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The Past, Present, and Future of the GOP

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Tuesday, we’re putting the Republican Party’s recent electoral success into some historical perspective. From the progressive presidency of Abraham Lincoln to the ascendance of Reagan-era conservatism, the Grand Old Party has gone through a lot of change in the past 150 years. Historian Heather Cox Richardson says the GOP, now an advocate for smaller federal government, actually has a robust record of government activism. Richardson joins us to explore the Republicans’ ideological evolution.

Heather Cox Richardson is professor of history at Boston College. She is the author of four books, including Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre and West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War. Her new book is called To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.