Eric Trump, center, speaks during a campaign rally for his father and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, with his brother, Donald Trump Jr. right, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Las Vegas. Isaac Brekken/AP Photo

One Writer’s View Of An America In Crisis

The Civil War and the Great Depression each thrust the nation into a time of reinvention. And writer Ben Fountain feels we’re in the middle of another pivotal moment. He joins us to explain why he thinks the 2016 election and its aftermath have put the nation in another state of crisis, which he writes about in “Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution” (Ecco).

To get ready for the conversation, check out a recent profile of Fountain by The Dallas Morning News.