David Rieff on the Complicated Narratives of Historical Figures
From the Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengraber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
Today on episode 59 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by New York-based journalist and author David Rieff for a discussion about the complicated narratives surrounding many historical figures from Gandhi to Churchill, the notion of collective memory, and how this informs the ways in which a society remembers its past.
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David Rieff is the author of many books, including, most recently, The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the 21st Century. He lives in New York City.