Better Angels Podcast

Better Angels Podcast

A Deeper Look at Immigration & the BA State of the Union


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.

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Trump, Syria and the Government Shutdown

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.

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A Trump Supporter and a Black Lives Matter Activist Discuss Policing and Racial Justice

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/

June 19 Member Call With Jonathan Haidt

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.

Confronting Polarization with Jordan Peterson

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.

April 12 Member Call with John Wood, Jr.

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.”

Bridging the Divide in High Schools

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.

March 15 Members Call With Peter Yarrow

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.

April Lawson (NYT) and Annafi Wahed (The Flip Side)

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 …

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A Conservative Christian and a Liberal Muslim Find Their Better Angels

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 …

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Moderators And Organizers Call Feb 8

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.

David Blankenhorn and Hunter Baker

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.

Community Organizing with Lew Finfer

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.