The History and Modern-Day Presence of American Propaganda

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In this episode of Building the Future, Dan speaks with Jack Hamilton who is the Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor at Louisiana State University for the Manship School of Mass Communication and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center. Jack and Dan begin this podcast by discussing Jack’s most recent book Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda.” They talk about why Jack chose to write the book and the ways in which he conducted its necessary historical research. Jack and Dan then talk through the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson and analyze both the backgrounds and important roles played by some of the individuals in the book. Furthermore, they consider the ways in which the book is relevant to debates today about misinformation and how news will be spread and consumed in the future.
Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development