When exactly were the good ol’ days? In this new episode of the Pessimists Archive podcast, we go back in time to find out – exploring every moment that people claimed was a golden age, and trying to understand why, as Trump’s victory has shown, nostalgia is such a powerful force.

EPISODE NOTES

Harry L. Watson, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Walter Fleminghead of Native American Studies at Montana State University

Sarah Ross, Associate Professor of History at Boston College

Benjamin Hudson, Professor of History and Medieval Studies at PennState

The Wanderer, tenth century poem

Alex Dressler , Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Eckart Frahm, Professor of Assyriology at Yale University

• “It Never Was Golden”, the Aeon essay about nostalgia narratives by Alan Levinovitz 

“American Life Is Too Fast”, the 1923 report in the New York Times

• “I Used to Be a Human Being”Andrew Sullivan’s piece in New York Magazine

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