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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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    • Politics
    • 4.6 • 78 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.

    Antiracism in Black & White | James Lindsay with John Wood, Jr.

    Antiracism in Black & White | James Lindsay with John Wood, Jr.

    James Lindsay is a leading critic of antiracism in the digital space. But he is a lightning rod for criticism and condemnation, with a style that many believe makes him a damaging influence on the public discourse. For others, he is a champion of truth telling and an independent intellectual voice that needs to be heard.
    John Wood, Jr., national ambassador for Braver Angels and a public voice on matters of race and society, plumbs the depths of antiracism in its substance, cultural origins, and arguments in this far-reaching conversation on one of the most important intellectual movements of our time.
    Lindsay is founder of the media website New Discourses (www.newdiscourses.com), and co-author of Cynical Theories (www.cynicaltheories.com), a book on critical race and gender studies written in collaboration with Helen Pluckrose.

    Twitter: @braverangels, @ConceptualJames, @JohnRWoodJr

    • 2 hr 15 min
    Why Debate the 2020 Election? | Ciaran O’Connor, John Wood, Jr., David Blankenhorn, April Lawson, & Silas Kulkarni

    Why Debate the 2020 Election? | Ciaran O’Connor, John Wood, Jr., David Blankenhorn, April Lawson, & Silas Kulkarni

    Should the outcome of the 2020 election be up for debate? 
    Braver Angels exists to connect Americans in dialogue over their differences. That’s why Braver Angels decided to hold a debate about the 2020 election—though some BA leaders think the decision was a bridge too far.
    Braver Angels leaders Ciaran O'Connor, John Wood, Jr., David Blankenhorn (BA president) April Lawson, and Silas Kulkarni talk it through in real time in this special episode of the Braver Angels podcast.
    Register for our upcoming debate: https://braverangels.org/event/debate-national-coliseum-debate-on-voter-fraud/
    Further reading:
    Deep Divisions in Views of the Election Process – and Whether It Will Be Clear Who Won (Pew Research)
    Voters’ reflections on the 2020 election (Pew Research)
    Republicans who relied on Trump for news more concerned than other Republicans about election fraud (Pew Research)
    1965 The James Baldwin And William F. Buckley Debate (Aeon)
    A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views. (Atlantic)
    Twitter: @braverangel, @ciaranjoconnor, @JohnRWoodJr, @AprilALawson, @SilasKulkarni, @blankenhorn3 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Speech, Justice and the ACLU | Rakim Brooks with John Wood, Jr.

    Speech, Justice and the ACLU | Rakim Brooks with John Wood, Jr.

    Rakim Brooks of the American Civil Liberties Union joins John Wood, Jr. to clear the air on the ACLU's commitment to free speech and to highlight the organization’s work in the area of social justice. But before all of that, Rakim takes us back to his upbringing in the public housing projects of East Harlem and his unlikely journey to success as a public interest attorney.
    Learn more about the ACLU's campaign for systemic equality: https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-launches-new-systemic-equality-racial-justice-agenda
    Twitter: @braverangels, @BrooksRakim

    • 57 min
    Should Donald Trump Be Convicted? | Lawrence Mead & William Galston with Ciaran O’Connor

    Should Donald Trump Be Convicted? | Lawrence Mead & William Galston with Ciaran O’Connor

    The U.S. Senate must decide whether to convict Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
    Two intellectual heavyweights on opposite sides of the aisle join host Ciaran O'Connor for a penetrating exchange. The conversation begins with the merits and constitutionality of Trump's second impeachment and ends with a deeper discussion of the role of cultural and racial grievance in political polarization—and how we might move forward together.
    Lawrence Mead is a conservative political scientist, an author, and a professor of politics and public policy at New York University. William Galston is a former professor at the University of Maryland, a former policy advisor to President Bill Clinton, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute who writes a column for The Wall Street Journal.

    Twitter: @BillGalston, @braverangels

    • 59 min
    Media & the Death of Objectivity | Matt Taibbi with John Wood, Jr. & Ciaran O’Connor

    Media & the Death of Objectivity | Matt Taibbi with John Wood, Jr. & Ciaran O’Connor

    Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine and the author of numerous books including Hate Inc. and Insane Clown President. Matt joins John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O'Connor to talk about the history of media and how it became so polarized, the dangers of big technology companies regulating the public square, lessons learned as a journalist in Russia, Donald Trump being booted off Twitter, and more.
    More by Matt Taibbi: TK News (Substack newsletter); Useful Idiots (podcast), Hate Inc. (book), The Divide (book), Insane Clown President (book)
    Twitter: @mtaibbi, @ciaranjoconnor, @JohnRWoodJr, @braverangels

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Can Red & Blue America Avoid Divorce? | Greg Smith, Sage Snider, & David Lapp

    Can Red & Blue America Avoid Divorce? | Greg Smith, Sage Snider, & David Lapp

    Greg Smith, a blue-collar Ohioan and Trump voter, and Sage Snider, a Nashville musician and Biden voter, became friends through Braver Angels. Greg is deeply worried for America after President Biden’s inauguration; Sage is hopeful. In this candid and heartfelt conversation, they join Braver Angels cofounder David Lapp to discuss their thoughts on unity and what it will take for reds and blues to save the Union. (Be sure to listen all the way to the end to find out how they really feel about each other!)
    About the guests: Greg is a former police chief and the founding co-chair of the first-ever Braver Angels Alliance. Sage is a fiddler (check out her music here) and the founding director of cultural engagement for Braver Angels. 

    Twitter: @sagesnider, @braverangels

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

political_junkie ,

A Godsend

Our politics need more of this

MS/TN ,

Challenge can lead to growth

I’m thankful for Braver Angels and their work to help our nation heal. I realized that I have some inner depolarization to address and I appreciate the opportunities this podcast provides to hear people from “the other side” share their stories and explain their convictions. It’s not always easy to hear what “they” have to say, but it challenges me to think and hopefully to grow in empathy and understanding of my fellow citizens.

Earth's End ,

What We Need Most

I had now came across the Braver Angels organization and listened to the latest podcast with guest Shelby Steele with hosted by John Wood, Jr. What courage these two men have! I have followed the Articles of Unity -Unity2020- movement started by Bret Weinstein and am very surprised I had not hear of Braver Angels as they would appear to have so much in common. Rational, open discussions that allow for disagreement, the very thing we need most right now.

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