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.
||ExplicitIntroducing ‘Caught’: Our New Podcast||America incarcerates more people than any country in the world. It starts with kids. On any given night, roughly 53,000 young people are in some form of lockup. Nearly 60 percent are black or Latino. We all make dumb mistakes in our youth. But for thes||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: How Ivanka Trump And Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment||This article is a collaboration between WNYC, ProPublica and The New Yorker. In the spring of 2012, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., found themselves in a precarious legal position. For two years, prosecutors||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoVideo: Living in Between Worlds||One Brooklyn woman's complicated relationship with the hijab and the experience of living in between worlds.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President||President George W. Bush, speaking at a mosque on Sept. 17, 2001: "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace." Donald Trump, campaigning for president on March 9, 2016: "I think Islam hates||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHelp Us Map the Confederate Flag||In the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, where a protester was killed by a white supremacist, dozens of monuments to the Confederacy are being taken down. It's an extraordinary moment in American history, and in this episode, we stop to a||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: America's Fourth: Beyond Pie and BBQs||This fourth of July, one year after the podcast began, we look back at a culture that’s made us so anxious, but also what holds us together, and where we’re going as a nation. Since nothing seems to bind Americans more together than food, we’re s||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Drug War||As the opioid epidemic continues to increase, we take a look back at the Sixties when the War on Drugs, a federal effort to decrease illegal drug use, was beginning to take shape. It was a decade of intense change in America as political assassina||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Nixon's Enemies||This week we’re looking at a President Richard M. Nixon, a man obsessed with winning. Whether it was an election or becoming a great leader, he would go to great lengths to ensure his success. But Nixon felt he was surrounded by enemies, so to make||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: These 'Witches' Are Empowering the Next Generation||In 2016, the campaign promise to “Make America Great Again” highlighted an important cultural shift. It represented the idea that the country needed to return to its traditions in order to be as prosperous as it was once before. But groups like Bru||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: In Jesus' Name... We Legislate||There’s been much progress for the LGBTQ community over the past decade: the legal debate over same-sex marriage has been resolved, popular culture has largely embraced gay and lesbian people, and transgender people are gaining legal recognition. But||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The New, Old White Supremacist Movement||At the height of the election season last September, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.” “We are living in a volatile political environment," she said. "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you cou||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: How Politics Turns Violent||The culture wars of the Boomer generation still shape our politics today. In this episode we look at those culture wars from another vantage point. Instead of focusing on the debates themselves, we ask the question: How do people move from radica||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Music, McCarthy, and the Sound of Americana||How can music — even music without lyrics — be political? We explore that question in episode 4 of "Culture Wars." In the 1920s, composer Aaron Copland took off for Paris. His search for a distinctive American sound in classical music resulted in||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: America's Allergy to Intellect — Why It Keeps Flaring Up||Talking to Trump voters during the campaign, we'd sometimes hear what felt like a unified sentiment bubbling up beneath the popular, and populist, reasons for supporting their candidate. Retired truck mechanic Fiore Napolitano from Long Island put it t||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Birth of Climate Denial||Starting with the 1925 Scopes Trial — also known as the "trial of the century" — we look at one of the most controversial topics in our time: the debate over evolution versus a Fundamentalist understanding of the Bible. It started with a substitute||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?||The city of Olathe, Kansas, has been shaken since February, when a man gunned down two Indian immigrants in a bar there. Witnesses say the shooter yelled, “Go back to your country!” It was the first hate-crime killing after the 2016 presidential||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||CleanVideoVIDEO: What Are You Willing to Fight For?