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Heal our Division

News & Politics Podcasts

Each week, I host an open conversation with someone at the center of today’s most pressing political and social issues. No questions are off limits, so long as discourse remains civil even when disagreeing. Guests receive questions from an impartial host, freely speak their minds without interruptions, and are challenged to consider perspectives far different than their own. Things may get contentious at times, but the end goal is always the same. Find a mutual understanding with one another, identify solutions, and demonstrate that we can heal our division as Americans despite our differences. Left, right, center, or independent - I invite you to join me as we work to heal the division in our country, one honest conversation at a time.

Each week, I host an open conversation with someone at the center of today’s most pressing political and social issues. No questions are off limits, so long as discourse remains civil even when disagreeing. Guests receive questions from an impartial host, freely speak their minds without interruptions, and are challenged to consider perspectives far different than their own. Things may get contentious at times, but the end goal is always the same. Find a mutual understanding with one another, identify solutions, and demonstrate that we can heal our division as Americans despite our differences. Left, right, center, or independent - I invite you to join me as we work to heal the division in our country, one honest conversation at a time.

Location:

United States

Description:

Each week, I host an open conversation with someone at the center of today’s most pressing political and social issues. No questions are off limits, so long as discourse remains civil even when disagreeing. Guests receive questions from an impartial host, freely speak their minds without interruptions, and are challenged to consider perspectives far different than their own. Things may get contentious at times, but the end goal is always the same. Find a mutual understanding with one another, identify solutions, and demonstrate that we can heal our division as Americans despite our differences. Left, right, center, or independent - I invite you to join me as we work to heal the division in our country, one honest conversation at a time.

Language:

English


Episodes

Beyond Your Political Bubble w/ Tania Israel

4/14/2021
How can Americans go beyond their bubble and connect across the political divide? It’s April 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Tania Israel, a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In August 2020, Tania released her book Beyond Your Bubble, a practical, politically neutral book that offers concrete skills for holding meaningful conversations that cut across today's intense political divide,...

Duration:00:32:37

Dark Money Donations: Swaying our Elections?

3/10/2021
How does dark money influence US politics? It’s March 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Karl Evers-Hillstrom, a money-in-politics reporter for OpenSecrets.org, an organization describing themselves as the most comprehensive, nonpartisan money-in-politics resource around. Karl has been part of the team since October 2018 with a specific focus in the area of dark money. In this episode we discuss how dark swayed our 2020 elections, why the amount of dark money donations is...

Duration:00:21:25

COVID Vaccines: Should Public Trust Them?

3/2/2021
Should the public trust COVID-19 vaccines? It’s March 2021, and Americans are divided. The voice you just heard is Dr. Nishant Joshi, an Accident and Emergency doctor. Both him and his wife, also a doctor, have made British national headlines stating that, for healthcare workers, “everyone is scared to speak up publicly” and highlighting the government’s “chaotic” guidelines for healthcare workers on the front line of the crisis. He’s since become an outspoken advocate for trusting and...

Duration:00:42:06

Gamestop Squeeze: Hedge Funds at Fault?

2/24/2021
Were hedge funds at fault for the Gamestop short squeeze? It’s February 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Joel Block, a 25 year veteran of the venture capital, private equity, and hedge fund worlds who addresses audiences from Silicon Valley venture firms to Wall Street bankers on matters of capital formation. In 2012, Joel formed the Bullseye Capital Fund, a real estate hedge fund. In this episode we discuss the role of hedge funds, the sincerity of the Robinhood CEO’s...

Duration:00:35:41

Climate Change: Caused by Political Division?

2/10/2021
How is political division directly contributing to the climate change crisis? It’s February 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Bill Shireman, a social entrepreneur, environmental policy innovator, and rare San Francisco Republican. He brings together people from all sides of the political spectrum. His latest book is ‘In This Together: How Republicans, Democrats, Capitalists, and Activists are Uniting to Tackle Climate Change and More’. In this episode we discuss how...

Duration:00:35:26

School Districts: Reopen for In-Person Learning?

2/3/2021
Should school districts be opened across America for in-person learning? It’s February 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Stephanie Edmonds. She’s a public school teacher in New York City and co-founder of the #Teachers4OpenSchools movement, which advocates for safe in-person learning for all students and teachers. Not everyone feels the same; teachers from school districts across the nation are protesting returns back to the classroom. In this episode we discuss whether...

Duration:00:34:24

Political Hatred: Treatment with Dr. René Levy (Pt. 2)

1/27/2021
How do we treat the symptoms of America’s political hatred today? It’s January 2021, and Americans are divided. My recurring guest today is Dr. René Levy, the primary influence for me launching this podcast. He’s received the highest award given by the American Epilepsy Society in recognition of contributions to the field. After the 2016 election, Dr. Levy applied his knowledge towards writing ‘Mending America’s Political Divide: What Science Tells Us About Solving The Political Hatred...

Duration:00:32:05

Masks: Help Prevent COVID-19?

