Charles Koch Foundation Supports New OZY Series, Take on America

Digital news and culture magazine OZY will launch a new primetime series, Take on America, that provides participants an opportunity to take a pause from the growing polarization by joining town hall meetings across the country.

CEO Carlos Watson hosts the series. Watson said, “I feel passionately that we are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. … [T]he world is simultaneously more connected technologically, and disconnected interpersonally, than it’s ever been before. We hope that Take on America will create a forum for substantive dialogue and ultimately inform and inspire action.”

The series, supported by the Charles Koch Foundation as well as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will feature speakers including Olivia Munn, Vanessa Carlton, and Eddie Huang. The first episode airs Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. Learn more in OZY’s full announcement. And read about Atlantic staff writer Jemele Hill’s experience at the Baltimore discussion.

Take on America is one of several foundation efforts highlighting the courage it takes to collaborate across divides. StoryCorps and Narrative 4 also are working to facilitate conversations and remind us of what’s possible grow through our differences.

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