"The Messy Truth" hosted by Van Jones returns to CNN

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Washington, D.C.—Jan. 5, 2017The Messy Truth, a Town Hall hosted by CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, will return to CNN for two nights, on Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9pmET.

On Jan. 11, Jones will moderate conversations with Americans to reflect on President Obama’s legacy and look ahead to the Trump Presidential Inauguration.  Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and former Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will also join the conversation and take questions from the audience.

The Town Halls will air on CNN, CNN International and will be live-steamed online and across mobile via CNNgo and CNN SiriusXM channel 116.

The Messy Truth will also be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere on cable VOD and on CNNgo via iPad, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and desktop at www.cnn.com/go.


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The Messy Truth

Check out The Messy Truth, Van's first TV Special on the playlist below:

And to read more about why & how Van took on these difficult conversations, check out some of these press hits:

And this is not new post-election. Van had "messy truth" conversations before the election with our pals from Meridian Hill Pictures. To check out his pre-election conversations, see below:

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Don't let Trump ruin your Thanksgiving!

Advice from Van Jones.

Headed home for the holidays? Thinking about how to talk with Trump supporters in your family?  

Van offers some advice based on his experience talking to people with different views -- around the country, on the set of CNN, and among his circle of friends.  Here’s the headline: STAY HUMAN.

More specifically:

  1. Listen empathically

  2. Speak authentically

  3. Expect to be surprised

We at the Dream Corps headquarters in Oakland wish you the very best.  You are part of a growing community of people around the Dream Corps who are guided by a fierce abiding love for humanity.  We are working to get you better connected to each other. Please help by sharing your Thanksgiving plans and experiences on our Facebook page.

Our team has compiled a few additional resources that might be helpful to you this Thanksgiving.  Our friends at Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are running up a text message holiday hotline. Some of our staff found this article helpful:“Understanding Trump” by George Lakoff.  And this crowdsourced document circulating on social media “How to talk to your loved ones about a Donald Trump presidency” has some stuff we found helpful.  

If you have other good resources, please share them on our Facebook page.

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WhiteLash: Van describes the nightmare for parents, people of color, muslims, immigrants

"It is hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, "don't be a bully." You tell your kids, "don't be a bigot. You tell your kids do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome. You have people putting their kids to bed tonight... who are afraid of how do I explain this to my children "



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