Mar 4 • 32M

The Roots of Polarization

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Dominic Packer & Jay Van Bavel
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The first of a special two-part series, this episode offers a definition of polarization and explores its causes and effects. In the coming episodes, the podcast will investigate what we can learn from the history of polarization in other countries; what antidotes to polarization has research uncovered; and why it's important to make a long-term investment in polarization research.

Today’s episode features researchers Jay J. Van Bavel and Dominic J. Packer, co-authors of The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony. We also hear from Alison Taylor, Executive Director at Ethical Systems, a research collaborative affiliated with NYU; Dr. Hahrie Han, Professor of Political Science and the Director of the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University; Uriel Epshtein, Executive Director of the Renew Democracy Initiative; and Joshua Fryday, Chief Service Officer for the State of California with California Volunteers.

This series is directed by Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer; and produced by Yvonne Phan. This podcast interview was conducted by journalist Richard Sergay and presented by podcast producer, host, and writer, Tavia Gilbert. 

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