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To find red/blue couples, we advertised with liberal and conservative bloggers; spread the word through social media; alerted online platforms devoted to relationships or politics; and reached out to organizations and individuals representing a range of constituencies, as well as to the very diverse set of participants in previous Purple States series. We heard from 33 couples and auditioned 9.


  • Aprill Shines and Otis Dancy, Atlanta GA and Fairfield CT
  • Tara van Brederode and Jeff Angelo, Ames, IA
  • Anne Runolfsson and Donald Weinbach, North Salem, NY
  • Laleh Mojtabaeezamani and Brock Simmons, Austin, TX
  • Naomi Schachter and David Dahan, Allentown PA


Purple States LLC invested in this production as a prototype for a television or online series.

Editorial Control

Purple States selected the couples and determined the content of the video.


  • Produced by Cynthia Farrar
  • Edited by Cinnamon Kennedy
  • Videography by the couples

Strange Bedfellows on WSJ

The Wall Street Journal broadcast Strange Bedfellows as an Inauguration exclusive on its YouTube channel, as a news video on, and in its OffDuty Inauguration Special.

WSJ Live’s LunchBreak

On WSJ Live’s LunchBreak, Wendy Bounds interviews red/blue couples featured in the Purple States video.

The Colin McEnroe Show

April and Otis, Don and Anne, and Cynthia are interviewed on the Colin McEnroe Show

Feb 21, 2013. Aprill and Otis, Don and Anne, and Cynthia are interviewed on the Colin McEnroe Show on Connecticut's NPR station, WNPR.


Meet five red/blue couples whose plight mirrors America’s: divided by politics, wedded to a shared future. But unlike red/blue politicians, purple couples realize they can’t wriggle out of this bind. When they square off, sparks fly. They stick by their guns (sometimes literally), but they move forward, together.
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