Couples’ guide to fighting, Making fresh pasta, Dysfunction in Congress

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Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., stands and yells at Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., as he nominates Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for speaker ahead of the 12th round of voting in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

We talk to two relationship therapists about their new book on how couples can navigate conflict together. Then, on this week’s edition of Food Friday we learn how to make delicious fresh pasta. Finally, we talk to a political scientist about how political polarization is reflected in Congress’ conduct.

Featured in this Episode

  • Turning conflict into connection

    Far from being a relationship-ender, fights and conflict can deepen intimacy in a relationship if you take the right approach. We talk to world-renowned relationship therapists Julie and John Gottman about their new book, Fight Right: How Successful Couples Turn Conflict Into Connection.

  • Food Friday: Anyone can make fresh pasta (even you)

    The founder of the Pasta Social Club lets us in on the secret of making memorable pasta dishes at home, from dough to sauce and everything in-between.

    Recipe for pici (hand-rolled pasta)
    Recipe for Smoky Pumpkin Sauce

  • Has Congress always been this way?

    In recent years, the polarization of American politics has become more manifest in the daily operations of Congress, with increased reliance on filibustering and brinkmanship over the “business as usual” of debating and voting. A political scientist explains.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Julie Schwartz Gottman Guest
  • John Gottman Guest
  • Meryl Feinstein Guest
  • Lilly Goren Guest
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director

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