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Today, a profile of US Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. With Hillary Clinton feeling the heat, what fires are stoking "The Bern?"

Later on the program, America's culture wars: who always wins…and who loses?

Photo: Phil Roeder

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Evan George
Paul von Zielbauer

What Fires Are Stoking "The Bern?" 41 MIN, 40 SEC

US Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is nothing if not consistent. From college days in Chicago to Capitol Hill to this year's campaign, he's pursued a single goal: "to fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all" and "to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class."

Despite his Socialist leanings, Sanders has worked with Republicans in the Senate. As Mayor of Burlington, Vermont he was praised for fiscal efficiency. Biographers, old friends and former staffers say he's out to change the way Americans are thinking. We hear how a very private man has made himself one of this year's most important public figures.

Guests:
Harry Jaffe, The Washingtonian (@harryjaffe)
Scott MacKay, Rhode Island Public Radio (@ScotMackRI)
Christopher Pearson, Vermont General Assembly (@RepCP)
Michael A. Cohen, Century Foundation / Boston Globe (@speechboy71)
Spencer Jackson, University of Queensland

The Losing Record of Successful Culture Warriors 8 MIN, 36 SEC

The nasty rhetoric of this year's presidential nominating campaigns is mild stuff compared to what John Adams and Thomas Jefferson said about each other in the campaign of 1880. Jefferson was even accused of being a secret Jew or a Muslim — anticipating what's been whispered about Barack Obama. When they become political, America's culture wars take on a similar pattern. That's according to Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion at Boston University and author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections).

Guests:
Stephen Prothero, Boston University (@sprothero)

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