Politics: Meet Me in the Middle

In an age when saying the wrong thing in a Twitter post could leave you ghosted by onetime friends—or worse—we find our country torn apart at the political seams. But things don’t need to be this way. Constructive social discourse is not dead, it just needs a little resuscitation. From CurtCo Media. ​ Consider Meet Me in the Middle your political rehab. Each week, Ed Larson (Pulitzer Prize winning historian, author, and world-wide lecturer) invites guests from across the ideological spectrum—including politicians, activists, and celebrities—to sit down, discuss the issues, and if not find consensus, at least find common ground. So bring an open mind and remember, we’re more alike than different.



episode 40: 40 - The Whole World Is Watching with Civil Rights Attorney Carol Sobel

Civil Rights Attorney Carol Sobel discusses the challenges and offers solutions to police handling protesters and the homeless. Historian Ed Larson talks about the nation's founding on revolution. Professor Sobel discusses LAPD's "warrior mentality." She states that the LAPD lacks an institutional memory and forgets past practices. Co-host Jane Albrecht posits that current policing practices are also a federal problem. The term "Defund The Police" is explained and discussed. Carol Sobel discusses the explosive growth in the number of homeless in LA and the nation due to COVID-19.


3:50 - LAPD at war with the First Amendment

5:20 - Policing as a federal government concern

5:55 - Institutional memory and qualified immunity

7:30 - Protest differences from 2007 through 2020

8:50 - Use of sedition laws against protesters

10:00 - How prosecutors are reacting

14:35 - Defunding the police

21:30 - Homelessness in LA and nationally.


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Hosted by: Bill Curtis, Ed Larson and Jane Albrecht

Produced and Edited by: Mike Thomas

Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick

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 2020-09-24  28m