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Navigating politics at school and at home during 'dangerously divided times'

Photo of author Monica Guzman.
Mónica Guzmán author of I Never Thought Of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.

In a FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos survey from September, Americans rated political extremism or polarization as their second highest concern after inflation. This hour, we explore how we communicate across that political divide.

Mónica Guzmán is Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, an organization that works to “unite red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.” Her new book is called I Never Thought Of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.

We also hear about a controversial vocabulary worksheet at a Connecticut high school.

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This episode was produced by Kevin Chang Barnum, J. Carlisle Larsen, and Catie Talarski. Our interns are Taylor Doyle and Jacob Gannon.

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Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
J. Carlisle Larsen is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted' with Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean. JC has a background in production, reporting and hosting and previously worked for Wisconsin Public Radio and WDET-FM (Detroit’s NPR Station). Her work has appeared on National Public Radio, the CBC, and other outlets.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.