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The Disunited States

Lionel Shriver, Angelia Wilson

Chair: Nick Cohen

07/03/2021 9:15 pm
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After the tumultuous tenure of Trump, what is next for America? After a year marked by the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, the 2020 election saw the largest voter turnout since 1900 and resulted in the oldest president ever to take office, the first female, African-American and Asian-American vice-president – and a violent attack on the US Capitol. Observer columnist Nick Cohen is joined by We Need To Talk About Kevin novelist Lionel Shriver and politics professor Angelia Wilson to discuss what the years ahead might bring.

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Angelia Wilson


Angelia R. Wilson is a Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester. She has published widely on the intersection of religion, values and politics in America with five books and several academic journal articles. She is the current President of the UK Political Studies Association, a former American Political Science Association Council member and previously editor-in-chief for the journal Politics & Religion. An experienced political commentator on American politics, Wilson has appeared on various programmes such as BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Breakfast, and her analysis has appeared in the Guardian, Times Higher, The Independent, Cosmopolitan and The Political Party podcast. As a preacher’s daughter from Texas and internationally respected academic, Wilson brings both an authentic and measured voice to the academic analysis of American politics.

Nick Cohen


Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer. He does occasional pieces for many other publications, including Standpoint and New HumanistWhat’s Left? the story of how the liberal-Left of the 20th century ended up supporting the far Right of the 21st was published in 2007. His latest book, You Can’t Read This Book was published in 2013.

Lionel Shriver


Lionel Shriver’s novels include Sunday Times bestsellers Big Brother and The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and The Orange Prize-winning international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian and the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn.