Sep 13, 2022 - Politics

Bredesen, Haslam launch new podcast

Photo: courtesy of the University of Tennessee

Former Tennessee governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam are teaming up to host the new podcast "You Might Be Right."

  • Each episode will see the governors, who come from different political parties, delve into hot-button issues like gun violence, climate change and affordable housing.

Why it matters: Bredesen and Haslam said the podcast, which launches Wednesday, seeks to elevate bipartisan problem-solving and civil conversations that include different parts of the political spectrum.

Between the lines: The podcast comes from the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.

  • Baker represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in addition to stints as White House chief of staff under former President Reagan and as U.S. ambassador to Japan from 2001-2005.
  • The podcast title draws from his view that constructive political debates required participants to consider that "the other fellow might be right."

What they're saying: "It has never been more important for us to have thoughtful conversations focused on actually solving problems instead of just scoring points," Haslam, a Republican, said in a statement.

  • "I hope that these conversations can help spark a renewed interest in the civility and principled leadership that Sen. Baker modeled throughout his remarkable career," said Bredesen, a Democrat.

The details: The eight-episode season will feature conversations with former Vice President Al Gore, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and former U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, among others.


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