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The Collapse Of Congress

Congress is a mess.

Bet you already knew that. Congress is rife with gridlock, conflict, and a lack of progress. But the problem is so serious, that the collapse of Congress as an institution is in the cards. And that might cause a few problems.

It's fair to wonder at this point if the problem will ever be fixed. It's also fair to wonder who's responsible for it. One name that comes up - Newt Gingrich.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Thomas E. Mann, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution to talk about his book co-authored with Norman J. Ornstein, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. Between 1987 and 1999, he was Director of Governmental Studies at Brookings. Before that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association. You can read his full biography here.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.