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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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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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