We must begin to talk and, more importantly, listen to those who disagree with us, says Celeste Headlee. She offers smart ways to discuss politics without getting in a fight.


Journalist Will Potter makes the case that in these polarized times we all have to have the courage to step outside of our comfort zones and address people as individuals, rather than presumed ideologies.


Why government leaders should publish the reams of data they’re collecting — and why citizens everywhere should push them to do so.


Nick Hanauer lays out the epic failure of the Republican party to serve its voters, prompting the popular surge in support for Donald Trump.

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Do you think your country’s political system is broken? Simon Anholt has a solution: the Good Country Party, which looks beyond borders to include everyone from everywhere.


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Why vote?

Tuesday marks the U.S. midterm elections — and political experts predict that Republicans will gain seats in both the House and the Senate. Why should you care, when even American journalists are relatively quiet about this week’s vote? 3 ideas behind the news.