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  • Ep. 26. A Republican and a Democrat Walk Into a Bar …

    GUEST: Mónica Guzmán, Author, I Never Thought Of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times

    A Republican and Democrat walk into a bar. They see a liberal buying a conservative a drink, while a priest chats with a rabbi and minister. A CEO is talking with a union leader. A ...

    May 15, 2022

    Mónica Guzmán Photo: Meghann J Peirson
    Ep. 26: 05.15.22
  • Ep. 25. What Is Capitalism, Anyway (Part 2)?

    GUEST: Jonathan Levy, Author, Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

    For centuries, America has put its collective faith in democracy and capitalism, social and economic systems that have been tried and tested during numerous cultural, economic, political, and civil shifts. Our guest, Jonathan Levy, has identified four distinct ages that have shaped ...

    May 1, 2022

    Cover of Ages of Capitalism by Jonathan Levy
    Ep. 25: 05.01.22
  • Ep. 24. What Is Capitalism, Anyway? (Part 1)

    GUEST: Jonathan Levy, Author, Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States

    How did America become the world’s largest economy? By constantly evolving and responding to economic disruptions, says our guest Jonathan Levy. Across four distinct ages, the United States moved from an agrarian past to a capitalistic future, fueled by an economic system ...

    April 17, 2022

    Headshot of Professor and Author Jonathan Levy
    Ep. 24: 04.17.22
  • Ep. 23. Cheap Speech: How to Stop Disinformation Without Killing Free Speech

    GUEST: Rick Hasen, Author, Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics – and How to Cure It

    It’s easy to mock those spouting outlandish and off-base claims on social media networks, but are there more effective ways to counter the spread of misinformation? Our guest Rick Hasen believes there are other solutions to tackling false information ...

    April 3, 2022

    Ep. 23: 04.03.22
  • Ep. 22. How Bureaucratic Jargon Can Cost Lives

    GUESTS: Katherine Spivey and Katina Rae Stapleton, Co-Chairs, Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)

    When you think of models of clear writing and easy communication, do you think of the Federal Government? It turns out one of the leading perpetrators of the bureaucratic lingo and dense legalese that most people detest has been quietly cleaning ...

    March 20, 2022

    Headshot of Katina Stapleton and Katherine Spivey
    Ep. 22: 03.20.22
  • Ep. 21. Former Netflix Exec on Managing a Crisis (‘HIT’ Can Help)

    GUEST: Steve Swasey, former Netflix vice president of corporate affairs; career communicator (Netflix, Kabam, Oracle, Red Ventures)

    As former vice president of corporate communications for Netflix, our guest Steve Swasey had a front-row seat to Netflix’s near-disastrous decision in 2011 to split its video streaming and DVD services. The backlash was swift and threatened to sink ...

    March 6, 2022

    screenshot of podcast talk with Brad Phillips and Steve Swasey
    Ep. 21: 03.06.22
  • Ep. 20. How to Have a Tough Conversation

    GUESTS: Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, Authors, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

    Our words are what often help us to frame whether we see the world as a set of problems or opportunities. Communications experts Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres believe that anyone can create meaningful and productive conversations ...

    February 20, 2022

    Picture of authors Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres
    Ep. 20: 02.20.22