Season 4 Trailer: The Land That Never Has Been Yet

December 18, 2019

Our season-long series will touch on concerns like authoritarianism, voter suppression and gerrymandering, foreign intervention, and the role of money in politics, but we’ll go much deeper, effectively retelling the story of the United States from its beginnings up to the present. Through field recordings and interviews with leading thinkers, we’ll tell under-told stories and explore critical questions like—How democratic was the U.S. ever meant to be, anyway? American democracy is clearly in crisis today, but . . . when was it not? Along the way, there’s a good chance that we’ll complicate, maybe upend, our listeners’ understanding of American history.

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3 comments on “Season 4 Trailer: The Land That Never Has Been Yet

  1. Joelle Makosza Apr 30, 2020

    I am so glad I found you. It is so encouraging to find people questionning the American system and values vs the propaganda we get in Europe from mainstream TV shows and most movies.
    Please keep on with your shows (I have listened them all).

  2. The title for this series is perfect: “The Land That Never Has Been Yet.”

    Some credit must go to the Founders. They included an amendment procedure (Article V) that allows us to grow and change over time (e.g. the Thirteenth Amendment and the abolition of Slavery).

    At the heart of Article V is the intellectual virtue of humility. The Founders didn’t presume to claim absolute wisdom. They expected and encouraged us to challenge the status quo.

    American society is awash right now in intolerant certitude–both left and right. Yet at the heart of our Constitution is a characteristic stated by Judge Learned Hand in 1944:

    >What then is the spirit of liberty? I cannot define it; I can only tell you my own faith. The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right ; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interest alongside its own without bias . . .<

    • Corey Jul 5, 2020

      It seems what judge hand is referring to is intellectual humility and compassionate action.

      To the extent that left or right is dealing in extremism I agree with your statement.

      Though contextually, the right is often asking the left to be tolerant of things that are no longer tolerable, seemingly still immersed in the “in time things will change narrative.”

      Conservatism and traditionalism often resist change, hence the phenomenon progress and retrenchment.