Arlie Hochschild has been called "one of the most imaginative and productive feminist sociologists of the last thirty years." She's written a number of books including The Second Shift, The Time Bind and The Outsourced Self. She's a professor emerita at UC Berkeley and lately she's been spending her time trying to understand the rise of the American Right–the only way that she could do that was to leave her Berkeley bubble and go to Louisiana to meet the real people of the Tea Party, not the caricatures. She shares her five year journey in her new book "Strangers in Their Own Land. Anger and Mourning on the American Right". Listen on iTunes or NPR One.
Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded MoveOn.org, Moms Rising.org and Living Room Conversations.org, to provide a guide for meaningful conversations between people with different views. Now, she has teamed up with Republican John Gable on an initiative called AllSides for Schools to bring civilized conversations about controversial topics to the classroom. We talk about why students need these tools now and what these conversations were like in high school for Joan and John. Listen to our conversation on iTunes or NPR One.