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Duke University's "Devil's Discourse"

These days, extreme partisanship, a breakdown in civility, gridlock, and other pathologies of modern politics have caused many Americans to lose trust in political institutions. The notion of individuals coming together to solve problems seems increasingly antiquated. However, most Duke University students want to hear what the other side thinks. They want to better understand the foundations of others’ beliefs. They want to learn how others’ experiences have shaped their world view. The Devil's Discourse Podcast captures these tough, honest, and respectful conversations, showcasing to the Duke community and to communities beyond that constructive dialogue is a first step toward jumpstarting cross-party collaboration and sound policy making.
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Oct 18, 2017

Building on episode 2.6, this unscripted and unedited conversation once again will cover health care, and features Duke juniors Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sánchez. You’ll hear these two Duke students with differing views do what many politicians won’t do. Through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward jump starting meaningful collaboration and sound policy making. Their views are entirely their own.

"even then." flickr photo by Kevin_Morris https://flickr.com/photos/kevinpaulmorris/5940318974 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Oct 4, 2017

This week's discussion is on whether health care is a right or a privilege, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. 

LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Kashtan. Listen First founder Pearce Godwin is a 2008 Duke public policy alum.

Their views are entirely their own.

Sep 27, 2017

This unscripted and unedited dialogue on illegal immigration features Duke senior Tierney Pretzer and Duke sophomore Mitchell Siegel. Their views are entirely their own. In this episode, you'll hear two Duke students with different views do what many politicians won't do. Through honest, tough, and respectful exchanges, they're proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward jumpstarting meaningful collaboration and sound policymaking. 

Sponsored by POLIS, Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service.

"Immigration Arrival Stamp in Passport" flickr photo by Karn B https://flickr.com/photos/karnbulsuk/32515301090 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Sep 20, 2017

This week’s discussion is on race in America, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Kashtan. Listen First founder Pearce Godwin is a 2008 Duke public policy alum. Their views are entirely their own.

 

"Together" flickr photo by Lennart Tange https://flickr.com/photos/lennartt/9537775212 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Sep 13, 2017

This unscripted and unedited conversation on climate change features Duke sophomores Nikhil Sridhar and Michael Tan. In this podcast, you'll hear students with different views do what many politicians won't do: through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they're proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward jumpstarting meaningful collaboration and sound policy making. 

"Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say" flickr photo by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center https://flickr.com/photos/nasamarshall/34402449191 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Sep 6, 2017

September 17 is Constitution Day, so this episode highlights varying interpretation of the US Constitution. This unscripted and unedited conversation features Duke juniors David Wohlever Sanchez and Paul Forrester. Their views are entirely their own.

The Devil's Discourse podcast features Duke students with differing views doing what many politicians won't do. Through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they're proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward jump starting meaningful collaboration and sound policy making.

Sponsored by POLIS, Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service.

"We the People" flickr photo by StevenANichols https://flickr.com/photos/stevenanichols/2722210623 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

Aug 30, 2017

Our first podcast of season two concerns immigration, and features four Duke students affiliated with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Kashtan. Listen First founder Pearce Godwin is a 2008 Duke public policy alum. "Statue of Liberty at Sunset" flickr photo by HorsePunchKid https://flickr.com/photos/horsepunchkid/5763901632 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

Apr 12, 2017

Our final podcast of the season concerns the merits of the Senate filibuster, and features all four Duke students affiliated with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. Graduating next month, the participating seniors include Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Kashtan. Listen First founder Pearce Godwin is a 2008 Duke public policy alum.

"US Capitol" flickr photo by Shawn Clover https://flickr.com/photos/shawnclover/5385085401 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Mar 29, 2017

Duke students Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sanchez engage in a civil discussion on the justification and appropriate application of taxes. Sponsored by Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS.

Mar 22, 2017

Two Duke women, sophomores Adaiya Granberry and Madison Laton, engage in a civil conversation about the potential benefits and pitfalls of Greek life on campus.

Mar 8, 2017

Two Duke University students, first-year Nico Coleman and sophomore Alec Lintz, engage in a civil conversation about abortion and reproductive rights. Sponsored by Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS.

Mar 1, 2017

Two Duke University women engage in a civil conversation about the issues surrounding abortion and reproductive rights. Sponsored by Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS.

"A Pro Life Rally for Life in Dublin" flickr photo by William Murphy https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/5894923002/ shared into the public domain using (CC0).  "Keep Abortion Safe & Legal Signs" flickr photo by thecrazyfilmgirl https://www.flickr.com/photos/thecrazyfilmgirl/5460076551 shared into the public domain using (CC0).

Feb 22, 2017

Duke students Sarah Faller and Alec Lintz civilly discuss their opinions regarding the issue of drug legalization.

Sponsored by POLIS, Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service.

Feb 15, 2017

Two Duke University students debate the merits and challenges of various campaign finance laws--particularly contribution limits.  Sponsored by Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service.

Photo Credit: Ben Tsai

Dec 14, 2016

Two Duke University students debate the ideas surrounding safe spaces on campus.  Sponsored by Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service.

Photo Credit: University of Nottingham

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