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Converging Dialogues is a podcast that is designed to have honest and authentic conversations with a diversity of thoughts and opinions. Wide-ranging topics include philosophy, psychology, politics, and social commentary. A spirit of civility, respect, and open-mindedness is the guiding compass.

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Converging Dialogues is a podcast that is designed to have honest and authentic conversations with a diversity of thoughts and opinions. Wide-ranging topics include philosophy, psychology, politics, and social commentary. A spirit of civility, respect, and open-mindedness is the guiding compass.

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    #345 - How Culture Creates Emotions: A Dialogue with Batja Mesquita

    #345 - How Culture Creates Emotions: A Dialogue with Batja Mesquita

    In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Batja Mesquita about the impact of culture on emotions. The discuss the distinctions between emotions, feelings, and affect, universalist vs. social constructionist theories, and the expression of emotions. They discuss the MINE vs. OURS framework, emotions in other cultures, shame and how it presents differently in other countries, emotionally acculturating to a new environment, and many other topics.
    Batja Mesqutia is a is a social psychologist, an affective scientist, and a pioneer of cultural psychology. She is a professor of psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and director of the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven. Previously, she was affiliated to Wake Forest University, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of Amsterdam. Mesquita is one of the world’s leading authorities on the psychological study of cultural differences in emotions. Her most recent research focuses on the role of emotions in multicultural societies. She studies how emotions affect the belonging of minorities in middle schools, and the social and economic integration of “newcomers” (i.e. newly arrived immigrants). She has been a consultant for UNICEF and the WHO, and most recently, she was a member of the core group of scientific advisors for the Happiness and Well-being (SEH) Project, and initiative of the Vatican in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). She is the author of the book, Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions.
    Website: https://www.batjamesquita.com/


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    • 1 hr 36 min
    #344 - Economic Guarantees: A Dialogue with Natalie Foster

    #344 - Economic Guarantees: A Dialogue with Natalie Foster

    In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Natalie Foster about the guarantee framework for economic stability for all Americans. They discuss what is the guarantee and why government involvement is essential, FDR and basic rights, the rise of neoliberal and neoconservative policies, and the features of the guarantee over the past 15 years. They discuss the importance of community organizing, the great recession and bank bailouts, the rise of right-wing and left-wing populism, debt and inflation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the future of the guarantee framework.
    Natalie Foster is the President and co-founder of the Economic Security Project and a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. Previously, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people–driven economic change, with Van Jones. She served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. She built the first digital department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for MoveOn.org. She’s been awarded fellowships at the Institute for the Future, Rockwood Leadership Institute and New America California, and is a board member of the California Budget and Policy Center, the Change.org global foundation and Liberation in a Generation, a project to close the racial wealth gap. She is the author of the latest book, The Guarantee: Inside the Fight for America’s Next Economy.
    Website: https://nataliefoster.me/


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #343 - Metaracism: A Dialogue with Tricia Rose

    #343 - Metaracism: A Dialogue with Tricia Rose

    In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Tricia Rose about systemic racism in the United States. They discuss why and how racism persists, how it looks different from decades past, and how it evolves in institutions. They define metaracism, discuss individuals vs. institutions, understanding systems theory, colorblindness, and many more topics.
    Tricia Rose is Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. She has her Bachelors in Sociology from Yale and her PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She has received numerous scholarly fellowships including from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the American Association of University Women. She is the author of the latest book, Metaracism: How Systemic Racism Devastates Black Lives—And How We break Free.
    Website: https://www.triciarose.com/


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    #342 - The Presidency of James Polk: A Dialogue with Robert Merry

    #342 - The Presidency of James Polk: A Dialogue with Robert Merry

    In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Robert Merry about the Presidency of James Polk. They give and overview of James Polk, influence of Andrew Jackson, Polk’s personality and trajectory, and the four major issues he tackled as President. They discuss Polk’s expansionism, the Mexican-American War, Polk’s one-term deal, legacy, and many more topics.
    Robert W. Merry has an extensive background as a reporter, newsroom manager, and publishing CEO. He has both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Journalism. Currently, he is the author of numerous books on American history and foreign policy, including, A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent.
    Website: https://www.robertwmerry.com/


