This month, Emma and Steve look at how historical fiction is used to make contemporary political arguments, from Poldark to Dunkirk. Is it easier to persuade people - even surreptitiously - of your political argument when they're really tuning in to see Aiden Turner's chest?
We also look at how popular culture is dealing with the age of Trump. From the late night talk shows to Saturday Night Live, there is a renewed sense of vigour in political coverage, but is it having any impact?
We particularly focus on the new Sam Bourne (pen name of Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland) thriller To Kill the President. As a (slightly) fictionalised Trump-like president threatens the world with nuclear Armageddon, what is the right thing to do?