Episode 3: Finding Solutions

In the third and final episode of “True Progress: Polarization,” we look for hope. Our experts share paths forward to leave behind the division and hate separating us. To solve this problem, we must all find ways to keep our social fabric from unraveling.

“Begin with yourself. What about me do I need to work on? Because that's a lifelong reform project. And then if I’ve got that under control, how do I love my neighbor? What does that look like to love my neighbor? Not in sentiment, but in action.”
Tony Woodlief

“You can't justify demonizing people if you're not so sure that they're actually demons.”
Ilana Redstone

“I'm excited that it seems as though there is a movement towards civil discourse, a movement towards depolarizing our society. Some call it the bridging movement. And I'm excited and I think that there's a lot that we can do to move the ball forward.”
Ben Klutsey

Interviewed Experts

Ben Klutsey

Director of Academic Outreach and Director of the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange, Mercatus Center

Ilana Redstone

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois; Co-Director, Mill Institute, University of Austin

Clay Routledge

Vice President of Research and Director of the Human Flourishing Lab, Archbridge Institute

Dan Vallone

Director, More in Common, USA

Tony Woodlief

Senior Executive Vice President, State Policy Network; Author of "I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance"

About the Series

True Progress is a podcast documentary dedicated to investigating the forces that can move our society forward. Our first installment focuses on one of the biggest and most harmful barriers to progress today: polarization. Polarization is something we’ve all heard about and possibly even felt in our everyday relationships. With another presidential election on the horizon and polls showing America’s widening divides, it’s time to take a serious look at how our society became fractured and what we can do, as individuals and collectively, to heal. In conversations with experts, True Progress explores the causes of polarization, its effects on our society, and pathways to solutions.