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This week our guest is KATHRYN RUUD, founder of STOP POLARIZING TALK who stresses the power of language in manipulating our political discourse.

Kathryn is a linguist and scholar. "It was during a semester abroad in Germany in 1982 that my question about how good people can be motivated to do bad things, even horrific things, was answered. Language, polarizing language, was key. Causing injury, or even death, to members of a designated out-group can seem positive, even moral, if we allow our worldview to be formed by the language of propagandists and demagogues."


Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" covers a variety of topics on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum, but always with an eye to finding the place where both sides share that 'middle ground.' Co-hosted by award-winning filmmaker Eric Byler and political author Michael Charney, the show airs every Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30 PM Eastern Time.