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How do humans come to believe all the impossible things we believe? The answers, one story at a time.

 

Dec 20, 2016

As Barack Obama's presidency comes to an end, first drafts of his legacy are already being written. In this episode I'm joined by three scholars who are contributors to one such draft—an upcoming book called Reconsidering Obama: Reflections on Rhetoric. Professors Jennifer Mercieca, Mark McPhail, and David Frank discuss the "heroic expectations" that accompanied Obama's 2009 inauguration, his rhetoric of racial "consilience," and the haunting possibility that racism may be impervious to persuasion.