Award-Winning Radio Show to Record Episode on Public Discourse at UM

March 12, 2018

Krista Tippett will bring two experts from opposite sides of the political spectrum to UM to record an episode of her award-winning radio show and podcast.MISSOULA – Krista Tippett’s award-winning radio show and podcast “On Being” will record a new episode for the Civil Conversations Project in the University of Montana Dennison Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

“Repairing Public Discourse” is an exploration of politics and civility in the United States with guests Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson, along with host Tippett, in discussion on stage. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are needed. The discourse will include questions from the audience.

Since the 2016 presidential elections, awareness of the deep divisions in American society and the breakdown of productive public discourse across party and ideological lines has grown. Tippett’s Civil Conversations Project models a new approach to civil dialogue.

“Repairing Public Discourse” brings together Kohn and Erickson, representatives from opposite ends of the political spectrum, who both have recently written books about how to be our best selves despite divergent views and beliefs. Together with Tippett, they will explore the future of public discourse.

Tippett is a Peabody award-winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist and New York Times bestselling author. She founded and leads the On Being Project, hosts the globally esteemed “On Being” public radio show and podcast, and curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to conversation and relationship across the differences of our time.  

Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. She is a CNN political commentator and columnist and a previous Fox News contributor. Before that, she held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation to help manage more than $15 million in annual grants to social justice organizations nationwide. Kohn received a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University and became a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Service Scholar at the NYU School of Law. She is the author of the book “The Opposite of Hate” and host of the podcast “State of Resistance.”

Erickson is the host of Atlanta’s Evening News on WSB and editor of the blog “The Resurgent.” He has contributed to both CNN and Fox News, and The Atlantic named him one of the most influential conservative voices in America. Erickson studied political science and history at Mercer University and earned a law degree at the Walter F. George School of Law. He is working toward a doctorate in theology and is the author of the book “Before You Wake: Life Lessons from a Father to His Children.”

The UM event is a joint project of the “On Being” Civil Conversations Project, Montana Public Radio, the UM Mansfield Center’s Ethics and Public Affairs Program, and The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship.

For more information email Caitlin Sager, UM Mansfield Center program coordinator, at or visit or

The “On Being” program is on air at 4 p.m. Saturdays on Montana Public Radio and on demand at


Contact: Caitlin Sager, program coordinator, UM Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965,