When President Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a small business owner from Tennessee named John felt relief. John voted for Trump, in part because he wanted to see an originalist replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch’s speech reassured him, and he called the radio show Indivisible to explain why.
In a calm, measured tone, John said he hoped to see Gorsuch and the Supreme Court defend the First and Second amendments. He was followed by Charlie, a Democrat from Atlanta who wondered how Gorsuch might approach a case alleging a conflict of interest by Trump. He, too, was polite. Others joined the conversation, which lasted an hour, each offering their opinion with civility and respect. It was unlike most political conversations these days.
Which is the point.
Indivisible, a call-in radio show airing four nights a week through Trump’s first 100 days, aims to turn the nation’s political cacophony into a conversation by drawing people out of their echo chambers and into a dialog. “I hope people are saying, ‘I’m a liberal, but that actually made sense to me,’” says host Charlie Sykes. “Maybe they’ve never had a format where they had that exposure before.”
Mention “echo chamber” and “bubble” and people invariably think of Facebook or Fox News….