"Polarization Is Not the Problem"

Morris P. Fiorina is an optimistic political scientist like few others. He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and worked in steel mills to put himself through college. A professor at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Fiorina has spent much of his life studying the American electorate. In this episode, Fiorina busts political myths, explains the difference between sorting and polarization and offers a reassuring perspective on today's political climate.

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Audrey Scagnelli
The McCain Institute Is On A Mission to Get Us In the Arena

Since the fall, the McCain Institute has used its #MavericksNeeded campaign to stand up against injustice and defend the dignity of all people. Following President Trump’s latest round of tweets about Senator McCain, the institute released a fact sheet about the Senator’s legacy to set the record straight.

In this episode, we sit down with Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director of the McCain Institute and former US Ambassador to NATO, to discuss Senator McCain’s legacy as well as the work the Institute is doing to get more citizens engaged and In the Arena.

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Audrey Scagnelli
Voters Not Politicians

The bright and bubbly Katie Fahey of Grand Rapids, Michigan wanted to do something that captured the energy of the 2016 election that people from across the aisle could actually unite over. Sound impossible? Not to Katie. What started as a Facebook post led to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders taking on the fight to tackle gerrymandering.

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Audrey Scagnelli
Building A Movement: Democracy Entrepreneurs | Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei builds movements. First, it was expanding service through City Year, which later became the brainchild for AmeriCorps (which has facilitated 1.2 billion hours of public service!). Then it was expanding social entrepreneurship through Be the Change. Today Alan is spearheading the group Democracy Entrepreneurs, which just hosted its first Democracy Entrepreneurship Summit at the Harvard Kennedy School. Inspired in part by seeing his own family divided by the 2016 election, he’s working “to get underneath what is going on in our democracy” and to support organizations in this space.

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Audrey Scagnelli
All In Together: Rising Tides Lift All Boats

In the fall of 2016, former journalist Erin Ruberry set out to create In Better News, a newsletter that highlights acts of kindness from Americans across the country. Erin built an online space focussed on the Good joins Sanity to talk about her mission to make the internet a happier place (and to talk about the one and only Dolly Parton!).

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Audrey Scagnelli
I Disagree With You, But I Still Respect YoU

Ericka Andersen is a conservative author, speaker, and podcast host who is living proof that we can disagree with each other but still respect those with opinions different from our own. Through lived experiences and bipartisan friendships, over the years Ericka transformed from being a very partisan person to someone who sees that few issues are black and white.

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Audrey Scagnelli
Matchmaking for Congress

After growing increasingly frustrated by partisan gridlock in Washington, in 2016 Jonathan Perman teamed up with the Bipartisan Policy Center to create the American Congressional Exchange, a program that matches sets of Republican and Democrat Members of Congress and facilities visits to each other's districts. Combining his passions for politics and travel, their hope is to help build trust in Congress.

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Audrey Scagnelli
50 States of Mind

Ryan Bernsten, an American playwright and Oxford grad student, is in the middle of a cross-country journey covering all 50 states. Over the past few months he's attended a Trump rally the night before Election Day, chatted with mayors of big cities and teeny-tiny towns, stayed with 21 different families, and enjoyed crab cakes, ice cream, and other American delights. 

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Audrey Scagnelli
In Better News

In the fall of 2016, former journalist Erin Ruberry set out to create In Better News, a newsletter that highlights acts of kindness from Americans across the country. Erin built an online space focussed on the Good joins Sanity to talk about her mission to make the internet a happier place (and to talk about the one and only Dolly Parton!).

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Audrey Scagnelli