Being: The Civil Conversations with Krista Tippett

"Listening Beyond Life and Choice"

This hour, On Being's Civil Conversations Project explores new possibilities quietly unfolding inside the abortion debate. Frances Kissling has been at the center of that debate for decades. She was the longtime president of Catholics for Choice and in recent years, she's given herself to pursuing real relationship, a whole new kind of conversation and encounter, with her political opposites. We'll listen beyond the pros and cons of abortion to how this has changed her, and what she's learning that might be useful for us all.

About the Civil Conversations Project - ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

The Civil Conversations Project is a series of radio shows and an online resource for beginning new conversations in families and communities. How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it?

On Being's Civil Conversations Project features six voices of wisdom, poetry and practicality: poet Elizabeth Alexander, philosopher Anthony Appiah, abortion rights activist Frances Kissling, Evangelical educator Richard Mouw, civil rights veteran Vincent Harding, and MIT psychologist and technologist Sherry Turkle. In conversation with Krista Tippett, they model new kinds of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

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Frances Kissling

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