Unexpected: The Red Hen, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the Kindness of Strangers

On June 25th, 2018 in Old Saybrook, CT, Red Hen restaurant owner Shelley Deproto started her morning with a stream of online threats targeting her restaurant. The night before, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had been asked to leave an entirely different, unaffiliated Red Hen restaurant in Virginia. Overnight, Shelley became the focus of national media attention. Her Yelp review dropped from a 4.5 to a 2. But she refused to get political, and instead shared her positive message about kindness and pursuing one's passion even amidst a divisive time.

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Audrey Scagnelli
Why is Thanksgiving Getting Shorter?

If you think Thanksgiving meals are getting tenser across the country, look to Dr. Keith Chen’s research for concrete proof. By analyzing over 21 billion pings of smartphone data, Chen and his co-author, Ryne Rohla, found that in 2016, families that celebrated Thanksgiving across partisan lines cut their meals 30 to 50 minutes shorter than those who stuck with company with similar political beliefs.

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Audrey Scagnelli
Peace, Love & Happiness

Following the 2016 election, Sherri and Larry Athay set out to spread some peace, love and happiness in their small Connecticut town by way of a rubber duck shop. Their number one seller? The Trump Duck.

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Audrey Scagnelli
Blueberries & Cherries

For Sanity’s first live audience episode, we traveled to Washington D.C. to help kick off a 50-person bipartisan dinner party celebrating “A (GOOD) AMERICAN,” an art exhibit at the Heurich House Museum curated by Philippa Hughes and sponsored by American University School of Public Affairs and The Pink Line Project.

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Our Time Will Come

A Republican advocate for immigration reform, cannabis policy, and climate solutions, Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo is squarely one of the most moderate voices in Congress. In 2016, he likened Donald Trump to Hugo Chavez and proceeded to win his district by 12 points. From discussing the importance of bipartisan friendships to taking political risks to celebrating the legacy of his mentor, Senator John McCain, Curbelo joins Sanity in advance of Election Day.

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Bursting Media Bubbles

In 2016 Annafi Wahed quit her job in finance, moved to New Hampshire, and knocked on doors for Hillary Clinton. She'd never been involved in a campaign before in her life, and the experience opened her eyes to the many divides facing our country.

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Introduction

Welcome to Sanity. We're on a quest to help you stay sane – positive, even! – in spite of today’s divisive political climate. Sanity is spotlighting a growing force of moderates, liberals, conservatives, and apoliticals launching initiatives to bring people back together instead of tear us apart.

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