Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

The Tea Party gets mentioned a lot on this program, mostly during Bob’s Friday chats with Washington Post columnist David Broder. Now we bring you some background on the movement with New York Times correspondent Kate Zernike. She’s been reporting on the Tea Party almost since it began and she’s written a book called Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America. Zernike interviews the Seattle teacher who held the first proto Tea Party protest and writes about how the movement got going thanks to young, tech saavy libertarians but how it’s mostly populated by older Americans afraid of change. She says that contradiction is what leads to protest signs like “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” Click here to learn more about the book and to read an exceprt from Boiling Mad.