Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Former Governor Bill Haslam Lauches new Podcast, "You might be right."

From Bill Haslam:

 Dear Friends,

I am excited to tell you about a project I have been working on with Phil Bredesen and the Baker Center at the University of Tennessee: a new podcast called “You Might be Right.”  The first episode is out today – and you can listen here.

The show’s name – You Might be Right – comes from Sen. Baker’s famous quote that “the other fellow might be right” and draws inspiration from his understanding that partisanship is a way to test ideas, yet it should never be so firm that we aren’t open to listening to other points of view. Unfortunately, today in politics, it’s more about winning arguments than problem solving. The goal of this podcast is to have thoughtful discussions on practical solutions to many of the challenging topics we are facing in our country.

In this first episode, Phil and I are joined by conservative author and commentator David French, along with Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education and founder of a gun violence prevention nonprofit, as we discuss avenues to reduce gun violence.

 We invite you to listen and sign up for notifications of future episodes through our website at You can also follow and subscribe to the show on podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher.

 In the coming weeks, we will release new episodes featuring guests such as Paul Ryan, Al Gore, Lamar Alexander, Nancy-Ann DeParle, and other experts as we explore topics like climate change, affordable housing, national debt, and charter schools.

 I’m learning a lot from these conversations and am grateful to Phil, the Baker Center, and all our guests for helping make this possible. I hope you’ll tune in – and that you’ll hear something new and think, at least once, “you might be right.”

Bill Haslam

Rod's Comment: I am pleased to see this development, and look forward to the podcast.  We need to lower the temperature of partisan animosity. Maybe this will help do that. Respectful conversation is a virtue;  not a capitulation to evil. Good manners and being willing to talk are essential for civil society. Unfortunately, a daily dose of MSNBC or Fox News makes one close their mind to even being curious about what the other side is thinking.  Even if the other guy is wrong, it does not hurt to try to understand what he is saying, and the motivation for saying it.  And sometimes you may need to say, "you might be right." 

In my view, Bill Haslam was a great governor. He has been quiet since leaving office. I am glad to see him reenter the political arena and hope his podcast is well done, interesting, and a success. 

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