Identity Politics: Embracing Diversity or Creating A House Divided Against Itsel
One of the longest standing mottos for the United States is E Pluribus Unum - from many, one. It's long been thought to mean much more than the formal and legalistic concept of a union of states - it's been thought to mean a uniting into a civil society of peoples of many kinds. And indeed, it's indisputable that the American people are of many kinds. But today many speak of a new age of American tribalism. On both the left and the right, in different ways, there is both the feeding of, and feeding... [see more] on, differences and divisions among groups of Americans. Are politics highlighting differences among Americans a sign of progress - ferreting out historical wrongs and establishing protection for new expressions of rights - or are we becoming once more, as we were in the lead-up to the most terrible civil war experienced in modern times in a Western nation, what Lincoln called "a house divided against itself"?Guests: - Michael Arceneaux, a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer and author who covers issues related to culture, religion and racial politics- Andrew Sullivan, an English-born American author, political commentator and former editor of the conservative publication The New Republic
THE WHOLE TRUTH is neither a traditional one-on-one interview show nor a conventional round-table program. It's a six-part series that aims to uncover the reality behind today's toughest issues, leaving the partisan noise-making out of the equation. Hosted by David Eisenhower - noted historian and author, professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and grandson and namesake of President Dwight D. Eisenhower - the series tackles some of the weightiest public affairs topics of our time, with a focus that's global and long-term in scope. Eisenhower's approach to political debate is rigorous, intense and insightful. Each half-hour episode features a different panel of guests presenting varying points of view to help viewers understand all sides of the issue. The format of the show is a three-step process that includes an introduction to the topic or "the case," cross-examination and oral arguments, and a summary of "the whole truth." In the upcoming season, campaign finance reform will be discussed with Presidential candidate and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, former Republican House member Representative Tom Davis, and Citizens United chief counsel Michael Boos. Other potential topics on the series include the Iraq War decision, US-China policy, and income inequality.