Shameless self-promotion: Radio Open Source

I’ll be appearing on Radio Open Source on a show about the Montana Senate race today at 5pm. Other guests include writer Thomas McGuane, University of Montana’s Dennis Swibold, state house Republican leader Michael Lange, and Western Democrat Kari Chisolm:

Just how liberal is Tester, really? He’s pro-choice and pro-environment, but he’s also pro-gun. Definitely not East Coast liberal. But are he and Schweitzer a new breed — “Western Democrats” — or are they just dyed-in-the-wool Montanans? In other words: populists, because Montana Democrats were born in opposition to the the Anaconda Copper Company that controlled Montana — its newspapers, its politics, its industry — for years; and libertarian, because although Montana’s no longer a frontier, it’s still faaaaar away from any kind of big city? You could also imagine, though, that Tester and Schweitzer are bellwethers for the “purpling” of other Western states (the result of big demographic changes).

I don’t believe Radio Open Source is carried by Montana Public Radio, but you can listen to it live at WGBH in Boston.

Update: Ugh. Not my finest hour. I guess it wasn’t bad for my first ever live interview, but it wasn’t until the show was 2/3 over before I figured out I need snappy, short answers to allow the host to ask more questions. Oh well. I was pretty nervous, too.

 Update: The show is archived at Radio Open Source’s website.

Posted by touchstone


  1. Sorry to just catch the end of the show. Very interesting, and good to connect a voice, at least, with the good stuff that goes on here.

    Regarding western politics, I guess we are different, as much as I am inclined to believe that people are the same wherever you go. Democrats are making inroads. It’s a good trend.

  2. Yeah. Man, not the best live radio show I’ve done…well maybe it was, considering it was the first…

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