THR Web Features   /   March 10, 2022

Podcast: Political Mythologies

A conversation about the role of mythmaking in modern politics.

The Editors

Liberal democracy is in trouble today—not just in America but around the world. Is it possible that some of the challenges—growing social and economic divides, hyper nationalism and populism, media that favor discord over conversation, and even an attraction to authoritarian leaders—are aggravated by our failure to understand the power of political myths?

In this Hedgehog Chat, editor Jay Tolson moderates a round-table discussion on this question with three leading scholars: Tae-Yeoun Keum, assistant professor of political science at the University of California-Santa Barbara; Kevin Duong, assistant professor of politics at the University of Virginia; and Isaac Ariail Reed, professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.