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Examining the narrative takeover and its impacts

Ladder ascending a stack of books.
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It seems like everything’s been turned into a story lately.

You can see a company’s story on the packaging of juice, cereal, and alternative milks. Politicians tell stories to rally support for policies. And social media helps us all tell the story that we want to tell about our lives.

This hour, Peter Brooks on his new book, Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative, and a look at why storytelling isn’t always positive.


  • Peter Brooks: Author of Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative
  • Chris Knopf: A novelist and the retired CEO of Mintz & Hoke
  • Elise Wang: Assistant professor in the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.