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 44: 44 - Toxic Polarization with Dr. Peter Coleman

Multi-award-winning author and renowned founding director of “The Difficult Conversations Lab” at Columbia University, Dr. Peter Coleman joins the show to chat about the incredible political divide and current polarization of the country. The panel illuminates how we got here, and what we might expect come December post-election. As bleak as it may look, Dr. Coleman shares that there are multiple paths to success in getting the country back on track.

3:00 Why is the US so divided right now?

5:00 Is the media responsible for the division of the US right now?

9:00 What changed after the 2016 primaries?

10:44 Is the country past the point of fixing their politically damaged priorities?

13:50 How do we handle the new notion to respond with violence to politics?

18:20 How do we prepare for the possibility that Trump wins and continues to degrade society?

21:50 How does the country press the reset button?

22:50 What needs to happen to instill public confidence in the political system?

26:45 What are good steps to creating a new and solid cabinet around the president?

29:00 Peter Coleman talks about his new book on toxic polarization. 

31:26 Everyone describes what they think the country will look like in December this year.

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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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 2020-10-26  34m