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  • This is part of my political coming-of-age story. When I was 8 years old, I remember watching Bill Clinton give his first address to a joint session of Congress. This was memorable for me because my dad promised me and my brother a dime each for every lie he told.

    Two things happened that night:

    1. I made a couple of dollars.

    2. I learned that all Democrats were liars.

    And that's largely how I viewed politics until college. Republicans, well, who knows about them, but I definitely wasn't a Democrat, because they were liars. And then at college a funny thing started to happen. I slowly started to realize that my views made me an outsider to the groups I thought I belonged to.

    Since that realization, I've been left to deal with the question of 'Why?'. Why do I think the way I do and why did I end up so different from the rest of my family?

    *This is an edited version of a podcast episode that I did for my new project 'Red State Blue State'. The podcast is very much influenced by the Cowbird ethic of longer form, personal storytelling. Each week it explores why people think the way they think about politics and what stories led them to those points of view.

    Music by YACHT

    Picture: Self-Portrait, Producing
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