Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Has the great American experiment in liberty gone off the rails? Best-selling novelist, public radio host, and acclaimed cultural critic Kurt Andersen tackles that question in his latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, due out in September. Get a sneak preview of this provocative chronicle of magical thinking and make-believe that provides a new paradigm for understanding the post-factual present, in which reality and illusion are dangerously blurred.

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

Sean Wilentz, esteemed and engaging author and Princeton professor of American History and Democracy, offers a... See more
An unflinching panel asks: How democratic is the US after all? They take an honest look at issues such is money and... See more
In recent years, the tone of American political dialogue seems to have taken a turn. Is it really worse now than ever?... See more
Frenchmen Bernard Henri-L‚vy and Paul Holdengr„ber, two astute observers, discuss American democracy and culture.  See more
A look at the correlation between cultural involvement — especially literary reading — and a strong democracy.... See more
Pollster Douglas E. Schoen presents the results of an original Aspen Ideas Festival poll of the American public. See more

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