Season 5, Episode 9 | Kevin Baker
Interwar Era’s Cultural and Political Evolution
In this episode, host Andrew Keen discusses with writer and editor, Kevin Baker, the multifaceted changes and growth of American democracy. Significant cultural innovations, technological advancements, and societal shifts occurred between the two World Wars. Baker emphasizes America's transformation into a cultural and political powerhouse during this period, where its arts and politics gained global recognition and when American culture including literature, music, and cinema, played a pivotal role in shaping societal views and politics.
Kevin Baker, born in August 1958 in Englewood, New Jersey, grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts. He graduated from Columbia University in 1980 and has since pursued a career as a writer and editor. His writing includes novels like *Sometimes You See It Coming *and Dreamland, forming part of his New York City of Fire trilogy. He also contributed to Harold Evans' popular history book, The American Century. Additionally, Baker has written for numerous publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico.com, and Harper's Magazine. He was recognized as a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for non-fiction.