How Americans can move forward together

Carvell Wallace says we must start with ourselves.

    "A friend recently wrote that you should never worry alone. And there's wisdom in that," Carvel Wallace says in the newest episode of Closer Than They Appear. "So maybe I started the show because I didn't want to worry alone. And because I don't want you to worry alone."

    Over the course of seven episodes, Wallace began worrying with other people. He spoke with celebrities, activists, and people he grew up with, asking the question that's been on his mind: Can Americans go forward together, and how?

    In this final episode, Wallace reflects on what he has moved away from these conversations. He also talks to Alexis Frank, a 27-year-old biracial army veteran who ran for Congress in South Carolina last spring. Her campaign slogan was "Protect what you love."

    "We've lost a lot of sight about what makes us human and what makes our bond so strong. You know, we all want our kids to have good education. I want them to be happy, to be healthy," Frank says. "Why can't we bond over that? Why have we forgotten that's how we've gotten so far and humanity is not right killing each other off but by loving and nurturing each other?"

    Closer Than They Appear is the debut show from Al Jazeera's new podcast studio, Jetty. Catch up by listening to the first episode, featuring Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who joined Wallace to discuss what it means to be a black man in the US, fatherhood in the time of Trump, and maintaining grace in the face of adversity.

    You can listen to this episode in the player above and then subscribe in Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. You can also get full episodes on Facebook Watch.

    Follow the show in Twitter @closershow.


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