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Wednesday, January 18
AMERICAN FASCISM: IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE?

Donald Trump has been called a buffoon, an entertainer, a circus clown. He's also been called a fascist. What did his campaign, and the voters it mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America's own dark past? (This episode originally aired October 28, 2016)


Thursday, January 19
THE TRUTH ABOUT "POST-TRUTH"

The election of Donald Trump has ignited talk that we're now living in a "post-truth" era. But are we? And if we are, what are the origins of this idea that the truth no longer exists, or if it does, that it doesn't matter anymore? Host Paul Kennedy talks to thinkers who argue that the story began years earlier, with a kind of collective identity crisis: authoritarianism can become attractive when you no longer remember who you are.

Friday, January 20
TOCQUEVILLE'S AMERICA REVISITED, Part 2
Nearly 200 years ago, a young French aristocrat traveled across the Atlantic to get a first-hand immersion in American democracy. Alexis de Tocqueville spent nine months touring the United States, talking to hundreds of people, trying to understand the country's strengths and weaknesses. Some have called his writing prophetic, capturing the essence of the American experiment with democracy -- both back when he was visiting the U.S. in the 1830s and today.
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Wednesday January 18, 2017
American Fascism: It Can't Happen Here?
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/american-fascism-it-can-t-happen-here-1.3824591?cmp=rss&cid=Ideas+for+week+of+June+22

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Donald Trump has been called a buffoon, an entertainer, a circus clown. He's also been called a fascist. What did his campaign, and the voters it mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America's own dark past? **This episode originally aired October 28, 2016.


"As long you have racism, as long as you have Islamophobia, as long as you have rampant misogyny, you're going to have the wellsprings of fascist sensibility." -- Chris Vials


It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis - Book Cover

First Edition, published in 1935 by Doubleday, Doran and Company. (Wikipedia)
It Can't Happen Here by American writer, Sinclair Lewis, was published in 1935, and later mounted as a play. Lewis was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930. His novel captures how fascist thinking demonizes entire groups of people, how it tacitly or explicitly sanctions political violence -- and how its rhetoric privileges emotionality over rationality, and charisma over substance. As fascism rose in Europe, Sinclair's view of American politics darkened -- hence the ironic title: it could happen in the U.S.

The hurling of the f-word -- 'fascist' -- has happened a lot since Donald Trump entered the American political stage. But name-calling is facile -- and imprecise. So how do we distinguish fascism from authoritarianism, populism, ethnic nationalism?



Guests in this episode:

Dalia Fahmy, Professor of Political Science at Long Island University in Brooklyn, senior fellow at the Centre for Global Policy, a think tank that studies U.S. relations with the Muslim world.

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker.

Charlotte Canning, Professor of Performance as Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin, Theatre and Dance. Historian of American theatre including the 1930s production of the play It Can't Happen Here' by Sinclair Lewis.

Chris Vials, Director of American Studies, Department of English, University of Connecticut, author of Haunted By Hitler: Liberals, The Left and the Fight Against Fascism in the United States, published by University of Massachusetts Press 2014.


Related websites & further reading:

Dalia Fahmy Critical of 'Un-American' Trump Comments
http://www.cgpolicy.org/inthenews/dalia-fahmy-critical-of-un-american-trump-comments/

Adam Gopnik: Being Honest About Donald Trump
http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/being-honest-about-trump

Charlotte Canning: The novel and play that predicted Donald Trump's rise – and countered a swell of Great Depression demagoguery
http://theconversation.com/the-novel-and-play-that-predicted-donald-trumps-rise-and-countered-a-swell-of-great-depression-demagoguery-56058

Background on Father Charles Coughlin, the radio priest
https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005516

The Big Sleazy: How Huey Long took Louisiana -- The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/06/12/the-big-sleazy

Our Juvenile American Fantasies: Comic Book Fascism -- Salon
http://www.salon.com/2016/05/03/our_juvenile_american_fantasies_comic_book_fascism_the_rise_of_trump_and_captain_america_civil_war/



**This episode was produced by Tom Jokinen and Greg Kelly

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