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Book Looks at Roots of Voter Apathy

Majorities in both houses of Congress are up for grabs in this month's midterm elections but Americans still aren't excited about voting. What's wrong? Host Scott Simon talks with Thomas Patterson, author of The Vanishing Voter: Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.
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