(This program was originally broadcast live on July 22, 2020)
In his provocative new book, The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism, Thomas Frank contends that most of our notions about populism are wrong. Today, “populism” is a term most often used to describe the racist and illiberal philosophies of Donald Trump and far right extremists in America and Europe.
Thomas Frank is the author of nine books, including Listen, Liberal; Pity the Billionaire; The Wrecking Crew; and What's the Matter withKansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian. He lives outside Washington, D.C.