Connections: How to discuss politics without damaging relationships

Nov 22, 2017

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