Are political cartoons still relevant?

For people who read print newspapers, political cartoons are often a staple of the experience. But for an increasingly large segment of the population who reads their news online, that is not always the case. Are political cartoons still relevant today? Should they be replaced with memes, tweets, or something similar? Would that really be so bad? We spoke with Bob Englehart, a Pulitzer prize finalist and a longtime former political cartoonist at the Hartford Courant, to hear his perspective.


Extended Interview with Bob Englehart:


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