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Are you concerned about the future? Tired of divisiveness? Join political commentator and changemaker Van Jones on a journey to find unifying solutions to our country’s biggest problems. Each week, Van and his guests explore topics that affect us all—from climate change to prison reform, from voting rights to political polarization. In Uncommon Ground with Van Jones, you’ll hear inspiring, hopeful and unique perspectives on what it takes to create meaningful change in a divided nation.
New episodes of Uncommon Ground with Van Jones release weekly, every Wednesday.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 200 Ratings

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Are you concerned about the future? Tired of divisiveness? Join political commentator and changemaker Van Jones on a journey to find unifying solutions to our country’s biggest problems. Each week, Van and his guests explore topics that affect us all—from climate change to prison reform, from voting rights to political polarization. In Uncommon Ground with Van Jones, you’ll hear inspiring, hopeful and unique perspectives on what it takes to create meaningful change in a divided nation.
New episodes of Uncommon Ground with Van Jones release weekly, every Wednesday.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Next Gen TikTok Star Reinventing the News with A.B. Burns-Tucker

    The Next Gen TikTok Star Reinventing the News with A.B. Burns-Tucker

    “You have a bold generation now that you can tap into. Younger people. They are ready to go toe-to-toe with whomever on an idea that they feel passionate about. And a lot of the ideas could help us be the America that we claim to be.” 

    TikTok is becoming the social media home of a new generation of activists, while older folks debate politics on Facebook and Twitter. The rules and expectations are totally different on this newer platform. Nobody has found their political voice or footing more powerfully than A.B. Burns-Tucker.

    A.B. was a law student when she exploded onto the scene thanks to her ingenious TikTok videos. She explains current events and big news stories, but does so using Ebonics or AAVE (African American Vernacular English). To some this sounds like a gimmick, but A.B. is reaching an audience that has traditionally been ignored by the mainstream media. In this week’s episode you’ll hear what inspired A.B.’s journey to law school and her path to becoming a TikTok star, and in the process learn a lot about the next generation.




    You can find A.B.’s TikTok videos @iamlegallyhype. 




    New episodes of Uncommon Ground with Van Jones release weekly, every Wednesday. 




    What does your community need to hear more of? How can you be a translator across communities? Call 347-770-2785 and leave Van a voicemail. Your comment or question will be recorded, and may be played and answered on a future episode of Uncommon Ground!




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    • 36 min
    Can We Find Hope in the Face of Crisis? with Ian Bremmer

    Can We Find Hope in the Face of Crisis? with Ian Bremmer

    “It is very clear that we are on the precipice – two years, three years, ten years max – that some of these disruptive technologies will fundamentally threaten the way we presently exist on the planet, in the way that nuclear weapons did when you and I were growing up. That transformation is scary, but it's also ripe with opportunity.”

    This week Van is joined by the brilliant Ian Bremmer. Ian is a political scientist who has spent his career analyzing global political risk and advising leaders. Ian joins Van to break down some of the biggest threats of our time, from pandemics and climate change to disruptive technology and Russia. This list is enough to fill many of us with doom and gloom, but Ian is hopeful that we can come together globally to effectively address these crises and create a better and more sustainable future. More importantly he has realistic ideas about how we can do it.

    • 42 min
    Unapologetic Joy with Billy Porter

    Unapologetic Joy with Billy Porter

    “To be queer and come out in 1985 when I'm 16 years-old, and be thrust into the AIDS crisis and fighting for our lives on the front lines…Silence does equal death...I don't know anything else, but to fight. I do understand that as a queer Black man in this space who has been unapologetic from the beginning, there is a responsibility for me to continue to speak my truth.”

    The incomparable Billy Porter does it all! He’s an Emmy, Tony, and Grammy award-winning actor, singer, producer, director, composer, and playwright. Billy is a cultural icon and a trailblazer on issues of race, sexuality, and gender. On top of all that - he’s an activist. For most of his life, Billy has been spreading awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and demanding action. And he’s done all of this while daring to live his truth.

