Watch the entire public discussion between Krista and her two guests at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And see what people were seeing in our interactive chat as the event unfolded.
No issue is more intractable than abortion. Or is it? Most Americans fall somewhere between the absolute poles of “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” A Christian ethicist who advocates a "consistent ethic of life" and an abortion-rights activist reveal what they admire in the other side and discuss what’s really at stake in this debate.
Pertinent Posts from the On Being Blog
Upon being told she is obese by a viewer, a television anchor uses the opportunity to talk about bullying and the need to be kinder to one another.
Activists from two embattled sides find their way to the same table following a public tragedy. The intention? Communicate openly, without necessarily finding common ground.
A nourishing story of forgiveness, mercy, and redemption. Yes, StoryCorps does it again.
Jon Stewart speaks from the heart on the seriousness of political civility following the assassination attempt on Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Our thought experiment for the week: draw on your own memories of a simple human encounter — unlikely relationships with non-like-minded people — that you may not have pondered as formative and important.
How might we set up a website in which people could find political pen pals for civil, substantive conversations? Offer your suggestions and please share with others. They might have the answer!
A video report from USC's Bethany Firnhaber, Rosalina Nieves, and Robyn Carolyn Price.
Video of Obama's speech and how it came up in our live event with Joshua Dubois.
On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.
About the Image
Voices on the Radio
Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. His books include A New Evangelical Manifesto and The Sacredness of Human Life.
Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Senior Editor: Trent Gilliss
Technical Director/Producer: Chris Heagle
Producer: Nancy Rosenbaum
Associate Producer/Online: Susan Leem
Coordinating Producer: Stefni Bell
Frances Kissling is known for her longtime activism on the abortion issue but has devoted her energy more in recent years to real relationship and new conversations across that bitter divide. She's learned, she's written, about the courage to be vulnerable in front of those with whom we passionately disagree.
Our Civil Conversations Project continues with the Ghanaian-British-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. His parents' marriage helped inspire the movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. He's studied ethics in a world of strangers and how unimaginable social change happens. We explore his erudite yet down-to-earth take on disarming moral hostilities in America now.