||From activists in the current resistance movement to a McDonald's worker just trying to survive, get to know Americans fighting for what they believe in and shaping the future of the country's political culture. The United States of Anxiety: Cultur||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars||Donald Trump understands something very important about American democracy: We don’t debate public policy, we fumble our way toward a shared political culture. So if you want to control the debate over how to build a health care system, you first hav||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: Across the Aisle||With The United States of Anxiety, WNYC Studios and The Nation brought forth the ideas and concerns that made up part of the coalition bringing President-elect Donald Trump from his midtown Manhattan But with Hillary Clinton besting the President-el||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: Culture Shock||In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain dubbed then-Senator Obama the "biggest celebrity in the world" in a scathing campaign commercial. But after this most recent election, it seemed like America had moved beyond mere fame and instead||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: Pass the Politics||Whether you prefer dark meat, white meat, Tofurky or just mashed potatoes, most Americans can agree that the 2016 presidential election was contentious. With neither candidate managing to garner 50-percent of the vote and in a world of charged media||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: An Electoral Industrial Revolution||In a campaign season marked by sharp differences between major party candidates, one unifying issue arose: the dismal nature of the nation's infrastructure and industrial landscape. In the end, the billionaire builder was selected to tackle this proble||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: Where Technology Takes Us||For Hillary Clinton, that private email server was an Achilles heel. For Donald Trump, late night tweet-storms and the echo chamber of the alt-right were rocket fuel. And for American voters, the power of technology was inescapable. Manoush Zomorodi,||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: Examining the 'Women's Vote'||Throughout The United States of Anxiety, Long Island-resident Patty Dwyer acted as a gateway to the perspectives of individuals forming the wave that swept Donald Trump from New York billionaire to President-elect. And with exit polling suggesting t||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCall-In Special: Hopes and Fears for the Next Four Years||In this election cycle, anxiety emerged as a dominant theme for voters across the political spectrum. This is where The United States of Anxiety began--documenting the experiences and perspectives which informed voters as they selected their candid||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Where Are We Now?||So, here we are. The race is over and Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. WNYC Studios and The Nation take the temperature of the country following the unprecedented election of a consummate political outsider. WNYC||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: What Is This Election Doing to Us?||This election certainly feels stressful. As Amanda Aronczyk from WNYC's Only Human podcast told us in Episode 7, it's possible to measure the election's effect on us biologically. This bonus episode explains more about Only Human's experiment with the||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: This Is Your Brain on Politics||Stress is a part of everyday life. But in this election filled with bombast, disregard of all sorts of political norms, and multiple October Surprises, the road to November 8th often appears overwhelming. Join WNYC Studios and The Nation as we explo||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Kids Are Not Alright||Gang violence and a drug epidemic might not be the first things one thinks about when they picture the American suburbs, but they have become prominent facts of life for many residents in Suffolk County, Long Island. In fact, the leafy New York suburb||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: White Like Me||Once again, race has become a central issue in a presidential campaign. But this time, it's not all about people of color. It's also about white Americans, and what their place is in 21st century America. This week, WNYC Studios and The Nation exa||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole||So how did we get to this point? Where a nominee for a major party has been heard bragging about assaulting women. The United States of Anxiety has been listening carefully to Trump supporters in an effort to understand this election season. This week,||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: This Land Is My Land, That Land Is Your Land||Tom McCarthy, a retired NYPD detective and lifelong Long Island resident, has spent much of his adult life straddling two very different worlds. Each day he would leave the calm of his suburban community to patrol the notorious Queensbridge housing||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Who Owns the Deed to the American Dream?||The idea of an idyllic 'suburbia' has been a touchstone along the cultural landscape of America for over 70 years. From Norman Rockwell's 1943 Freedom from Want to the printed pages of Martha Stewart's Living, the trimmed hedges, white picket fence||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?||For many voters, this election is not simply about deciding the next President of the United States, or even setting the landscape of national politics. Instead, it serves as a referendum on what it means to be innately American. Join WNYC Studios and||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to The United States of Anxiety||The United States of Anxiety is an in-depth look at the human stories underlying this year's presidential election. Too often, political reporting tells us how voters feel about the issues, but now why they feel that way. And in this election, just a||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
Important and interesting discussion of the breakdown of the middle class, focusing on Long Island.
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.