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Harpers’ Tom Frank Returns for a Frank, Slightly Rambling Take on Current Events

Thomas C. Frank, lead essayist for Harpers, returns to talk about jobs, payroll tax cut extension, detention of Americans without charge or trial, and to deliver relentless plugs for his new book, Pity the Billionaire, which drops in January.Frank is also the author of the seminal What’s the Matter With Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew, and is in treatment for mind warps caused by his stint as op-ed columnist for the Wall Street Journal.  In a wide ranging conversation, we talk about the new defense bill that allows Americans to be held indefinitely without charge or trial, the battle over extension of the payroll tax cut, Frank’s ideas for job creation as expressed in his latest column, and many other points.  Your humble host hopes you enjoy this exchange as much as he did.