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Exchange Exemplar: how to proceed when conversation seems impossible

Can you imagine a conversation between Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell? It's hard, and an indicator of just how hard it can be for some people to find the common ground to even have a simple friendly chat in our time.

Peter Boghossian encourages people to at least listen to people with whom they disagree, and he lays out examples and a plan in How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide, written with James Lindsay.

Peter had some of those tough conversations himself, and not always with good results. Since our talk in 2019, he resigned from his job at Portland State University, because he felt tough conversations were NOT being allowed.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.