Podcasts

Podcasts

Success Happens Podcast: Better Angels’ Tom, Jim and Natalie

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.

Beyond Depolarization: What Our Movement is Becoming

Better Angels and other individuals and organizations have been working hard to depolarize American politics. But can the movement to depolarize America break into the mainstream? Or is it transforming into something that can? John Wood, Jr. tracks the rise of this movement to heal our republic, taking us on the inside in this opening …

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What Does it Mean to Love Your Country?

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.

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.