Americans like to argue, a lot. In politics, in media, and in society at large, arguing has (arguably) become the default means by which we handle disagreement. But is it the most effective way, and has our readiness to wage a war with words gotten out of hand?
This hour, we speak with experts in rhetoric and linguistics about the prevalence of argument in our everyday lives. We explore the utility of this form of dialogue, and ask whether there might not be a better way we can get our needs met.
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- Jay Heinrichs - Public speaker, business & marketing consultant, and author of the New York Times best selling Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
- Deborah Tannen - Professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of several books including The Argument Culture: Stopping America’s War of Words and her latest, You’re The Only One I Can Tell
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.