2:45pm

Sat September 8, 2012
The Spotlight: Politics

The Spotlight: Seeking Civility In Political Discourse

80% of Americans find political campaigns uncivil and 85% say that politics in general is becoming more uncivil.

On this special election season edition of Peace Talks Radio, an assessment of the degree of the problem, and some ideas on how to address it, from a number people. We’ll hear from current Democratic congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, former long-term Republican congresswoman Connie Morella from Maryland – both of whom actually agree on several things they think will help. We’ll also talk with two media analysts - Western Washington University's Michael Karlberg and Hakim Bellamy of the Media Literacy Project, who’ll comment on the media’s role in heightening incivility in political discourse. And we’ll hear from a woman who’s launched an online project she thinks may help things a bit, by taking a kitchen table around the country.

This program originally aired on Saturday, September 8th 2012.

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