Sally Kohn, Krista Tippett, Erick Erickson.
Krista Tippet Photo: Peter Beck

"Political modes of argument and debate have infiltrated all of our spheres," says "On Being" host Krista Tippett. "The way we take up any important subject, even in a community, even in a religious institution, it's very contentious. It's about turning issues into a debate between this extreme and that extreme, it's about competing answers. It's not about what are the questions before us that we all have a stake in. There are some simple things that we can do that are actually very hard because they feel so counter-intuitive because of the set of instincts and reflexes that we've worked up."

Krista Tippett joins us to talk about politics and civility and the upcoming "Repairing Public Discourse" event in Missoula Tuesday night.

Montana Gubernatorial Candidates Circle The State To Excite Voters
Democratic governor Steve Bullock criticized the tax reform bill moving through Congress today, while Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte’s vote helped pass the U.S. House version of the bill.

Gubernatorial candidates Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte met Saturday for their third and final debate before the elections.

Listen: Oct. 5 U.S. House Debate

Oct 5, 2016
Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke met in their third debate in the race for Montana's U.S. House seat Wed. Oct 5. Newcomer to the race, Libertarian Rick Breckenridge, also joined the debate. Listen to the full debate here.


In last night’s gubernatorial debate in Billings the opponents painted very different pictures of Montana’s economy, attacked one another’s character and provided few straightforward answers to direct questions.

Listen: Bullock Gianforte Debate, Sep. 19, 2016

Sep 19, 2016

Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte, candidates for Montana governor, met in Billings for their second debate Monday night. Listen to the full debate here.