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21st Century Democrats is proud to bring you AmericasDemocrats.org, the weekly netcast for stand-up Democrats that explores progressive perspectives on public policy, economic debates, foreign affairs and national politics. With regular contributors who include Texan populist Jim Hightower and provocative media commentator Bill Press, AmericasDemocrats.org seeks to become a salon of the nation’s most prominent Democrats. We're all about giving progressive Democrats tools you need to fight back against Donald Trump and the Republicans. So progressives, populists, liberals, Democrats and independents, sit back and listen -- then stand up and fight!

Episodes

#468 : Why labor should support a Green New Deal.

Feb 24, 2020 59:07

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Why labor should support a Green New Deal. Inside the GOP plan to rig elections. Plus Bill Press with the authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America.

 

Labor organizer Joseph B. Uehlein makes the case for protecting workers in the green new deal. Filmmaker Mac Heller exposes the Republican strategy to suppress the vote and win elections. Plus Bill Press talks with the authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America.

 

Joseph B. Uehlein

Joseph B. Uehlein works at the forefront of building union support for the effort to confront climate change.  He says the Green New Deal has the potential to rebuild the labor movement and unite the working class.  

 

Mac Heller

Filmmaker Mac Heller’s latest documentary takes a deep dive in the carefully crafted campaign being used by Republicans to suppress voting. It’s a compelling story of democracy at peril and what we can do about it.

 

Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

Bill Press talking with Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America.  If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit Bill PressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

How wasteful is the Pentagon?

#467 : How the Democratic Party can, and should, engage rural America.

Feb 17, 2020 50:41

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How the Democratic Party can, and should, engage rural America.  Why it’s time to abolish the electoral college. Plus Bill Press with GOP insider Rick Wilson on how to prevent President Trump from being re-elected.

 

Jane Kleeb on the importance of rural voters to progressive politics. Reed Hundt on why the nation is ready for a national popular vote. Plus a GOP campaign consultant tells Bill Press how Democrats can, and should, beat Donald Trump.

Jane Kleeb

One of the lessons from the 2016 election was that Democrats have a problem with rural voters. A new book by Jane Kleeb offers a convincing strategy on how progressive Democrats can connect to the issues rural voters care about and win their support in November.

Reed Hundt

There’s a growing movement to elect the president by a national popular vote.

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt says it’s the only way to restore faith in American democracy.

Rick Wilson

Back Announce: Bill Press talking with Rick Wilson, author of Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump--and Democrats from Themselves.  If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Health care for people… or for corporate profits?

 



#466 : Black Voters Matter.

Feb 11, 2020 01:03:00

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Black Voters Matter.  Building the power of black communities at the ballot box. Plus Bill Press with Tom Daschle looking back and looking ahead.

 

Cliff Albright of the Black Voters Matter Fund on the political power of black communities to determine their own destiny.  Plus Bill Press with former Democratic minority leader Tom Daschle on a divided Congress and a divided nation.

 

Cliff Albright - Pt. 1

The ethos of the Black Voters Matter Fund is that effective voting is a powerful tool for change and self determination.  Co-Founder Cliff Albright says that when that message is delivered in the right way, black voters are ready to hear it.

  

Cliff Albright - Pt. 2

Cliff Albright, cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund, which builds community and organizational capacity related to Black voting power. One of their core beliefs is about the importance of working with existing community based organizations. For Cliff Albright, it allows them to build power from what already exists.

 

Tom Daschle

Bill Press talks with former Democratic minority leader, Tom Daschle about impeachment, the politics of justice, and the future of the Trump presidency.

 

 

Jim Hightower

Should Democrats be the party of small change?

#465 : Building progressive power at the state level.

Feb 3, 2020 58:19

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Building progressive power at the state level.  Cutting through the fog of centrist corporate speak.   Plus Bill Press on President Trump’s impeachment trial.

 

How one organization is powering progressive change at the state level. A guide to what centrists politicians say and what they really mean.  Plus Bill Press with Eleanor Clift on the impeachment trial and what it reveals about the Senate GOP.

 

Jessie Ulibarri

Jessie Ulibarri has dedicated his career to building progressive power at the state level. As a former state senator, he knows how challenging that can be, and what it will take for state lawmakers to build a broader progressive movement.

 

Richard RJ. Eskow

Richard RJ. Eskow pays close attention to the words politicians use, and the true intent behind them.  He says centrist politicians, by design, use language that is often misleading and demands greater precision.

 

Eleanor Clift

Bill Press talks with veteran journalist Eleanor Clift about President Trump’s impeachment trial and what it means for the future of politics. Eleanor Clift is one of Washington’s best known reporters, authors and commentators. She is a former White House correspondent and now a columnist for The Daily Beast. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Sonny and Donnie: Down on the farm

#464 : Can unions save democracy?

Jan 27, 2020 53:39

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Can unions save democracy?  And will millionaires help?

 

Author and organizer Jane McAlevey on her new book,  A Collective Bargain:Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy.  Plus, the millionaires who want to pay more taxes, not less. Bill Press  talks with Erica Payne, Executive Director of Patriotic Millionaires.  

  

Jane McAlevey Pt. 1

At a time when workers are under attack at  historic levels, strikes are making a comeback. In that, Jane McAlevey sees an opportunity to reset power and politics in America, and clear a path to progressive change. 

