25 March 2015

America’s Preoccupation with Security

  • For the week of March 29, 2015
    Elaine Tyler May, Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, discusses whether Americans’ quest for security has actually made us safer

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:07) The roots of America’s obsession with security; (3:55) Bomb shelters as a symbol of security in the Cold War and the rise of gated communities; (8:47) Protests, riots and assassinations in the 1960s and Americans’ mistrust of one another

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:22) Whether 9/11 made us more obsessed with security; (2:15) Times when Americans should have felt safe and how we have become more vulnerable today; (6:41) The obsession with security is unique to the US; (7:24) How we can lessen the obsession with security; (9:58) Tyler May’s book