This Saturday at 2PM ET, my guest is E.J. Dionne Jr. He is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a government professor at Georgetown University and a frequent commentator on politics for NPR, ABC’s “This Week” and MSNBC. He is also a long-time columnist for the Washington Post and spent 14 years at the New York Times, where he covered politics and reported from Albany, Washington, Paris, Rome and Beirut. He is the author of six books including his latest and the subject of our discussion, Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond.
Dionne tells the story of the evolving (or rather devolving) Conservative movement, starting with Barry Goldwater and resulting in the politics of today, with the extremist views of Donald Trump, who is now the Republican party’s presidential nominee. Dionne weaves together the cast of characters that have shaped the Republican party and the political right, interviewing many of them in the hopes of understanding their movement from within. What happened to mainstream Conservatism? What role has religion played in its development? How has liberalism grappled with the evolving political right and how should honest journalists grapple with the vitriol and extremism of it?
All this and more on Saturday’s show! Tune in to 99.5FM WBAI in the NY Metro area or visit the live stream at 2PM, and don’t forget to comment and share!