To The Best Of Our Knowledge: Democracy: A Short History of a Big Idea: Part 2: Writing Democracy

Democracy: A Short History of a Big Idea: Part 2: Writing Democracy

Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy. Some pick up weapons. And some put pen to paper. Writers who use their gifts to speak truth to power have a special place in the annals of literature. We revere them for their conscience and their courage. This hour -- some of the world’s most celebrated writers talk with us about the literature of democracy. Also, the poet in blue jeans, the dissident playwright who inspired the Velvet Revolution that overthrew the Soviet Union. Former Czech President Vaclav Havel on the role of the artist in an emerging democracy.

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