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303 | Brooke Gladstone: Trouble with Reality
303 | Brooke Gladstone: Trouble with Reality
Sunday, October 29 | 2 - 3 PM
Chicago Athletic Association
Stagg Court
12 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Every week, the award-winning journalist Brooke Gladstone reaches the listeners of over 450 public radio stations through WNYC’s On the Media. With her front-row perch on the day’s events and genius for making insightful, rapid-fire connections, Gladstone comes to CHF to explain The Trouble with Reality. She demonstrates that reality was never what one might think—there is and always has been a bubble. People are subjective and prey to stereotypes, which makes reality more vulnerable than ever imagined. Drawing from writers as wide-ranging as Hannah Arendt, Walter Lippmann, and Jonathan Swift, she dissects this strategy straight out of the authoritarian playbook and shows how the Trump team mastered it. Finally, she offers hope—the inevitable reckoning (history tells us we can count on it), and a way to recover reality. Gladstone is joined by CHF Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy for this timely conversation.

Preorder your copy of The Trouble with Reality through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with Leadership Greater Chicago.


Brooke Gladstone is a Peabody Award–winning journalist and media analyst. She is the co-host and managing editor of the public radio newsmagazine radio show and podcast On the Media, and has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Slate. She is also the author of The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media. She lives with her husband, the journalist Fred Kaplan, in Brooklyn.

Alison Cuddy is the Chicago Humanities Festival's Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director. Prior to the Festival, she spent more than 10 years at WBEZ, the NPR affiliate in Chicago. There she helped launch Odyssey, a nationally syndicated talk show of arts and ideas, hosted the newsmagazine Eight Forty-Eight and reported on arts and culture. She holds a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in Cinema Studies from Concordia University.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Trouble with Reality
  • 5-16-2017