It’s never easy to talk with people who don’t agree with you; and yet, problems cannot be solved without the search for common ground. Joe Walsh is a former U.S. Congressman, a former Presidential candidate, a radio host, and a man whose personal mission is to LISTEN. With WHITE FLAG with JOE WALSH, he surrenders the urge to fight and strives to find a path to unite, not divide. He talks with notable people that have vastly differing viewpoints from his own. These are passionate conversations with an aim to find compromise... and, in turn, a better America.
Bridging the Divide: Joan Walsh / Alyssa Milano
This episode allows Joe Walsh to remind you of the purpose of this podcast: He is modelling civil conversations with people that do not think like him. He wants you to know that if we want to save our democracy we need to end the tribalism and reach across the aisle or we will certainly remain forever divided. He also previews his compelling, yet civil, conversation with Alyssa Milano.
Political Pundit Joan Walsh and Joe Walsh have similar names but different politics. In this discussion, they search for common ground on the importance of talking about real issues, how involved the government should be in our affairs, when disagreements became warfare, and moreover, why are we so divided… and can democracy be saved?
Joe Walsh is still angry after his discussion with Senator Rick Santorum. On this episode of WHITE FLAG, exactly one year after The Insurrection, Walsh explains why the previous episode left him angry and frustrated and he reveals the one thing that we can do to save our democracy, which is currently hanging on by a thread.
Senator Rick Santorum
Joe Walsh and Rick Santorum are both conservatives who seem to be on different paths. Still, they take some time to discuss authoritarianism, the future of the GOP, and whether Trump is fit (or unfit) to serve another term…and if Santorum would support Trump if he ran again. This is a different kind of WHITE FLAG episode, but an important one; because to defeat your opponent, you must first try to understand them.
Bridging the Divide: Kenny Mayne / Rick Santorum
Joe Walsh takes a look back at his chat with Kenny Mayne and the relationship that seems to be common with politics and show business. Joe also previews a very different episode of WHITE FLAG…next week’s discussion with Rick Santorum. Joe reveals what he was startled by, what he was disappointed in, and of what he is fearful. He also emphasizes the importance of the long view if you’re playing the long game. Happy New Year, everybody.
Kenny Mayne is best known for his career as an anchor at ESPN but when he sits down with Joe Walsh, they’re not talking sports. They discuss what allowed Trump to win in 2016, what made the January 6th insurrection possible, how modern tribalism allows us to believe our own facts and truths, and how civilized discourse may be the only salvation for our democracy. Kenny and Joe may disagree on governmental involvement overall, they do find some common ground in a funny, lively, and lengthy conversation.
Love this podcast! Great work Joe! Our nation needs more of what you are trying to do! I’d love to be a guest on your podcast someday!
It is a great conversation. Kenny is way left of me politically but Dems should recruit someone who can communicate like him.
Maybe I’m looking for something deeper?
I absolutely love the concept of this podcast. I love listening to a tough conversation without contempt, thank you Joe. I just find myself wishing for something deeper. When Santorum says he thinks the authoritarian tendencies of Biden are scarier than Trump’s authoritarian tendencies I want the follow up to that to be “Give me a list of why?!! What about Biden is authoritarian?” I just find that I am still super bewildered about why people think the way they do. I want it to be less about Trump (which I agree 1000% with Joe about Trump) and more about the issues. I want a debate between pro life and pro choice that doesn’t just point fingers and say “You guys are immoral murderers/You guys are controlling racists,” but that goes in depth about how reasonable people can have such different views, without the contempt. I want there to be an educative challenge to why people are so quick to call something communism, and the same for racism. I want to see a debate on the environment from a policy standpoint. I will continue to keep an eye on this podcast, I think it does a lot of good modeling, and I’m waiting for more