Our Fear and Loathing of The Other: How We Feel About Immigration

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This week’s This American Life is outstanding. Brian Reed, of S-Town fame (#87, #88), travels to Homer, Alaska, a town with no immigration problem that is debating a resolution on immigration. He meets Ben Tyrer, a janitor who dislikes conflict and shuns political vitriol. As a result, Mr. Tyrer vows to make up his mind on the measure using reading, research, and reason. Unfortunately, no matter how much he scours the Internet and considers various publications to seek the facts about immigration, Mr. Tyrer realizes the truth is nebulous, whereas hate is crystal clear. (The second story is also excellent.)

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