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Democracy in Chains

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In an explosive new book, noted historian Nancy MacLean exposes the billionaire-funded campaign to upend democratic governance. Her controversial argument centers on one man: James McGill Buchanan. According to MacLean, it was Buchanan who, funded by the Koch brothers, devised the blueprints for a libertarian takeover of American politics. She joins us Wednesday to explore the radical right's plan to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and rewrite the Constitution.

Nancy MacLean is the William Chaffe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. She's the author of several books. Her newest is called Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

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.