Podcast episodes about political polarization

For my psychology podcast, People Who Read People, I’ve done quite a few interviews with people on the subject of political polarization, social media effects on polarization, and some other political topics related to political polarization. I wanted to put all of those episodes in one place for people interested in political polarization.

Why is polarization important?

Many people, when they hear about polarization, think something like, “One political group is horrible so it makes sense for us to be polarized. Polarization isn’t a problem at all; it’s necessary.”

If you think that, I highly recommend listening to some of these episodes below, so you can understand why so many smart people consider polarization to be such a huge problem. If you’re worried about the U.S. becoming increasingly chaotic and dysfunctional, you owe it to yourself to learn more about how polarization dynamics work, and the psychology that drives it. At the very least, understanding these topics better will help you make better, more persuasive political arguments.

Personally, I think that if we’re going to avoid worst-case scenarios in this country, we need more people to make the effort to understand polarization and more people working to heal our us-versus-them divides.

Polarization-related episodes from my podcast

Episodes include:

Below are episodes about some specific political issues. My interest in talking about these topics is mostly about wanting to examine aspects of the psychology of polarization and how it distorts our abilities to have respectful and nuanced conversations.

Want to learn more about the podcast? Go to behavior-podcast.com. Follow me on Twitter at @apokerplayer.