 

Jane McAlevey Pt. 2

Jane McAlevey about her  powerful new book, A Collective Bargain:Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy. She makes the case that unions are central to challenging the corporate class and restoring democracy in America. But what about the millions of workers who don’t have a union?  For Jane McAlevey, that translates into even more opportunity to build the power of organized labor.

 

Erica Payne

The millionaires who are fighting for a living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system.  Bill Press talks with Erica Payne, Executive Director of Patriotic Millionaires. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Who’ll care for “the other” migrants?

#463 : Getting it right in 2020

Jan 19, 2020 01:06:07

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Getting it right in 2020. Making black communities powerful in politics. Turning out progressive voters one conversation at a time. Plus Bill Press talks with former UN Ambassador Susan Rice.

 

Alicia Garza on what motivates black voters and why politicians should care.  Alex Morgan on upping the progresive ground game in 2020. Plus Bill Press on Donald Trump’s perilous foreign policy with former UN Ambassador Susan Rice.

 

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza reminds us that black voters are central to changing the direction of the nation,  and that politicians who take black voters for granted do so at their own peril.

 

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan says that in 2016, Democrats forgot the basics of winning campaigns — face-to-face conversations with voters. That’s why he’s leading a massive effort to turn that around.

 

Susan Rice

Bill Press talks former UN Ambassador Susan Rice about Donald Trump’s disdain for diplomacy and why she supports a War Powers Resolution to curb more military actions against Iran. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit Bill PressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

What car do billionaires ride in?

#462 : A grassroots campaign to build the electoral power of Democrats.

Jan 13, 2020 01:03:08

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Donald Trump’s campaign to shred environmental protections.  A grassroots campaign to build the electoral power of Democrats. Plus Bill Press on the biggest foreign policy crisis yet in the Trump Administration.

 

Dan Farber on what’s next in Donald Trump’s war on regulations and who will pay the price.  Rita Bosworth on the Sister District Project and its plan to flip states from red to blue. Plus Bill Press talks with  nuclear arms expert Joe Cirincione about Iran and the path to war.

 

Dan Farber

Dan Farber works at the intersection of constitutional law and the environment.  He says Donald Trump’s war on regulation sidelines science in the interest of industry profit, and if he has another four years, it will only get worse.

 

Rita Bosworth

The path to power runs through the states.  That’s why Rita Bosworth started the Sister District Project, an organization dedicated to turning states from red to blue. She says it's crucial to invest in state legislative races in order to reverse the course of the country.

 

Joe Cirincione

Is Donald Trump leading us into a war with Iran? Bill Press talks with  Joe Cirincione, one of the leading nuclear policy experts in the country. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

How do the rich become über-rich?

#461 : Listening to working class voters at the ballot box

Jan 6, 2020 01:09:42

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Listening to working class voters at the ballot box, and fighting for their future in the workplace.  Plus, Bill Press on the Supreme Court’s swing to the right.

 

What will it take to bring unions back and help workers stand up for their rights?  Plus, what working class voters want and what that means for 2020. And Bill Press talks with Ruth Marcus about her book, Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover.

 

Shaun Richman

After decades of corporate union-busting, author Shaun Richman says never have so many workers needed so much support. His new book offers an action plan to bring the power of unions back to workplaces across America.

 

Matt Morrison

Matt Morrison has worked on over 500 political campaigns.  He now focuses on voter turnout for candidates who support a fair economy for working-class Americans. He says progressive Democrats can win over working class voters if they are willing to show up and listen.

 

Ruth Marcus

The inside story of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascent to the Supreme Court. Bill Press talks with Ruth Marcus, author of Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Is Healthcare more important than healthcare profits?

#460 : The Best of 2019

Dec 30, 2019 49:12

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Our favorite interviews from 2019.  Fighting for the rights of felons to vote.  Why walls don’t work. Plus, why 2020 won’t be won by centrists  

 

The racist roots of denying felons the right to vote.  Everything Donald Trump gets wrong about walls. Plus Robert Reich on the choice that has to be made between oligarchy and an America that works for everyone.

 

Tierra Bradford

The history of denying felons the right to vote is rooted in the history of African American voter suppression. And while restoring that right is gaining traction in the 2020 campaign,  Tierra Bradford says many Democratic hopefuls still don’t get the point.

 

Adam Smith

President Trump often sites The Great Wall of China as evidence that a wall will solve our immigration problems. Adam Smith says it’s a claim that history simply cannot support.

 

Robert Reich

Robert Reich is one of our nation’s leading economists. He says the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else is the defining issue of our time. And that’s why Democrats have to choose a side.

 

Jim Hightower

The other Mexican migration

#459 : Framing the Debate for America’s Future.

Dec 23, 2019 01:04:11

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Framing the Debate for America’s Future.  Building the case for a wealth tax. Why Democrats need to talk about race and class.  Plus, Bill Press with Tom Friedman on saving American democracy. 

 

Economist Emmanuael Saez on how America’s tax system is pushing us deeper into inequality.  Ian Haney Lopez on why the fight for racial justice will win elections. Plus Tom Friedman tells Bill Press why Trump must be impeached.

 

Emmanuel Saez

Economist Emmanuel Saez studies wealth and income inequality around the world. His newest book argues that the American economy isn’t working for half of the nation and makes the case for a tax system that is truly progressive.

 

Ian Haney Lopez

In his newest book, critical race theorist Ian Haney Lopez offers a roadmap to progressive political victory.  To get there, he argues we need to reframe the way we think about race and class.

