The Huber Coal Breaker in Ashley, Pennsylvania, near the home of the author.

American Carnage and the Dignity of Work

When it comes to his phrase “American carnage,” Donald Trump hit on something dark and deeply disturbing, but also something important and true.

This Week We Learned . . . Not Much

This week…we learned that “they”  support hate…accept pedophilia…are attacking a life saving program…are responsible for the college admissions scandal…suck up to Big Pharma…are trying to

There Are Evils Worse Than Racism

Growing up in the United States of America—a nation defined in many minds by its fraught racial history—and observing public life at a time when racial sensitivities are constantly prodded and enflamed, it is easy to think that there is no greater sin in the world than racism.

What is a Progressive?

The belief that we must create a more inclusive nation and world, which treats every person as worthy of the same rights and responsibilities.

Better Angels Super-Heroes

Molid, my Lyft driver, emanated an electric gratitude for life and all its blessings and his story reminded me of what is possible.

The Huber Coal Breaker in Ashley, Pennsylvania, near the home of the author.

American Carnage and the Dignity of Work

When it comes to his phrase “American carnage,” Donald Trump hit on something dark and deeply disturbing, but also something important and true.

with John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O'Connor

Bob Shrum

Diagnosing the Divide with Bob Shrum

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum stops by The Better Angels Podcast to talk polarization, campus politics and the challenges facing the Democratic field.

featuring B.A. leaders

Two Kinds of Half-Depolarization

Depolarization, as we at Better Angels see it, is not so much about reducing partisanship or increasing moderation, as it is about re-building social ties and relationships across partisan divides, and reducing individuals’ sense of disgust for people of opposing political opinions.

How We Are Divided and Why We Are Polarized

American politics has grown increasingly polarized over the past 20 years, degenerating after the 2016 election and in the Trump Presidency into all-out partisan warfare. Observing from the sidelines, a significant portion of the voting public has begun to sense a real danger in this fracturing of partisan politics, and are searching for solutions.

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.

How to Kill Public Service

Among the many, many collateral damages caused by our current hyper-partisanship and political dysfunction, killing the notion of public service in the next generation will inflict the most lasting damage to our democracy.

Our Crown Jewels, Untended

A little walk in the woods in America’s National Parks could help remind us what we’re here for.

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