The Purple Principle Podcast

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The Purple Principle Podcast  

The Purple Principle is a non-partisan podcast for independent-minded Americans exploring the perils of partisanship in U.S. politics, society and daily life.

By most measures, the US has over 40 million independent or unaffiliated voters (that’s a large audience!) representing more than a third of the electorate. Yet despite large and growing numbers, independents are often missing from the national conversation.

Independents have no cable channel or national newspaper. You rarely encounter an independent perspective on a major network or opinion page. And there’s a surprising lack of scholarship on them as well. Yet independents loom large come election time precisely because of their large numbers and low predictability.
At the Purple Principle, our audience is those independent-minded and unaffiliated Americans.

These questions lie behind every episode of The Purple Principle: How did these United States get so thoroughly partisan? How do we get less partisan? Can independent-minded Americans help bridge the divide?

Along our podcast journey, we interview experts from many different backgrounds: neuroscientists, comedians, mediators, legislators, musicians, non-partisan groups, political scientists and statisticians.

At the end of each episode, we ask this Exhausted American Majority tired of partisan political battles, to share their own purple tales as mediators between blue and red family members and friends. Hide full description

By most measures, the US has over 40 million independent or unaffiliated voters (that’s a large audience!) representing more than a third of the electorate. Yet despite large and growing numbers, independents are often missing from the national conversation. Independents have no cable channel or national newspaper. You rarely encounter an independent perspective on a major network or opinion page. And there’s a surprising lack of scholarship on them as well. Yet independents loom large come election time precisely because of their large numbers and low predictability. At the Purple Principle, our audience is those independent-minded and unaffiliated Americans. These questions lie behind every episode of The Purple Principle: How did these United States get so thoroughly partisan? How... Show full description


60 Pieces

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Caption: Episode 1: Portrait of the Arsonist as a Young Congressman
Does history create vulnerabilities that any number of populist politicians could seize upon? Or do exceptional populists create those opportunitie...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 34:19

  • Added: Nov 20, 2020
  • Length: 27:15
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How does a century-old poem written in Ireland as European civil wars erupted in the aftermath of World War I still resonate in our own partisan er...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2020
  • Length: 22:36
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The great state of Alaska is different in many ways – its vast size, low population, and great distance from “the lower 48” (states). Politics in A...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 25:10
  • Purchases: 1
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Independent candidate David Krucoff is running for the non-voting D.C. Congress position without much hope of unseating incumbent Democrat Eleanor ...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 18:02
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What makes a stand-up comedian wake up one day and decide comedy needs more science? A road comic for 13 years, Shane Mauss made this enlightened d...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2020
  • Length: 26:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dr. Andrew Smith UNH Survey Center
How much trust can independent-minded voters place in polling this 2020 election season? It seems not a day goes by without multiple new poll res...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2020
  • Length: 18:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Why Not So Great Minds Polarize Alike, with NYU Neural Scientist, Dr. Jay Van Bavel

  • Added: Sep 21, 2020
  • Length: 29:11
Caption: Myq Kaplan
Ok, Comedians, make America laugh with surprising, original jokes that offend absolutely no one and work equally well in our very blue, very red an...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2020
  • Length: 21:43
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Episode 7
Did you hear the one about bipartisanship? Two opposing congressmen walk into a town hall…and civil discussion breaks out.

  • Added: Aug 27, 2020
  • Length: 26:08
Caption: Dr. Robert Elliott Smith
How do social media algorithms feed us news, entertainment, advertisements, even suggesting friends and lovers? By simplifying human nature, accord...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2020
  • Length: 30:02
Caption: Dominik Stecula
Episode 5 (Bonus Material) Side of Spin with Your Nightly News? Broadcast Media & Partisanship, Special Guest: Dr. Dominik Stecula What the heck ...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2020
  • Length: 05:59
Caption: Episode 4: Heard from the Herd
Episode 4: Heard from the Herd: Psychology and Partisanship, featuring Dr. Abigail Marsh, author of The Fear Factor, Professor of Neuropsychology a...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2020
  • Length: 22:52
Caption: Episode 3: 40 Million Missing
By most measures, the US has over 40 million independent or unaffiliated voters representing a third or more of the electorate. Yet despite large a...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2020
  • Length: 24:05
Caption: Episode 2: Charlie Wheelan Unite America
In Episode 2, our guests include a former Republican speechwriter, a former centrist Democratic congressional candidate, a former Economist Magazin...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2020
  • Length: 23:18
Caption: Episode 1 Priming with Purple
How did these United States get so thoroughly partisan? How do we get less partisan? Can independent-minded Americans help bridge the divide? The...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2020
  • Length: 12:01
Caption: Democracy & Elections Under Stress: A Discussion with Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center
The 2020 election has revealed the partisan state of American politics and society like no other event in recent history. How did we get to this po...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 41:13
Caption: From Episode 17, Party Dynamics and the 2020 Election in Context: A Discussion with Historian Geoffrey Kabaservice (Niskanen Center)
Inaccurate polling… Split-ticket results… Denial of election results by large numbers of Republican voters and members of Congress... There have...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 01:19:42
Caption: Civil Society and Campus Politics: Two Collegians Take on Polarization
Avinash Bakshi, President of the Penn State College Independents, describes the importance of having a third, less tribal option among political gr...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2020
  • Length: 19:19
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The Year 2020 has not exactly been brimming with good news. Certainly in terms of public health and the economy, you could say it was the worst of ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2020
  • Length: 28:06