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How To Embrace Your Anti-Vax Family This Holiday Season

Nwandi Lawson on prioritizing family unity in the face of major disagreements.


Episode Notes

Jackie is newly engaged, but thoughts about her big day fill her with dread, not excitement. Jackie and her fiance want to have only vaccinated people at their wedding to protect some vulnerable family members from COVID-19. However, requiring vaccination means Jackie’s parents and sister likely won’t attend, which would break Jackie’s heart. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Nwandi Lawson, a former journalist who now runs a communications firm specializing in difficult conversations. She’s had her own challenging family discussions during the pandemic, and has some surprising tips for how to speak truth to power while keeping your relationships intact, and maybe even change a few minds.

If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Talk Politics Without Wrecking Relationships.

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Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson.


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