 

Tom Friedman

Bill Press talks to New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Friedman on why he believes Donald Trump must be impeached if America’s democracy is to remain intact. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPresspods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

America’s healthcare border raiders.

#458 : The past and future of race and democracy in America.

Dec 16, 2019 01:08:25

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The past and future of race and democracy in America. How Reconstruction remade the Constitution. The centrality of racial justice in progressive politics today. Plus,  Bill Press takes stock of the Justice Department under Bill Barr.

 

Historian Eric Foner on the ongoing battle over who is considered equal under the law.  Peniel Joseph on why the strength of the Democratic Party lies in its diversity. Plus, Bill Press talks about justice in the Trump Administration with Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at The Center for American Progress

 

Eric Foner

Eric Foner is one of this country's most prominent historians. His newest book tells how the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments altered the course of history and changed what it means to be an American.

 

Peniel Joseph

Peniel Joseph is a leading public scholar on race and democracy in America. Looking ahead to 2020, he says Democrats are ready for a more progressive Party,  but can only win if that includes a commitment to black voters and their interests.

 

Ed Chung

Bill Press talks to Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at The Center for American Progress. He follows the Barr Justice Department and says loyalty to Trump is replacing the “rule of law”.

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit Bill PressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Can “powerless nobodies” fight the corporate powers?

#457 : Democracy Fights Back.

Dec 8, 2019 01:04:09

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Democracy Fights Back. From outrage to activism, and why it’s not too late to take a stand for the America we want. Plus, Bill Press with Pulitzer prize winning author David Mariniss.

 

Two authors take us inside the modern day movement for democracy in America and find hope.  Plus, author David Maraniss joins Bill Press to talk about his own family’s history with the Red Scare.

 

Adam Eichen

In his newest book co-authored with Frances Moore Lappe, organizer and scholar Adam Eichen goes to the roots of the anti-democracy movement in America and answers the question, What do we do now?

 

Dana R. Fisher

Dana R. Fisher is one of the leading scholars of protest movements. Her newest book  tells the story of how a grassroots movement has grown into a full-fledged resistance in the era of Donald Trump.

 

David Maraniss

Bill Press interviews celebrated author David Maraniss whose newest book tells the story of his father who was targeted as a communist at the height of McCarthyism. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Should Democrats be the party of small change?

#456 : Losing ground to corporate America.

Dec 2, 2019 42:14

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Losing ground to corporate America. Expanding the space for reporting on poverty.  Plus Bill Press gives a failing grade to Republicans defending Donald Trump.

 

Thomas Philippon on his new book The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets. Alissa Quart introduces us to the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.  Plus Bill Press explains why the Republican defense of Donald Trump is collapsing.

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Thomas Philippon

In his newest book, economist Thomas Philippon takes aim at the growing concentration of corporate power in America. He says American markets, once a model for the world, are giving up on healthy competition, and average Americans are paying the price.

 

Alissa Quart

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around poverty and economic hardship.  Executive Director Alissa Quart explains how the project amplifies the voices of people experiencing economic hardship themselves.

 

Bill Press

Bill Press reviews the Republican defense of Donald Trump during the impeachment hearings and says it’s failed on every point.

 

Jim Hightower

How Trump’s poverty subsidy enriches the rich

#455 : Workers are taking a stand.

Nov 25, 2019 01:01:14

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Workers are taking a stand.  Are Democrats ready to listen?  Plus Bill Press interviews Norman Ornstein.

 

Sarah Jaffe on the return of the strike. Mark Dann asks if working class voters can trust the Democrats.  Plus Bill Press with Norman Ornstein on paralysis in Washington and why Republicans are the problem.

Sarah Jaffe

Workers at GM recently ended the longest auto workers strike in 50 years. Sarah Jaffee says the action signals a revival of picket line politics with a message that is bigger than any one union.

 

Marc Dann

Democrats have a working class problem,  but they still have a chance to fix it. Marc Dann says that has to begin with admitting the betrayals brought on by the last two Democratic administrations.

 

Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein tells Bill Press how the GOP  became a cult.

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPresspods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

How Trump’s poverty subsidy enriches the rich.

#454 : A More Equal Union.

Nov 18, 2019 44:07

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A More Equal Union.  The political crisis of extreme inequality.  How the electoral college undermines democracy.  Plus Jerry Brown and Pete Buttigieg together on the Bill Press pod.

 

Adam Eichen on the fight to end winner take all elections.  Ganesh Sitaraman on reviving the reforms of the progressive era.  Plus Bill Press with Jerry Brown and Pete Buttigieg on why US foreign policy needs a major fix.

 

Adam Eichen

Adam Eichen is an author and activist focused on highlighting the emerging Democracy Movement in the United States. He says that the path to citizen equality demands fundamental reforms to the way we vote.

 

Ganesh Sitaraman

Legal scholar Ganesh Sitaraman writes about the core connection between democracy and economic equality. He says that as concentrated wealth and power distort our democracy, it’s time to recall the progressives who fought back over a hundred years ago.

 

Pete Buttigieg

The role of America in the world today with presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and former California governor Jerry Brown 

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Why would we trust plutocrats to save us from plutocracy

#453 : Democracy’s next test.

