In each twice-monthly episode, Matt Lehrman seeks out people from diverse walks of life to sit down together to discuss their different perspectives on politics and social issues - and to do it with the courage to be respectful, inquisitive, and vulnerable in ways that are too often missing in civic affairs.
In a time of profound divisiveness, I hope that the "courageous conversations" this podcast provides serve as temporary but effective bridges between people who view our society from different perspectives. - Matt Lehrman
It's not the choice of topic that DETERMINES a "courageous conversation" SO MUCH AS your willingness to consider someone else's PERSPECTIVE.
A HEALTHY COMMUNITY IS ONE THAT'S CONTINUALLY ENGAGED IN MINDFUL AND PURPOSEFUL DISCUSSION ABOUT ITS TOUGHEST CHALLENGES.
WHAT GOOD IS HAVING "FREE SPEECH" IF NOBODY IS WILLING TO LISTEN TO WHAT ANYBODY ELSE HAS TO SAY?
JUST BECAUSE WE DISAGREE DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE CAN'T BE FRIENDS. it must be possible to DISAGREE WITHOUT BEING DISAGREEABLE.
Mr. Rogers said it best: "If it's human, it's mentionable. And if it's mentionable, it's manageable." So, how about we mention everything?