Imagine coming of age as a young American in the country's booming era of poisonous, hyper-polarized politics. The trip from high-minded civics class to acid political reality is short and brutal. Some embrace it, jumping straight in as shock troops of the right or left — dukes-up college Republicans or angry left bloggers.
But another stripe of young voters is looking out on the charred political battlefield of hyper-polarization and concluding that there has to be a better way, a way beyond partisanship. Hardcore culture warriors and veterans of the political trenches may call them naive, but they're insisting that a middle-way may be the only real way forward.
Hear a conversation with young college grads aiming beyond partisanship in a super-partisan American.
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post reporter and author of "Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives"
Nate Byer, Adam Gomolin, and Rob Weinstock, directors of BeyondPartisan.org
Duncan Black, who writes the Democratic blog Eshaton.
This program aired on July 19, 2006.