think our way out.” by John Calia When I tell people I moved to Rochester from Florida, the responses range from a quizzical stare to a blunt …
Philanthropy Daily // David Blankenhorn has set up a “new bipartisan network of leaders and organizations committed to reducing polarization” that he’s calling Better Angels. Run through the Institute for American Values-which has eschewed partisan labels since 1988-Better Angels has a few things going for it. by Travis LaCouter The anti-polarization movement in American politics …