How bad stories leading to bad outcomes in American life and politics

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After the 2016 presidential election, a lot of people were trying to explain how a reality TV star and real estate developer took over the White House. One of them was author and Harvard journalism professor Steve Almond. He writes that lots of bad stories -- about our democracy, the economy, Obama and Clinton, and Trump himself -- led to a distorted view of what’s really happening in the country.


Author Steve Almond. Credit: Jennie Baker. 

Credits

Guest:
Steve Almond - author, “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or, Devan Schwartz