The Civilist with Steven Petrow

A flame-free zone to discuss today’s toughest political and social issues — with, yep, kindness and respect.

Latest Episodes

From The Mailbag

The Civilist with Steven Petrow January 13, 2017

In this all-advice episode, Steven digs through listener questions and offers advice on tipping, wedding RSVPs, and when it's okay to check "widowed" on a medical form.

House of Blues

The Civilist with Steven Petrow December 19, 2016

The holidays can be especially tough for people dealing with depression. We'll hear Part Two from Steven's interview with author and psychologist Andrew Solomon about depression. Part One aired in the episode called, "Say This, Not That."

Digital Empathy

The Civilist with Steven Petrow November 09, 2016

MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle says smartphones are killing real life conversation. More undergrad guest experts offer advice about navigating campus life civilly.

About the show

Fed up with flaming and unfriending, snark and shade, when discussing hot button issues like politics, religion, guns, LGBTQ rights and more? Then it’s time to join The Civilist with the Washington Post’s Steven Petrow as he and his guests take on the issues you care about. Petrow’s guests are Red, Blue, and Purple—and his focus is on how to talk together, not who’s right or wrong. He’s determined to make American kind again.