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You know who NPR’s Steve Inskeep thinks would’ve handled social media well? Abraham Lincoln

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep shares what we could all learn from Lincoln about dealing with people we disagree with.

NPR's Steve Inskeep shown next to the cover of his book, "Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America."
NPR’s Steve Inskeep is the author of “Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America.”


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Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep has a new book out called Differ We Must. In it, he examines of how Abraham Lincoln navigated politics in a divided country in the 1860s. (You may have heard that there was a Civil War while he was in office…Texas did not fare well).

Inskeep believes there are lessons we can draw from how Lincoln dealt with people in his time that he disagreed with. Among his strengths: knowing when not to engage — to simply listen.

In the audio above, Inskeep confesses he believes after researching this book he has become more patient in how he deals with angry listeners on social media.

He also tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen why he thinks this is a good time for Americans to take another look at Lincoln, how the nation’s 16th president was successful at working with political rivals and allies alike, and what he hopes readers will take away from the book in light of the challenging discourse we all may experience during the 2024 election and beyond.