America: How We Got Here

Kurt Andersen – Pratt Institute / Public Radio International

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It used to be called the New World. Now the man who runs the country wants to make it great…..again. Sometime between then and now, renowned writer Kurt Andersen argues that America lost one of its defining traits: openness to the new, and a tendency to try the untried and explore the uncharted.  In culture, it fell into a “mass nostalgia” that became something of a “cultural listlessness,” a slowing of the rate at which life looked, felt and sounded new — Americans from the 1950s and 1970s appearing as if from different planets, but Americans from the 2000s and today looking not all that dissimilar. In this class, Kurt Andersen will be questioned by his sister, Syracuse University Professor Kristi Andersen.