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Polarized Nation: Why Are Americans So Divided & Can We Unite?

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President-elect Joe Biden has asked Americans to come together and "stop treating opponents as enemies." Is it possible?  We'll examine the historic and sociological roots of the growing polarization that we see all around us--and how it is tied not only to politics, but to people's deeper sense of identity. We'll  discuss what it might take to "heal" the nation.

Guests

Marc Hetherington, professor of political science, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; co-author, "Prius or Pickup: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide"

Judith Rosenbaum, associate professor, chair, department of communication and journalism, University of Maine in Orono; co-editor, "Twitter, the Public Sphere and the Chaos of Online Deliberation"

Resources

Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.