Living with the Divide

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photoIn many ways, Election Day 2004 felt like a dramatic starting point. There were calls for unity and reminders of the essential moderateness of the majority of Americans. But the howls of triumph and lamentations of defeat were louder.

Today's America is divided. Its new map has a great gulf cutting through its center along political, social, economic, religious, and even moral lines.

The question now is how Americans are going to live with the great divide. Some see new opportunities to build bridges, while others are digging in their heels for long-term trench warfare.

Hear a conversation about America's new political, moral, and cultural grand canyon and how it is living with the divide.


Cass Sunstein, professor of law at the University of Chicago, author of, The Second Bill of Rights: Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Constitutional Vision and Why We Need It More Than Ever and Why Societies Need Dissent. His opinion piece, "Healing Means Surrender" appeared recently on;

Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, contributing editor of the National Review Online, co-editor of, Restoring the American Dream: What We Pledge to Do Now To Strengthen the Family, Balance the Budget, Replace the Welfare State;

John K. White, professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, author of, The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition.

This program aired on November 17, 2004.


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