No challenge before us is more important — and more potentially life-giving — than that we come to see and know our fellow citizens, our neighbors, who have become strangers. Journalist Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe of the Rural Assembly have two very different histories and places in our life together. But they are both stitching relationship across the ruptures that have made politics thin veneers over human dramas of power and frailty, fear and hope. We spoke at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural summit in Chicago.
is a journalist and writer. His books include India Calling and The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas. His two TED talks are “A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided” and “A letter to all who have lost in this era.”