I've been lucky enough to interview some fascinating guests over the years. One of my favorites returns to the show today -- author and columnist Thomas Frank. His new book is called Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of his books, What's the Matter with Kansas?, Listen, Liberal, Pity the Billionaire and The Wrecking Crew. Follow him on Twitter @thomasfrank_....
We're at the end of the week that gave us Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential race. Fubar about sums it up. Today, Nicole talks with Thomas Frank, author "Listen Liberal - or What ever happened to the Party of the People?" and opens the phones to get the listeners' views on how to move forward
Today, Nicole ventures back into domestic politics with two Toms today: PoliSci Prof/author Thomas Schaller, and author/columnist/brilliant man Thomas Frank
Three weeks out from election day, Nicole talks about ugly politics. Salon's Thomas Frank guests to discuss his latest interviews with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Plus John Brody of Backus Nurses/AFT on Ebola preparedness, Wendy Davis' ad, and Alison Lundergan Grimes' voting record too.
As evidenced by the events unfolding in Ferguson, MO over the past 10 days, there's a lot wrong with America. Some of the problems are within the president's authority to fix. Thomas Frank joined me in the last half-hour of today's show to talk about the three he outlined in his latest piece at Salon, "How to Wreck the GOP in 3 Easy Steps." Of course, his suggestions would only wreck the GOP's chances of taking over the Senate in November, and bolster the Democrats', and make the country better for those of us struggling to get through each [...]
Pity the Billionaire is the title of one of Thomas Frank's brilliant books, and one I immediately thought of when I read his current column, "Hillary Clinton forgets the '90s" Our latest gilded age and our latest phony populists" over at Salon.com. In it, the man who originally asked What's the Matter with Kansas? today reminds us that Hillary, with her latest references to our living in a new gilded age, was living in the White House with her then-president husband when Frank and his colleagues at The Baffler used the same phrase to describe that era. In fact, as Frank recounts, there were a [...]
I was on vacation last week - and that was the view from my room at the Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort. I was there for a music conference called Sunset Sessions - which I attend whenever I am able. My friend Michele Clark started Sunset Sessions almost 20 years ago as a way to introduce new music and new artists to radio programmers. She'd fly a select group of adventurous radio folk to an exotic location where we'd enjoy great company and incredible music. These days, Michele hosts her annual gatherings in San Diego and, true to form, puts on an [...]
The picture above is the perfect example of what's wrong with this country: People so stupid they continually vote against their own best interests while those hoarding most of the money do their best to keep the uninformed even more clueless than they already are. After all, a naive electorate is one that'll allow those in power to grab even more of it. Of course, it's what Thomas Frank's seminal masterpiece, What's the Matter With Kansas, is all about. The author and that book, as well as The Wrecking Crew, another of his brilliant missives, came up yesterday on the [...]
It's a busy day here at Radio or Not headquarters. The final presidential debate is tonight, and the future of the nation is on the line. We've been hearing a lot about the billionaires and the plutocrats lately - for very good reason. What's really at stake is whether or not the deep divide between the very wealthy and the rest of us becomes ever deeper and impossible to gap, or fairness is a goal to aspire to. Today, we'll address the subject with one of my favorite authors on the subject - Thomas Frank, columnist for Harpers and [...]
I've taken it upon myself to change the name of Thomas Frank's iconic book, What's the Matter With Kansas? It's now asking the same question about all of America, because the right-wing craziness that infected the heart of the nation has spread, like a nasty virus with seemingly no cure! I've had the pleasure of speaking with Frank a few times, including this morning. We never seem to have enough time, and today was no exception. Check out his work at Harpers (if you're a subscriber), at the resurrected The Baffler, and his two more recent books The Wrecking Crew [...]