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Join us as we re-air The New Religion: Destructive Escalation.

Robert Hall our esteemed guest on this program says, ” Just when we worried that our broken relationships could not get much worse or more consequential, along comes the coronavirus and social distancing”. He asks, “isn’t that what we’ve been doing for the last several decades?”

To our already declining relationships, we now add polarization, a nation divided by protests and politics, and rising issues of hate crimes and violence. Altogether we are “fueling a record- level of loneliness, division and even the depths of despair.”

Are there solutions? What can we do about the silencing of moderate voices, the political and social polarization we live in, and the media coverage that seems to fuel the issues?

Joining host Dennis McCuistion is Robert E. Hall, author of This Land of Strangers. His recent article in the Huffington Post, The New Religion ( prompted me to invite him to be our guest to talk about his premise, Destructive Escalation.

L to R: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion, and Robert E. Hall

Mr. Hall says,

Violation is unfortunately the end stage of what used to be somewhat more civil types of disagreement.

First, the final step in the five-step process of destructive escalation is violation that comes from de-humanizing the ‘other.’ We now see that on a massive scale in all facets of society – that literally leads to murder. Second, my essay, ‘The Rise of the Mad-and-Blame Industrial Complex,’ describes how – intended or not – the five pillars of politics, media, tech/social media, business and even faith are incentivized and too often sources of division. As I conclude, we as citizens, consumers, and congregants must stop supporting those who produce division.

And once again we are honored to be underwritten by The Hatton W. Sumner’s Foundation, Inc. The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax-exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds, or government grants. The funding which has kept us on the air for 28 years comes from grantors and viewers just like you. So thank you for your continued support.

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Originally Aired 11.4.18 – 2512

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