In their latest book, Surviving Autocracy, journalist Masha Gessen reflects that ‘Most Americans in the age of Trump are… subjected to constant, sometimes debilitating anxiety’. An anxiety essentially caused by living in ‘two realities’ - one Trumpian and one fact-based. ‘The need to pay constant attention to the lies is exhausting, and it is compounded by the feeling of helplessness in the face of the ridiculous and repeated lies.’
Amidst a relentless, dumbfounding and often deafening Presidential narrative, are the voices, concerns and even the democratic rights of ‘ordinary Americans’ being lost? With just months until the next Presidential election, we shine a light on how today’s America came to be and the possible consequences for all of us if her identity crisis continues.
Stuart Cosgrove: The Soul Of Muhammad Ali
Monday 17 August 11:30 - 12:30
Following on from his acclaimed trilogy about the American soul music scene in the 1960s, much-loved Scottish broadcaster and writer Stuart Cosgrove returns to the American post-war era with his highly topical new book.
James Naughtie: The USA, from Reagan to Trump
Thursday 20 August 16:00 - 17:00
On the Road is Naughtie’s compelling memoir of his American experiences during this period of change. In this event he discusses his adventures – and a rollercoaster half-century of USA life - with fellow BBC journalist Allan Little.
Isabel Wilkerson: America’s Unspoken Caste System
Wednesday 26 August 20:30 - 21:30
In this insightful event chaired by Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto, Wilkerson answers your questions on how this unforgettable reframing of what divides Americans might impact their future.
Samantha Power with Allan Little: What One Person Can Do
Thursday 27 August 20:30 - 21:30
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Professor of Human Rights talks with Allan Little in our annual Frederick Hood Memorial Lecture.
Brit Bennett: How the Other Twin Lives
Friday 28 August 19:00 - 20:00
For a novel that begins in 1968, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half may well be the timeliest fiction book of the year. She will answer audience questions following her discussion of the book.
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