Are Congress' Extreme Politics Eroding Our Democracy?

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Is Congress as Bad as It Looks…or Worse?After the 2010 midterm elections, magazine writer Robert Draper saw big change was in the wind as Republicans prepared to use their new majority in Congress as the "point of the spear" against President Barak Obama. He embedded himself on Capitol Hill and interviewed 300 people, including 50 members of Congress, some as many as 15 times.  The result is the new book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do, a title taken from a discouraged Congressman in 1796. With public approval at 14 percent, is this Congress more dysfunctional than those of the past? We speak with Draper and others.

Credits

Guests:
Robert Draper - New York Times Magazine / National Geographic / GQ - @DraperRobert, Heidi Przybyla - Bloomberg News - @HeidiPrzybyla, Jacob Hacker - Yale University - @ISPSYale, Gregory Wawro - Columbia University

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Anna Scott, Gideon Brower