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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.

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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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