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Fate of Fact

Fate of Fact is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham studio. Throughout the course of five episodes in season one of this audio documentary, Pulitzer-Prize winning and best-selling historian, Jon Meacham and esteemed guests, will explore the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics, and how we got here today. Meacham will trace the roots of America’s prevailing culture of polarization, with an emphasis on why the right has chosen to break with a governing consensus that, however imperfect, was once embodied by the figurative conversation between Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Fate of Fact offers a historically grounded perspective on the forces that led to the presidency of Donald Trump and the insurrection of January 6—an attack on the Capitol and on democracy as grave as any American moment since the Civil War.

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Welcome to Fate of Fact

Welcome to a new audio documentary, Fate of Fact, a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham studio. Throughout the course of five episodes in season one, Pulitzer-Prize winning and best-selling historian, Jon Meacham and esteemed guests, will explore the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics , and how we got here today. Meacham will trace the roots of America’s prevailing culture of polarization, with an emphasis on why the right has chosen to break with a governing consensus that, however imperfect, was once embodied by the figurative conversation between Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Fate of Fact offers a historically grounded perspective on the forces that led to the presidency of Donald Trump and the insurrection of January 6—an attack on the Capitol and on democracy as grave as any American moment since the Civil War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

3mins

16 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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Rendezvous With Destiny

LBJ announces his vision for a "Great Society" in an America predominately defined by two competing visions, both rooted in a shared sense of reality. But on the far right wing of the political spectrum there is a disaffected group of people, driven by paranoia and fear, who are captive to conspiracy—setting a dangerous course for the decades to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29mins

28 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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First Blood 

From the Yalta Conference to the centrist Dwight Eisenhower administration, members of the far-right feel a sense of betrayal as the country integrates and embraces separation of church and state, laying the foundation for a paranoid style of politics and a flight from fact.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29mins

5 May 2021

Rank #3

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Dashed Hopes

Republican presidents in second half of the 20th century were not strangers to extreme rhetoric and hardline statements, but in practice they were more centrist than members of the far-right might have hoped. Over several decades, the spirit of what George HW Bush called, “sound governance” aggravated the ideologues and fomented a contempt for compromise.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34mins

12 May 2021

Rank #4

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One Nation, Under God?

The religious right becomes a force in American politics. Guided by a belief that Christianity belongs at the center of public life, some Evangelical voters view secularism as an existential threat: a threat that has helped create a false choice between faith and fact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

23mins

19 May 2021

Rank #5

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To Bend The Arc

Progress isn’t inevitable. Justice is forever elusive. Liberty is always fragile. What will it take for America to find its better angels? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31mins

26 May 2021

Rank #6

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Presenting: Gangster Capitalism Season Three: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University

The C13Originals Peabody nominated series is back for Season Three: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University. A sex scandal rocks one of the world’s largest Christian universities, and the man at the center of it. But that scandal is just the beginning. The award-winning Gangster Capitalism team spoke with more than 80 former and current Liberty students, faculty, staff, high-ranking administrators, and those with intimate knowledge of Falwell Jr. What emerges is the inside story of how the university, and the family who founded it, have been rocked by power, greed, hypocrisy, and of course money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

4mins

23 Jun 2021

Rank #7