#183 Our Many Perception Gaps: Sam Laine Perfas

Our guest in this episode is Samantha Laine Perfas, host of the new podcast series, "Perception Gaps". She tells us "there are things we perceive to be true that are simply not. And challenging us to think about these misperceptions... begins to peel back the layers of why we believe what we believe."

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#182 Has The Opioid Crisis Peaked? Sam Quinones

For this episode, we include last year's "How Do We Fix It?" interview with journalist Sam Quinones, author of the highly praised book, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic."

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#179 Election Special: Our Take

What are the most inspiring, exasperating, unique, important, and first-in-our-lifetime results from the Midterm Elections? In this special edition, Jim and Richard give their Quick Fixes take on how American voted.

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#178 Bridging Divide. ReCity. Durham, North Carolina

This episode was recorded at ReCity in Durham, North Carolina. It is the third in our renewing democracy series, were we report on collaborative efforts to promote respect and bridge divides.

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#177 Bridging Divide Renewing Democracy: Minnesota

We visit a Living Room Conversation discussion on race at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and speak with the co-founder of Better AngelsBill Doherty, a University of Minnesota Professor, who is working with others to bridge partisan divides.

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#176 Bridging Divide: The Case for Civility Iowa

This episode is the first of three to report on local efforts that push back against the toxic impact of tribalization and political polarization. 

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#175 Bridging Divide. Renewing Democracy: Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. She has a track record of working for notable non-profits and has worked for the state and federal government.

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#174 Lessons from Reagan: Bob Spitz

Our guest, best-selling biographer Bob Spitz, is the author of "Reagan: An American Journey", a richly detailed, riveting, and account of a remarkable life.

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#173 Fighting Back Against Fake News: Steven Brill

Steven was founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, Brill's Content Magazine, and The Yale Journalism Initiative.  His new company is Newsguard. Newsguard's web browser extension rates websites that appear in searches on their reliability. 

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#172 Identity Politics: Dignity and Resentment. Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is a political scientist at Stanford University. His best-known book is "The End of History and the Last Man", published after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  In his new book, "IdentityThe Demand for Dignity and The Politics of Resentment," he warns that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continual conflict. 

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#171 Collaboration Beats Competition: Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner the founder of the U.K.-based Agency of the Future, and founder of Pimp My Cause, which uses cause-related marketing to boost the capabilities of teams and individuals. His new book is “Collaborative Advantage: How Collaboration Beats Competition as a Strategy for Success."

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#168 The Case for Space Travel: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s most prominent spokesman for science and Director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, talks about the benefits of a cosmic perspective, the case for manned space flight and much more in this first part of our wide-ranging conversation. We also discussed Tyson's book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry."

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#166 Populism: Bigger Than Trump? Salena Zito

Most political experts did not think that Trump could win the 2016 election. Was Trump’s win a one-off event, or did it represent a fundamental realignment of American politics?

Our guest, Salena Zito, author of "The Great Revolt", argues that experts and elites are out of touch with Trump supporters. Zito has written extensively about Trump and populism. Her work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Examiner, and she has been a contributor to The Atlantic. 

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#164 The Fight For Free Expression: Deb Mashek

Deb Mashek is the first Executive Director of Heterodox Academy. For 13 years, she was a professor of psychology at Harvey Mudd College. Heterodox Academy was formed in 2015 to encourage political and ideological diversity on college campuses.

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