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Medaya and Eric are joined by Alex Ross, the New Yorker’s longtime music critic and author of Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadows of Music. Wagner’s wide reaching influence across centuries, thinkers and artists reaches far beyond the realm of music. As they explore the complexity of his impact, the conversation wrestles with the stain of anti-Semitism, in Wagner’s thought and the Nazis embrace of his work, on his legacy. 

Also Tom Zoellner, author of The National Road: Dispatches From a Changing America, returns to recommend John Gunther’s 1947 classic Inside USA.