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Take heed, candidates for office in 2022 and beyond – We the People have some things on our minds…In the run-up to the 2016 election, CITIZENARTS’s Founder Jim Gabbe and Executive Producer Jeff Lewis traveled the USA – from the rocky coast of Maine to the murky bayous of Louisiana to Washington’s shimmering Puget Sound. They were seeking answers to a most distressing question: were Americans as angrily and hopelessly divided as was being reported by the media? Over the course of those months crossing the country, they spoke with over 200 Americans from all walks of life. The resulting eye-opening documentary film was titled A More – or less – Perfect Union.Do you remember what mattered most to you in those days? Did you think Trumpist populism would rocket into power and that the election would be a clarion call for amplified political, social and cultural discord? How about now? As a new election cycle approaches, do those citizens from the 2016 film still think the same? To find out, CITIZENARTS invited a cross section of them to a reunion of sorts – a national, online forum that is presented in Episodes Two and Three: a no-holds-barred discussion – sometimes debate –that underscores how quickly a nation can change in our high-tempo, cloud-powered world. And, how Americans better have clear ideas about what voting can mean in the coming weeks and years. Or even, simply, that they’d better vote.A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach, the latest CITIZENARTS podcast, tells a story of rapid, sobering change in America’s thinking and attitudes in just over six years.

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Take heed, candidates for office in 2022 and beyond – We the People have some things on our minds…In the run-up to the 2016 election, CITIZENARTS’s Founder Jim Gabbe and Executive Producer Jeff Lewis traveled the USA – from the rocky coast of Maine to the murky bayous of Louisiana to Washington’s shimmering Puget Sound. They were seeking answers to a most distressing question: were Americans as angrily and hopelessly divided as was being reported by the media? Over the course of those months crossing the country, they spoke with over 200 Americans from all walks of life. The resulting eye-opening documentary film was titled A More – or less – Perfect Union.Do you remember what mattered most to you in those days? Did you think Trumpist populism would rocket into power and that the election would be a clarion call for amplified political, social and cultural discord? How about now? As a new election cycle approaches, do those citizens from the 2016 film still think the same? To find out, CITIZENARTS invited a cross section of them to a reunion of sorts – a national, online forum that is presented in Episodes Two and Three: a no-holds-barred discussion – sometimes debate –that underscores how quickly a nation can change in our high-tempo, cloud-powered world. And, how Americans better have clear ideas about what voting can mean in the coming weeks and years. Or even, simply, that they’d better vote.A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach, the latest CITIZENARTS podcast, tells a story of rapid, sobering change in America’s thinking and attitudes in just over six years.

    Episode 1: Voices Not Heard in the Media Before the 2016 Election

    Episode 1: Voices Not Heard in the Media Before the 2016 Election

    A condensed audio version of the documentary that came out of our nationwide exploration just prior to the 2016 elections in which we sought answers to a most distressing question: were Americans as angrily and hopelessly divided as was being reported by the media?

    At its heart are the voices of over 200 citizens we interviewed - left and right, young and old, rural and urban; black, brown yellow, white; straight, LGBTQIA, blue collar, middle class -- and the upper echelons of politics and business. This film has been shown in educational forums at colleges, high schools and elsewhere throughout the U.S. and internationally and gives its title to this podcast: A More – or less – Perfect Union.

    Did those voices answer our question? They sure did – but NOT as the media would have it. With near unanimity and optimism, they spoke of an America that could take on and solve its challenges.

    A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach is available wherever you get your podcasts. Please download, like and subscribe!

    Interested in seeing what you hear? View a condensed version of the documentary A More – or less – Perfect Union  at www.citizenartscreative.org/unionpodcast

    EPISODE NOTES

    A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach, is a production of CITIZENARTS www.citizenartscreative.org.

    This episode, Voices Not Heard in the Media Before the 2016 Election, is a presentation of a gabbegroup Productions documentary. All rights reserved.

    Much more about this podcast, including names of the participants, can be found at www.citizenartscreative.org/unionpodcast

    Here are two articles from the Huffington Post written in 2016 by CITIZENARTS founder Jim Gabbe when the original documentary film was created:

    “Get Off the Voter Fence with a Presidential Picker Strategy”: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/get-off-the-voter-fence-with-a-presidential-picker_b_5811599fe4b09b190529c067

    “Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump, We the People Have a Few Demands”: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ms-clinton-and-mr-trump-we-the-people-have-a-few_b_57a21a98e4b0c863d3fff701

    For more about CITIZENARTS’ other productions, MARCH, an audio drama podcast set in Berlin, 1921, and our podcast Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CApodcasts 

    Music credit: Frederic Chopin, Waltz in Bm. Music by Nesrality from Pixabay

    We'd love your feedback. You can get in touch with us by emailing jeff.lewis@citizenartscreative.org, and please subscribe, rate and review!

    • 52 min
    Episode 2: A Call to Turn America’s Noble Ideals into Realities for All its Citizens

    Episode 2: A Call to Turn America’s Noble Ideals into Realities for All its Citizens

    In this episode, a cross section of the 200 or so Americans who spoke out in Episode One appear in a nationwide, online forum, discussing and debating the past six years of escalating political, social and cultural turmoil in the US.

