Popular culture is the most sensitive barometer we have for gauging shifts in our national mood. So, what's behind the lure of the rings and all-things medieval? It's the topic of this week's Time Magazine cover story and we dig in with the author, a movie maven, and cultural historian for some perspective.
Are we running away from reality when we indulge in fantasy? Is it more than just clever marketing by movie moguls?
Lev Grossman, book editor Time Magazine, wrote "Feeding on Fantasy" story in the magazine's current issue
Garen Daly, "On Point" movie maven
Carolyn Marvin, professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania
Darren Chermack, sword-carrying member of the Society for Creative Anachronism
This program aired on November 27, 2002.