Jordan Blashek & Christopher Haugh

in conversation with Arjun Moorthy

Recorded August 5th, 2020

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Jordan Blashek and Christopher Haugh’s timely Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground, is the just-released story of the two friends’ three-year journey across America. One a Republican and one a Democrat, they traveled together through 44 states and along 20,000 miles of road to find out exactly where the American experiment stands at the close of the second decade of the 21st Century.

Jordan is a military veteran and businessman from Los Angeles. After college, he spent five years in the US Marine Corps as an infantry officer, serving two combat tours overseas, in Afghanistan and the Middle East. He holds degrees from Yale Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Princeton University. He is based in New York, where he invests in entrepreneurial efforts to grow the American middle class as part of Schmidt Futures, a new philanthropic venture created by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

Christopher is a speechwriter and journalist from the Bay Area. He attended UC Berkeley and Oxford University and started speechwriting as an intern in the Obama White House. He went on to join the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff where he served as a speechwriter to the Secretary. In 2018, he graduated from Yale Law School where he was a Yale Journalism Scholar. Chris is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.

Arjun Moorthy is CEO and co-founder the Factual– a company that finds and delivers the most credible stories on the most important news topics using a transparent, unbiased machine-learning engine.

Arjun has always been passionate about news and was Editor-in-chief of The Stanford Reporter. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and The Next Web, is featured in the award-winning book Savvy: Navigating Fakeness, and writes regularly about the news industry and startups. He’s an active speaker in community forums in the Bay Area. Prior to founding The Factual, Arjun was Vice President of Business Development at HubSpot, the industry leader in inbound marketing. Arjun has a computer engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University.

“Our hope is that Union will play some small part in an ongoing effort to bring Americans a little bit closer together. We wrote it, and reported it, and remembered it, with that in mind

– Jordan Blashek & Chris Haugh

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    As the country’s climate feels like its getting more and more polarized, what impact do you hope your book will have?

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    How do you approach and manage your differences? Do you “agree to disagree” or what kind of ground rules did you establish? Do you believe you can talk about anything with each other?

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    What is your concept of Moral Leadership based on your journey and interviews? Does this term still hold relevance in this day and age?

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    What would it take to get a third Middle ground political party and what impact do you think that would have?

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    Were there ever moments you almost threw in the towel? Are there still topics you will never be able to find common ground over?

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    What did the actual note taking process look like while you were on the road? Did you ever struggle with wanting to be in the moment vs documenting the moment for the book?

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    how do you see our country being able to accept party differences while moving forward on social justice?

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    What method did you use to find a common ground in the most polarized people/areas?

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    Does the word “unbiased” raise an eyebrow, when such reportage gives credibility to what are KNOWN lies and/or misrepresentations? ie., “We have the virus under control,” or, ” … the largest crowd ever recorded for an inauguration.”

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    Post Trump, can the Republican Party come together around a new Presidential candidate, or do you see it further fracturing and perhaps splitting up?

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    Post Trump, do you think the Republican Party will further divide and become marginalized, or unite around a new Presidential candidate and a more common middle ground?

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    What is the last thing either of you saw/read that moved you?

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    Who was the most memorable person you met on the road?

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    Are you involved with Braver Angels? Do you agree/disagree with their efforts to build common ground?

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    Is it ever justified to end friendships over party preference?

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    Do you think there is such a thing as unbiased media, and if so, please tell me where to find it!

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    If one of you were Black and the other not, what difference do you think this might have made in the interactions you had with the people on your journeys and what you learned in the process?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?