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Steve Almond on the 'Bad Stories' that Brought Us Trumpism

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Steve Almond is the author of "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country."  (Photo: Courtesy Steve Almond)

Author and podcast host Steve Almond says we construct reality through stories that are “invented and refined by particular narrators with particular agendas.”  His new book, “Bad Stories,” identifies 17 false narratives — such as “nobody would vote for a guy like that” — which dominated the 2016 election and led to the rise of Trumpism. Almond joins Forum to discuss why faulty stories persist and what he thinks it will take to heal political divisions in the country.


Steve Almond, author, "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country"; co-host of New York Times podcast "Dear Sugars”, co-author of the New York Times advice column “The Sweet Spot"; instructor, the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard


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