Episode

3/24 Irony & Outrage: America’s Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter w/ Danna Young

March 24, 2020

Dr. Danna Young (@dannagal), a Communication & Political Science Professor at University of Delaware, joins Sam to discuss her new book, Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States

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On today’s show:

Dr. Danna Young (@dannagal), a Communication & Political Science Professor at University of Delaware, joins Sam to discuss her new book, Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States. Comedians engaging in political satire tend to be liberal-leaning, while the right has a lock on angry opinion programs. Drawing on decades of research on political and media psychology, Young delves into the personality traits that shape what kind of media liberals and conservatives, respectively, like to consume.

On the fun half: Trump says coronavirus restrictions will be lifted “soon,” dismisses health experts. A caller shares his firsthand account of the differences between the US and South Korea’s Covid-19 response. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says grandparents would willingly die for the market economy. Trump won’t commit to public health experts’ advice, misidentifies states as countries. Ed Henry on Fox News: “Every life matters…but what is the balance?” Cow Guy business investor says Trump needs to have his “Churchillian Moment” and reopen the markets. Jamie calls in with updates on DSA activity, a rant about capitalism, and a recommended reading from Chinese journal Chuang. Laura Ingraham interviews Covid-19 patient who credits hydroxychloroquine with his recovery. Sean Hannity, with Mike Pence on the line, shares sketchy drug “regimen” that will supposedly keep people from getting infected. Raygun calls in with a film recommendation for Saul.

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