Nov 11, 2019 59:43

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Democracy’s next test. Why 2020 won’t be won by centrists. How foreign meddling undermines American voters. Plus, an election preview with former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

 

Robert Reich on the choice that has to be made between oligarchy and an America that works for everyone. Fred Wertheimer on the fight that has to be fought against foreign interference in American democracy. 

Plus,  Bill Press looks ahead to 2020 with former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

 

Robert Reich

Robert Reich is one of our nation’s leading economists. He says the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else is the defining issue of our time. And that’s why Democrats have to choose a side.

 

Fred Wertheimer

Fred Wertheimer has spent more than four decades working on democracy and governance, and is a national leader and spokesman on money and ethics in politics. He says foreign meddling in American politics has been a threat since the founding, and we now have a way to prevent it.

 

Terry McAuliffe 

Bill Press talks with former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe 

 If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPod.com.

 

Jim Hightower

How to know when the economy is really doing well

#452 : Economic Red Flags.

Nov 4, 2019 49:35

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Economic Red Flags. America’s middle class on the decline. The unsustainability of economic inequality. Plus, impeachment advice from a veteran of the Clinton war room.

 

Why America’s middle class is barely getting by. Why the fight against climate change also has to be a fight against inequality.  Plus Bill Press interviews Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton.

 

Alissa Quart

For her most recent book, Author Alissa Quart tracked the daily life of America’s middle class. What she found were people too often living paycheck to paycheck and struggling just to get by.

 

James K Galbraith

James K Galbraith is one of the world’s leading economists. He says rising inequality in the world today is fundamentally unsustainable and at odds with what needs to be done to confront the realities of climate change.

 

Lanny Davis

Bill Press talks impeachment with the man who ran Bill Clinton's impeachment war room.

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPod.com.

 

Jim Hightower

How Repugnant is Big Oil?

#451 : Dangers to Democracy.

Oct 28, 2019 01:05:28

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Dangers to Democracy. The changing politics of presidential power. The evolution of white nationalism. Plus, Bill Press takes a deep dive into the politics of pot.

 

A book about the time the GOP stood up to Nixon and what it says about Republicans today. Plus, how the Alt-Right is warping the American imagination.  And Bill Press interviews Justin Strekal (STRAY kel), political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana .

 

Michael Koncewicz

Historian and author  Michael Koncewicz tells a fascinating history of the Watergate era and reveals how Republican leaders today have little in common with those who resisted Richard Nixon.

 

Alexandra Minna Stern

For her new book, historian Alexandra Minna Stern delves into the changing landscape of  white nationalism to offer an invaluable guide to a new breed of racism that threatens the most fundamental ideals of American democracy.

 

Justin Strekal

Bill Press talking with Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana

on the rise of legalized marijuana,  who is buying in, and who is pushing back.

 If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressShow.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Where can Trump find a Good Farm Policy?

 



#450 : Talk Radio’s America.

Oct 21, 2019 52:57

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Talk Radio’s America. How an industry took over a political party that took over the White House. Plus, Donald Trump’s dangerous war on LBGTQ Americans.

 

How the rise of conservative talk radio gave us a Republican Party incapable of governing and paved the way for Donald Trump. Plus Bill Press talks with Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign, about the LGBTQ community’s fight for survival under the Trump Administration.

 

Brian Rosenwald Pt. 1

Brian Rosenwald is a scholar who works at the intersection of media and politics. His newest book tells the story of how conservative talk radio evolved to turn the political world upside down. 

 

Brian Rosenwald Pt. 2

Part two of our conversation with Brian Rosenwald, author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party, on why conservative talk radio embraced Donald Trump.

 

Alphonso David

Donald Trump’s attack on the LGBTQ community.  Bill Press talks with Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

 

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressshow.com.

 

Jim Hightower

A wealth tax for American Progress

 



#449 : Fighting for the working class.

Oct 13, 2019 58:54

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Fighting for the working class.  A strategy to rebuild the power of labor unions.  Why Democrats need to take a stand for blue collar voters in 2020. Plus, the political ambitions of Michael Pence.

 

Why the time has come for sectoral bargaining. Bill Press on how Democrats can win back working class voters. And a conversation with Tom LoBianco on his new biography of Vice President Mike Pence.

 

Bill Press

One of the most pivotal issues for Democrats heading into 2020 is how to win back working class voters. For Bill Press, there’s a clear path that begins with economic justice and refuses to accept making a choice between race and class.

 

David Madland

Against the backdrop of declining membership, a different way of organizing workers is gaining support. Sectoral bargaining not only has the potential to rebuild union membership.  David Madland says it can lead to better working conditions for all workers and reduce economic inequality.

 

Tom LoBianco

Why Donald Trump and Michael Pence are joined at the hip.  Bill Press talks with Tom LoBianco, author of Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House, his new biography of the enigmatic Vice President. 

 

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressshow.com.

 

Jim Hightower

The Gloppy mess of merger mania.

#448 : The path to progressive change.

Oct 8, 2019 01:04:04

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The path to progressive change. The transformative potential of intersectional politics. Why progressives must fight for the states. Plus Bill Press on the politics of impeachment.

 

Why Democrats need to talk about race and class. Plus, how the path to progressive renewal runs through the states. And Bill Press catches up on the impeachment inquiry with Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. 

 

Sherry Lee Linkon

Too often, the challenge for Democrats in this political moment  is framed as one that pits voters of color against the white working-class.  Sherry Lee Linkon argues for an intersectional politics that embraces the complexity of American voters and transcends the singular categories of race and class.  

