Gary Saul Morson is the Lawrence B. Dumas professor of the arts and humanities at Northwestern University and the author of, among other books, Anna Karenina in Our Time (Yale).
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The humanities professor joins us to talk about “cancel culture” and the many new varieties of online shaming.
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