How to have civil conversations in a polarized world

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Guests: Jason Jay, Rachel Swarns

As Americans sit down to feast with family and friends this week and share food around the table, many people plan to avoid any talk of politics or social issues. But, JASON JAY, says we shouldn’t shy away from meaningful conversations about tough, thorny issues. We’ll talk with Jay, a senior lecturer at MIT, about his book, Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World. And what if someone says something really offensive – like a racist remark or slur? RACHEL SWARNS, who covers race and relations as a contributing writer for the New York Times, will talk about how to confront someone in your life who crosses the line.

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