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  March 18, 2016

Thomas Frank and the New "Liberal"

Robert Scheer sits down with writer Thomas Frank to discuss his new book about the changing face of liberals.


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Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.



Journalist Thomas Frank has written several books, including the acclaimed What's the Matter with Kansas, as well as founded the magazine "The Baffler." His newest book, Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? seeks to understand why Democrats have moved away from addressing inequality over the past few decades. In their conversation, Frank tells Robert Scheer how the party has become class-based, now representing primarily the "professional" or upper socioeconomic class. Frank also talks about the Clintons' role in this shift and why he believes people who might have earlier voted democrat are now flocking to Donald Trump. Finally, Frank discusses why he believes Democrats need to be more self-critical now than ever.

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