How to heal a divided nation

A protester confronts a Trump supporter
A protester confronts a Trump supporter on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Mankato, Minn. on Aug. 17 during a protest in response to President Donald Trump's visit to the airport.
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We live in deeply divisive times. 

The results of Tuesday’s long-awaited election are yet to be finalized. Experts in global conflict are warning against violence following the presidential outcome. And as we continue to deal with a global pandemic that has killed 230,000 Americans, even public health has turned political.

Disagreeing on politics is normal. But what happens when these disagreements lead to cutting off ties to friends and family members? And what happens when they turn into unrest in the streets? What can the country do to heal? 

Host Angela Davis talked through these questions with a psychologist and the head of a nonprofit focused on conflict resolution. She also checked in on Wednesday morning’s latest election news with MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik. 


  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, known as Dr. B., is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults.

  • Tim Phillips is CEO and founder of Beyond Conflict, a non-profit aimed at conflict resolution in divided societies.

  • Mark Zdechlik covers politics for MPR News.

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