Episode 45 – Rick Shenkman, Historian and Author of “Just How Stupid Are We? Facing The Truth About The American Voter”

Rick Shenkman, Historian and “New York Times” best-selling author, discusses his new book and talks about the ignorance most Americans have about politics and how their government works. He also describes the History Network News website that he founded and edited along with his website howstupidblog.com (no longer available.) My commentary during this episode is called, “The Dumbing Down of America.”

 

Rick Shenkman, Historian and New York Times best-selling author

Rick Shenkman, Historian and New York Times best-selling author

 

Rick Shenkman's new book discussed at length on this episode

Just How Stupid Are We? (Amazon Books | Powell’s Books | IndieBound), Rick Shenkman’s new book, discussed at length on this episode

 

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Websites featured in this episode:
How Stupid Blog no longer available
Rick Shenkman’s Appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with John Stewart” no longer available
History News Network
History Resources from History News Network
The New York Times
Mother Jones
The Nation
The Weekly Standard
The New Republic

 

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One Response to Episode 45 – Rick Shenkman, Historian and Author of “Just How Stupid Are We? Facing The Truth About The American Voter”

  1. Scott Morris says:

    So I enjoyed listening to the episode even though I found it to be rather disturbing. I hear about these problems often and appreciate that, but I wish there was more discussion on how to fix the problem. I realize time is limited on the program, but I would like to know what we can do about it. Also, a discussion about what’s being done in cities and states to rectify the dumbing down of America would be great. We have got to fix our education system asap. Thanks for the great work!

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