Podcasts

Podcasts

Launching: The John Wood, Jr. Show

We’re launching a new podcast: The John Wood, Jr. Show, featuring Better Angels director of media development, writer, speaker and former congressional nominee John Wood, Jr. “On The John Wood, Jr. Show, I will be making the case for one America – a united country.”  

A Discussion with Jonathan Haidt

Writer and host of the Theory of Enchantment Podcast interviews Jonathan Haidt (Better Angels board member and author of The Coddling of the American Mind) about the challenges of free speech on college campuses, the importance of the ‘religious instinct’ in social life, polarizing vs. depolarizing kinds of identity politics, and the social and individual …

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To Depolarize or Not to Depolarize with Julie Kohler

Julie Kohler, author of the Washington Post article “How Calls to ‘Love Your Enemies’ Enforce the Status-Quo,” joins Ciaran and John for a back and forth about her own past critiques of Better Angels, the proper place of empathy in political life, and the importance of depolarization to preserving the possibility for political progress in …

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April Lawson: Leading Better Angels Debates

April Lawson, Better Angels board member and architect of the Better Angels Debate’s program, sits down with Doug Sprei on the Higher Ed Now podcast (affiliated with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni) to discuss her compelling personal and political journey and Better Angels uniquely uplifting debate program. “It does not feel good to …

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Identity and Conversation with Monica Guzman

John Wood, Jr. and guest co-host Greg Steinbrecher talk to, Monica Guzman journalist and founder of Seattle based publication The Evergrey, about the influence of identity on our culture of conversation in the United States, and how to have difficult conversations across racial and political divides. Hear Monica discuss the shades of identity in the …

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Why Politics Sucks! with Mike Casentini

Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. are joined by stand up comedian and BA Podcast producer Mike Casentini to trade voice impersonations and to talk political tribalism, political hypocrisy, and why its so hard to have reasonable conversations in today’s political climate.

Johnologue 1: Uniting America

Better Angels leader and media director John Wood, Jr. calls upon us to “Unite America,” addressing the challenges and arguments against depolarization in this special episode of The Better Angels Podcast.

Fame and Polarization with Ken Bone

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.

Protests, Pile-Ons and Toxic Masculinity


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.”