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Jordan Blashek & Chris Haugh

with moderator Jeff Balash

Recorded July 23rd, 2020

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Jordan Blashek & Chris Haugh with moderator Jeff Balash July 23, 2020

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Jordan Blashek is a military veteran and businessman from Los Angeles. Christopher Haugh is a speechwriter and journalist from the Bay Area. Together, they are the co-authors of Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground (2020), the story of the two friends’ three-year journey across America. One a Republican and one a Democrat, they traveled together through 44 states and along 20,000 miles of road to find out exactly where the American experiment stands at the close of the second decade of the 21st Century.

After college, Blashek spent five years in the US Marine Corps as an infantry officer, serving two combat tours overseas, in Afghanistan and the Middle East. He holds degrees from Yale Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Princeton University. He is based in New York, where he invests in entrepreneurial efforts to grow the American middle class as part of Schmidt Futures, a new philanthropic venture created by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

Chris Haugh attended UC Berkeley and Oxford University and started speechwriting as an intern in the Obama White House. He went on to join the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff where he served as a speechwriter to the Secretary. In 2018, he graduated from Yale Law School where he was a Yale Journalism Scholar. Haugh is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.

 

Jeff is the CEO/Founder of Comstock Investors.  He’s been a Managing Director at Anthem Partners LP (multinational merchant bank – co-founder), Drexel Burnham (founder of the Transactions Development Group) and Lehman Brothers.  Previously, he was an executive at Avon Products and Louis-Dreyfus & Cie.

Jeff’s done business on six continents and has traveled to seven.  He’s been integral to five startups.  Jeff has an MBA (Baker Scholar)/JD (cum laude) from Harvard, an AB – Princeton (Economics – summa) and was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to Oxford University.

Jeff’s published multiple articles. His Boards of Directors include: The American Friends of the Cite du Vin (NYC/Bordeaux), The Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School (Boston) and the Joffrey Ballet (NYC/LA).

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    On your travels, what was your note taking process? Did either of you keep a journal? Was there ever an internal battle about wanting to be “in the moment” vs wanting to be able to recreate the moment in your writing?

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    What was the writing process like as co-authors? Did the process go smoothly?

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    As America is increasingly divided by trump supporters and non trump supporters, is there still common ground to find?

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    What was the most memorable moment of the journey for each of you?

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    What did your travels teach you each about language and the way stories are communicated? Did you find clear differences in the way language is used across parties?

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    Have your views of the country’s divisions changed since you finished Union?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?