Humans are Ultra-Social: COVID-19 Is Emotionally Tough This Thanksgiving, Politics Aside

When the U.S. economy was mostly shut down in a wide-ranging effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the impact was immediate and severe. Weekend destinations and lively centers of cultural activity, once packed with crowds of visitors, suddenly became empty and silent...
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Putting a “Lid” On Our Demands of the American Public: Let’s Focus on “Lower-Intensity Depolarization” (LID) Strategies

My previous article investigated the methods used by most groups focused on reducing political polarization. I argued they can be effective, but they usually ask for too much time and effort from the American public. Most Americans do not have the time or interest to engage deeply with...
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Current Depolarization Activities Ask People to Work Too Hard, are Unlikely to Reach Enough Americans

The election is now over. Yet the work to depolarize the country must continue. Having some new leaders can help, but they cannot fully reverse forces that have led to increasing political division. At the heart of efforts to reduce political polarization – especially improving the...
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Reopening Schools During COVID-19: Democrats, Republicans Both Care About Their Children's Well-Being

With the 2020 election process winding down, focus should increase on issues facing communities such as managing school reopening and virtual learning during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In this time of hyper-partisanship and limitless access to information, it’s easy to find...
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Is Biden the “Projected Winner” or “President-Elect”?

Many media outlets, such as CBS , The Hill , and Reuters , have been referring to projected 2020 presidential election winner Joe Biden as the "President-elect," and Kamala Harris "Vice President-elect." Some, such as Voice of America , are calling Biden the "projected winner." Others...
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Post-Election Depolarization May Come from Surprising Places: An Initiative from Hollywood’s Captain America

Hollywood has long had a strongly liberal reputation. But as America looks to heal from a divisive election, opportunities for depolarization may come from surprising places, including Hollywood. A recent project spearheaded in part by Chris Evans, the star who plays Captain America, is...
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Why News Outlets Differ on Calling Arizona for Biden

A peculiar feature of Wednesday’s post-election protests was some Trump supporters’ chants of “shame on Fox!,” in reference to Fox News , the right-leaning news media giant. While data shows Republicans trust Fox more than any other outlet, President Trump has publicly criticized the...
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Story of the Week: Biden Projected as Next President by Major News Outlets; Trump Starts Legal Challenges

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. UPDATED 11/7/20 at 7:00 p.m. ET: Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential election Saturday by multiple major news networks, as his vote tally reportedly passed President...
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Trump vs. Biden on Unity and Polarization, Explained in 2 Minutes

Since 2012, more Americans have identified a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January, 91 percent of participants said conflicts between the party coalitions are either strong or very strong, and larger numbers within each...
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Restoring Trust

Last week, I witnessed a high profile Living Room Conversation that made me hopeful. Marianne Williamson, Grover Norquist, Pedro Silva, John Wood, Amanda Kathryn Roman and Justine Lee participated in a live stream conversation that warmed my heart. This group had notably diverse political...
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