• Summary

  • The idea is to go in search of America as it exists today - a journey informed by an intimate understanding of its history - to better understand our troubled time, all of which puts its future in context. Our objective is to find people and places that help us understand what the country is thinking, what we still have in common, where the innovative work is being done, where the best practices are occurring, and who the less well known innovators are. The collision of technology and society and the fallout consequences can be hard to figure out. History can help. Our Editor-at-Large and resident humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson probes important questions about where we are going by first asking about where we have been and why.
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  • Greener Acres: Betting The Farm (Ep. 36)

    Jan 14 2022

    Three years ago, Beth Hoffman left her career as a college professor and journalist in San Francisco for the life of farming. She and her husband, John Hogeland, headed to Iowa with $19,000 of savings and a vague and ambiguous plan to take over as the fifth generation on his family’s 530-acre farm. The simple life, however, turned out to be not so simple. “Instead of a romantic life of growing tomatoes and raising happy cows,” she writes, “farm life is actually a job full of spreadsheets, receipts, and file folders.” The public, she eventually realized, is similarly confused and uninformed about the realities of farming. Moreover, our existing agrarian myths serve mostly to pit farmers against each other while trapping them in endless cycles of debt and self-exploitation.

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    24 mins
  • The Long Memory of Wounded Knee (Ep. 35)

    Jan 8 2022
    With rare exceptions, Indigenous history remains largely marginalized and its lessons go unlearned. Our resident humanities scholar and his adult daughter took a road trip recently to mark the 131st anniversary of a tragedy on the great plains that remains indelibly stamped on a community’s memory.
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    17 mins
  • Democratizing Great Books (Ep. 34)

    Jan 2 2022
    A liberal arts education is about more than preparing students with skills in demand in the marketplace. Author Roosevelt Montás explains how four authors and their works change lives and matter more than ever.
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    16 mins

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