1. Political Bridge People: Restoring Civility to the Debt Discussion with Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin

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    October 9, 2012 ~ Brookings Institution (Washington DC) When we talk about debt reduction and fiscal policy, numbers often dominate the discussion. But they don't tell the whole story. How do we step outside the competing numbers that frame our economic debates, and consider together the human and moral realities behind them? How can we make a personal connection to fiscal policy that shapes our lives? How do we restore civility to the debt discussion? Live from the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, Krista Tippett lead a conversation with Senator Pete Domenici, a former six-term Republican from New Mexico and chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Alice Rivlin, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton and the first director of the Congressional Budget Office. They are political bridge people who bring differing approaches and shared love of country to generations of economic policy. In this tense political moment, they offer straight talk and wise perspective.

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    • The Future of Marriage: In the Room with Jonathan Rauch + David Blankenhorn

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      http://www.onbeing.org/ccp-future-marriage October 10, 2012 ~ Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Redefining the definition of marriage is a monumental cultural transition. But we’ve reduced our public deliberation of this matter – even inside our religious institutions – to a matter of votes and laws. The reality is, even one-third of Democrats still express opposition to gay marriage. But younger people of every political and moral persuasion are coming to a collective comfort level and consensus. Jonathan Rauch is a gay man and gay marriage advocate who respects the values and concerns of social conservatives and wants them taken seriously. David Blankenhorn is a self-identified liberal democrat and long time family and marriage advocate, who testified for gay marriage opponents during California’s Prop. 8 ballot initiative. But he has recently withdrawn his legal opposition to gay marriage, acknowledging the emerging moral consensus. They have developed a friendship that has surprised and changed them both. We’ll listen in on their common struggle to respond compassionately to both sides of our human and civilizational encounter with same sex union, and to discuss it in terms of civil society and a pro-family agenda.

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