Got Trust? Exploring Faith and Suspicion in the 21st Century

The Takeaway

Many Americans have lost trust in U.S. institutions, politicians, and the media. Today, The Takeaway explores what it means to trust after the 2016 election. Here's what you'll find in this special podcast:

  • Looking for universal truths in a 'post-truth' world. Rebecca Carroll, producer of special projects on race at WNYC explains how trust can be shaken up when one group interprets an event differently from another. 
  • As the public watches the crisis in Flint, Michigan unfold, many Americans have begun to lose trust in their water sources, and the governmental agencies that claim it's safe. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich explores the fight for clean water.
  • A 2016 Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans trust the military. But retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich is worried about our nation's inability to decide on a core set of values.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Liaquat Ahamed, the former head of the World Bank’s investment division, is no stranger to the intricacies of global financial markets. He examines American distrust of financial institutions, and Wall Street in particular, which he argues is a recurrent theme in this country, dating from the time of George Washington. 
  • Former New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan reflects on the public's distrust of the American media, and how consumers choose news sources that echo their own political views.
  • Radio personality and relationship guru Delilah takes a break from counseling her millions of devoted listeners to talk trust in love and relationships with The Takeaway.
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