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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.

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.