Book cover of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy by Adam Jentlesonby Adam Jentleson

“A truly excellent book… blistering and persuasive.” ―Ezra Klein, New York Times

An insider’s account of how politicians representing a radical white minority of Americans have used “the world’s greatest deliberative body” to hijack our democracy.

Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the United States Senate, an institution controlled by people who are almost exclusively white, overwhelmingly male, and disproportionately conservative. Although they do not represent a majority of Americans―and will not for the foreseeable future―today’s Republican senators possess the power to block most legislation. Once known as “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the Senate has become one of the greatest threats to our democracy. How did this happen?

Interview with the Author

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Adam Jentleson, “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy”
1/17/21         57 min

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Adam Jentleson: “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate” | SALT Talks #180
3/31/21         43 min

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The Senate is Making a Mockery of Itself
2/12/21         69 min

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The Filibuster’s sordid Past and Present with Adam Jentleson
2/2/21         60 min

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Ep. 158: Kill (The Filibuster) or Be Killed (feat. Adam Jentleson)
1/26/21         55 min

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