Recent Podcasts

Monday, August 31, 2020

Thanks for Listening Ep10: Mr. Phillips goes to Washington: A Freshman Representative in the Problem Solvers Caucus

Welcome to the tenth episode of our podcast, Thanks for Listening! What’s the most partisan group in the U.S. today? If you answered the United States Congress, you’ve got company. Recent polling puts Congress’s disapproval rating among Americans at 71%, with 60% ranking partisan bickering, gridlock, and caring about politics more than the country as their top complaints about Congress. Our guest is working… More

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Thanks for Listening Ep9: Racism, Dialogue, and Avoiding the “Woodchipper of Partisanship” 

Our guest, Liz Joyner of The Village Square, has been wrestling with questions around bridging the divide around racial justice and the very nature of dialogue. She shares her experience and perspective borne of fifteen years helping people engage across their differences, not by helping people agree, but by helping them to disagree, and keep talking anyway. She describes ongoing and upcoming initiatives from The Village Square to convene difficult conversations about race—and how even well-intentioned conversations all too often devolve into a toxic “us vs. them” dynamic, what she calls “the woodchipper of partisanship.”… More

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thanks for Listening Ep8: Strength in Numbers

Welcome to the eighth episode of our podcast, Thanks for Listening! Our guest, Pearce Godwin, founded and now leads the Listen First Project, and has been steadily building the Listen First Coalition—some 300+ member organizations all working to bridge divides and bring people in this country back together again. Pearce shares his insight about the challenges of coalition–building, the… More

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thanks for Listening Ep7: Echo Chamber or Space for Learning? Navigating Divides on Social Media

Welcome to the seventh episode of our podcast, Thanks for Listening! This episode explores the challenges inherent in online political engagement. While some of us may have had positive experiences connecting with others around political issues online, we also have seen online spaces become unhelpful, potentially harmful echo chambers for what we already believe, rather than… More

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Thanks for Listening Ep 6: Listening for the Divide

Welcome to the sixth episode of our podcast, Thanks for Listening! What can communities do to bridge divides and address simmering tensions before they boil over? Our guests on this episode, Becky Monroe and Bill Froelich, ask this question each day in their work at the Divided Community Project, based at the Moritz College of Law… More

Monday, December 23, 2019

Thanks for Listening Ep5: “It’s Trump Time”

Last time on Thanks for Listening we examined divides – real and imagined – in Kentucky coal country.  In this episode, we explore a project that connected folks from Letcher County, Kentucky, with residents of Leverett, Massachusetts.  After the 2016 election, when Leverett voted 86 percent for Clinton and Letcher County went 80 percent for… More

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanks for Listening Ep4: Discovering and Debunking Divides in the Heart of Kentucky Coal Country

In this episode, journey with us to Letcher County, Kentucky—the heart of Appalachian coal country. We’ll examine the reality of divides that exist, even in unexpected places, and the inherent fallacy of divides we create by accepting stereotypes about others—and about ourselves.… More

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Thanks for Listening Ep3 – Rebuilding after crisis: Community conversations in Falcon Heights, Minnesota

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. In the weeks and months that followed, systemic issues that had been present below the surface in Falcon Heights and surrounding cities erupted into the open. The atmosphere was one of rage, pain,… More

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Thanks for Listening Ep2: Youth, Dialogue, and The “Can We?” Project

Welcome to the second episode of our podcast, Thanks for Listening! What would happen if people learned to flex their “dialogue muscles” at a very young age? What if, before developing a lot of disconnecting conversational habits, we developed the ones that allow us to engage constructively and effectively with others, even those with whom… More

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Thanks for Listening Ep1: The Holiday Table

Welcome to the first episode of a new podcast, Thanks for Listening. This podcast will spotlight efforts to bridge the political divide in the U.S. through dialogue and collaborative processes, profiling the important and often courageous work of individuals and organizations who are helping citizens engage with one another on challenging topics. Episodes will dive deep… More

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Podcast – Thanks for Listening

We are pleased to announce that the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program has been awarded a grant to fund a new podcast series called Thanks for Listening, which will launch in November 2018.… More

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