Kansas City, MO – Historian Thomas Frank first came to national attention in 2004, when his book What's The Matter With Kansas?, which explores the culture wars in our region, spent 18 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Since that time, the political climate of Kansas has shifted a bit: Democrat Kathleen Sebelius was elected governor (and since left for Washington) and Democrats like Raj Goyle of Wichita have made gains in the statehouse.
But these days, Thomas Frank, who grew up in Mission Hills, isn't paying much attention to his home state's politics. His latest book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule focuses on the ideology and methods of conservatives his current home of Washington, DC.
Frank is on a book tour now and stopped by to talk to KCUR's Alex Smith.