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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Reflecting on the Journey of “Thanks for Listening”

When we launched the “Thanks for Listening” podcast in the fall of 2018, our goal was to explore what seemed like deep and growing political polarization in the U.S., and to find out what was being done about it. We wanted to be able to tell a hopeful story about people and organizations who are working to “bridge the partisan divide in America,” as we said in the opening of each episode. And for both of the authors, hope was something we needed; the political and social dynamics at play at the time seemed to be posing dire stress tests to some of the basic premises of our work. … More

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thanks for Listening!

We are pleased to announce that the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program has been awarded a grant from the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation to fund a new podcast series called Thanks for Listening, which will launch in early November 2018.… More

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Our new podcast needs your stories!

Friends, we need your help for a special project! This fall, we are launching a podcast series about the inspiring efforts of people working to bridge the partisan divide in the U.S.   Our first episode focuses on the familiar challenge of discussing politics at the holiday table. We’re collecting stories of family Thanksgivings upended… More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Listening Room: An Introduction

Conflict, as a topic, is conducive to stories. Conflict forms the heart of a good novel; it gives color and character to an otherwise placid movie; it even features heavily in the lyrics to our favorite songs. Similarly, the ways we handle conflict in our lives or work constitute narratives—sometimes, those narratives tell of dramatic… More