Is Socialism Making a Comeback?

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The Democratic Party is facing a new challenge, from the Left. Because for the first time in decades, socialism is making sense to American voters — it's no longer a dirty word for politicians. But could socialism really be a force in American politics? 

This hour: how and why American Socialism is on the rise. And what does it look like — on the ground and in elected office?

Kshama Sawant, councilwoman in Seattle
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Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the first socialist to win an election there in almost a century. Her platform included fighting for — and winning — a $15 minimum wage, and a tax on the wealthy.More

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7:06
Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
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Sean Wilentz is a leading American historian and a proud liberal. Steve Paulson asked for his take on the new pink tint in Democratic politics.More

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9:24
An aerial shot of the Garden Homes neighborhood in Milwaukee.
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Could socialism ever really take off in America? Half a century ago, socialists ruled a major American city — Milwaukee. Haleema walks the streets of Wisconsin's biggest city to learn more about what socialist policy looked like on the ground.
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Demonstrators march for "Medicare for All" and other socialist-leaning policy goals.
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One of today’s leading Marxists theorists is the University of Wisconsin sociologist Erik Olin Wright. He recently stopped by our studio to talk socialism with Steve Paulson.More

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11:01
Brother Ali
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You can find powerful critiques of capitalism and inequality on political platforms — and also on music stages. Take Brother Ali: he’s a Midwestern, Muslim rapper and one of the most popular socially-conscious hip hop artists out there.More

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