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Topical Currents

The Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good


04/18/16 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the historical conflict of individual rights versus the common good.

We’ll visit with veteran journalist and national affairs writer Colin Woodard, who addresses the topic in his book, AMERICAN CHARACTER:  A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.

He says that in the U.S., regional characteristics often shape the views of constituents.

That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.


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WLRN Radio's Joseph Cooper says producing and hosting Topical Currents is the most rewarding experience of his long radio career, which began at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in the 1970s.
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