AirTalk listeners share the good, bad, and ugly of talking politics on Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2016

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Central American immigrants and their families pray before Thanksgiving dinner on November 24, 2016 in Stamford, Connecticut. ; Credit: John Moore/Getty Images


Wednesday on AirTalk, we heard from listeners across Southern California about how they planned to navigate any political discussions that might surface during Thanksgiving dinner.

Some families planned to instate a ‘no politics whatsoever’ rule. Others said they would try and redirect the conversation to other topics. And still others were steeling themselves for battle, expecting to get into it with relatives who maybe didn’t vote the same way you did.

Well, Thanksgiving has now come and gone, and we want to know how it went. Did you ban talking politics at the dinner table? If not, what were the political discussions at Thanksgiving dinner like in your family? Did things stay civil or get heated? What were your biggest takeaways? Did any discussions you had or heard change your perspective?


Jaclyn Cravens, Ph.D., assistant professor and program director for Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies at Texas Tech University; she is also a licensed marriage and family therapist

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