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The Power of Stories In Events Like Ferguson

Cover image for a book exploring the intersection of stories and politics.

  

Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world around us, and insights from science, history, and biology confirm that humans are storytelling animals. 

But how and why do stories motivate us to take action? And what is it about narrative that moves us in such a powerful way? The new book Narrative Politics (Oxford/2014) by Frederick W. Mayer explores these questions through looking at the intersection of stories and politics. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to Mayer, professor of public policy, political science and environment at Duke University, about the myriad ways narrative inspires collective action. 
 

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.