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NPR's Generation Politics series


I’m curious if anyone has thoughts on this series that NPR is doing: interviewing groups of 25-, 45- and 65-year-olds about events that shaped their outlook growing up. This caught my interest not only because of our endless search to define generational labels, but also because I listened to the 45-year-olds’ segment today (65-year-olds get their turn tomorrow), and I didn’t identify as much as I thought I would to those interviewees who grew up in the late 70s-early 80s. I’m a little younger, having been born in the mid 1970s, but I certainly remember Reagan/Soviet Union breakup/Clinton’s impeachment, and anxieties around 1990s globalization and all that. I don’t remember much of the America is #1 business. I wonder if NPR got much of a cross-section of race/class/gender/geography on these pieces.

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