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How Racism, Fear, and Bigotry Threaten the Social Fabric of Democratic Societies

Democratic societies are predicated on the belief that people are equal. What happens to societies when we fear those who don’t look, speak or worship the way we do? And when we don’t believe others deserve the same rights and freedoms we have?

On The Point, we talk with Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of The Kahn Institute at Smith College. He’s also a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University. His new book published this month is titled Tropes of Intolerance: Pride, Prejudice, and the Politics of Fear.



Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.