7 episodes

"Thanks for Listening" spotlights efforts to bridge the political divide in the U.S. through dialogue and collaborative processes, profiling the important and often courageous work of individuals and organizations who are helping citizens engage with one another on challenging topics. Episodes will dive deep into such issues as: managing difficult family dynamics and relationships affected by partisan differences; bridging the divides in Congress, the media, and in our social media spaces; training youth to move through conflict and toward civic responsibility; embracing dialogue in the face of extremism; engaging with others on highly emotional issues; and on working to restore divided communities. We hope that through the everyday examples of ordinary and extraordinary people all over the country, listeners will find optimism that we can—and are—moving beyond partisan divides, as well as inspiration to become part of the solution.

"Thanks for Listening" is made possible by the generous funding of the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation.

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"Thanks for Listening" spotlights efforts to bridge the political divide in the U.S. through dialogue and collaborative processes, profiling the important and often courageous work of individuals and organizations who are helping citizens engage with one another on challenging topics. Episodes will dive deep into such issues as: managing difficult family dynamics and relationships affected by partisan differences; bridging the divides in Congress, the media, and in our social media spaces; training youth to move through conflict and toward civic responsibility; embracing dialogue in the face of extremism; engaging with others on highly emotional issues; and on working to restore divided communities. We hope that through the everyday examples of ordinary and extraordinary people all over the country, listeners will find optimism that we can—and are—moving beyond partisan divides, as well as inspiration to become part of the solution.

"Thanks for Listening" is made possible by the generous funding of the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation.

    Thanks for Listening Ep7: Echo Chamber or Space for Learning? Navigating Divides on Social Media

    Thanks for Listening Ep7: Echo Chamber or Space for Learning? Navigating Divides on Social Media

    Welcome to the seventh episode of our podcast, Thanks for Listening!

    This episode explores the challenges inherent in online political engagement. While some of us may have had positive experiences connecting with others around political issues online, we also have seen online spaces become unhelpful, potentially harmful echo chambers for what we already believe, rather than sites for learning from those who see the world differently. With more social interaction moving into the virtual world as we weather Covid-19, these challenges are even more urgent. What role does social media play in perpetuating or even amplifying divides? Is there hope for a richer, healthier form of online political dialogue?

    Our guest on this episode is an expert in the field of digital media and learning. Professor Andres Lombana-Bermudez explains some of the technological and sociological factors that amplify polarization on social media, and also shares an example of a social media platform that it is proving that online communities actually can work together to foster constructive dialogue and engagement.

    • 31 min
    Thanks for Listening Ep 6: Listening for the Divide

    Thanks for Listening Ep 6: Listening for the Divide

    What can communities do to bridge divides and address simmering tensions before they boil over? Our guests on this episode, Becky Monroe and Bill Froelich, ask this question each day in their work at the Divided Community Project, based at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.  As we heard in Episode 3, facilitated dialogue helped communities in MN heal in the traumatic aftermath of the killing of Philando Castile. The Divided Community Project supports communities seeking to reach across divides and engage tension before it boils over, and builds their capacity to engage when a crisis does erupt.  Join us in this episode as Becky and Bill describe the origins of the Divided Community Project, the challenges of surfacing underlying and long-standing tensions, and how they engage with communities to “listen for the divide.”

    • 31 min
    Thanks for Listening: Ep5 - "It's Trump Time"

    Thanks for Listening: Ep5 - "It's Trump Time"

    Communities in Kentucky and Massachusetts convene for dialogue about families, life, and politics

    • 30 min
    Thanks for Listening Ep 4: Discovering and Debunking Divides in the Heart of Kentucky Coal Country

    Thanks for Listening Ep 4: Discovering and Debunking Divides in the Heart of Kentucky Coal Country

    In this episode, journey with us to Letcher County, KY - the heart of Appalachian coal country.  We'll examine both the reality of divides that exist, even in unexpected places, and the inherent fallacy of the divides we buy into by believing the stereotypes we hold about others - and about ourselves.

    • 37 min
    Thanks for Listening: Ep3 - Rebuilding after crisis Community conversations in Falcon Heights, MN

    Thanks for Listening: Ep3 - Rebuilding after crisis Community conversations in Falcon Heights, MN

    On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. In the weeks and months that followed, systemic issues that had been present below the surface in Falcon Heights and surrounding cities erupted into the open. The atmosphere was one of rage, pain, resentment, and distrust. In some ways, this was an unlikely setting for constructive dialogue that had any chance of rebuilding the community.

    And yet, that is the story that we hear in Episode 3 of "Thanks for Listening". We meet John Thompson, Philando’s close friend, who talks about his own activism after the shooting, and what happened when he became involved in a series of facilitated conversations that brought together citizens, activists, city leaders, and police officers. We also hear from Sharon Press, who pulls back the curtain on these conversations and explains how she and others went about the hard work of organizing them in order to create opportunities for healing. Almost three years to the day after Philando was shot, John and Sharon reflect on their personal journeys, their unexpected friendship with one another, and how their communities have changed.

    • 38 min
    Thanks for Listening: Episode 2 - Youth, Dialogue and The "Can We?" Project

    Thanks for Listening: Episode 2 - Youth, Dialogue and The "Can We?" Project

    What would happen if people learned to flex their “dialogue muscles” at a very young age? What if, before developing a lot of disconnecting conversational habits, we developed the ones that allow us to engage constructively and effectively with others, even those with whom we disagree?

    In Episode 2 of Thanks for Listening we’ll be talking about—and to!—teenagers who are discovering how to engage with the skills that bridge divides at a moment when they are still developing their identities and shaping the way they interact with the world. We hear from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Gretchen Brion-Meisels about adolescent brain development, how adolescents are influenced, and how they are uniquely suited and flexible to the work of dialogue. And we are excited to host Coutia, Huy, and Jacob in studio—three amazing teens who participated in a radical experiment called The “Can We?” Project—along with “Can We?” project co-creator and facilitator Deb Bicknell. These three young adults show us exactly what is possible when we ask, “can we?”

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Diamondlil288 ,

I dig the humanity of this podcast

In a world where no one seems able to disagree without it breaking down into partisan fighting, it feels so hopeful to hear these stories of folks who are trying to engage and stay connected across difference!

Musicianage13 ,

Fascinating

I love this new podcast!! Really engaging and much needed in today's world.

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Perfect for thanksgiving

A fun podcast full of helpful tips that will enable me to survive thanksgiving with my in-laws!

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