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American Populist Language's Shift from Left to Right

Professor Michael Kazin's new book, "The Populist Persuasion: An American History," explores the rise and change of populism and its effect on the political structure. He examines populism's roots as a leftist, liberal movement, and how populist ideas came to be used as rhetoric of conservative Presidents Nixon and Reagan.

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Other segments from the episode on February 14, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 14, 1995: Interview with Michael Kazin; Review of P.D. James's novel "Original Sin" and K.C. Constantine's novel "Cranks and Shadows"; Interview with William…

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