Thomas Frank: What's Wrong With America?
Why do so many people in America vote against their own self-interest? Thomas FrankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2004 best seller, Ã¢â‚¬Å“WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Matter with Kansas?Ã¢â‚¬Â attempts to answer this question by examining the midwestern state, its radical roots, and why and how it has become a Republican bastion.
There are multiple answers, of course, ranging from the corporatization of the Democratic Party to the what Frank calls Ã¢â‚¬Å“the great '60s backlashÃ¢â‚¬Â fto the overwhelming onslaught of right-wing propaganda and the demonization of liberals.
In this 40-minute follow-up to the paperback edition of his book, Frank discusses these issues and brings into play recent events and trends in American politics.
Richard Wolinsky is the host of Cover To Cover, which airs on KPFA Pacifica Radio.