Topic: Allegheny College
Today's American politics needs the mix of humor and civility heard on NPR's soon-to-end "Car Talk." Mass culture that includes self-deprecatory jokes and a friendly tone can influence the nation's political discourse.
Instead of dogmatism and hysterical clamor, we need more of the 'Shields and Brooks' kind of civility in our public discourse in America.
Calls for unity in response to the Arizona shooting are seen as an opportunity for the civility movement to tackle partisan rancor.