Tea Party Power: KPFK Wed. 9/15

In the Delaware Senate primary yesterday, Tea Party Republicans “ditched a seemingly certain November winner for a likely loser”–and thereby lost whatever chance the GOP had to take over the Senate.  JOHN NICHOLS will explain – he’s Washington Correspondent for The Nation, and he writes “The Beat” blog at TheNation.com.

Plus: Fifties TV was not just sitcoms selling soap and toothpaste – powerful groups and corporations sought to use the new medium to influence the masses.  ANNA McCARTHY tells that story – she’s co-editor of the journal Social Text, she teaches in the department of Cinema Studies and NYU, and her new book is The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950s America.

Also: Women won the right to vote 90 years ago – it’s hard now to realize how strongly men fought to keep them out of the polling booth.  CHRISTINE STANSELL reminds us what happened, and what the consequences were – she is a Distinguished Professor of History at the U. of Chicago, she’s written for the New York Times op-ed page and The New Republic;  she’s written many books, most recently The Feminist Promise, 1792 to the Present.