What will it take for Americans to trust each other again? Long-time New York Times columnist Frank Bruni joins the podcast to talk about his days as a restaurant critic, his goals as an op-ed columnist, and the current state of civic discourse in America. “Based on which [cable news channel] you’ve gone to, you can have an understanding of events and reality that is almost diametrically opposed to somebody else’s. That makes it so much more challenging to find common ground,” observes Bruni. “It’s going to take a much more robust conversation than we’re having about where and how people get their information,” he says.
Bruni talks about a health issue that made him more sensitive to the invisible struggles other people face. “If we all walked around wearing sandwich boards that told people what we were struggling with… I think we would be a lot kinder to one another,” he remarks. “It’s impossible to write an opinion column and not, in the passion you feel for your opinion, end up modeling something that feels different than civility. I always try to return to a plea for civility, decency and understanding,” he concludes.
Join us for an insightful conversation with one of the sharpest observers of American culture and politics.