 

Meaghan Winter

In her new book, journalist Meaghan Winter writes that Democrats have largely ceded control of state governments to the GOP, allowing them to rig our political system and undermine democracy itself. She says that winning state and local races is crucial now more than ever to repair the damage. 

 

Larry Sabato

Tracking the impeachment inquiry with one of the nation's most respected political analysts.  Bill Press talks with Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics

 

If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressShow.com

 

Jim Hightower

Kroger: Don’t Lose Local News

 



#447 : The erosion of democracy under Donald Trump...

Oct 1, 2019 47:05

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The erosion of democracy under Donald Trump, and how to reclaim America with a progressive populist agenda.  Plus Bill Press on the Trump kleptocracy.

 

An extended conversation with Robert Kutner about his new book “The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy”. And Bill Press talks with David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post about President Trump's history of profiting off his presidency. 

 

Robert Kuttner Pt. 1

In his latest book, Robert Kuttner makes the case that Donald Trump has brought American democracy perilously close to the brink, and that it will only get worse if he wins a second term.  He argues for a revival of New Deal-era populism to bring us back from the edge and begin to repair the damage.

 

Robert Kuttner Pt. 2

We continue our conversation with Robert Kuttner, author of “The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy” about Democrats pursuit of an all-out progressive economic agenda.  

 

David Farenthold 

What we need to know about Trump's money.  Bill Press talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Farenthold of The Washington Post.

 

Jim Hightower

Who’s behind the increasing suppression of your right to protest?

 



#446 : Wake Up Calls

Sep 23, 2019 59:02

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Wake Up Calls. How right wing policies are killing the voters who support them.  Plus, the truth about the Koch Brothers and their powerful reach. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Mark Pocan.

 

“Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland.” Plus, “Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America”. And Bill Press talks Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI),  Co- Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 

Johnathan Metzl

Why are so many working-class white Americans  willing to support policies that are making them sick and may even lead to their death? That’s the question that led Johnathan Metzl to spend six years talking to Trump supporters. And what he found out tells an alarming story about the politics of race and its impact on public health.

 

Christopher Leonard

The phrase “Koch brothers” has become synonymous with the outsized influence of wealth and conservative ideology on American politics.  And for good reason. In his newest book, journalist Christopher Leonard tells the story of how the Koch brothers amassed their vast wealth and explores their enormous clout.

 

Mark Pocan

The progresive agenda on health care, climate change, trade and 2020.  Bill Press talks with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), Co- Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 

Jim Hightower

To make democracy work, we have to work it.

#445 : The Future of Politics.

Sep 16, 2019 52:19

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The Future of Politics. Republicans in a battle with a new America, and what that means for progressive Democrats. Plus, is President Trump fit to serve? Bill Press takes it on.

 

An extended conversation with Stanley Greenberg on his new book RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans. Plus, Bill Press talks with mental health experts about why they fear the President is a danger to the nation.

 

Stanley Greenberg

Progressive democrats are not only fighting to get Donald Trump out of the White House,  but for a new alignment of politics in America that will realize a progressive agenda on everything from jobs and immigration to health care and the climate. Pollster and author Stanley Greenberg says the nation is ready to respond, and Republicans are set up for a shattering defeat.

 

Jerrold Post and Bandy Lee

Bill Press on Donald Trump’s  state of mind and why mental health experts are taking an unusual public stand to warn the public.

 

Jim Hightower

Look who’s joining the struggle against corporate plutocracy

#444 : Reframing white identity.

Sep 8, 2019 01:02:28

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Reframing white identity. Reforming elections. Plus Bill Press on the politics of how we talk about Israel.

 

Richard D. Kahlenberg on the limits of white identity politics. Joshua A. Douglas on the growing movement for voting rights reform.  Plus Bill Press with a progressive perspective on US-Israeli relations. 

 

Richard Kahlenberg

Richard Kahlenberg is a scholar who has written extensively on the interplay of race and class in education.  He has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in schooling. In a recent book review, he takes on the  issue of “white identity”, its influence on American politics, and the need for a national identity and politics that bridge racial divides.

 

Joshua A. Douglas

Amid dire news about our broken electoral system and efforts to suppress American voters, a new book from Joshua A. Douglas offers an optimistic view drawn from the stories of people across the nation fighting for free and fair elections.

 

Bill Press

Bill Press on why criticism of Israel is not anti-semitism, and voting for Democrats is not disloyal. 

 

Jim Hightower

How to arm nature against corporate profiteers.

#443 : Taking a stand for workers.

Sep 2, 2019 01:01:54

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Taking a stand for workers. How workers around the world are fighting for a living wage.  The labor campaign for health care justice. Plus Bill Press with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

 

Author Annelise Orleck takes us inside the global uprising against poverty wages. The grassroots labor movement for Medicare-for-All.  Plus, Bill Press with former Trump aide turned critic Anthony Scaramucci.

 

Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck is a longtime historian of labor movements. In this encore interview, she talks about her newest book and tracking the growing fight across the globe for workers rights and a living wage.

 

Mark Dudzic 

The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care believes that health care is a fundamental human right for everyone. In this encore interview, Mark Dudzic says it’s up to unions to take the lead and fix our broken health care system.

 

Anthony Scaramucci

Bill Press asks former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci about why he is fighting to make sure the President doesn’t win a second term.

