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Transcending Partisanship

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In Donald Trump’s Presidential victory speech, he struck a tone that some found hard to believe after the vitriolic race. He called on Republicans, Democrats, and independents to “come together as one united people.” But if you’ve been on social media recently, you know that’s a tall order. So Thursday, we’re looking at the state of polarization in the country and the internet’s effect on our political views. We’ll also talk to activists who are imagining a “Reunited” America.

On Saturday, November 12, Salt Lake Civil Network, Village Square and other community organizations are hosting the 2016 Utah Citizen Summit. The event is a gathering of citizens and leaders interested in productive conversation across political and social divides. For a schedule of the day’s events and locations, visit UtahCitizenSummit.org

  • Jason Gainous, Professor of Political Science at University of Louisville and co-author of  Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in American Politics [Indiebound|Amazon]
  • Mark Gerzon, Founder and President of Mediators Foundation and author of  The Reunited States of America [Indiebound|Amazon]
  • John Kesler, attorney and President of Salt Lake Civil Network, an organization focused on dialogue and community building.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.