June 6, 2014
Listening In

Listening In, hosted by WORLD's Warren Cole Smith, features extended conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders. “Our goal is to explore topics as thoughtfully as possible,” says WORLD's Chief Content Officer Nick Eicher.

The Listening In podcast is posted each Friday.

Read edited transcripts of Warren’s interviews.

A conversation with historian Wilfred McClay

For many, summer time is family time. School’s out and it’s time to go on vacation or perhaps visit grandparents or even have a family reunion. But for a growing number of Americans, perhaps even for a majority , a sense of rootedness, or place, is either tenuous or non-existent.

Wilfred McClay is one of those who thinks place still matters. Dr. McClay holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He’s also a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum. With collaborator Ted McCallister, he has edited a collection of essays called Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (New Atlantis, 2014). 

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June 6, 2014