• July 24, 2020

How to Listen; How [not] to Police

This week’s show features Kevin Wilhelm, author of “How to Talk to the ‘Other Side.’” Kevin, Jean and Robert discuss tactics for productive conversations about the most difficult political issues. Robert and Jean subsequently have no trouble finding agreement on President Trump’s politically motivated insertion of federal law enforcement into local jurisdictions.
  • July 13, 2020

Reed and Gottheimer Talk, Listen and Solve Problems

This episode features the co-chairs of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus: Democrat Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Republican Tom Reed (NY-23). Their conversation covers how the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus works, what the political ramifications can be for joining this collaborative group, and what hope lies ahead for issues from police reform to COVID recovery.
  • June 26, 2020

American Holding Pattern

This week, Robert and Jean discuss the uncomfortable facts around the ongoing pandemic and political and societal gridlock. COVID still holds us, and our economy, hostage; social unrest continues, and Americans and our representatives continue to disagree on what to do about any of it. And yet, hope shines like a diamond (a baseball diamond, that is) by the end of this episode.
  • June 19, 2020

DACA and SCOTUS Power; Biden’s VP Choices

U.S News & World Report Senior Political Writer Susan Milligan offers her knowledge and perspective on recent Supreme Court decisions as well as on Joe Biden’s possible vice presidential pick, inspiring a lively discussion about the changing role of the Court and the importance (or lack thereof) of running mates in presidential elections.
  • June 11, 2020

A Conversation About Conversations

Team Bipodisan is joined this week by speaker, author and diversity engagement specialist Karith Foster, who sets the stage for a conversation about conversations. The group discusses the benefits of employing humor, courage, empathy and curiosity in difficult discourse.
  • June 5, 2020

Anger. Frustration. Helplessness. Love.

Robert, Jean and Claude engage in an open, respectful and emotional discussion about injustice, reactions and human connections. Hope is woven throughout this week’s show.
  • May 29, 2020

Trump’s Twitter Tantrum; Hong Kong Crackdown

Technology journalist Rob Pegoraro joins Jean and Robert this week for a tutorial on the communications statute Trump seeks to tweak. The co-hosts find bipartisan agreement on: the long-overdue need for new federal legislation to regulate social media monoliths; their longing for a moment of national pandemic mourning; and the crisis-level need for a global coalition to stand up against the communist government of China.
  • May 21, 2020

Data & Divisions

This week, Robert and Jean embark on a bipartisan search for clarity on COVID-19 data and the political and class divisions underlying the pandemic.
  • May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Spending: Can we Go Too Far?

While sticking to their ideological underpinnings, Robert and Jean engage in an exploratory conversation about COVID-era spending, deficits, debt, inflation and the dollar. The conversation is a little nerdy, but also accessible and even fun.
  • May 1, 2020

A Guest who Solves Problems; Agreement on Presidential Election Unknowns

Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) joins the show to talk about the COVID-related work of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, then co-hosts Robert and Jean delve into the latest news in presidential politics — including the possible implications of third-party candidates like Independents Justin Amash and Jesse Ventura.