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before-stormSeason 1 – Episode 9
July 2016

An unpredictable populist from a wealthy family beats the GOP establishment at its own game and wins the party’s nomination for President. His candidacy empowers a fringe radicalism, fans the flames of nativism and racism, fueling conservative white America’s fears of people of color, immigrants, and communists— their hatred of liberals, government bureaucrats, and university types. The candidate is accused of being a classic demagogue, criticized for not having the right temperament to be President, and is widely believed to be too much of a loose cannon to have his finger anywhere near the nuclear button. No, it’s not 2016. It’s 1964. Host Coy Barefoot talks with best-selling and award-winning author, Rick Perlstein about his book Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. This conversation was recorded on Monday, July 25, 2016.



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