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70 Years Of Letters To The Editor Reveal Americans' Enduring 'Civic Hope'

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What do Americans say about the government overseeing their lives? What affects their attitudes toward political institutions?

Scholar Roderick Hart attempted to answer these questions through analysis of 10,000 letters to the editor in 12 U.S. cities from 1948 to present day.

Guest: Roderick Hart, author of "Civic Hope: How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive"

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.