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"American Panic:" Who Scares Us and Why

Since 1692, when three girls suffering from seizures in Salem, Massachusetts sparked a witch hunt, Americans have fallen victim to political panics. Unsubstantiated "facts" and absolutist language have combined to produce some of the country's lowest historic moments –- from slavery to the treatment of Muslims following 9/11. Kojo joins author Mark Stein to explore the roots of political panic, why it continues to occur, and how you can stay calm amid a politically-fueled firestorm.

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From American Panic by Mark Stein. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of PALGRAVE MACMILLAN in the United States, a division of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.

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