The Great American Read

Villains and Monsters

Premiered October 2, 2018

The Great American Read

Villains and Monsters

Aired: 2018-10-02 53:53 Expires: 2018-11-21 Rating: TV-PG

We explore the lessons from novels featuring villains, monsters and evil forces.


How do novels featuring our favorite villains and monsters help us understand why people behave badly?  We examine the evil characters in our favorite novels, to find out why we go to the dark side. We also meet authors who have created some of our best-loved villains.


Margaret Atwood, Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Gillian Flynn, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Heritage, Yahdon Israel, Margee Kerr, Dean Koontz, George R.R. Martin, Cynthia Nixon, Shanna Peeples, Joshua Rothman, Lara Rutherford-Morrison, Parul Sehgal, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Allison Williams, Kevin Young

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