Building bridges across America’s political divide

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Attempting to reconcile the political divide. Art by James Boast (CC BY 2.0)

Americans today are deeply divided politically and even with an election around the corner that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. So what’s the solution to bridging the gap? How do we learn to talk to each other even when we vehemently disagree? Is there any value to taking the time to understand why people think differently, hear differing perspectives and experiences rather than arguing opinions and debating facts? Is, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, the “best way to destroy an enemy to make him a friend” and to recognize that what divides us politically also can unite us. 

Credits

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Andrea Brody