Religion has become a sort of battleground in America for some of the nation’s most divisive issues. Buzz Thomas is attempting to cool the heat and shed light on what keeps us at odds in his new book from St. Martin’s Press, Ten Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can’t Because He Needs His Job). As head of the Niswonger Foundation, Buzz is also deeply involved in turning around schools in some of Tennessee’s rural and most poverty stricken counties.

We will also talk about reconnecting Massachusetts’ gateway cities with Brookings policy director Mark Muro and MASS, Inc. president John Schneider. Prior to joining Brookings, Mark was a senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, staff writer for Boston Globe, and editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star. Before joining MASS Inc. John directed a regional planning and economic development partnership in the state’s high tech corridor which facilitated public-private collaborations on sustainable development issues.

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