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The United States of Anxiety

By WNYC Studios

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The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. We profile culture warriors, past and present, who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexuality, gender and more. We connect those debates to real people, with real stakes in the outcome. We’re filling in the blanks – aiming to answer questions you didn’t even know you had – and we’re asking, what are you willing to fight for? WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, Note to Self and many more.

Customer Reviews

I've never been more angry listening to a podcast

I'm split on this one. On the one hand, I appreciate the attempt to examine Trump supporters in a cool-headed, objective way—to look at their stories and try to understand their anxieties rather than attack them and accuse them of racism etc.

BUT at the same time, we've reached a point in this election cycle when (in my opinion) there is no excuse, no story, no anxiety that can be justifiably translated into a vote for Trump: Trump is a dangerous, mysoginistic, racist, fascitic, corrupt, criminal, lying, cheating, manipulative demogague. Even listening to the first episode, which features the story of a kind woman named Patty, I found myself really frustrated that the interviewers didn't push back against her false convictions (i.e. that Mexico is consciously sending criminals to the US). We're now past the point where I don't want to just UNDERSTAND the frustrations that have culminated in a 42% chance (as of today) that Trump will be the next president of the United States. We need to FIGHT against the lies and anger and racial hatred that fuel his candidacy. And this podcast is an attempt to be journalistically objective and passive in the face of the a potentially massive crisis. And this is not the kind of journalism we need right now.

Very interesting

Important and interesting discussion of the breakdown of the middle class, focusing on Long Island.

Typical left

Lefty media attempt an anthropological exam of Trump supporters. After listening to these strange creatures speak the journalist attempts to explain Trump supporters are wrong by presenting opinion as fact. Like claiming that amnesty was a done deal prior to 9/11. Agree that Bush was pushing amnesty, but there was plenty of pushback from voters.