Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination we have seen all sorts of fringe right-wingers come out of the wood work to support him. From David Duke to Storm Front, white-supremacists and neo-Nazi’s have been lining up to offer their praise and come to the defense of the New York real estate developer whenever they feel him threatened by the media. Joining me today to talk all about his personal experiences with outraged Trump supporters and the white-supremacist support base of the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee is Jonathan Weisman is an editor in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Who wrote all about his experiences in a recent op-ed for The Times. You can also follow Jonathan on Twitter.
The next time you hear a Donald Trump fan talk about how the casino and golf course developer will “Make America Great Again” and bring us back to our former glory, just remind them that Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary and perhaps suggest that they might want to pick up a copy of acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz’s myth-shattering book The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. The book provides an exhaustive examination of two centuries of the American family and sweeps away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life in our country. Originally published in 1992, the book is now being re-released in a revised and updated edition that includes a new introduction and epilogue, looking at what has and has not changed since the original publication, and exploring how the clash between growing gender equality and growing economic inequality is reshaping family life, marriage, and male-female relationships in our modern era. Stephanie joins me today on the show to talk all about the book and the nostalgia for an American tradition that never really existed. You can also follow Stephanie on Twitter.
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