    • 31 min
    A Christian and an Atheist Search for Common Ground with Sam Harris

    A Christian and an Atheist Search for Common Ground with Sam Harris

    “While people are occasionally motivated to do wonderful things on the basis of their faith, faith generally speaking provides bad reasons to do good things when good reasons are actually available.”

    Can a Christian and an Atheist have a civil and constructive dialogue about the future? For the past 20 years, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris has been one of the leading thinkers of the New Atheism Movement. Van Jones, on the other hand, is a man of deep Christian faith. Despite this seemingly stark divide, Sam and Van both share an interest in life’s big questions: How can people come together to create positive change? What does it mean to live a good life? How do people achieve a sense of belonging, especially during times of crisis?

    • 35 min
    Why Does This California Congressman Care about Jobs in Kentucky? with Rep. Ro Khanna

    Why Does This California Congressman Care about Jobs in Kentucky? with Rep. Ro Khanna

    “You have this phenomenal wealth-generation going on. Yet you still have so much of the country totally left out – half the country, if not more, thinking the American dream isn't gonna be available for their kids.”

    U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna is an uncommon Congressperson. He represents California’s 17th district – a district with one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the country. But he is adamant that we should tax billionaires fairly. He represents Silicon Valley, yet he works across the aisle with Republican leaders in Kentucky to foster opportunities and bring tech jobs to rural parts of the country. All while still upholding the interests of his own constituents. Why does he do this? From his grandfather’s role in the Indian Independence Movement to his parents’ immigration to the United States, the Khanna family’s journey is a living embodiment of the American dream. And now as a Congressman, he wants to keep that dream alive.

    • 39 min
    Can You Turn Pain into Real Change? with Brittany K. Barnett

    Can You Turn Pain into Real Change? with Brittany K. Barnett

    “I do not have the privilege to be partisan.” Get ready for a strong dose of inspiration from Van’s guest this week - Brittany K. Barnett.




    When Brittany was 17 years old, her mother went to prison for drugs. Although Brittany may not have known it at the time, this awful breakdown would lead her to a powerful breakthrough. Hear about Brittany’s journey from accountant to attorney and finally, tireless criminal justice reform advocate. Brittany has won clemency for nearly a dozen clients under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Van and Brittany share a calling to get people free, as well as a passionate belief that we need to tap into and nourish the genius and creativity of those behind bars. Tune in to hear more about her incredible work. 




    For more from Brittany, check out her acclaimed book, A Knock at Midnight: a Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom.




    New episodes of Uncommon Ground with Van Jones release weekly, every Wednesday. 




    What narratives are you challenging? How can you direct your pain and hardship into passion and purpose? Call 347-770-2785 and leave Van a voicemail. Your comment or question will be recorded, and may be played and answered on a future episode of Uncommon Ground!




    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

Nbfit ,

Excellent Listen

I love the platform of this podcast. Everyone needs to learn that it’s ok to agree to disagree, find common ground & still get along.

verycre8fone ,

Everyone Should Listen

I love podcasts that are not afraid to view different perspectives. I love podcasts where the host can confidently express their personal views while holding space for those with differing opinions. I love podcasts where I learn a different viewpoint and where we can realize that we all are not that different really. This last episode with S.E. Cupp was absolutely wonderful. She expressed what I, and so many others, feel about not only the issue of abortion, but the greater arena of the lost voice of the actual majority. Thank you for having her as a guest and for your dedication to kindness, empathy, and bridging the gaps between us. The world needs this so very much. We need a thousand more just like you and her. We need to get back to caring about people and not policies.

power_reviews ,

More guests on the Right (Cnn pundits don’t count)

Always have seen Van as a bipartisan guy. Instead of having left-wing people on I think you should have almost exclusively people from the right including people from Fox News, conservative podcasters, talk to Megan Kelly, Ben Shapiro, etc, that’s what you need to do to make this successful and talk to Chris Rufo’s etc. Van is the perfect guy to do it because I know that behind the scenes- he has relationships with some of them and can bring them on the show.

The potential is there..

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