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The United States of Anxiety

By WNYC Studios

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The United States of Anxiety: Gender, Power and the Midterm Elections looks at how we arrived at what could be a wave election for women and people of color, and what it means – from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916, to the women who are entering politics for the first time today. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Nancy, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

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.

Thank you for confronting the cultural divide

I'm glad someone is willing to tackle this issue outside of academia. Thank you.

Superb and necessary

Essential listening for everyone. No matter what your political bent or affiliation.