How Superman Explains America

Guest Host:

Christina Bellantoni
How Superman Explains America

Author Glen Weldon joins us to explore what we can learn about the American psyche of several eras by studying Superman's place in them, from the days he spent fighting slot machines to the release of this summer's blockbuster flick, "Man of Steel."

Seventy-five years after he first appeared in comics, Superman continues to occupy a unique space in the American cultural imagination. But even though Superman's been a constant presence in comics, radio and television, his ethos has consistently shifted to suit the evolving needs of American audiences. Author Glen Weldon joins us to explore what Superman can teach us about the American psyche, from the days he spent fighting slot machines to the release of this summer's blockbuster flick, "Man of Steel."

Guests

Glen Weldon

Author, "Superman: The Unauthorized Biography" (Wiley, 2013); Contributor, NPR

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