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How The Alt-Right Took Center Stage In American Social, Political Consciousness

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Alt-right demonstrators clash with counterdemonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12.
Alt-right demonstrators clash with counter-demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12., 2017.

Neo-fascism and white supremacy are age-old facets of American identity. But in recent years, white nationalist groups have stepped back into the spotlight, revived and rebranded as the "alt-right" movement.

The movement — which was once loosely organized and largely kept private — has become increasingly visible, its rhetoric increasingly inflammatory, and its members increasingly emboldened to act on ideology.

In her new book, Alexandra Minna Stern explores alt-right identity and motivations, and the rise of white power nationalism in American culture and politics.

Guest: Alexandra Minna Stern, Ph.D., professor in the department of American Culture at the University of Michigan and author of "Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination"

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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, November 24.