New article: “Why The Simpsons are needed more than ever in the age of Donald Trump”

As a follow-up to last week’s visit from Harry Shearer to the University of Cambridge, Sarah Steele, Todd Gillespie and I have written a new article for The Conversation UK: “Why The Simpsons are needed more than ever in the age of Donald Trump”:

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In it we share some highlights from Harry Shearer’s talk on the importance of political satire (here’s a link to the video of the event) as well as some thoughts from Simpsons show runner Al Jean and what satire means at a time when reality often feels stranger than fiction. What is the place of satire in our current political and social climate?

Our timing for the article also happens to coincide with Donald Trump’s much-discussed visit to the UK this week.