In this episode, we bring you a discussion with John Wood, Jr. and April Lawson of Braver Angels, a national grassroots movement to reduce political polarization. John and April share insights from the frontlines of this movement, discuss the importance of building and maintaining fundamental social bonds, and offer practical ways to get involved in changing the trajectory of our civic culture.

Show Notes:

Braver Angels

Weave the Social Fabric Project

Braver Angels Podcast

The John Wood Jr. Show

The Conversation: “Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

The Onion: “Increasingly Unhinged Centrists Announce Plan To Round Up Nation Into Camps To Force Them To Engage In Meaningful Dialogue

Martin Luther King, Jr. on “beloved community

Arthur Brooks, Love Your Enemies

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Vol. 2

Solutions Journalism Network

America in One Room: Our interview with Larry Diamond and James Fishkin

Braver Angels’ Braver Nation Bus Tour

About our guests:

April Lawsonis the architect and director of the Braver Angels Debates program.  She previously worked for David Brooks at The New York Times for 4 years and co-founded Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Her own research focuses on morality, feminism, and America’s current fragmentation in politics and culture.

John Wood Jr. is a national leader for Braver Angels, a former nominee for congress, former Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, and a noted writer and speaker on political issues and racial reconciliation. John is the host of “The John Wood Jr. Show,” a new podcast focused on looking beyond depolarization. He also co-hosts “The Braver Angels Podcast.”