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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: A Tale of Two Paper’s Opinions

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Two Detroit editorial page editors tell each other how their backgrounds influence their opposing opinions.

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Stephen Henderson is the editor of the liberal-leaning editorial page at the Detroit Free Press. Nolan Finley, on the other hand, is the editor of the conservative-leaning editorial page at  The Detroit News.

And… they’re friends.


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Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley

In this episode of StoryCorps Detroit, Henderson and Finley talk about how their personal family backgrounds influence their opposing political opinions. What emerges is that they have more in common than you might realize just from reading their respective editorial pages.

At one point Henderson admits that conservatives possess a trait he’s almost jealous of. Then Finley criticizes the party whose ideals he so often champions.

Together they agree there is one thing that both parties need to improve upon: finding compromise.

I think it’s harder to demonize people when you really do know who they are and what they think,” Henderson says.

Click on the player at the top of this page to listen to this episode of StoryCorps Detroit. You can also subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. A longer version of this interview was broadcast on WDET’s Detroit Today. You can listen to that here.



Laura Herberg, Reporter

Laura Herberg is a Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She is a proud homeowner in Highland Park, Mich.

laura.herberg@wdet.org Follow @HerbergRadio

Sascha Raiyn, Education Reporter

Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

sraiyn@wdet.org Follow @raiyn

Detroit Journalism Cooperative

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



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