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We're on a quest to help you stay sane – positive, even! – in spite of today’s divisive political climate.
||Clean50 States of Mind||Ryan Bernsten, an American playwright and Oxford grad student, is in the middle of a cross-country journey covering all 50 states. Over the past few months he's attended a Trump rally the night before Election Day, chatted with mayors of big cities and teeny-tiny towns, stayed with 21 different families, and enjoyed crab cakes, ice cream, and other American delights. Our conversation focusses on Ryan's unexpected takeaways, social media vs. the real world, and the kindness of strangers from across the aisle that he's experienced along the way.||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Better News||In the fall of 2016, former journalist Erin Ruberry set out to create a newsletter that highlights acts of kindness from Americans across the country. Her own optimism is infectious. Erin built an online space focussed on the Good joins Sanity to talk about her mission to make the internet a happier place (and to talk about the one and only Dolly Parton!).||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTackling Disconnection through Living Room Conversations||As the co-founder of moveon.org, momsrising.org, and Living Room Conversations, Joan Blades is a progressive activist whose main mission is to bridge strengthening political divides. She made headlines when she hosted a Living Room Conversation with Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party movement. In this conversation, Joan talks about what she’s learned about finding common ground in a tense climate, about the benefits of walking meetings, and about her bipartisan TED Talk, “Free yourself from your filter bubbles,” which received 1.2 million views.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnexpected: The Red Hen, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the Kindness of Strangers||On June 25th, 2018 in Old Saybrook, CT, Red Hen restaurant owner Shelley Deproto started her morning with a stream of online threats targeting her restaurant. The night before, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had been asked to leave an entirely different, unaffiliated Red Hen restaurant in Virginia. Overnight, Shelley became the focus of national media attention. Her Yelp review dropped from a 4.5 to a 2. But she refused to get political, and instead shared her positive message about kindness and pursuing one's passion even amidst a divisive time.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is Thanksgiving Getting Shorter?||If you think Thanksgiving meals are getting tenser across the country, look to Dr. Keith Chen’s research for concrete proof. After experiencing increasingly partisan conversations both at work and at family gatherings, Chen was inspired to quantify and measure partisan divisions in part to start a conversation about what we can do to rectify them. By analyzing over 21 billion pings of smartphone data, Chen and his co-author, Ryne Rohla, found that in 2016, families that celebrated Thanksgiving across partisan lines cut their meals 30 to 50 minutes shorter than those who stuck with company with similar political beliefs. Chen is an Associate Professor of Economics the UCLA Anderson School of Management.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeace, Love & Happiness||Following the 2016 election, Sherri and Larry Athay set out to spread some peace, love and happiness in their small Connecticut town by way of a rubber duck shop. Their number one seller? The Trump Duck.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlueberries & Cherries||Connecting through Dinner and Art | Philippa Hughes||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoOur Time Will Come||A Republican advocate for immigration reform, cannabis policy, and combatting climate change, South Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo is squarely one of the most moderate voices in the House of Representatives. In 2016, he likened Donald Trump to Hugo||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoBursting Media Bubbles||In 2016, Annafi Wahed quit her job in finance, moved to New Hampshire, and knocked on doors for Hillary Clinton. She'd never been involved in a campaign in her life, and the experience opened her eyes to the many divides facing the country. It inspired her to create The Flip Side, a refreshing newsletter committed to bursting media bubbles one 5-minute read at a time.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||CleanVideoIntroduction||Welcome to Sanity. We're on a quest to help you stay sane – positive, even! – in spite of today’s divisive political climate. Sanity is spotlighting a growing force of moderates, liberals, conservatives, and apoliticals launching initiatives to bring people back together instead of tear us apart.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Since 2016 I've grown increasingly alienated by politics and most news media, exhausted by the seemingly endless blame games and polarizing pundits. Sanity is one of the first political mediums in a long time that I've found genuinely insightful and enjoyable. The idea of hearing upbeat, thought-provoking conversations with folks who fall to either side of the spectral center without being "sold" is refreshing and is a concept that I believe will resonate with listeners who want to be informed without the banter and mudslinging.