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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Discussion of The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

    What were some of the key “theological” turning points that led to the emergence of the evangelical movement in the US?
    How have evangelicals contributed to the current polarization in the US? Are there examples of evangelical thought and action that have attempted to move beyond culture wars?
    When and how did conservative Christians, including most evangelicals, become so heavily identified with the Republican party?
    You wrote that the Christian right lost significant power in the years of the Obama presidency… partly because their leaders aged out or died and they failed to attract younger supporters? In your epilogue, you offer some theories about why 81 % of evangelicals voted for Trump… those with lower economic status and less formal education responding to the politics of fear.
    For those who posit the view that the policies put forward by Republicans, with the support of evangelicals (economic, social, environmental, health care) are on the wrong side of history, are there elements of the evangelical movement that will help the nation move beyond polarization to more humane and progressive stances?

    Guest: Frances Fitzgerald, author of The Evangelicals, published by Simon and Schuster, 2017

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by John Greenman

    Nicholas Carnes is an assistant professor of public policy at Duke University. His research focuses on U.S. politics, legislative decision making, representation, social class, economic inequality, and state and local politics. Carnes’ upcoming book “White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making” examines how the shortage of people from the working class in American legislatures skews the policy-making process toward outcomes that are more in line with the upper class’s economic interests. He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization that brings America’s leading scholars together to address public challenges on national, state and local levels.

    Nicholas Carnes spoke at the University of Maine earlier this month

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