Episode for December 7, 2022
Episode 736: Writer and Commentator Jared Yates Sexton and History and Politics Prof. Dr Brian Rosenwald
Sorry today’s show was posted a little late. I went to bed early and got up early to get the best audio and analysis of Sen Warnock’s big win in Georgia lastnight! I have 2 great guests who I spoke to before the results were in that I think you will love.
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Jared Yates Sexton is the author of American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People, Currently, he serves as an associate professor of writing at Georgia Southern University and is the co-host of The Muckrake Political Podcast.
From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a
journey through the history of the United States, from the nation‘s founding to the twenty–first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we‘ve always told ourselves. In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist rallies, families torn apart and locked away. A common refrain erupts at each new atrocity: This isn‘t who we are. In American Rule, Jared Yates Sexton upends those convenient fictions by laying bare the foundational myths at the heart of our collective American imagination. From the very origins of this nation, Americans in power have abused and subjugated others; enabling that corruption are the many myths of American exceptionalism and steadfast values, which are fed to the public and repeated across generations. Working through each era of American growth and change, Sexton weaves together the origins and perpetuation of these narratives still in the public memory, and the acts we have chosen to forget. Stirring, deeply researched, and disturbingly familiar, American Rule is a call to examine our own misconceptions of what it means, and has always meant, to be an American.
Dr BRIAN ROSENWALD is the author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States, editor of the Washington Post blog Made by History, and scholar-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Check out his new Substack Newletter: https://brianrosenwald.substack.com/
From Brian’s Website :
I am a scholar in residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, an instructor at Penn, and author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. I serve as the Editor-In-Chief of Made By History, a Washington Post history section, and as a political analyst for NBC10 Philadelphia. Previously, I did the research for the Slate podcast Whistlestop.
I work at the intersection of 4 disciplines— history, political science, media studies, and communications. My scholarly interests include Congress, the media, public policy, and the Supreme Court. I also have significant interests in the substance of public policy and in helping scholars to reach a wider audience with their work. I am a passionate and devoted teacher with substantial teaching experience across multiple disciplines. I love to experiment in the classroom with innovative methods and course elements.
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