Putting 2021 In The Rearview Mirror. As always, at the end of the year, our hosts and contributors review the major events and news stories of the past year. In 2021, there were many to choose from: The continuing pandemic, the trials of officers Derek Chauvin and Kim Potter, our escalating political divisions, and the attempts to pass the Build Back Better Act.
Gary LaMaster begins the show with Trump’s Big Lie – the former president’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen – which led to the violent January 6 insurrection and a continuing threat to our democracy.
Following that, Karen McClelland examines the political controversies concerning election integrity and public education, especially as they pertain to the history of slavery and race relations in the U.S.
Finally, Steve Williamson gives an in-depth analysis of what he calls “conservative ethos” and its impact on the success of every Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson.