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While We Might Be Divided, Dan Rather Says There’s More Of ‘What Unites Us’

Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather talks with Ernie Manouse about his book of essays on patriotism in the modern age.

Michael Hagerty

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These days, we're so used to hearing how divided we are as a nation. But not everyone sees it that way.

Long-time CBS News anchor and Houston-area native Dan Rather spoke here last week about just that. He's on a book tour discussing What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, his collection of essays on the values and characteristics he feels most Americans share – despite their political affiliations. Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse interviewed Rather onstage at the Brazos Bookstore event.

Rather spoke about how he got interested in journalism. He told of how being bedridden with rheumatic fever – with only the radio as his companion – gave him a hunger to explore the world around him. He discussed the sense of optimism that led him to write the book. And he compared how this current climate for journalism and journalists compares to what he'd seen over the course of his long career.

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  • Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    An audience member listens during Dan Rather's speech in Houston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Longtime CBS News anchor Dan Rather speaks onstage with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Audience members listen during Dan Rather's speech at the Ballroom at Bayou Place during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Audience members listen during Dan Rather's speech at the Ballroom at Bayou Place during a Brazos Bookstore event on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)