The rise of the alt-right

White supremacists gather under a statue of Robert E. Lee during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Baruch College professor Thomas J. Main discusses his new book, “The Rise of the Alt-Right,” with Bill Finan, director of the Brookings Institution Press. In the interview and his book, Main describes the alt-right’s ideological roots, how it became a factor in American politics, and why it poses the greatest challenge to democratic liberalism today.

Also in this episode, David Wessel explains the current and potential consequences of President Trump’s tariffs in the latest edition of his Economic Update.

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Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producers Brennan Hoban and Chris McKenna. Additional support comes from Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Camilo Ramirez, and Emily Horne.

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