 

Jim Hightower

Should our natural resources have legal rights?

#442 : The populism we need now

Aug 25, 2019 59:43

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The populism we need now. Revisiting the fight against gerrymandering . Plus Bill Press on Donald Trump’s broken vision of immigration.

 

David Daley on how to restore fairness and democracy to elections. John Judis and a progressive vision of populism and nationalism. Plus Bill Press on how to solve America’s immigration crisis.

 

David Daley

The Supreme Court’s decision on partisan gerrymandering dealt a huge blow to the future of democratc elections in America.  David Daley is one of the nation's leading experts on partisan gerrymandering. He says it’s not too late to fight back.

 

John Judis

Across the globe, nationalism and populism  are being co-opted by the right, and democracy is paying the price. Veteren journalist John Judis says it doesn’t have to be that way.  He says the left needs to embrace both ideas for the promise they hold for a progressive and inclusive politics.

 

Tom Jawetz

Bill Press gets to the truth about immigration with Tom Jawetz, Vice President for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress

 

Jim Hightower

Trump puts opponent of public lands in charge of public lands.

 

 



#441 : Standing up for Truth.

Aug 20, 2019 55:23

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Standing up for Truth. The evolution of Trump’s attack on the press.  A new commitment to covering climate change. Plus calling out the GOP effort to sabotage health care. 

 

Donald Trump’s assault on truth and how we repair the damage. Why journalists are signing up to give the climate story the coverage it demands. Plus Bill Press on what’s at stake if the Affordable Care Act is struck down.

  

Kyle Pope

Kyle Pope says the science is clear, but too often journalists are not. For too long, the U.S. media have downplayed and distorted  the climate change story, with devastating consequences. That’s why he has co-founded a new initiative involving over 60 news organizations to get the story right.

 

Brian Ott

Well before his inauguration, Donald Trump launched a virile assault on the press and the very notion of truth itself. Since then, the attacks have only escalated. Brian Ott is a communications scholar who examines the intersection of rhetoric, media and democratic discourse.  He says the President has spearheaded a credibility crisis, and it relies on all of us to repair the damage.

 

Brad Woodhouse

Donald Trump’s effort to destroy American health care and what it will take to save the Affordable Care Act.  Bill Press talks with Brad Woodhouse, president of Protect Our Care.

 

Jim Hightower

Government for the rich, the poor be damned.

#440 : The Politics of Race: Past and Present

Aug 12, 2019 01:03:22

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The Politics of Race: Past and Present, plus a defining moment in the history of AIDS in the United States

 

The GOP’s Southern Strategy from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

 Plus former Virginia governor Terry McAulife on the growing threat of white nationalism in America today.   And Bill Press on the story behind the first ever AIDS ward in the United States. 

 

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAulife served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. He was chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chair of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and chair of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.  It was during his recent term as Governor that the infamous Unite the Right Rally took place in Charlottesville and led to the deaths of three people. Dozens more were injured. In his new book Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism, the former governor offers a behind the scenes account of that day, and his thoughts on what the nation should still be learning.

 

Angie Maxwell

The Southern Strategy is often understood as a fixed point in American political history when Richard Nixon and the GOP used racism to build a base among white voters in the South. A new book is changing that perspective and deepens our understanding of how the Southern Strategy transformed American politics, and how its impact persists even today,

 

Cliff Morrison

The transformation of how doctors treated AIDS patients.  From fear and ignorance to compassion and dignity. Bill Press talks with Cliff Morrison about the new documentary 5B.

 

Jim Hightower

Will Democrats be Democrats, or fraidy cats?

  

 




 



#439 : Building a Movement for Deep Change.

Aug 5, 2019 54:15

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Building a Movement for Deep Change.  Confronting the power of concentrated wealth. Overcoming the new Jim Crow. Plus, how to defeat the NRA.

 

The entrenchment of American wealth and political power. A faithful movement to end mass incarceration. Plus  Bill Press with Igor Volsky founder and the Director of Guns Down America.

 

Paul Starr

In a new book, Paul Starr argues that much of our politics today is a struggle over the historic entrenchment of great wealth through political power. And if Donald Trump gets re-elected, this entrenchment will only deepen.

 

Billy Honor

With nearly 2.3 million prisoners behind bars, the United States is the incarceration capital of the world. Our next guest is part of a new interfaith movement that is calling for an end to what they describe as a moral injustice and one of the dominant expressions of systemic racism in our country today.

 

Igor Volsky

Can America end its love affair with guns?  There’s more progress than you may think. Bill Press talks with Igor Volsky author of Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns

 

Jim Hightower

What is the “AI agenda,” who’s pushing it, and why?

#438 : Delivering on the promise of economic security.

Jul 28, 2019 52:35

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Delivering on the promise of economic security. Why social security works, and NAFTA 2.0 doesn’t. Plus Bill Press with DNC Chair Tom Perez on why the party of Lincoln is dead.

 

Why social security isn’t going broke and how expanding it will help all of us. Who wins and who loses under Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA.  Plus, DNC Chair Tom Perez tells Bill Press how history will judge Donald Trump and the Republicans who support him.

 

Arthur Stamoulis

President Trump’s hoping to fast track his renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with a promise that he has the best plan for American workers. Arthur Stamoulis says the plan falls far short of that promise,  and a lot more work is needed for a NAFTA replacement to benefit working people and the planet.

