National Institute for Civil Discourse

Episode 2 - NICD Chat with Michele Chadwick

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The National Institute for Civil Discourse is a nonpartisan center for advocacy, research and policy. NICD Chat is a podcast that includes episodes about NICD programs, research, and topics related to civil discourse and politics.
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Episode 6 - NICD Chat with Jennifer Mercieca - Is Our Public Sphere Under Attack?
This episode of NICD Chat is a lecture by Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. She spoke at the third biannual NICD Research Convening that took place September 26-28, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Mercieca's talk, entitled "Is Our Public Sphere Under Attack?," explored weaponized rhetoric and its impact on American political discourse.  Dr. Mercieca writes about American political discourse, especially as it relates to citizenship, democracy, and the presidency. She has published two books about political rhetoric: Founding Fictions (University of Alabama Press, 2010) and The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (Texas A&M University Press, 2014). Her third book about Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and demagoguery is forthcoming and is expected to be published in 2020. For more on her scholarship, visit 
September 27, 2019
Episode 5 - NICD Chat About Using Conversations to Bridge Any Divide
This is a special episode of NICD Chat, rebroadcasting an interview between Becky Margiotta of the Unleashing Social Change podcast and Cheryl Graeve of NICD. ~~~ Racial, political, and generational division are not new concepts. We’ve been faced with the repercussions of division for as long as the human race has existed, but is it possible to bridge those divides? Today’s guest, Cheryl Graeve, works hand-in-hand with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to actively encourage others to participate in creating a more respectful and understanding space by initiating conversation. Cheryl talks about the platforms in which they use to connect individuals and the process of integrating listening and dialogue skills. Join Becky Margiotta in this interview to hear more about how we can all learn to peacefully celebrate each-others’ differences. ~~~ You can also listen to this podcast, along with many other episodes about leaders making social change on the Unleashing Social Change podcast. Each episode is an interview with a "badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they’re doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way." For more on Revive Civility, visit: For Using Conversations to Bridge Any Divide, visit: For all the episodes of the Unleashing Social Change podcast and to learn more, visit:
September 12, 2019
Episode 4 - NICD Chat About A Heavy Dose of Civility and Integrity
NICD Chat - A dialogue between former NICD Executive Director (now Emerita) Carolyn Lukensmeyer and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas F. McLarty III. They speak about their shared time in the White House during the Clinton administration and the importance of working together, a sentiment McLarty wrote about in an op-ed called "The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing." You can read about McLarty's speech at George Washington University referenced in the podcast here.
August 25, 2019
Episode 3 - NICD Chat About Social Media and Fake News in Election 2016
A conversation between Jane Calderwood and Tracey Todd about the role of social media and fake news in the 2016 election. 
August 15, 2019
Episode 2 - NICD Chat with Michele Chadwick
A conversation with Michele Chadwick of Gem County, Idaho about her work in public office and how it connects with civility. 
August 14, 2019
Episode 1 - NICD Chat with Lewis Diuguid
NICD Chat with Lewis Diuguid, a long time member of The Kansas City Star’s editorial board who stepped down from that position in October 2016. To follow Diuguid, visit
August 14, 2019
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