National Affairs: Meet the People

One of the troubles of U.S. democracy, Oregon's Senator Wayne Morse had long since decided, is that U.S. citizens are sometimes a little lazy when it comes to working at it—especially if the work involves going to a political meeting and asking a challenging candidate a few sharp questions. Last week Morse set out to make the process really easy. Seated in a little studio in station KERG in Eugene, he invited listening farmers and townspeople to pick up the phone and ask him a question. The questions came with a rush; it kept three people busy just taking the calls.

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