    They bring focus, passion and engagement to hot-button issues in ways reminiscent of the 1960s. Women’s rights, race, economic equity, educational fairness…as well as climate change and gun safety – and overall concerns about the nation’s political, judicial and even religious institutions. And, of course, the deep ramifications of COVID – including science skepticism.

    We conclude Episode Two by giving our forum participants magic powers. With the snap of their fingers they become politicians who can run for and win any elected office on Tuesday, November 8. They reveal what office they’d like to hold and their top priority as a public servant.

    Overall, their voices underscore how quickly a nation can change in our high-tempo, cloud-powered world. How Americans better have clear ideas about what voting can mean in the coming weeks and years. Or even, simply, that they’d better vote.

    The second half of our nationwide forum is presented in Episode Three of A More - or less - Perfect Union: What matters most to Americans as elections approach. Our focus shifts from the home front to America’s role in the world.

    A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach is available wherever you get your podcasts. Please download, like and subscribe!

    EPISODE NOTES

    A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach, is a production of CITIZENARTS www.citizenartscreative.org.

    This episode, A Call to Turn America’s Noble Ideals into Realities for All its Citizens, is a CITIZENARTS podcast presentation. All rights reserved.

    Much more about this podcast, including names of the participants, can be found at www.citizenartscreative.org/unionpodcast

    For more about CITIZENARTS’ other productions, MARCH, an audio drama podcast set in Berlin, 1921, and our podcast Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CApodcasts

    Music credit: Frederic Chopin, Waltz in Bm. Music by Nesrality from Pixabay

    We'd love your feedback. You can get in touch with us by emailing jeff.lewis@citizenartscreative.org, and please subscribe, rate and review! 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 3: America Can and Should Lead as a Force for Well-Being and Harmony

    Episode 3: America Can and Should Lead as a Force for Well-Being and Harmony

    Is America truly a paragon of democracy? Russia’s Putin and President Xi of China, among many others – including some in the U.S. - don’t think so. And should America’s foreign policy be shaped by competition between liberal democracy and autocratic rulers?

    These are two key questions explored in this third and final episode when our nationwide forum composed of a cross section of the over 200 Americans from the original documentary (Episode One) delves into issues at the forefront of debate in the U.S, and internationally about what can and should be America’s role in the world.

    The discussion then focuses on America’s role in the Ukraine War – should we be involved? The U.S. – Russia relationship post the Ukraine War – should it include Putin? And of great significance, the fast-evolving competition between the U.S. and China – are the world’s two superpowers destined to be locked in hostility, increasingly on the brink of calamity? Or can there be harmony and mutual cooperation?

    Last, our panelists tell us what their message would be if asked to speak on behalf of the United States to the world at the United Nations.

    Forum host and CITIZENARTS founder Jim Gabbe concludes our podcast with final thoughts about the road traveled by Americans since 2016. Most importantly, he observes there has been a profound alteration in thinking and attitude. The abundant optimism and determination of a few years ago has been diluted by questioning – even skepticism and cynicism - about America’s fundamental institutions. Sobering? For sure. But, he posits, such questioning can be a catalyst for renewal and meaningful change.

    As we round the bend to the mid-term elections, we hope A More - or less - Perfect Union... what matters most to Americans as elections approach provides added insight into what our votes could mean over the coming years – and the impetus to go out and vote. We better. It matters.

    A More - or less - Perfect Union…what matters most to Americans as elections approach is available wherever you get your podcasts. Please download, like and subscribe!

    EPISODE NOTES

    A More - or less - Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach, is a production of CITIZENARTS www.citizenartscreative.org.

    This episode, America Can and Should Lead as a Force for Well-Being and Harmony, is a CITIZENARTS podcast presentation. All rights reserved.

    Much more about this podcast, including names of the participants, can be found at www.citizenartscreative.org/unionpodcast

    For more about CITIZENARTS’ other productions, MARCH, an audio drama podcast set in Berlin, 1921, and our podcast Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CApodcasts

    Music credits: Frederic Chopin, Waltz in Bm. Music by Nesrality from Pixabay

    We'd love your feedback. You can get in touch with us by emailing jeff.lewis@citizenartscreative.org, and please subscribe, rate and review! 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Trailer: A More – or less – Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach

    Trailer: A More – or less – Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach

    CITIZENARTS’s Founder Jim Gabbe provides a brief overview of the series – from the cautious, but nearly unanimous and obvious optimism of a swath of Americans in the runup to the 2016 elections to the growing skepticism and cynicism of today. Restlessness that, in the great American tradition, has the potential to lead to major change.

    A More – or less – Perfect Union… what matters most to Americans as elections approach is available wherever you get your podcasts and at www.citizneartscreative.org.

    • 3 min

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FishCough84 ,

Thoughtful, civil discussion? Refreshing!

I enjoyed this podcast series very much. First, it was very interesting to listen to where people's heads were at just before the 2016 election, which seems like a lifetime ago after everything that has happened in the last six years. And then to compare it with today after we've all been down such a rough and winding road. One of the things I most enjoyed was that even though the people speaking at times shared very different opinions, it was done in civil manner. These days, that almost feels like a vacation. Get out and vote!

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