159 episodes

Our lives have changed – our politics need to change too. Now is a time for us to remember that we need each other as Americans. Now is a time for us to reject those voices that say we don’t. The Braver Angels Podcast brings you face to face with leading voices from across the divide alongside remarkable Americans you did not know existed. Experience a movement to reignite the spirit of America and defeat the forces that divide us. With John Wood, Jr., Ciaran O’Connor and April Lawson.

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    • 4.6 • 147 Ratings

Our lives have changed – our politics need to change too. Now is a time for us to remember that we need each other as Americans. Now is a time for us to reject those voices that say we don’t. The Braver Angels Podcast brings you face to face with leading voices from across the divide alongside remarkable Americans you did not know existed. Experience a movement to reignite the spirit of America and defeat the forces that divide us. With John Wood, Jr., Ciaran O’Connor and April Lawson.

    Generosity in America: 1 Working Person's View of Politics & Life | Annette Ritter with April Lawson Kornfield

    Generosity in America: 1 Working Person's View of Politics & Life | Annette Ritter with April Lawson Kornfield

    April Lawson Kornfield interviews Annette Ritter about what it means to be working class in America, how she sees regular people engaging politics, and how her own journey through trauma and addiction led her to become an addiction recovery counselor. Annette shares openly and with great insight about what it will take to bring people—all people—together to bridge the divide.
    Annette is an addictions counselor trainee, a graduate of Maryland’s Allegheny College, and a We the People's Project leader at Braver Angels. She lives with her husband, three cats, and a red slider turtle in beautiful western Maryland.
    Twitter: @braverangels, @AprilALawson

    • 53 min
    Keeping the Faith | John Wood Jr., Monica Guzman, April Lawson Kornfield, & Ciaran O'Connor

    Keeping the Faith | John Wood Jr., Monica Guzman, April Lawson Kornfield, & Ciaran O'Connor

    At a time of deepening polarization and social division, it's easy to become discouraged, disillusioned, and depressed. In this special roundtable episode, Braver Angels leaders Ciaran O'Connor, John Wood Jr., April Lawson Kornfield, and Monica Guzman come together to discuss how they keep the faith in our work and in each other. The group also discusses the recent abortion decision by the Supreme Court and what it means for Braver Angels' efforts to bridge the divide.
    Help us build a house united by supporting our work: www.braverangels.org/support-us 
    Twitter: @braverangels, @ciaranjoconnor, @AprilALawson, @JohnRWoodJr, @moniguzman 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Braving the Gun Divide | Mark Beckwith & Wilk Wilkinson with Ciaran O'Connor

    Braving the Gun Divide | Mark Beckwith & Wilk Wilkinson with Ciaran O'Connor

    As the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court weigh in on gun rights and gun safety, Americans remain bitterly divided on the right to bear arms. Is it possible to bridge this divide on the level of shared values? What can we learn from one another’s lived experiences that influence our thoughts and feelings about deadly weapons? What are the tradeoffs between gun rights and public health, and how do we navigate them as fellow Americans?
     
    Ciaran O'Connor convenes Mark Beckwith, a longtime gun safety activist, and Wilk Wilkinson, a strong gun rights proponent, for a passionate, emotional conversation. Mark and Wilk don’t see eye to eye, but they do see each others’ hearts. This discussion is a testament to what’s possible when we speak fully, freely, and without fear—with charity for all and malice toward none.
     
    Twitter: @braverangels, @ciaranjoconnor

    • 50 min
    A Jalapeño a Day: What America Can Learn From Bridging in the Hispanic Community | Monica Guzman & Daniel Acosta-Rivas with April Lawson Kornfield

    A Jalapeño a Day: What America Can Learn From Bridging in the Hispanic Community | Monica Guzman & Daniel Acosta-Rivas with April Lawson Kornfield

    Monica Guzmán and Daniel Acosta-Rivas share intimate stories about growing up in their respective Hispanic contexts and the diversity of the Hispanic world. They offer riveting insights on why the Hispanic community is underrepresented in organizations like Braver Angels and why Venezuela’s population may, shockingly, be less divided than America’s, illustrating the unique power of its approach to bridge-building. 
    Daniel, originally from Venezuela, currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works for Stand Together. He is a recent graduate of American University, where he founded the Students for Free Expression chapter. Mónica Guzmán is the director of digital & storytelling at Braver Angels and the author of the bestseller I Never Thought of It That Way.
    Twitter: @braverangels, @moniguzman, @AprilALawson
     

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Gen-Z & the New Center | Manu Meel with John Wood Jr.

    Gen-Z & the New Center | Manu Meel with John Wood Jr.

    Manu Meel and the students of the cross-partisan campus group BridgeUSA are the vanguard of the civic bridge-building movement nationwide. 
    What characterizes the 20-year-olds who are working across the divide to save American democracy, and what is the theory of change that defines the bridging/depolarization movement writ large? Does this work imply a centrism in defense of the status quo? Or is it an effort to establish a new type of political "center" that's not about political ideology at all? BridgeUSA co-founder and CEO Manu Meel tackles all of this and more with Braver Angels national ambassador John Wood Jr. 
    Learn more about BridgeUSA’s work at www.bridgeusa.org, and follow them on Instagram at @BridgeUSA_.
    Twitter: @braverangels, @JohnRWoodJr, @manumeel1, @BridgeUSA_ 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What’s It Like To Be Gen Z in Today’s Climate? Two Zoomers Discuss | Isaac Humrich & Ope Tukuru with April Lawson Kornfield

    What’s It Like To Be Gen Z in Today’s Climate? Two Zoomers Discuss | Isaac Humrich & Ope Tukuru with April Lawson Kornfield

    April Lawson Kornfield hosts two thoughtful young people—Zoomers, as they're sometimes called—for a conversation about depolarization, campus culture, and what it would take to bring more youth into the bridge-building movement. Isaac Humrich is a rising sophomore at Arizona State University and the incoming president of the Arizona State College Republicans. Ope Tukuru, a recent graduate of the University at Albany, just finished his internship with the media team at Braver Angels.
    The guests offer surprising insights about friendship, which stereotypes about their generation are unfair and which ones hit the mark, and how it feels to be coming into adulthood amidst a pandemic, intense social justice movements, and a political world that feels increasingly unstable.
    Twitter: @braverangels, @AprilALawson, @IsaacHumrich

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

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What are America needs

Unreal pod. 5-star.

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Appreciate the Transparency

Just listened to the episode with Jonathan Rauch. It was refreshing to hear concepts and future considerations being hammered out in real time for the listeners to learn from. Thanks for trusting in your listeners.

Jordan Haegerich ,

A spiritual, intellectual, and patriotic lift

The analysis and sense of history that the hosts bring to issues and news is just extraordinary. These Americans have created something beautiful with this organization and this podcast. It’s nice to listen to a show about politics without the hosts being arrogant jerks (hard to find). Braver Angels gives me a spiritual, intellectual, and patriotic lift.

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