Episode 2.8: Best of Devil's Discourse
In this special episode of the Devil’s Discourse, we share just a few highlights from the first 15 episodes of these unscripted and unedited conversations between undergraduate Duke students. Though ideologically divided, the 16 participants for this experiment in civil discourse challenged each other, listened to each other, and learned from each other. The topics these students chose to discuss struck at the core of our nation’s political divide, as well as issues impacting our campus community. Duke University’s mission is, in part, to promote an intellectual environment based on a commitment to free and open inquiry. The Devil’s Discourse honors these sentiments by amplifying the voices of those who live these sentiments. We want to express our appreciation to the 16 Duke undergraduates who have lent their voices and opinions to this podcast. The Devil’s Discourse exists because of these students’ courage to share their beliefs, desire to engage constructively with others, and their perseverance to continue engaging even when some conversations got tough.
These days, extreme partisanship, a breakdown in civility, policy-making and process-driven 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.