The End of America? ANTIDOTE 2020
With Jill Lepore. Presidential elections are pivotal in US politics and culture, but 2020 has taken this to the next level. In this radically changing landscape, could we be entering a new world order? Hosted by Damien Cave.
2020 will likely be viewed by future historians as a watershed in US history. The coronavirus crisis, the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the deeply polarised Presidential election campaign have all laid bare inequalities and dysfunction in health, social security, and law enforcement systems. But with disruption and chaos comes space for renewal, reform, and change. How has a world-leader found itself in this desperate state, what is the historical and cultural background that we need to make sense of it all, and what is next for the USA?
Historian, academic and New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore, joins New York Times Australian bureau chief Damien Cave via videolink, in a discussion that attempts to anchor this cultural moment in historical context, explore deeper meanings of current events, and ask: does the fight for racial equality, eradication of police violence, and reform of unjust systems truly mean the end of America as we know it? This electric post-election session will examine what might well be a new world order.
First broadcast Sunday November 29 2020.
Duration: approx 60 minutes.
Rental period: 30 days