At the Podium
At a time when Americans feel more divided than ever before about politics, John Avlon and Margaret Hoover offer a much-needed example of how we can disagree agreeably.
The married CNN commentators come to politics from very different perspectives: Margaret is a proud Republican whose great-grandfather served as President of the United States. John is an independent ‘radical centrist’ and the grandson of immigrants who believes that hyper-partisanship is the core problem facing our democracy today. But while they come at problems on-air and at home from these different perspectives, they are able to debate with humor and ultimately find common ground, as evidenced by their new #RealityCheck segment on CNN. This is not a Punch and Judy show, but an authentic conversation. In this speaker series, John and Margaret bring their personal chemistry to the news of the day from the perspective of two parents who work on the front lines of politics and media.
John and Margaret present an unclouded, defiantly optimistic take on politics at a divisive time by invoking history that offers insight into current debates on politics, government, and media. Each program draws from evergreen topics as well “ripped-from-the-headlines” subjects where Margaret and John’s contrasting perspectives engage the audience.They believe that we will not only survive our current civics stress test, but we’ll emerge stronger because more citizens will understand that we cannot take our democracy for granted. Evoking Thomas Jefferson’s admonition “every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle,” they offer audiences a refreshing outlook on the future.
About John Avlon and Margaret Hoover
Margaret and John take on the suffocating orthodoxy preached by both parties. Margaret is the host of the newly revived Firing Line on PBS. She is also founder and president of American Unity Fund, a pioneering organization dedicated to advancing equal rights to the LGBT community among Republican and the bestselling author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party. John is a Senior Political Analyst for CNN, former Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast, an award-winning columnist and the author of books ranging from Independent Nation to Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America to the recent bestselling Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations. He’s been an advocate for disrupting the two-party system and allowing for a more rational realignment that can liberate the moderate majority of Americans from the polarization which has led to President Trump.