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Protest, The Skill That Americans Maintain

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The White House proposed federal legislation on health care, and people took to the streets. 

A different White House proposed changes to health care legislation, and other people took to the streets. 

The practice of public demonstration is not lost, though it may be less common than in the 1960s.  L.A. Kauffman tracks the history of protest from the mid-20th century forward in his book Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

It goes beyond history, into the current upsurge of activity on the streets.  The author visits to describe his observations. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.