Better 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.
Better Angels co-founder Bill Doherty and national leader John Wood, Jr. spoke with educator Drew Perkins of The Teach Thought Podcast about the relationship between critical thinking, depolarization, and challenges in academia, bringing unique insight to tough questions.
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 Better 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 Better 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 Better Angels Podcast with discussion about the Trump Administration’s pullout from Syria, the government shutdown, the work of Better 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 …
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.
Guest speaker John Wood, Jr., an African American Republican who challenged Rep. Maxine Waters for Congress in 2014 and is now Director of Media Development at Better Angels, addresses “Why I’m a red, and why I’ve dedicated my career to depolarization.”
Ciaran talks to Jonathan Rauch, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, about politics, polarization, and Jon’s history of bridging divides within the same-sex marriage debate.
Ciaran O’Connor joins Ryan Adell, Executive Director of Next Generation Politics, to interview Avalon Fenster and Ryan Arranz, a liberal and a conservative high school student, about polarization, politics, and the next generation of political dialogue.
Better Angels’ Director of Public Engagement Ciaran O’Connor talks with John Wood, Jr. about their respective political backgrounds — Ciaran as a former Obama & Clinton staffer and John as a former GOP nominee for Congress — and how they came to work together.
The Organizer Orientation gives you the information you need to get started to become a Better Angels Organizer and to bring reds and blues together.
Listen to the inaugural Better Angels Members Call, a monthly call for all members. Peter Yarrow joined us to discuss why he is a part of Better Angels, and Greg Smith (an Ohio red) and Kouhyar Mostashfi (an Ohio blue) talked about how they are working together to depolarize their community.
In the inaugural edition of the revamped Better Angels Podcast, Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. talk to April Lawson, editorial assistant to David Brooks and Ross Douthat at the New York Times, and Annafi Wahed, a former Clinton staffer and founder of The Flip Side, about their political perspectives — clarifying disagreements and illuminating …
After participating in a Better Angels workshop, conservative Christian Greg Smith and liberal Muslim Kouhyar Mostashfi visited each others’ places of worship and became friends. Now they are leaders in the Better Angels movement and advocates for bridging the political divide. In this episode, Better Angels Director of Public Engagement Ciaran O’Connor brings them together …
This Feb. 8 call was the first Moderators and Organizers Monthly Call. Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family, and a Better Angels Leadership Council member, was the guest speaker.
Better Angels President David Blankenhorn talks to Hunter Baker, a conservative scholar, Better Angels board member, and Professor of Political Science at Union University, about politics, polarization, and bridging the divide in our current political climate.
David welcomes Lew Finfer, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Community Action Network, to the Better Angels podcast, to talk about what community organizing really is, and what insights working a lifetime in blue collar communities brings to understanding the movement that brought President Trump to the White House.
David talks with William F. Winter about Mississippi in the 1960s, the role of compromise in politics, and whether “not a politician” is a good credential for someone who wants to hold political office.
Better Angels’ lead facilitator Bill Doherty talks to Minnesota’s 92 KQRS about our summer bus tour — and what it was like bringing liberals and conservatives together across the country.