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Baker Center Launches Season Two of You Might be Right Podcast with Former Governors Bredesen, Haslam
First episode takes on the controversy around teaching American history today with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and civil rights activist Robert Woodson
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee today announced the second season of You Might be Right, a podcast hosted by former Tennessee Governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam.
The show, which takes its name from Senator Baker’s frequent reminder to keep an open mind because “the other fellow might be right,” aims to facilitate civil conversations about tough topics. In the six episode second season, the governors and their guests take on topics including term limits, crime, the media, and education disparities.
The first season of You Might be Right, released last fall, was heard in 16 countries and finished the year among the top five percent most-followed and most-shared podcasts on Spotify. The show also ranked among the top 10 politics podcasts on Chartable at its peak.
Season Two’s first episode, out now, features conversations with Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, and Robert Woodson, civil rights activist and founder and president of the Woodson Center, about the controversy over the teaching of United States history. New assessment data from the Nation’s Report Card found that U.S. history test scores among 8th graders declined to their lowest on record last year and that civics scores declined for the first time.
Listen to the Season Two trailer below.
Listen to the first episode, “Why is it so controversial to teach American history today?” here.
“It can be hard to see how we are going to solve some of our most pressing issues, but the feedback we continue to receive from Season One on diverse and difficult topics like gun violence, the national debt, and affordable housing has been very encouraging,” said Bredesen and Haslam in a joint statement. “It is clear there is still both an appetite and need for the style of common-sense public policy debate and leadership that Senator Baker embodied, and we look forward to sharing more of these important
conversations in Season Two.”
“As we prepare to welcome students to the Baker School for Public Policy and Public Affairs this fall, we hope the podcast will continue to inspire the next generation of leaders in government, public policy, and public service in the spirit of Senator Baker,” said Marianne Wanamaker, executive director of the Baker Center. “The response to Season One far exceeded our expectations – we’ve heard from students, faculty, staff, and friends across the state about how refreshing the discussions were. We are excited to
share Season Two and are so grateful to the governors and university leadership for their continued support.”
Funding from the Boyd Fund for Leadership and Civil Discourse supports the podcast. For more information about the Baker Center and You Might Be Right, visit YouMightBeRight.org and follow the show (@YMBRPodcast) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.