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Chronicling Conservatism

Chicago Humanities Festival

The renowned chronicler of conservatism, Rick Perlstein, author of "Before the Storm" and "Nixonland," turns his attention to Ronald Reagan. In his newest book, "The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan," Perlstein argues that a skeptical and suspicious American public proved surprisingly fertile ground for the advance of a new political Right. Perlstein will detail Reagan's ascent from aspiring actor to conservative icon. Mark Bazer, host and founder of "The Interview Show" and co-host of "My Chicago" on WTTW will join him for a conversation.

This program is presented as part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago.

This program was recorded on October 29, 2015 as part of the 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, Citizens:

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