Kurt Andersen: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire
Kurt Andersen is a brilliant analyst and synthesizer of historical and cultural trends, bestselling novelist, groundbreaking media entrepreneur, and host of public radio’s Studio 360. In his latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (2017), Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Andersen is also the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels True Believers (2012), Heyday (2007) and Turn of the Century (1999). He is host and co-creator of Studio 360, the cultural magazine show produced by Public Radio International broadcast on 217 stations and distributed by podcast to almost 1 million listeners in all each week. The show won Peabody Awards for broadcast excellence in both 2005 and 2013. Andersen’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and TIME, among others.
Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00pm
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