Nonfiction Podcast Episode: “The Ballad of Don and Yoko”
How a reality television series on NBC changed American politics (57 minutes running time)

This podcast episode title is a deliberate, sarcastic play on words given The Beatles’ 1969 hit single, The Ballad of John and Yoko which was written by John Lennon in Paris while he was honeymooning with his new wife, Yoko Ono.

This podcast episode draws a comparison between Donald Trump—who is successful using performance politics—and Yoko Ono, who is successful using performance art. This 57-minute commentary avoids any partisan political discussion and instead takes a detailed look at Trump through the lens of his public communications which sometimes make contentious use of deliberate cruelty, disparagement and humiliation of his opponents.

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