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Nonpartisan podcast for independent-minded Americans exploring the perils of partisanship in U.S. politics, society and daily life.
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    Repodcast: Deflating Political Football with Tania Israel

    Repodcast: Deflating Political Football with Tania Israel

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Purple Principle team! This week we’re revisiting an episode from November 2021. 
    In the aftermath of another fractious election season, and heading into the holiday season, it feels appropriate to bring psychologist Tania Israel back into the feed. She explains the active listening methods we need to have genuine conversations across the political divide and across the dinner table, when opposing viewpoints are in the house.

    Are we Americans trapped in our end zones of polarized bubbles ever more motivated to reason away conflicting viewpoints? 
    Our featured guest, psychologist Tania Israel, thinks not and should know. Dr. Israel has been holding workshops over the past two decades to help participants bridge political and social divisions. In this Purple Principle episode, co-hosts Robert Pease & Jillian Youngblood speak with Tania about these workshops, her flowchart that (almost) solved political polarization, and her book, Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide. 
    With Dr. Israel’s facilitation, we apply the bubble bursting toolkit to a serious in-house case of affective (aka negative) polarization -- Jillian’s deep dislike of the New England Patriots, especially ex-Patriot and presumptive GOAT (greatest of all time), quarterback Tom Brady, stemming from her identity as a New York Jets Fan. 
    “I’m so glad you brought up something that’s so central to our democracy,” quips Israel, who gamely plays along as we advance this metaphor down the political football field.  
    Family gatherings were never friction-free. Then polarization came along. Listen in for helpful advice from an all-star in respectful and compassionate dialogue, just in time for Thanksgiving. 
    Author and scholar Dr. Tania Israel is the first guest in our three-part Holiday Survival Kit. More here: https://fluentknowledge.com/holiday-kit
     
    SHOW NOTES
    Our Guests
    Tania Israel: Website, Twitter, Book, Faculty page.
     
    Additional Resources

    How to Win a Political Argument | Dr. Tania Israel | TEDxSanLuisObispo

    Moderates are less likely to post about their political views on social media | Pew Research

    Bipartisan Public Consensus Offers Direction for US Foreign Policy in Second Bush Term | Dr. Steven Kull

    The Bias Blind Spot: Perceptions of Bias in Self Versus Others

    Motivated Skepticism in the Evaluation of Political Beliefs | AJPS

    Tom Brady suspension case timeline

    NFL History - Super Bowl Winners | ESPN

     
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    • 28 min
    As 2022 Election Results Roll In: Concern, Context, & Perspective

    As 2022 Election Results Roll In: Concern, Context, & Perspective

    The 2022 election will consume us over the coming days, weeks, and months. There will likely be recounts, runoffs and court challenges before a new Congress takes shape. 

    This Purple Principle episode highlights concerns surrounding this election, with many GOP candidates questioning election integrity, while providing context and perspective from a variety of guests. 

    For Sarah Longwell of the Republican Accountability Project, the question is whether Democrats nominated “broadly appealing candidates” attractive enough to swing voters. 

    Dr. Adrienne Jones of Morehouse College finds a silver lining in the Senate race between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Hershel Walker–the first such contest between two African Americans in Georgia history. 

    And Dr. Charles Bullock, the respected University of Georgia scholar, proposes recalculation of former President Trump's endorsement “batting average” while suggesting GOP leadership could distance itself from Trump as a result of these losses. 

    Tune in for important insights on and around the 2022 election.

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    Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney.

    SHOW NOTES
    Our Featured Guests from past episodes:


    Sarah Longwell - Executive Director, Republican Accountability Project



    Thomas Edsall - New York Times Columnist


    Will Hurd - Former CIA Agent and U.S. Congressman for TX-23



    Chuck Rocha - Democratic Political Strategist, The Latino Vote co-host



    Mike Madrid - GOP Political Strategist, The Latino Vote co-host



    Dan Goodgame - Editor-in-Chief of Texas Monthly



    Joel Kotkin - Chapman University Professor, Author



    Deval Patrick - Former Massachusetts Governor



    Charles Bullock - Chair in Political Science at the University of Georgia



    Adrienne Jones - Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College


    Bill Walker - former Governor of Alaska, 2022 gubernatorial candidate


    Chris Bail - Director of the Duke University Polarization Lab



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    • 19 min
    Test Driving Ranked Choice Voting: These Not So United States (AK Part 2 & NV)

    Test Driving Ranked Choice Voting: These Not So United States (AK Part 2 & NV)

    Alaska will soon be the first state in the country to hold a ranked choice voting election for all representatives, state and federal. But can RCV moderate our severely polarized politics?

    If the August special election and current congressional campaign are any guide, the answer is a hearty, “Maybe.” 

    That’s according to Matt Buxton, editor of the Alaskan political blog The Midnight Sun and co-host of the Hello Alaska! podcast. TPP Reporter Dylan Nicholls interviewed Buxton just after the special election and again now in the run up to Election Day. 

    Dylan’s second guest, Doug Goodman, is the founder of Nevadans for Election Reform. Doug’s watching Alaska closely as his state goes to the polls on an election reform measure he originated years ago.

    Will RCV come to pass in Nevada, as in Alaska? Are we on a path toward more moderate campaigns, at least in our most purple states? 

    Listen in to find out.

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    SHOW NOTES
    Our Guests

    Matt Buxton is editor of the Alaskan political blog The Midnight Sun and co-host of the politics podcast Hello Alaska! His writing has also been featured on the Anchorage Daily News, and he publishes The Midnight Sun Memo newsletter regularly on Substack. Find him on Twitter @mattbuxton.


