How Fear Distorts Reality

Guest: University of Minnesota Regents Professor of American Studies and History Elaine Tyler May

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It’s been nearly 70 years since Russia acquired a nuclear bomb and thrust America into a state of anxiety. Schools conducted duck and cover drills, and some homeowners built fallout shelters. The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to the Cold War, but our unease persisted. University of Minnesota Regents Professor of American Studies and History Elaine Tyler May discusses her latest book Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy.

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