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    • 55 min
    #341 - How NOT To Do Your Own Research: A Dialogue with Alex Edmans

    #341 - How NOT To Do Your Own Research: A Dialogue with Alex Edmans

    In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Alex Edmans about misinformation and the role of human biases. They discuss how to look at data, confirmation bias, statements not facts, facts not data, and the value and limits of the scientific method. They also discuss data mining and ethics with stats, correlation not being causation, data with social issues, and many more topics.
    Alex Edmans is Professor of Professor of Finance at London Business School. He has a degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to teaching at LBS, he taught at Wharton and became tenured in 2013. He is a Director of the American Finance Association, Vice President-Elect of the Western Finance Association, Fellow, Director, and Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Financial Management Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. From 2017-2022, he was Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. 
    Alex’s research interests are in corporate finance, responsible business and behavioral finance.  He is a Director of the American Finance Association, Vice President-Elect of the Western Finance Association, Fellow, Director, and Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Financial Management Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. From 2017-2022 he was Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. 
    Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, presented to the World Bank Board of Directors as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and given the TED talk What to Trust in a Post-Truth World and the TEDx talks The Pie-Growing Mindset and The Social Responsibility of Business. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and World Economic Forum and been interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports. He is the author of the latest book, May Contain Lies: How Stories, Statistics, and Studies Exploit Our Biases – And What We Can Do About It.
    Website: https://alexedmans.com/


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    • 44 min
    #340 - How the American Heartland Turned Red: A Dialogue with Stephanie Ternullo

    #340 - How the American Heartland Turned Red: A Dialogue with Stephanie Ternullo

    In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Stephanie Ternullo about the political shift from liberal to conservative in the American heartland over the 20th century. They discuss how she constructed her study, makeup of the three Midwest cities used in the study, New Deal coalition, place-based partisanship, role of unions, and many more topics.
    Stephanie Ternullo is Assistant Professor in Government at Harvard University. She has her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Her research uses multiple methods to explore the bidirectional relationship between place and politics – both how politics shape places, and how places shape political identity and behavior. She is the author of the book, How the Heartland Went Red: Why Local Forces Matter in an Age of Nationalized Politics.
    Website: https://stephanieternullo.com/


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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

thepaleshadow ,

An beacon of reason in a sea of noise

In our ever-shifting landscape of current events hinged by sensationalis, Converging Dialogues provides a balanced voice of reason, intellect, and critical thinking — both through its host and diverse range of guests. There aren’t many podcasts equipped with the sense of curiosity and openness as this one does, especially when dealing with such heady and often dense subject matter. Converging Dialogues eschews bias in favor of seeking and spreading knowledge, packages a wide array of topics in an accessible fashion, and asks the questions I wish more individuals with public platforms sought. This is a crucial podcast.

Barrett W. ,

Just OK

I often find the topics and guests interesting but as enthusiastic as the host claims to be for the subject matter, he seems to have only a cursory understanding which makes for a dialogue that fails to be any more engaging or illuminating than if the guest were merely presenting their ideas uninterrupted.

LobePDX ,

Give credit where…

Give credit where credit is due.
Mr Bonilla is clearly a racist, and uses the term “white” to cruelly label the diaspora of humans of European, Asian and Middle Eastern decent who have Caucasian features. His personal opinions are quite vile.
With that said, he is willing to listen and give space to opinions which he disagrees with. This is admirable and freshening. Personally, I disagree with him, but I thought three stars were fair.

I would give a five star review if he would simply state that his “opinions” are just that, opinions. Unfortunately, when having conversations with radical Liberals he agrees with - he speaks as if what they are discussing are facts, when they are simply opinions.

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