In his new book, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, Baffler founding editor and journalist Thomas Frank uses Kansas as a metaphor for the rest of the country in order to examine why so many working and middle-class Americans consistently act against their own self-interests. To unravel this mystery, Frank, one of "our most insightful social observers" (Los Angeles Times), examines the country's growing rancor against the so-called liberal elite and reveals how our endless arguments over social issues have left us with a politics more concerned with populist solidarity than with questions of policy. Frank joined us for this first half hour.

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