Have you ever wondered how to have a meaningful conversation with someone with whom you disagree vehemently on a particular topic? Do you have family members that you disagree with politically, and cannot have a conversation without things becoming heated and toxic? What if there were a book that could teach you "How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times"? There is, and this week I am honored to have the author of that book on the Derate the Hate podcast to talk about her latest book, "I Never Thought Of It That Way"
is a bridge builder, journalist, and entrepreneur who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She’s director of digital and storytelling at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to
depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award-
winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson
Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman
Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can
rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of
the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and
plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.
Take-aways and Quotes from MÓNICA GUZMÁN
What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!
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