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  • Good Radio Shows: 2013 Episodes

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  • Peace Talks - Story of Forgiveness
    tell us the story about how you two were able to create a bridge and work together Phil Perea I got a call from my pastor and he told me that Frank wanted to meet with me I got that phone call when I was in the office of my son s lawyer The lawyer said Don t Go And I said Why And he said Your son just got finished killing his son They re going to set you up and they re going to kill you I don t care what you think I ve seen it so many times They re setting you up When I got out to there the first thing my wife told me was You re going Aren t you And I said Yeah I know Frank I know part of his family I want to meet with him I want to hear what this man s got to say When I showed up at the church in Taos Frank showed up a little bit late and the first thing that came out of Frank s mouth was You tell Jason that I forgive him Frank said I m a little shaky I m a little nervous But what I want to know is can you help me And I said Sure what is it that you want And he said I want to start a program for the youth Phil I want to go back to the courage that it took to go to that meeting I mean you must have been a little bit worried if people were telling you he might retaliate How did you overcome that fear Perea Well for the first two weeks I carried a gun Everybody in town told me your life is in danger Not only from Frank but there s two other fathers They said They re going to wipe out the Pereas But right after I got a peace of mind and said Lord I hand everything over to you My son the whole situation I put the guns away I don t need them Every morning I wake up and say What a beautiful day to die If it was my turn it d be right there and then I d say Thank you Why They re just sending me home a little sooner I m not worried about death Frank talk a little about retaliation Because that seems to be part of our culture People would expect you to retaliate for your son Tollardo Well the thing about it is I knew my son Eric really good I knew that he wouldn t retaliate and I wouldn t want him to do it if it was me that was dead I told Eric s friends at the burial because I heard a lot of his friends saying retaliation but I told them no retaliation I don t want no blood on my son s hands Myself too I ve never wanted

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  • Good Radio Shows: 2008 Episodes

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  • Peace Talks - Seeking Civility in Political Discourse
    the invisible fist of competition will lead to good policy probably isn t true Actually I should correct that the notion that the invisible hand of pure competition will lead to good policy The danger is that there s an invisible fist And without some level of altruism and commitment to persuasion you wind up making bad decisions KATE NELSON I find a lot of value in that I worry that when we bemoan the lack of civility in political discourse there s some sort of Pollyanna desire for everyone to get along with everyone And there s something positive in the rough and tumble of politics People do have widely diverse ideas And they are valid ideas there s not a right and a wrong There s just differences of opinions And the beauty of American democracy is the freedom to debate it out And debate need not mean that we are cloaking our emotions and our words and the true extent of our feelings We just need to figure out some way to carry out rough and tumble debate and keep it on the issue And too often I guess what we really are bemoaning is that we re talking about image we re talking about the secondary issues we re making up issues we re diverting attention rather than focussing it on where it needs to be Right So focus on the problem not the people But it seems like so much of the campaigning is about this polarization of one personality versus another personality And they re always described in real extremes rather than sort of shades of grey I m wondering if politicians have always felt this need to appear radically different from one another GIL ST CLAIR Well I m not sure they ve always felt that But at various points in our history there are very strong feelings and very deep divisions over policies and so on Talk about slavery that occupied us for the first sixty years of the republic and feelings were very strong I m concerned though that if a democracy is to work there must be a fundamental trust by citizens and by office holders that their opponents are basically well meaning and that they are rational and that they understand that there are other interests at issue and compromise must be made When we lose that we become demeaning or even dehumanizing or demonizing I guess I should say of our opponents Then I think democracy is under serious threat So Guy you suggest that a crucial element of civility is when one of the conflicting parties can admit hey I m wrong or hey my opponent has a better idea Are you suggesting that a politician should embrace the Flip Flop GUY BURGESS Well the danger s the sacrifice trap where once you ve made sacrifices or asked your constituents to make sacrifices you can t admit that it was a mistake And you wind up getting committed to stupid policy over long periods of time And the truth of the matter is that the world is a really complicated messy place And people make decisions that don t turn out the way they expect all the time And if we don t let people change their minds then we re going to get stuck with a lot of not so good policies Well where does that come from you guys We let people in our personal lives change their minds We might be upset about it But this just seems ridiculous that we don t let our leaders change their minds KATE NELSON This is a place where the media who are at least part of it are going to have to fall on a sword In a conversation I had recently with a reader she in fact stated her forgiving nature for the Flip Flop as you put it that for her that s a sign of a person in evolution And as events change around them they change their minds And that can be a good thing The problem I think the thing that holds back a politician from saying that is because the bombast is so immediate and so loud from the talk radio shows from the TV roundtable screaming matches from the opposing candidate s campaign ad machinery that anymore they can have an ad on the air in twenty four hours they can be running it every fifteen minutes And it s that constant nyah nyah nyah right back at the person who may have very sincerely changed their mind on a good point for good reasons If you re going to face that kind of backlash you ll think twice about doing it whether you re in the political realm or whether it s in the kitchen in the middle of a discussion with your spouse I ll avoid the argument I ll stay the course GIL ST CLAIR I might say that part of the blame for this must rest with the voters with the citizens I think if our citizens were more engaged they would be more appreciative of the fact that political leaders may change their minds when they get more information PART TWO Some people believe that a campaign ad should really focus on why I should vote for a candidate as opposed to why I shouldn t vote for the opponent But why do attack ads really work GIL ST CLAIR Well I think they work because again there s a lot of folks not paying much attention and something that sort of grabs you while you re not paying much attention may be effective and I m not sure that at least we political scientists understand why the attack ads work so well despite the fact that citizens say they don t like negative advertising although there s a distinction between negative and attack ads and it is legitimate to use ads which actually

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  • Good Radio Shows: 2012 Episodes

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  • Good Radio Shows: 2008 Episodes

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