The Conversation is the Crossing Party Lines (CPL) podcast. Crossing Party Lines is a non-profit that facilitates weekly discussions where people have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about politics, society and everything in between, and to listen to what others think/feel so that we can really understand why American's believe what we believe. The Conversation continues these discussions so they can be shared with you. [Cover art by Eric Wagner - ericwagner.me]
The US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Reflecting on the War
America has been fighting in Afghanistan for 20 years. That makes it the longest war in American history. But now, the few thousand troops remaining are leaving. Is it time to leave? What has the war cost everyone? What, if anything, has been achieved? And what is America leaving behind?
A $15 Minimum Wage: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right?
The debate around raising the federal minimum wage has flared up again. What are the arguments for and against increasing it? Should we have a minimum wage at all? Or should we trade it in for a living wage?
The 2020 US Presidential Election is Over. Now what?
As the dust settles on the 2020 US Presidential Election, we ask three Americans how they feel about how it went, what they wish the other party knew about them, what they expect from a Biden Administration and where they think former President Donald Trump and his supporters go from here.
Trying to Make Sense of the Capital Riots
On Wednesday, January 6th, a crowd stormed the Capitol building. Some walked around. Some took photos. Some vandalized property. Some engaged in violence. Why? And how do Americans feel about what happened?
Talking to Erik, an Independent – “Thinking Independently”
In this new 'Talking to...' series we’ll get to learn about individual Americans, how they came to think the way they do, what they think are the most important problems facing the country and why.
In this episode we’re talking to Erik, an Independent, from New York.
The Last Ballot to Define America
Americans are coming out in historic numbers during a dangerous pandemic in what is shaping out to be the highest Presidential voter turnout in US history. What are the values that American's believe they are fighting for? What are they afraid they will lose if this doesn't turn out in their favor? Listen in to hear a Libertarian, a Conservative and a Liberal discuss their beliefs on the election that is expected to significantly redefine what it means to be American.
I’m a more informed citizen!
Didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about this topic. Appreciated the historical perspective and the opportunity to hear different points of view from a diverse panel. I’ll definitely be tuning in for more.
Thought provoking, non-bias, refreshing conversation. It’s about time!
Very thought provoking and necessary. Hearing differently political perspectives on important issues from really people helps keep me outside of my echo chamber and thinking critically. Can’t wait to hear more!