1/20/2021
Are masks effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? It’s January 2021, and Americans are divided. My first guest today is Rod Eccles, the outspoken host of the conservative radio talkshow “The Rod Eccles Show”. It’s become a favorite for military members around the world. My second guest is Panagis Galatsatos, a critical care medicine physician for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as the Co-Chair of Health Equity and Co-Director of Medicine for the Greater...

Duration:01:06:14

Political Hatred: Diagnosis with Dr. René Levy (Pt. 1)

1/13/2021
How do we diagnose America’s political hatred today? It’s January 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Dr. René Levy, the primary influence for me launching this podcast. Not a psychologist or political scientist, Dr. Levy serves as the Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle where he served as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics for 26 years. His interest in neuroscience results from his work in the field of epilepsy, where he’s received the highest...

Duration:00:33:46

5G Networks: Dangerous to Human Health?

1/7/2021
Are 5G networks dangerous to human health? It’s January 2021, and some Americans are divided. My first guest today is Patrick, a former science teacher and resident in Northern Sweden who argues that 5G is indeed dangerous. Of the opposing view is my second guest, David Robert Grimes. David is a physicist, cancer researcher, and science writer for outlets including the Guardian, the Irish Times, and the BBC. He was joint winner of the 2014 Nature & Sense About Science Maddox Prize for...

Duration:00:49:33

2020 Election: Voter Fraud?

12/16/2020
Was there voter fraud in the 2020 United States Presidential Election? It’s December 2020, and Americans are divided. After the 2020 United States presidential election in which Joe Biden won the Electoral College, the presidential campaign for Donald Trump pursued an aggressive effort to challenge the results of the election. With more than fifty lawsuits, the Trump legal team alleged conspiracy, rigged voting machines, and polling place fraud that altered the outcome of the election. My...

Duration:00:45:59

America 2020: State of Race Relations

12/9/2020
What is the current state of race relations in America? It’s December 2020 and Americans are divided. According to Pew Social Trends in October 2020: The public is about evenly split on whether the increased focus on issues of race in the country will lead to major policy changes to address racial inequality (48% say it will and 51% say it will not). And while a majority say the heightened attention to racial issues represents a change in the way most Americans think about these issues, just...

Duration:01:06:10

US Cities: Defund the Police?

12/2/2020
Should American cities defund their police departments? It’s December 2020 and Americans are divided. The "defund the police" slogan became common during the George Floyd protests starting in May 2020. Black Lives Matter and other activist movements have used the phrase to call for police budget reductions and to delegate certain police responsibilities to other organizations. Public opinion on how to address these requests have been mixed. My guests today are Chris, who has served as a...

Duration:01:02:53

Black Lives Matter: Helping African American Community?

11/24/2020
Has the Black Lives Matter movement been helping the African American community? It’s November 2020 and Americans are divided. While the Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013, it returned to international headlines in May 2020 following the death of George Floyd. With an estimated 15 to 26 million people participating in demonstrations this year, scholars estimate that BLM may be the largest civil movement in US history. How does this impact the African American community moving forward...

Duration:00:29:30

National Anthem: Stand or Kneel?

11/18/2020
Is it okay to kneel during the National Anthem? It’s November 2020 and Americans are divided. Since August 2016, some American athletes have protested against police brutality and racism by kneeling on one knee during the U.S. national anthem. Some observers have described the protests as patriotic and have praised the players' social awareness. Others have criticized the attention given to social issues during sporting events, and called the protests disrespectful and tone deaf. Four years...

Duration:00:44:55

Vote 2020: Trump or Biden?

11/10/2020
Trump or Biden? It’s November 2020 and Americans are divided. Today’s episode was recorded before Election Day. You might already know who the next President is, but the questions still linger. What led people to vote the way they did? Why is there such a discrepancy in how different states of our country vote? How do we proceed regardless of who won? My guests today are Niki, a Trump supporter from South Carolina and Rachel, a Biden supporter from the greater Chicago area. Both are in very...

Duration:01:07:28

Social Media: Government Regulation?

11/10/2020
Should social media companies be regulated by governments? It’s November 2020 and Americans are divided. This question has returned to the forefront of public debate in late 2020. Netflix released ‘The Social Dilemma’ in September, an eye-opening but troubling documentary about the dangerous human impact from using social media. The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google testified to the United States Congress in late October on hate speech, misinformation, and liability of user content....

Duration:00:58:30

Antifa: Idea or Organization?

11/10/2020
Is Antifa an idea or an organization? It’s November 2020, and Americans are divided. This question was one of the most contested subjects during the 2020 Presidential race after Joe Biden described Antifa as an idea during the first debate. Was he right? Regardless of who is serving as President, the question will remain. My guests today are Kim, who argues Antifa is an organization and Ariana, who argues Antifa as an idea. As you’ll notice, both start by acknowledging that their political...

Duration:01:28:57

Trailer: Heal our Division Podcast

11/10/2020
America is deeply divided. When it comes to political division, 74 percent of Americans labeled the country as very divided. There is little difference among the political parties, with 96 percent of Republicans and 91 percent of Democrats agreeing. The same poll also found that 59 percent of Americans are pessimistic that people with different political views can come together to solve problems. Only 38 percent feel optimistic. Polls aside, this division isn’t hard to see. Just turn on...

Duration:00:02:23