Now & Then
Now & Then
Jun 14, 2022
Nostalgia & Political Power
Play • 53 min

What are the political purposes of nostalgia? Why does the GOP idealize the American past? And what can this backward-looking perspective give or take away from our collective future?


On Now & Then, Heather and Joanne discuss the role of nostalgia in American political history, from Puritan Jeremiads, to the 1913 Gettysburg and Fort Wagner reunions, to the emergence in the 1970s of a cultural obsession with the 1950s. 


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Now & Then is presented by CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

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