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Where There's Smoke - and Where There's Not - There IS Social Mood

Socio in the News in 200 Seconds

Updated: December 05, 2016

"Smoke" is the metaphor or image people commonly use to warn that the heat from a small combustion may soon become a much larger blaze. And that's the word that came to my mind in listening to Brian Whitmer's discussion of populist politics in Europe.

The word smoke does of course still carry an important literal meaning -- as in, the stuff that does your lungs no good. This week, the literal and metaphorical smoke we spotted in the news adds up to mood-driven events.

Listen on to hear what we see.

Show Notes:

Flameout | Populist Politics: What's in Store for Europe?

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