Popular Culture, Civil Liberties, and America

Norman Lear is the prolific television writer and producer of stories about diverse American life—among them “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” and “Maude”—as well as a lifelong political and social activist. Khizr Khan is a Pakistani American lawyer, speaker at the 2016 Democratic Convention, and parent of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War. Born 28 years and 7,000 miles apart in Connecticut and Pakistan, today they are united as American citizens, friends, and agents of change. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson joins them to discuss pressing questions of our time. What does it mean to be an American? How do our politics reflect and impact us? What role does news and entertainment media play in telling our stories? And can our collective culture change? Underwritten by Bank of America

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

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