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Exchange Exemplar: The Roots Of The Right Wing's Rise


Quick, name the powerful figures behind the rise of right-wing politics in America.  The Koch Brothers?  Yes, and... James McGill Buchanan. 

Who?  Buchanan was a Nobel-winning economist whose ideas were largely taken up and boosted by the Koch Brothers. 

Historian Nancy MacLean told the story in her book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.  MacLean visited in 2017 to talk about her research; we rejoin the interview here. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.