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Radio interview today

Laura and Joe will record a live interview about “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” on Community Bridge Radio, starting at 5:00 pm today, April 2, 2009, on KSDB 91.9 FM Manhattan.  You can listen live via your computer by going to http://www.wildcat919.com and clicking on the “Listen Live” button at the top of the page.
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Controversial Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller acquitted

Dr. George Tiller, whose Wichita abortion clinic is one of very few in the country which offers late-term abortions, was acquitted last Friday on various charges related to some abortions he had performed.
Perhaps nowhere in the country is abortion more hotly debated than in Wichita, Kansas. (Check out the comments on the Wichta Eagle article [...]

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Is Frank Rich right about the culture wars?

Frank Rich thinks the culture wars are dead, washed away by the economic meltdown and election of Obama. Future Majority and Daily Kos seems to largely agree.  Fingerlakeswanderer begs to differ.
This is how we weighed in:
Having spent several years covering conservative evangelical Christians for our documentary film, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” I can testify [...]

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The next generation

Okay, so everyone’s been impressed by now by how much Obama inspired youthful activism in the 2008 election cycle.  In making our movie, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” we spent a fair amount of time with young conservative activists who were equally impressive.  So check out this kid at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference [...]

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Return of the conservative populists?

David Sirota, writing in Salon, muses that Republicans could revive their fortunes if they embrace populism, as Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul did during the primary campaign, calling Wall Street tycoons “criminals.”
Of course, at some point such rhetoric would need to be backed up by real policy proposals.  And it’s safe to say that Republicans [...]

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This week’s web chatter

We noticed some more activity on the blogs this week.  Happy in Bag considers the contrariness that makes Kansans Kansans (we wholeheartedly agree!)  Meanwhile, Otto’s War Room thinks it’s foolish to discredit the role of religion in politics.

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Kansas Populism, then and now

Thomas Frank, in his column in today’s Wall Street Journal, calls the billions of dollars in Wall Street bonuses an outrage, and refers back to, yes, his home state of Kansas and the Populist movement which took the state by storm in the 1890s.
Kansans in the 1890s cried out “raise less corn, and more hell!” [...]

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More shout-outs

Thanks to Kansas Jackass, Evolving in Kansas and the KC Pitch Plog for calling attention to our new movie!  Kansans will likely remain our most opinionated audience, even though we think non-Kansans have the most to gain by viewing the film.

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Who cares What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Obama’s President now, so who cares about the conservatives?  Haven’t they now “lost” the heart of America?  Shouldn’t we just move on?
Well, the election was not a landslide, nor did it redraw the electoral map. Plenty of working-class whites voted for McCain.  And those pesky “wedge” issues are not going away. Mainly what happened was [...]

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How much has changed with the election of Obama?

This is a bit off-topic for this blog but we couldn’t resist….
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” director Joe Winston grew up three blocks from the Obama’s house, and did a lot of filming in Hyde Park.  Eighteen years ago, in the spring of 1990, he filmed a series of memorable interviews on black-white race relations [...]

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a new filmmaker interview at picturedujour.com

Our friend Jim Newberry, Chicago-based photographer and filmmaker, recently interviewed Joe and Laura about the making of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
You can read his full interview here.

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