UW-Madison political scientist Kathy Cramer speaks with reporter Jessie Opoien for a Cap Times Talk at the High Noon Saloon on Tuesday.


For years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Kathy Cramer approached strangers at gas stations, churches and diners across rural Wisconsin to learn about their political beliefs, attitudes, and fears.

In her 2016 book, "The Politics of Resentment," she wrote about what she found: acute feelings of anger toward those who lived in cities, and a sense of having been ignored and left behind.

Cramer recently joined Cap Times state political reporter Jessie Opoien for a conversation about the ways politicians have tapped into those beliefs, how the "politics of resentment" may affect 2018 elections and what people can do to help bridge the gap.

Home Savings Bank sponsored the talk, which was hosted at the High Noon Saloon on Tuesday evening.

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