The United States of Anxiety: Live Podcast Taping

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm
Levitt Center for University Advancement
1 East Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242

Can we finally build a multiracial democracy in 2020?

From WNYC Studios, The United States of Anxiety is a podcast about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future. Underlying almost every disagreement, every fervent debate as we approach the 2020 election is one basic question: Who is America for? This is an old question. Many of the political and social arguments we’re having now started in the aftermath of the Civil War, when Americans set out to do something no other country had tried before—to build the world’s first interracial democracy. Host Kai Wright and team will connect the dots between the explosive debates of the late 19th century and the frustrations of a 21st century presidential election. They’ll tell stories about people who are trying to make the radical ideas behind America real in their lives now. And they’ll help voters understand what’s actually at stake in 2020. 

About Kai Wright: 
Kai Wright is host and managing editor of The United States of Anxiety. He was also the host of the podcasts The Stakes, Caught, and There Goes the Neighborhood, as well as a co-host of Indivisible, a live national call-in show that WNYC convened during the Trump administration’s first 100 days. He is a former editor for The Nation, as well as the former editorial director of Colorlines. As a fellow of Type Investigations, he covered economic inequality, access to healthcare, and racial inequity for years. Kai is the author of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York and two surveys of black American history. 

Hosted by the UI Public Policy Center with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies; African American Council; Center for Diversity and Enrichment; Department of Communication Studies; Department of English; Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Latina/Latino Studies Program; and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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