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Connections: How to disagree better politically


*This broadcast includes an update on the state of COVD-19 in Monroe County with WXXI health reporter Brett Dahlberg.

Social scientist and author Arthur Brooks says Americans need to “Love Your Enemies.” That’s the title of his most recent book. In it, he argues that agreement across the political spectrum isn’t necessary, but better disagreement is needed.

Professor David Primo at the University of Rochester has been teaching a course on the role of disagreement in a democratic society. He and several of his students join us to discuss issues related to political polarization, academic freedom, and diversity on college campuses. We also discuss how political disagreement has impacted responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our guests:

  • David Primo, professor of political science and business administration, and Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor at the University of Rochester
  • Madelyn Candela, sophomore at the University of Rochester
  • Jonah Ricanati, senior at the University of Rochester
  • Maggie Sannicandro, senior at the University of Rochester

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