- Carol Costello says National Institute for Civil Discourse is trying to civilize level of conversation in American politics
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Carol Costello anchors the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET edition of CNN's "Newsroom" each weekday. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)I laughed when I first heard about the National Institute for Civil Discourse -- a nonpartisan research center born at the University of Arizona to literally civilize the level of conversation in American politics, media and culture.