Kyle Emile talks to strangers. A lot. In cities across the country, and now around the world. His group, Free Intelligent Conversations (FreeIC for short) is on a mission to bridge divides one conversation at a time. The approach is simple: hold a sign bearing “Free Intelligent Conversation” in a high foot traffic area. What happens next is unscripted and magical and gets people talking in ways we could all benefit from in 2019. Because talking to strangers not only offers a mood boost, but can change our world views.
Karith Foster is a stand-up comedian who uses humor and her own personal story to tackle sensitive subjects. In this episode, Karith speak about: 1. What it was like to transform a hostile audience in a jam-packed hall at Oberlin into one welcoming of different perspectives; 2. Her work as an on-air radio personality on the controversial Don Imus In the Morning show following his comments about the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University; and 3. Her appearance in the documentary “Can We Take a Joke?,” which garnered support from strange bedfellows such as the ACLU and the Charles Koch Institute.
Steven Pinker is the author of “Enlightenment Now,” a book that spends its pages focusing on the great many advances we’ve made as a society and how and why the world is getting better, not worse. Bill Gates calls it, “My new favorite book of all time.” In this episode, we speak with Pinker about the Enlightenment period and the quest for human progress.
Iraqi-born human-rights activist Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is a firm believer that education and a free flow of ideas across the world can combat extremism. His organization, Ideas Beyond Borders, is dedicated to empowering the vulnerable with hope and preventing extremism before it takes root. For example, they have translated more than two million words into Arabic that promote diversity of ideas.
The Renew Democracy Initiative seeks to revitalize the political center by educating the American public about the principles fundamental to our liberal democracy. RDI’s executive director, Uriel Epshtein, has developed an understanding of the importance of trying to reconcile people's perceptions of "the other" over his entire life.
For four years, Washington's Secretary of State Kim Wyman was the only Republican to hold statewide office across the entire West Coast. You could say she knows a thing or two about working across the aisle.
Did you ever choose to stay quiet in a college classroom in fear of rustling feathers? If so, the Heterodox Academy wants you to know you’re not alone. Founded in 2015, Heterodox is a network of over 2,500 academics across the country that are committed to having a diversity of viewpoints in the classroom. We spoke with their executive director, Deb Mashek, about their important work and about two elements that are critical to learning: discomfort and challenge.
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.
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.
In journalist Jenna Lee’s words, it’s all too easy to feel disgusted reading and watching the news these days. That’s why the former Fox News co-anchor is on a mission to produce a refreshing, customer service-centered alternative: SmatHER News. The non-partisan platform is working to be a source consumers can not only trust, but also enjoy.