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The Purple Conversation
41 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
A conversation about policing in American past and present, with major David Hughes.
Across America today it is impossible to escape our current, often times very heated, discussion about the police. In some communities there are protests against and calls to defund the police. Other communities offer overwhelming support of their police and are pleased with their local police departments.Often, we do not have the opportunity to have a real conversation with a police officer about their views and opinions. Even rarer, I would guess, would be the opportunity to discuss policing with a 33 year veteran of law enforcement who offers a unique prospective. Today we are having a conversation with, Major David Hughes the Professional Standards Bureau Chief for The Newport News VA Sheriff’s Office since 2014.
50 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
The warmth of welcoming is needed today more than ever, a conversation with country music artist Jenny Tolman
In today’s polarized world the welcome mat has turned into a worn out welcome for too many. Right now it seems it is very important to recalibrate and remind ourselves of our common humanity and bonds. To do so with humility and humor is an added benefit, and to translate our common humanity into music we can enjoy, relate to, and understand - well that is an incredible talent. The warmth of welcoming is needed today more than ever, a conversation with country music artist Jenny Tolman – Welcome to the Purple Conversation!
55 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Music and Musicians Have a Unique Ability to Bring Us Together – A Conversation with professional violinist Kimberly Hope
Scientific studies have shown that music can provide a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, stress, anxiety and depression reduction, positive boost to energy & self-esteem, elevation of mood and improvement in quality of life.We really do not need scientific studies to prove the power of music, do we? Today we talk with professional violinist Kimberly Hope and she surprises us with playing one of her original songs “Shine”.Join us in having a Purple Conversation!
12 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Open debate and the free expression of ideas – will we protect it?
In this episode we explore a recent letter appeared on Harpers online website July 7, titled "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate."Our nation is indeed in a moment of intense debate and dialogue expressing itself in a variety of ways, with a needed focus on racial justice, police reform and inclusion. This heated moment has sharpened the trend toward silencing, shaming and canceling. Join us in having a conversation about the free expression of ideas.
47 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
The Emancipation Memorial – should it stay, be taken down, or can history and Frederick Douglass provide a path forward? A conversation with Dr. Jonathan White.
The Emancipation Memorial – should it stay, be taken down, or can history and Fredrick Douglass provide a path forward? A conversation with Dr. Jonathan White.When considering statues, memorials, and history itself there are typically multiple layers of meaning or interpretation. As we continue our national conversation on statues, and even the core history and founders of our country, it is important to give consideration to the time and culture when those moments occurred. Today on The Purple Conversation we have a conversation with Dr. Jonathan White.Dr. Jonathan White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln. He serves as vice chair of The Lincoln Forum, and on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association & the Abraham Lincoln Institute. His most recent books include Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War, and “Our Little Monitor": The Greatest Invention of the Civil War, which he co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway. – Together let's have a Purple Conversation.
31 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
3.9 million stories and here is an inspiring one - a conversation with Nia Hill.
3.9 million stories and here is an inspiring one that tells the journey from being homeless to graduating from Howard University!
55 minutes | Jun 28, 2020
Echo chambers…are you in one and can you break out – A conversation with Dr. Patrick Casey.
Our shared digital experience allows for the greatest amount of content imaginable. With so much to choose from, one may conclude we are more informed than ever before, however, are we?
6 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Urban flight is taking place for various reasons and the result may have a major impact.
Citizens are starting to move out of cities and urban areas at an increasing rate and that will have an effect on the cities they leave behind. The shift was already happening with Millennials and Generation Z even before the pandemic. Covid – 19 only accelerated what was an increasing exodus.Covid – 19 accelerated the work from home trend and its success both for workers and employees may have a lasting effect.
11 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Bipartisanship actually occurs with the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide billions for national parks
Do not second guess yourself if you might be thinking, wait….Bipartisanship….Great American Outdoor Act…National Parks….I did not hear or see this in the news.Keep in mind they key words Bipartisanship and National Parks are not good click bait or high viewership terms, so the quick glance and hard pass from news editors or TV producers is somewhat expected. But hey, at the purple conversation we are excited when we can convey bipartisanship especially when it is in an area most Americans would agree on.
9 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Domino’s pizza, twitter and the uncovering of what is becoming an all-too-familiar tactic.
On the surface a tweet about somebody liking a type of pizza would be trivial at best and not demand any of our attention. However, the twitter exchange we are about to discuss provides some daylight on the ridiculous state of our political discourse and an all-too-familiar tactic that’s becoming to commonplace.
12 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Drew Brees speaks, receives feedback and apologizes.
If somehow you were unfamiliar with Drew Brees, and on June 2 you googled his name, you would have to be impressed on what you found.If you googled Drew Brees’s name by the end of the day June 3, 2020 the top listings in your results would have changed completely.
13 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
A listener’s feedback and our worldwide audience, well sort of.
If you are listener that you finds yourself in an environment where you do not feel comfortable talking with your family members or friend group regarding politics, news or cultural events it is time to reflect on why.
7 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
80% of America agrees on at least one thing
We finally reached agreement with the majority of Americans which is good news, the bad news is what we finally decided to agree on. Let us start this purple conversation.
23 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Division, polarization, collision or a new path forward.
Division, polarization, collision or a new path forward. We must start conversing and listening to one another. This episode lays out a path forward to stop the insanity. Let us start our purple conversation!
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