Guns, Bibles, and Breaking Bread: A Thanksgiving Podcast
Just in time for Thanksgiving, our latest podcast offers a guide to leaving political tribalism behind and taking a reasoned look across the across the aisle – and your own holiday table.
Our host John Donvan sits down with Ken Stern, the former National Public Radio CEO, to discuss his new book Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right, which chronicles this lifelong liberal's journey through conservative communities and ideas. Ken sat in on Steve Bannon’s radio show, rallied with the Tea Party, spent Sundays in evangelical churches, and went boar hunting Texas. The result? A new respect for the conservatives he once demonized and optimism for the state of American partisan politics.
“I started out with a bunch of issues I knew I had to be right on,” he says. “I found they were much more complex and there were thoughtful views on both sides.” For Ken, the key to finding common ground is focusing on the issues that shape our politics, not the personalities that drive them. And as for his personal affiliation, Ken is no longer a Democrat – or a Republican. He’s an “angry moderate.”
Listen to the podcast now and let us know what you think: Are you willing to break out of your ideological bubble?