The Signal (Episode 5): The Growing Fascist Threat to American Democracy, with Jeff Sharlet

"Do I think there could be violence? There is violence. There are casualties all over the country," said Sharlet, the author of "The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War."
Image courtesy of Jeff Sharlet.

On this episode, Bucks County Beacon Editor Cyril Mychalejko welcomes Jeff Sharlet to the show. Jeff (@JeffSharlet) is the bestselling author or editor of eight books, including The Family, made into a Netflix documentary series. He’s the Frederick Sessions Beebe ’35 Professor in the Art of Writing at Dartmouth College and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His newest book is The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War, described by The New York Times as “riveting”and The Washington Post as “journalism-as-art.” We talk about his new book and the growing fascist threat to American democracy. 

Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on the Issue (in addition to Jeff’s new book)

  1.  How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, by Jason Stanley
  2.  Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian Americaby Lauren R. Kerby
  3.  The Flag and The Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy, by Philip S. Gorski, Samuel L. Perry
  4.  A Field Guide to White Supremacy, by Kathleen Belew and Ramon A. Gutierrez (editors)
  5.  No Pasarán! Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis, by Shane Burley (editor)

The Signal is produced by Kevin Mahoney, Raging Chicken Media.

Music by Maf é Tulà and Cartas a Felice, “La Loca.” Panela Music. 

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Cyril Mychalejko is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Beacon. Read his columns on Sundays and follow him on Twitter.

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