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Civilizing The Public Conversation
Civilizing The Public Conversation

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AIR DATE: November 16, 2012

Does civil discourse stand a chance in an era of negative campaigns? We take a look at some of the harshest moments in the 2012 campaign, and talk about how they affected voters, friendships, relationships and society. And we'll talk to some experts about how to improve civil discourse in our politics and our daily lives.
 
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Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona.
Rev. J. Herbert Nelson II, Presbyterian Church (USA) Respectful Dialogue Initiative
Jean Sternlight, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
Howard Beckerman, vice president of Temple Sinai Men's Club
Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law graduate

 

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    Please -- civilized public discourse is of course better and also challenges the intellect of all of us. Truth must be truth again. Agendas are not a substitute.
    Merry ClarkNov 14, 2012 21:19:51 PM
    Civil discourse-I think it relates to media literacy. Voters who know about the sources, funders, and perspectives of negative campaigning are better able to decide which data to credit.
    SandraNov 14, 2012 10:08:22 AM
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