Changed My Mind is The Depolarization Project’s podcast, hosted by Alex Chesterfield, Laura Osborne and Ali Goldsworthy. We ask guests to tell us a substantive issue they have changed their mind on, why and what they have learned from it. We work with global media outlet Open Democracy to bring this podcast to you.
Accepting American democracy was in mortal danger, with Cass Sunstein
World-renowned behavioural economist Cass Sunstein on why dismissing his friends' fears about democracy being at risk in the US was wrong.
Changing your mind on the Iraq War with Ed Owen
Former advisor to the Foreign Secretary at the time of the Iraq War, Ed Owen, on why he now feels differently about the decision to go to war in Iraq.
Realising America's Criminal Justice System Was Broken with Jordan Blashek and Chris Haugh
The Authors of Union: a Search for Common Ground on how an American road trip woke them up to the failings in the criminal justice system and the limitations of beloved media outlets.
Danny Finkelstein on Changing Political Allies
Danny Finkelstein, associate editor of the Times and Conservative peer, talks to us about why being able to clearly see both sides of an argument is important but can also feel debilitating in a world that craves certainty. He shares his lessons from switching parties and why it is critical to reduce the cost of people changing their minds.
Peter Geoghegan on Unaccountability and Returning Home
Peter Geoghegan, author of Democracy for Sale and investigative journalist, left Ireland as a young man desperate to get away but has returned in lockdown to find a country much changed. He tells us why, from his childhood bedroom, and explains the need to dig deeper into unaccountable money in politics, in the UK as well as the US.
Getting Less Liberal About Prostitution with Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis, a journalist at the Atlantic and author of Difficult Women: the History of Feminism in 11 Fights, talks about how she came to question her previous liberal beliefs on prostitution, a former Labour MP who cried after receiving an apology for being deselected when she came out in the 70s, the limits of unconscious bias training, and more.
Thoughtful and insightful
A great range of guests and some really thought provoking discussions. Particularly like the hosts’ analysis of the interviews as well.
Thoughtful and insightful with some v interesting guests and topics. Has made me think!
Well worth a listen
New takes on hot topics with engaging guests and presenters. Worth a listen 👌🏻