Reflections, Musings, Notes, Resources, etc.

Episode 1 “We the Purple”


Rabbit Hole Resources: Episode 1

Pew Research Center - Polarization in America: A longitudinal study of political attitudes in America. One recent tidbit: Americans of both parties view the other party as more ideological than their own. (Surprise!) Also notable: 5 facts about the Supreme Court.

Nixon’s Supreme Court Nominations: Politico offers a good read on contentious SCOTUS nominees, as referenced by Judge Jean Dubofsky.

If this is all too heavy, check out the first installment of the PurpleState video mini-series by PS co-producer, Ali Lightfoot. She asked kids in the small (purple) town of Paonia, Colorado, what they’d like to see in their future. (Answer: hovering cars.)

Post your own videos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #NextGenPurple (and be sure to tag us @TeamPurpleState)


October 2, 2018 - The festering wound of America’s division seemed to tear open this week, spilling dysfunction and nastiness all over the land.

We couldn’t have imagined that Episode 1 would launch alongside one of the most intensely polarizing (!) moments in memory. As we waited for the pod to post, the Senate Judiciary Committee called for an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, following riveting testimony by Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. (If you happened to be locked in a bunker, read about it here.)

The conversation we recorded for Episode 1 in front 200+ fellow citizens at eTown Hall a few weeks ago provided loads of relevant insight. For instance, Judge Jean Dubofsky (incidentally, the first woman elected to Colorado’s Supreme Court), reflected on a time when Congress meaningfully debated Supreme Court justice nominations. She also lamented the absurdity (“for pity’s sake!”) that women in 2018 still battle for equal rights and respect.

Political scientist Dr. Anand Sokhey noted that Americans’ views have become so partisan that our stances on issues are more informed by our political camps than by, like… reality. This was echoed by Nick Troiano, who heads up the independent political committee, Unite America. Nick went on to describe how that our current political system incentivizes extreme positions over solutions.

“We need to redefine our creed as Americans as being rooted in a common humanity,” commented Prof. Carla Fredericks, who directs CU’s American Indian Law Program.

Amen, Carla. We accept our mission.

- Vanessa Mazal for @TeamPurpleState

  • Up next: Episode 2, “Truth,” which considers how our differing versions of reality could actually help bring us together…

  • Listen to Episode 1 on our PurpleStatePod Page or in your podcast app by searching eTown’s PurpleStatePodcast.