How did we end up here? How did America get to this post-truth moment, where the line blurs between reality and illusion? In a new book, radio host and author Kurt Andersen lays out a timeline for how we lost our collective mind. And really, it’s nothing new. America, Andersen says, has always been a country of true believers, wishful dreamers, hucksters and suckers, and we’ve always been uniquely susceptible to fantasy. Andersen joins us Wednesday to explore the 500-year history of a country going haywire.
Kurt Andersen is the co-creator and host of the radio program Studio 360, which can be heard Sundays at noon on KUER. He's also a columnist, critic, and the author of numerous books. His newest is Fantasyland--How America Went Haywire: A 500-year History [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible].