#1209 Being part of the solution (How to argue your values) ​

Air Date: 9–11-2018

Today we take a look at some strategies to, and reasons why we need to, have better political conversations.

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Ch. 1: Robb Willer: How to have better political conversations - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-9-17

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division -- can also be used to bring people together.

Ch. 2: Understanding the backfire effect Part 1 - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-10-17

Stephan Lewandowsky takes us step-by-step through The Debunking Handbook, a guide he and John Cook wrote for avoiding the backfire effect when confronting vaccine and climate change deniers.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: California’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: Van Jones: Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy and Conservative Close-Mindedness - Big Think - Air Date 11-23-17

The amount of political disagreement in the nation is matched only by righteous indignation. But in order to disagree without disrespecting each other, we need to look hard at our own positions, and Van Jones does just that.

Ch. 5: Understanding the backfire effect Part 2: Replacing the leg of a table - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-10-17

Explaining the key takeaway regarding the backfire effect. Always replace a faulty idea with a valid one. Never debunk a claim only to leave a void.

Ch. 6: In This Life - How to argue with those we oppose - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 7-15-18

Explaining why saying the things you may want to say to your political adversaries is more likely to exacerbate the problems in our political divide further, making you part of the problem.



Ch. 7: How do I know I'm not just in my own echo chamber? - Michael from the UK


Ch. 8: Final comments on expanding your view and understanding of news media



ASAP: Check your state registration deadlines and voter ID laws


Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere)

Voter Circle (friend-to-friend outreach tool)

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats 

Let America Vote (voting rights focus)

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer” 

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee

Easily donate to candidates with DownTicket.com on your mobile browser.

15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election” (Political Charge)

CALIFORNIA BATTLEGROUNDS (Note: List may vary by org or outlet):

Important Dates: Must be registered/postmarked by October 22nd (more info)

Local Action: California Democratic Party https://www.cadem.org/take-action

Push Left! U.S. Senate - Kevin de Leon (D Safe Seat)

Flip CA-10th: Josh Harder 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-10

Flip CA-25th: Katie Hill 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-25

Flip CA-39th: Gil Cisneros 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-39

Flip CA-45th: Katie Porter 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-45

Flip CA-48th: Harley Rouda 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-48

Flip CA-49th: Mike Levin 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-49

Sources: Ballotpedia; NBC News; Swing Left

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 



  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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