WBEZ | tragedy http://www.wbez.org/tags/tragedy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Examining the politics of tragedy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/examining-politics-tragedy-84013 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-21/Sept 11 Getty Rick Gershon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Japan continues to contend with the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami, including radiation leaks from a damaged nuclear plant. Some global neighbors are sending aid. But tragedy can also be a vehicle for reflection or vitriol in American politics.<br /><br />To find out more about the politics around tragedy, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to historian <a href="http://rickperlstein.org/" target="_blank">Rick Perlstein</a>. He is the author of <a href="http://books.simonandschuster.com/Nixonland/Rick-Perlstein/9780743243025" target="_blank"><em>Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America</em></a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Federico Aubele, &quot;No One&quot;, from the CD Berlin 13, (ESL) </em></p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/examining-politics-tragedy-84013