Purchasing Truth

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Truth in Politics. Is it even possible to discuss truth in a safe way in a polarized United States? It is hard to imagine a safe conversation with your friends, co-workers, and family discussing the nation’s biggest issues. What it would be like to listen to and watch political discussions without the current reactivity, meltdown, or withdrawal?  By listening in on the Purchasing Truth podcast with host Bill Stierle and moderator Tom, you will experience a discussion on why the restoration of the conversation about truth with perspective leads to a productive conversation in a partisan nation.  This podcast will address the use of language by our leaders and in the news that has been dividing us, distracting us, splitting us, and keeping us from the unity we desire.

Episode Blogs

PT 6 | Black And White Thinking
  For the common thinking, it’s easy to understand what black and white thinking is. However, what does black and white thinking really mean that we’re not seeing? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom present some very interesting facts about the truth and black and white thinking using the whole climate change debate and an article about electric cars and fuel cars that Tom read as examples to explain more about the black and
PT 25 | Truth Context
  There is a huge problem with how our leaders are delivering their messages to the public. This episode is going to be a discussion on truth context versus subtext which is directly related to tweets and statements by the President regarding four congresswomen in the United States. Bill Stierle and Tom unpack each of the statements and share their views. They also talk about how language works, how to listen better, and how to
PT 24 | Labels And Diagnoses
  How do labels and diagnoses affect voters? Based on how President Donald Trump is delivering his messages, it can steer people’s belief in the shortest time possible. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about the dangers of labels and diagnoses. They talk about how these things affect arguments and stir up emotions that manifest in our actions. They point out how people’s self-worth is attached to Trump as an example. Join Bill
PT 23 | Civil Discourse
  Everyone has the freedom to hold on to their own truths and beliefs, but how they react when meeting others with contradicting ideas defines the difference between being accepting or judgmental. In this segment, host Bill Stierle and co-host Tom dive deep on the challenge of having a civil discourse with others about sensitive subjects, political or otherwise. They discuss the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of closing conflicts as opposed to speaking in the language
PT 22 | Making Impact In Debate
  Leaders on stage often do not understand their languaging styles and hijack their own speeches. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom share their thoughts on the recent debate among the Democrats. Believing that the four horsemen are being used by the current administration to keep us polarized and to keep us opposing each other and not working together, they review the four horsemen of communication apocalypse and where the candidates are probably trapped.
PT 21 | Debate Season
  What is a debate? Today, Bill Stierle and Tom share their thoughts on the debate season. Reviewing its meaning and purpose, they share their ideas on the importance of content rather than knowing who the smarter party is. In politics, there are fake and illusionary leaders. Through debates, these heads are challenged through their words and whether their actions follow after that. Bill and Tom talk about how candidates build their narratives on stage,
PT 20 | Conflict Resolution
  Racial bias has long been an issue in America. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss a hot topic revolving around Mayor Pete Buttigieg facing a challenge in his home city of South Bend, Indiana. With this issue, we will talk about conflict resolution with racial tension. The African-American community is furious, wanting Mayor Pete to show that he is on their side, and they’re claiming he should fire the officer immediately. Views
PT 19 | Mindreading In Politics
  Mindreading has become so overrated that even Donald Trump is using it as a strategy. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom continue their discussion on mindreading and why they consider it as a glorified thing in congress. They also discuss empathy and use Mitch McConell as an example of not empathizing with more vital things like the health funding of 9/11 first responders. Moreover, Bill and Tom talk about how media is no