 

Nancy Altman

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. It remains one of the most important pieces of legislation in American history. Few can  speak better to that than Nancy Altman. Countering the many myths used to discredit Social Security, she says it’s time to fight to increase, not cut, the program.

 

Tom Perez

Bill Press talks with DNC Chair Tom Perez about why he says Donald Trump is the most dangerous President in history.

 

Jim Hightower

How ridiculous is Trump’s border stand?

 



#437 : Give voters a bigger voice.

Jul 22, 2019 50:37

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Give voters a bigger voice. Building the movement for automatic voter registration. Making the case for ranked choice voting. Plus Bill Press with ex Fox news reporter Carl Cameron.

 

How a new organization is taking on the fight for election integrity. Ranked Choice voting in Maine explained. Plus, why one Fox news reporter left the network and what he’s doing now.

 

Sean McAlwee

Sean McAlwee has spent half a decade bringing cutting edge data analysis to progressive advocacy. His work has been cited by politicians at the national, state and local level. And now, he’s part of a new coalition to secure American elections without every infringing on an eligible voter’s right to vote. 

 

Kyle Bailey

Maine has been at the forefront of the movement to implement ranked choice voting. And Kyle Bailey has been a leader in that movement. He says it’s a way to make democracy work better for all of us.

 

Carl Cameron

Bill Press talks with journalist Carl Cameron about life after Fox News and why he launched a new progressive website called Front Page Live.

 

Jim Hightower

What kind of country punishes Good Samaritans?



#436 : Sounding the alarm.

Jul 15, 2019 49:13

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Sounding the alarm. Military spending nears historic highs, and climate change as a public health emergency.

 

This week, why 74 medical and health groups are calling climate change the   “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.” How cutting the Pentagon budget will make the country stronger.  And Bill Press goes deep on religious freedom with Rachel Laser, CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

 

Lindsay Koshgarian

President Trump and the Republican led Senate is pushing a bill that would increase military spending to over 750 billion dollars. Lindsay Koshgarian says the Pentagon’s budget is already near an historic high,  and cutting it down is the best path to real American security

 

Barbara Gottlieb

Dozens of the United States’ most prominent health organizations have come together to sound the alarm over climate change as one of the greatest threats to public health our nation has ever faced. Barbara Gottlieb says the time is running out to take action.

 

Rachel Laser

Bill Press talks with Rachel Laser, CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State about white evangelical support for Donald Trump and why Democrats need to talk more about religion.

 

Jim Hightower

America’s healthcare border raiders.

#435 : Building an economy that works for everyone, and how to pay for it.

Jul 8, 2019 01:00:50

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Building an economy that works for everyone, and how to pay for it. Plus, the decline of diplomacy under Donald Trump.

 

A moral budget to end poverty in America.  The massive failure of the GOP tax plan. And a conversation with Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal.

 

Shailly Gupta Barnes

In June, the Poor People’s Campaign, along with the Institute for Policy Studies released a “Moral Budget” to end poverty in America. Shailly Gupta Barnes is one of its authors and she says it’s a necessary response to the needs of all Americans.

 

Frank Clemente

President Trump’s tax cut plan is proving to be a huge give away for corporations and the wealthy.  Frank Clemente offers a progressive plan for tax reform that can bring fairness to the American economy.

 

Wendy Sherman

Bill Press talks with Ambassador Wendy Sherman on the possibility of war with Iran and the narrowing space for diplomacy under Donald Trump.

 

Jim Hightower

How to get Congress to reform our broken healthcare system.

#434 : America on Edge.

Jun 30, 2019 49:54

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America on Edge. The growing threat of an unnecessary war. Plus, undermining democracy tweet by tweet. And Bill Press’ take on the Democrats’ debate.

 

A failing foreign policy and the path to military confrontation. Plus, the President on Twitter and the damage it does. And a Bill Press review of the second night of the Democratic debates.

 

Joseph Ciricione

Joseph Ciricione is nuclear expert and a respected voice on American foreign policy. He says a President inept at foreign policy and a national security team focused on domination could lead to disaster

 

Brian Ott

Brian Ott is a communications scholar whose most recent book is a deep dive into Donald Trump’s  tweets. He says what the President says on twitter and the way he does it is an assault on democracy and decency. 

 

Bill Press

A Bill Press review of the second night of the Democratic debates.

 

Jim Hightower

Why a 70% tax rate on the super rich would be good for America

 



#433 : Expanding the reach of progressive populism.

Jun 24, 2019 01:00:43

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Expanding the reach of progressive populism.  How Democrats can win again in small towns and rural communities with a populist message. Reclaiming democratic populism as the American project. Plus, new answers to the deepening crisis of economic inequality in America.

 

The progressive populist issues that resonate with rural voters. The potential of populism to rebuild democracy.  And Bill Press takes a deep dive into income inequality with Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

 

Matt Hildreth

Matt Hildreth is an organizer working in small town and rural America. He says it’s time for progressive Democrats to reshape their message to rural Americans with a populist agenda, and begin by letting go of stereotypes.

 

Harry C. Boyte

Harry C. Boyte is an activist and scholar who focuses on the power of citizen engagement to connect to the common good. He says that democratic populism has the potential to reignite civic agency in America with a history that includes his own work with Martin Luther King Junior.

