I chat with Chris Bostic, Policy Director at Action on Smoking & Health. In his current position, Chris oversees the development and implementation of ASH’s programs including human rights, tobacco endgame and legal liability. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network, and is a founding member of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.
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Tired of watching the nightly news turn into a slugfest?
I'm sure you have had those moments that changed or altered your perspective on a topic. It might have been a comment, an article, a book, or a Podcast (shameless plug)! In today's media coverage, it can be challenging to understand different ideas and interpretations when the nightly news allows for only a few minutes at most of actual discussion.
I created the Strong and Free Podcast to explore news topics by gathering multiple perspectives together and allowing people and organizations to discuss their opinions with detail. This allows for a nuanced conversation. It also means putting aside my own bias to explore these to the fullest. It means making all guests feel welcomed to share their opinions safely, without fear that the host will paint them into a corner, or make them sound incoherent. I want this place to be truly safe. I believe everyone, even those I disagree with, deserve to be treated with respect and to be on the Podcast to share their perspective. It also means having a concrete discussion on issues and determining the best way forward.
You might be asking why. And the answer is simple: I believe conversations are how we can shape our future. As long as we restore thoughtful approaches to the biggest issues of our time our conversations will have deep, valuable meaning. And, we enrich our own opinion.
In order to build our stance we must consider the best evidence against it.
My name is Christopher Balkaran. I hope you enjoy this content.