America Talks

A country facing deep divisions

America Talks was the first nation-wide My Country Talks event in the USA. The event took place on June 12 and 13, 2021, kicking off the National Week of Conversation. My Country Talks partnered with USA Today and the USA Today Network to organise America Talks, along with several other media and civil society groups.

Nearly 6,000 participants signed up for the event. By answering Yes/No questions on controversial issues such as whether gun control regulations should be more strict,
whether a 15 dollar nation-wide minimum wage should be implemented, and whether it’s a good idea to fully legalize marijuana.

America needs to talk, and we need to listen to those unlike ourselves. The way we’re demonizing each other across differences is a real threat to all Americans, our families, our communities, and our country. America Talks is a chance for us to take a courageous and necessary step toward healing America,” said Pearce Godwin, Listen First Project founder & CEO, and one of the organizers of the event.

If a pandemic can't bring the United States together, what can?

Read an interview with David Broockman, a professor of political science at UC Berkely who is conducting a study on America Talks.

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More stories from America Talks

He's on the left. I'm on the right. Here's what we learned talking to each other about America.

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The simple fix to our polarization: Befriend someone you disagree with

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Helping Americans Talk Through Their Differences

From Public News Service

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Rebuilding trust, one conversation at a time

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America Talks: Join us to reduce toxic polarization – and to help save our nation

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Gannett Invites USA Today Network Readers to Connect and Bridge America’s Divide

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Pilot: AllSides Talks

America Talks started with a pilot from American media outlet Allsides, a news site which aggregates stories from across the political news spectrum. The pilot was run on January 23, 2021, just a few days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and amidst a burgeoning impeachment trial for former president Donald Trump.

The event started with just one question: who did you vote for? Partcipants were also asked on their views of political correctness, and whether they thought the recent protests over racial inequality were justified. The pilot attracted over 500 partipants, and more than 200 people spoke to a stranger with the opposite political opinion from them.

One Wants To Protect People, the Other Wants To Preserve Freedom

Read about one conversation from the America Talks pilot event, published on ZEIT ONLINE

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