BTS 3/26/10: Liberalism and Conservatism in the US

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Tonight we examine what has happened to Liberalism and Conservatism in the US. The economic crisis and prospect of a long decline has fueled rage and exposed the deep polarization of the country. Passage of the long debated and watered down health insurance reform bill brought that simmering but inchoate rage to the surface and raises questions about the future of the two parties and indeed of governance.

We’ll talk to Kevin Baker, whose cover story “The Vanishing Liberal” appears in the April Harpers magazine, and Robert Scheer, who writes that moderate Republicans are a disappearing species on, about the political moment we face.

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1. Kevin Baker is Contributing editor for Harper's Magazine. He is the bestselling author of the novels Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Sometimes You See It Coming. He is a columnist for American Heritage magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Harper's, and other periodicals. He lives in New York City.

1. Robert Scheer is the Editor in Chief of Truthdig. He was the editor of Ramparts magazine between 1964-69 and then worked for the Los Angeles Times. His weekly column at the LA Times is now based at Truthdig. Scheer can be heard on the political radio program “Left, Right and Center” on KCRW. He has written eight books, including The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.