A Podcast for Independent-Minded Americans
New York Times named The Purple Principle as a Podcast to help “Inform Your Vote”

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Team Purple

Robert Pease, Creator/Producer: Prior to founding Fluent Knowledge and the Purple Principle podcast, Robert previously worked as a journalist, executive recruiter and non-profit administrator and lived in Japan, Singapore and China for many years. Robert is a lifelong political independent who has voted (at the Presidential level) for candidates as diverse as John Anderson, Ross Perot, John McCain, and John Kasich, as well as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Robert was educated at Princeton and Brandeis University, is a former Fulbright Scholar, and has graduate degrees in Political Science and Economics. 

Kevin A. Kline, Sound Engineer: Kevin earned a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston, where the foundation of his understanding of audio production was laid. He then spent 21 years as a Commercial Production Director for radio stations in Boston. Kevin has recently shifted from the radio world into podcasting, pausing along the way to complete a course in Audio Mastering Techniques through Berklee.

Janice Murphy, Director of Marketing/Senior Editor: Janice is a writer and editor who enjoys applying the knowledge she gained through a graduate degree in psychology and a bachelor’s in mass communications to understand and respect individuals, their political diversity and put individuals at ease during the interview process. Janice is a political independent, living on the New Hampshire Seacoast. 

Emily Crocetti, Reporter & Researcher: Emily is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in Neuroscience and Philosophy and was a media producer for Dartmouth’s Media Production Group. Emily is passionate about the inner workings of the human mind and how it functions in socio-political landscapes. As a registered political independent, in the age of technology, she is interested in producing meaningful media content, which challenges people to consider different perspectives in hopes of inspiring change. 

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What’s an independent to do in a partisan age?

How do independents remain informed and committed without tumbling into the echo chambers?

Are Americans truly as partisan as our politicians and major media?

Or do many more shades of purple exist in real America than on cable TV maps of red and blue?

Objective, fact-based, and non-partisan The Purple Principle addresses these questions for an audience of American independents who do not agree on everything but do agree…


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Polarization in Action: U.S. House of
Representatives Floor Votes, 1949-2020

Can the vital common ground in American politics survive these forces of polarization?

By most measures, Americans are more politically divided than at any time since the Civil War, and significantly more polarized than even a quarter-century ago.

Pew Research Center, 2018

What if there are no one-party solutions?

Public Disapproval of Congress Through Five Decades

Gallup, 2018


In 1986, 34 Democratic and 29 Republican Senators signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, creating a citizenship path for illegal immigrants while making it a Federal crime to employ illegal workers. The House also voted in favor, 238 to 173. The bill was signed into law on November 6, 1986.

In 1972, 17 Republican Senators joined 35 Democratic Senators to override the Nixon Administration veto of the Clean Water Act, a landmark piece of environmental legislation. The House override vote was 247 to 23, including 96 Republicans and 151 Democrats in the majority.

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In the 200-year period from the 1st to 27th Amendment, a Constitutional Amendment was passed on average every 7.4 years.

There has been no amendment passed in 28 years.

U.S. National Archives

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. ”