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Episode #6: Interview with Rep. Trey Gowdy & Sen. Tim Scott: Their New Book “Unified,” Their Friendship, and How We Can Fix a Divided Country

In our fun and fascinating exclusive podcast author interview with both Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), we discuss their new book Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope For a Divided Country, their personal and professional backgrounds, their unique friendship, and how their example can serve as a way to unify our divided nation, along political, cultural and racial lines.

Both Rep. Gowdy and Sen. Scott are both leaders in Congress who are making a difference and offer much wisdom in how Americans can unify, instead of divide. Find out how we can improve political discourse in our country in our interview!


  • 2:10 Hear the Sen. Scott tell the improbable stories of two unlikely friends who both to serve their country in Congress – and how the book Unified was born out of their friendship.
  • 5:02 Contrast is good, but conflict is debilitating, says Rep. Gowdy.
  • 5:55 When did this divisiveness start in America? Rep. Gowdy says: “when we started monetizing anger.”
  • 7:47 Sen. Scott discusses how relationships are the key to revealing the truth and diffusing the toxicity of the current political climate.
  • 9:37 How has social media made for unhealthy political discourse in America?

OUR GUEST AUTHORS – Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy

  • Sen. Scott has served as a senator of South Carolina since 2013, he is the first African American elected to the Senate since the 1960s, and has been a leader and tireless advocate on tax reform, the balanced budget amendment, and job training. Growing up mired in poverty in a single parent household, Sen. Scott says he is living his mother’s American dream.  Legislatively, he’s proud to have launched his Opportunity Agenda initiative, which is aimed at creating opportunities for struggling American families.
  • Rep. Trey Gowdy has represented the 4th congressional district of South Carolina since 2011. Between 2014-2016, Rep. Gowdy chaired the United States House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, which was partially responsible for discovering the existence of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which was a huge issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.  While he will be retiring from Congress after 2018, he has become an important historical leader in the US.

BOOK OVERVIEW – Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country

  • In Unified, Senator Scott and Congressman Gowdy, through honesty and vulnerability, inspire others to evaluate their own stories, clean the slate, and extend a hand of friendship that can change your churches, communities, and the world.
  • Tim Scott, an African-American US senator, and Trey Gowdy, a white US Congressman, won’t allow racial lines to divide them. They work together, eat meals together, campaign together, and make decisions together. Yet in the fall of 2010―as two brand-new members of the US House of Representatives―they did not even know each other. Their unified story as politicians and friends began the moment they met and is a model for others seeking true reconciliation.



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