For 14 years, the Appleton native hosted a radio show that bore her name on Wisconsin Public Radio. It had been judged the “Best Morning Talk Show” by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

   But last fall, Joy Cardin pushed her microphone aside.

   After 40 years as a broadcast journalist, she retired a year ago this month.

   “I was a little tired of the divisiveness and name-calling and polarization that I was witnessing — especially since the election of Donald Trump,” she said. “I was always in news whiplash ... I was getting it from the left and the right and from all different sides. It was tiresome.”

   Cardin served on a panel discussion last week at Ripon College.

   Titled “Bridging the Political Divide: How We Can Advance Civil Discourse,” the event featured four individuals — two from the media, a Democrat candidate and a Republican legislator.

   All four made a similar observation: U.S. politics have bred discourse that is uncivil and unhealthy for democracy.

   But, each added, this situation is not unique to present-day America.

   Read the full story, which includes thoughts and comments from each of the panelists on today's current practices of political discourse, in the Sept. 13, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.