Episode 1.8: The Filibuster [Season Finale]
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, 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 graduate.
"US Capitol" flickr photo by Shawn Clover flickr.com/photos/shawnclover/5385085401 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
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.