Today we take a look at some strategies to, and reasons why we need to, have better political conversations.
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.
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.
Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.
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.
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.
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
THE MIDTERMS MINUTE
Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere)
Voter Circle (friend-to-friend outreach tool)
Let America Vote (voting rights focus)
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“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
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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