August 24

This week, Thomas Frank will be joining Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman in the Jab Room.

Thomas Frank is a Salon politics and culture columnist and author of What’s The Matter With Kansas?, Pity the Billionaire and One Market Under God.

He is the founding editor of The Baffler magazine.

The three will discuss the continuing tension in Ferguson, Missouri, and whether what Thomas Frank calls the creeping police state can bring any good… and a bunch of other topics that will get you thinking.

As always, our listeners will have a lot to say, and our phone lines will be open to all at 1-866-267-0447. And our whole episode will be Ice Bucket Challenge-free!



August 10

Robert Draper joined us to talk about his New York Times Magazine feature Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? Rand Paul and the libertarians could win young voters over to the GOP, if the party doesn’t shut them down. (Listen to full interview. Runs 13:00)

Justin Levitt on his Washington Post Blog A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast How much is it costing us to investigate voter fraud… And just how often is it happening? (Listen to the full interview. Runs 17:55)

Frank Taylor of Fosterly: If entrepreneurs had the resources of government, and government innovated like a startup, what kind of problems would we be able to solve? (Listen to the full interview. Runs 17:39)

August 3

Contributing writer for Salon David Dayen published an interview with Rick Perlstein, author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. As the book gets released, Perlstein has been mired in scandal, involving claims of plagiarism. Dayen joins the show to share the fascinating story. Listen to full interview. (Runs 15:14)

Ian Morris is the author of ten books on archaeology and history including his most recent, War! What is it Good For? He is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center. He joined the Left Jab team to discuss the possible up side of war. Listen to the full interview. (Runs 15:35)

Author of Russians: The People Behind the Power and The Great Gamble, Europe editor at GlobalPost & former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer brings his perspective to the current Russian conflict. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 21:08)