Published: May 15, 2009
Joe the Plumber and his geographic equivalent, “Main Street,” were both major figures in Election ’08. â€śWe the Peopleâ€ť have finally spoken and… wait a second, who’s â€śweâ€ť and what did “we” say, anyway? On this show, weâ€™ll explore the many faces of populism — that notion of the power of ordinariness that Americans have both idealized and feared. We’ll ask how a term describing a 19th century agrarian reform movement came to stand in for the interests of average Americans, and explore the connections between populism and American religion. Was our Revolution the work of The People or a few powerful people? How, historically, have we translated â€śthe voice of the peopleâ€ť into a language that makes sense to all of us? Of course we want to hear from you, the People of BackStory â€” send us your ideas, questions, and stories, and you might be invited to join us on the air!