14 episodes

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.

Uncommon Ground with Van Jones Amazon Music | Van Jones

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 125 Ratings

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.

    The Other Side of the South with Trae Crowder

    The Other Side of the South with Trae Crowder

    “I'm not saying the South doesn't have problems with race. It does. But it allows the rest of the country to point at one place and be like, that right there–that's the racist part. When racism is very much an American problem.” You may have a particular image of a white southern male. They sound a certain way — therefore they must think and vote a certain way. But comedian, Trae Crowder, is complicating that image.

    • 40 min
    Leaning into the Future with will.i.am

    Leaning into the Future with will.i.am

    These days it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stuck. Visionaries, like Van's guest will.i.am, show us a better path forward. In this episode, musician, philanthropist and futurist will.i.am discusses innovations the future may hold.

    • 32 min
    Building Tables (Not Walls) with Chef José Andrés (Replay)

    Building Tables (Not Walls) with Chef José Andrés (Replay)

    “If I can feed people in the good times, why can I not put my talents to use to serve people in the not so good times?” In their first conversation since each receiving Jeff Bezos’ Courage & Civility Award — a $100,000,000 grant to further their charitable efforts — Chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, sits down with Van.

    • 37 min
    How to Combine Social Change & Inner Change with Tara Brach

    How to Combine Social Change & Inner Change with Tara Brach

    “The only thing that helps me is to feel like I'm holding hands with others who are remembering.” It seems like there are two types of people. Some are focused on fixing the external world – fighting to solve tough social problems. Other people are focused on healing their internal worlds – doing the spiritual work to deepen their own wisdom. What happens when we recognize the need for BOTH? Is it possible to combine the pursuits for outer peace and inner peace? This week, Van sits down with renowned mediation teacher and author, Tara Brach.

    • 32 min
    Gun Violence: Ending the War on America’s Streets with Philly’s Pastor Carl

    Gun Violence: Ending the War on America’s Streets with Philly’s Pastor Carl

    Should Black Lives Matter expand their scope to address gun violence on the streets? Are conservative pundits on Fox News helping or hurting when they opine about violence in urban areas? In this episode, Van sits down with Philly’s Pastor Carl Day - also known as ‘The Pastor of the Hood’ - to discuss these questions and more. Pastor Carl’s sharp, grounded insights into America’s gun violence epidemic are a reminder of the importance of authentic leaders working to solve problems on the front lines.

    • 32 min
    “Should Black People Take the Vaccine?” with Deon Taylor and Jonathan Isaac

    “Should Black People Take the Vaccine?” with Deon Taylor and Jonathan Isaac

    “We're at a crossroads right now, where I truly believe this is the reckoning.” With the Omicron variant spreading globally and Covid-related hospitalizations on the rise again, Van pulls back the curtain on a vaccination debate raging within the Black community. Arguments for and against the COVID-19 vaccine tend to play out differently among African-Americans.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

karent96 ,

Fina-freakin-ly

It’s so refreshing to hear people from ALL sides - left, right, center - come together and have intelligent conversations and MEET IN THE MIDDLE! 💙🇺🇸❤️

Leah Parrot ,

Episode on anti-trust?

Very insightful conversations! But this is an Amazon Original so I fear the focus stays on culture-war issues, not anti-trust and the lessening of inequality. I guess it’s difficult for any party to be self-reflective, Amazon included. But I do wonder if these conversations have the capacity to make the change they hope to, if the underlying economic structures of the country, of which Amazon is a huge part, are not questioned.

Jlcod ,

Love the show

I have enjoyed every episode so far. I am always more hopeful after listening to an episode.

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