    Doug Goodman is the founder and Executive Director of Nevadans for Election Reform, and has been working to bring Ranked Choice Voting to Nevada for almost a decade. He’s collaborating with the Yes on 3 campaign to build support for Nevada Question 3, which would bring ranked choice to the silver state if adopted. 

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    Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney

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    • 27 min
    No Such Thing as The Latino Vote? Hispanic American Swing Voters (Finale)

    No Such Thing as The Latino Vote? Hispanic American Swing Voters (Finale)

    TPP wraps up its series on Hispanic American Swing Voters with three very different yet highly insightful guests. Northwestern University historian Geraldo Cadava tells us that both parties have spun overly-simplistic narratives of the Hispanic voter – a mythical concept in his view. 

    Carlos Mencia has always been an iconoclast aiming satire in all directions. He reflects on his immigrant childhood, as one of 18 children, and living with relatives in a rough East L.A. neighborhood. And he expounds his indie-minded philosophy that to be completely conservative or liberal is to ignore the critical importance of change or tradition in American society. 

    Cristela Alonzo knows a thing or two about that conflict between tradition and change. She grew up in an immigrant Tejano Catholic family just over the U.S. border in an abandoned diner, and became the first Latina to create and star in a network TV comedy, Cristela.

    The Purple Principle is a Fluent Knowledge production. Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney.

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    Our Guests


    Geraldo Cadava is a historian of the United States and Latin America, and is a Professor of History at Northwestern University. He’s the author of The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of An American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump. Find him on Twitter @gerry_cadava.


    Cristela Alonzo is a comedian, writer, and actress. She was the first Latina to create and star in a network TV comedy, Cristela, and her latest comedy special, Middle Classy, is now streaming on Netflix. Find her on Twitter @cristela9.


    Carlos Mencia is a comedian, writer, and actor. He hosted The Journey podcast, and his cable show Mind of Mencia ran four seasons on Comedy Central. Find him on Twitter @carlosmencia.

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    • 32 min
    Will Latinization Bring Moderation? Hispanic American Swing Voters (Part 2)

    Will Latinization Bring Moderation? Hispanic American Swing Voters (Part 2)

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    How large a role will Hispanic voters play in 2022 elections? (Hint: It’s big.) 
    How are the major parties appealing to this diverse voting bloc? (Not so effectively.)
    Can Latino candidates turn down the heat on our political rhetoric? (No sign of that yet.)

    In the 2nd episode of our Hispanic American Swing Voters series, these questions frame our discussion with veteran Democratic strategist Chuck Rocha, and Mike Madrid from the anti-Trump GOP side. They’ve teamed up to co-host the insightful podcast, The Latino Vote. 

    “What's nice about this podcast is we're both at an age where we don't care about the parties anymore,” confesses Madrid.
    “Donald Trump brought us together to fight a common enemy,” adds Rocha.

    Despite extreme positioning, the GOP has been picking up Latino candidates and voters. We discuss that trend and look at how these races could put forth less extreme rhetoric – if more Latino campaign experts were involved.

    Understand the Latinization of our body politic with Chuck Rocha and Mike Madrid of The Latino Vote podcast.  

    Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney.

    SHOW NOTES
    Our Guests
    Chuck Rocha is a Democratic political strategist and the founder of Solidarity Strategies. He’s the author of Tío Bernie, a memoir of the Sanders 2020 campaign, and co-hosts The Latino Vote podcast. You can find him on Twitter @ChuckRocha.

    Mike Madrid is a GOP political strategist and co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He currently serves as Principal of the Grassroots Lab, is the Editor and Publisher of California City News, and co-hosts The Latino Vote podcast. You can find him on Twitter @madrid_mike.

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    • 30 min
    Repodcast: Politically Persuadable But Focused on Jobs? Hispanic American Swing Voters (Part 1)

    Repodcast: Politically Persuadable But Focused on Jobs? Hispanic American Swing Voters (Part 1)

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    Today, we're re-podcasting the first episode of our 3-part mini-series on Hispanic American swing voters. The series continues into October for National Hispanic Heritage Month.
    Is a large and growing segment of Hispanic American voters now leaning independent? That’s the operative question in this first episode, featuring three noted experts: former Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, UT San Antonio political scientist Dr. Sharon Navarro, and former four-term San Antonio Mayor and Clinton Cabinet member, Dr. Henry Cisneros.
    Carlos Curbelo suggests the recent shift of some Latinos to the GOP may be due to discomfort with far left rhetoric.
    Dr. Sharon Navarro observes many Hispanic voters may be registered to one political party yet remain “persuadable.”
    Listen in for a better understanding of the less purely-partisan viewpoints characterizing Hispanic American swing voters, and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss episodes two and three of the series, coming soon.
    Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney

    SHOW NOTES
    Our Guests
    The Hon. Carlos Curbelo: Twitter, Unite America, University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute. Check out Carlos as a regular contributor to Telemundo, NBC News, MSNBC and NBC 6
    Dr. Sharon Navarro, Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and editor of Latinas in American Politics: Changing and Embracing Political Tradition. Dr. Navarro’s faculty page, Twitter, website
    Dr. Henry Cisneros, former four-term Mayor of San Antonio, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former President of Univision. Currently a board member of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Dr. Cisneros on Twitter.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

rex2368 ,

Great content and perspectives

Great reminder that the center still exisits.

Mike Kenig ,

A must for all reformers!

This podcast is one of my ASAP listen-to’s meaning I look forward and listen to each new episode as soon as they get released! Great content and probably one of the best edited podcasts out there! Always disappointed when they are over!

new to independent ,

Great

I’m learning a lot and enjoying the show

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