Political dysfunction since 1974

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Marty Moss-Coane reading

Marty Moss-Coane reading "Fault Lines" by Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse (photo credit: Jon Ehrens)

Guests: Kevin Kruse, Julian Zelizer

How did Americans become so politically polarized? Princeton University professors KEVIN KRUSE and JULIAN ZELIZER argue in their new book, Fault Lines, that modern political dysfunction and tribalism can be traced back to the tumultuous year of 1974, which saw the resignation of Nixon, loss of public faith in the Vietnam War, race riots, and more. Zelizer and Kruse come in to talk about our divisive politics and how they became such a dominant force.

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