First, we’ll begin with the surprising ways that Hollywood actors have shaped American politics and who have some of the most groundbreaking and influential on the body politic. This is part two of a two part interview. [ dur: 27mins. ]

  • Steven Ross is Professor of History at University of Southern California (USC). He is the author of “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics“.

Then, Americans are paying less attention and giving less credence to science and scientists. This is due to politics, mainstream media, religion and ongoing anti-intellectualism in the United States. Chris Mooney, co-author of Unscientific America, explains how we got so far and what should we do.[ dur: 15min. ]

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  • Chris Mooney is the co-author of “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future“. He is also author of the New York Times bestselling “The Republican War on Science“. He was a science journalist and podcaster for Mother Jones and host of Climate Desk Live from 2012 to 2014. He is now a staff writer at The Washington Post.

Finally, when does democracy have a dark side? Michael Mann says that majorities can and do oppress minorities in the name of majoritarian democracy. He is the author of The Dark Side of Democracy. [ dur:15min. ]

For a transcript of this interview, please visit: TheBigQ

  • Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA. He is author of “The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing“.

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