KPFK Wed. Aug. 11: Tom Frank

What’s the matter with Kansas? How come they vote Republican, even though that’s against their class interests? TOM FRANK explains the funny thing about the class war in America today: it’s about culture; it should be about economics. Tom’s new book is What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.

Plus: is Social Security in “crisis”? Are deficits always bad? What about the Bush deficit? MICHAEL MEEROPOL explains economic issues with refreshing clarity– he wrote the book Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution.

Also: IAN WILLIAMS, UN correspondent for The Nation, with analysis of the fighting in Najaf and Baghdad. Ian’s new book is Deserter: George Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans, and His Past.

web extra: watch the new attack ad from “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” — — claiming Kerry “lied” about his Vietnam record —
and see Joe Conason’s critique, “Smear Boat Veterans for Bush” at “The “swift boat” veterans attacking John Kerry’s war record are led by veteran right-wing operatives using the same vicious techniques they used against John McCain four years ago.”