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Connections: How to discuss politics without damaging relationships

Here's a question for you: As you prepare to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, are you dreading discussions about politics with friends and family? According to a new PBS NewsHour poll, 58 percent of American adults dread having to talk politics around the dinner table.

So what can you do to keep conversations civil or avoid talking about politics altogether? Or is discussing issues that divide us important in these settings? Our guests weigh in:

  • Melanie Funchess, director of community engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester
  • Eric Caine, M.D., profess of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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