Mad As Hell

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Jerry Kiesewetter (CC0)

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March 26, 2017

Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry — on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here? Is it possible we’re addicted to outrage? This hour, we explore the advantages and perils of getting mad as hell.

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Brendan Steinhauser was watching Rick Santelli on Squawk Box, listening to the CNBC editor’s now-legendary rant following the 2009 bailout of the financial sector that ended with his call for a “Chicago Tea Party” outside of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Steinhauser thought it sounded like a good idea.

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3:01
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Psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett runs a lab where she studies emotions and says that if you pay attention, everyday anger can be a source of wisdom.

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11:20
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Writer Pankaj Mishra traces the roots of contemporary political rage back to a surprising source: the 18th century Enlightenment.  

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12:27
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Cleve Jones was a young activist and Harvey Milk’s protege, the man who would later create the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  What he remembers about that time is how the gay community channeled anger and grief into a night he’ll never forget.

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8:25
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Could we, as a nation, be addicted to anger? That’s what science fiction writer and astrophysicist David Brin thinks. In fact, he wrote an open letter to addiction researchers and psychologists, asking them to investigate America’s epidemic of self-righteous indignation.

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11:59
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Anger can separate us into partisan camps, but it can also inspire people to work together to achieve amazing things. Michael Eric Dyson knows this firsthand.

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7:27
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October 21, 2017
March 26, 2017
July 21, 2018
Guests: 
Brendan Steinhauser

Brendan Steinhauser

Political Strategist

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Psychologist
Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra

Writer
Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones

Social Activist
David Brin

David Brin

Science fiction author
Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Sociologist
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July 21, 2018