 

Jared Bernstein

Bill Press talks with economist Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities about the nation’s growing wealth gap and how progressive democrats should respond.  If you want to hear more of this interview, visit the Bill Press podcast at billpressshow.com

 

Jim Hightower

The unnatural disasters pushing farmers off the land

 



#432 : The front lines battles over America’s future.

Jun 17, 2019 58:24

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The front lines battles over America’s future.  The right wing’s online assault on American values. The conservative takeover of state politics. And the Republican attack on the right to vote.

 

A deep dive into digital warfare and the  threat to American democracy. Plus how conservative donors, activists, and businesses are reshaping politics at the state level.  And Bill Press talks with the head of The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law about how to fight back against voter suppression.

 

Peter Daou

Peter Daou is a veteran blogger, digital strategist and political operative.  His new book takes us inside the online world of right wing extremism. He argues it’s a battle for the soul of America and all of us need to engage.

 

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Author and scholar Alexander Hertell Fernandez says that progressive democrats need to rethink their fight to gain and keep control in state politics. His new book examines how conservative donors, activists, and businesses are using their power to transform state policy and politics – and how progressives can fight back.

 

Kristen Clarke

Bill Press talks with civil rights advocate Kristen Clarke about how to protect the most fundamental tool of American democracy  - the right to vote. To hear more of this interview, visit http://billpressshow.com/.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump to working class: Adios Chumps

 

 



#431 : People Powering Change.

Jun 10, 2019 54:19

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People Powering Change.  Teachers at the front line of progressive politics. Mothers leading the fight against gun violence. Plus Bill Press with Representative Jamie Raskin.

 

Mothers take on the gun lobby.  Plus, how a wave of teachers strikes in red state America is changing the political landscape. And on his new podcast,  Bill Press talks impeachment with Representative Jamie Raskin .

 

Shannon Watts

In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook, Shannon Watts started a movement. Built on the fundamentals of grassroots organizing and the unstoppable power of mothers,  “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” now has 6 million supporters nationwide, with chapters in all 50 states. In a new book, she tells the story of its success.

 

Eric Blanc

In 2018, in some of the reddest states in our nation, teachers led  a series of walkouts demanding not only better pay for themselves, but better schools for the children they teach.  Writer Eric Blanc embedded himself in this unlikely and powerful rebellion for an inside view of a movement that has the potential to rebuild working class politics in America.

 

Jamie Raskin

Bill Press launches a new podcast with Congressman Jamie Raskin as his first guest. To hear more of this interview, visit http://billpressshow.com/.

 

Jim Hightower

Did you get an $800,000 pay raise last year?

 



#430 : Making the case for a national popular vote.

Jun 4, 2019 01:05:00

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Looking ahead to 2020. Winning over the white working class.  What will it take? Plus, making the case for a national popular vote.  And, Bill Press with an early look at the upcoming Democratic primary debate.

 

What progressive Democrats need to do now to regain the white working class vote.   Plus, inside the movement for a national popular vote and the difference it could make. And Bill Press talks The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino on what to expect at the first Democratic primary debate.

 

Justin Guest

Justin Guest has written extensively about our nation’s white working class voters.  In this encore interview, he says that Democrats still have a long way to go, to regain the ground they’ve lost to Donald Trump.

 

Karen Hobert Flynn

As it stands now,  the 2018 midterms popular vote went overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats in the House with a margin not seen since 1974. And once again, that did not necessarily translate into electoral wins.  In an encore interview, our next guest says it’s time to value all votes equally … and why a national popular vote for President is the way to do it.

 

Laura Gambino

The Guardian’s Laura Gambino joins Bill Press for a democratic primary debate preview.

 

Jim Hightower

Should our natural resources have legal rights?



#429 : Rediscovering the Declaration of Independence.

May 27, 2019 54:10

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Rediscovering the Declaration of Independence. Turning the corner on the death penalty. Plus Bill Press with Mark Pocan, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 

Democracy theorist Danielle Allen on why a call to equality is at the core of the American idea and its founding document. Author and attorney Bill Blum on the significance of California’s moratorium on the death penalty. And Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan tells Bill Press why he is calling for an impeachment inquiry

 

Danielle Allen

As the nation celebrates Memorial Day, Princeton Professor Danielle Allen examines the power of words in the Declaration of Independence to bring us liberty AND equality.

 

Bill Blum

Back in March, California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom issued a moratorium on death penalties in that state. Bill Blum is  an award-winning writer and legal journalist, and at one time was one of California's best-known death-penalty litigators. He says  Governor Newsom’s decision could have tremendous national impact.

 

Mark Pocan

Coming up,  Representative Mark Pocan joins Bill Press to talk about the fall out from “Infrastructure Week”in Washington,  and the road to impeachment.

 

Jim Hightower

How ridiculous is Trump’s border stand?

#428 : Moving past stereotypes of Appalachia.

May 20, 2019 58:38

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The Bigger Story.  Moving past stereotypes of Appalachia. Correcting the history of FDR’s New Deal. And Rep. Al Green joins Bill Press for a rundown of the Presidents impeachable offences.

 

What Hillbilly Elegy got wrong about Appalachia. Plus, the myths and realities about the New Deal,  and its lessons for the Green New Deal. And Congressman Al Green joins Bill Press to talk about his call for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Louis Hyman

The conservative story about the New Deal is that it was tax-and-spend liberalism at its worst.  Louis Hyman reminds us that isn’t how it worked and the real story has valuable lessons for the Green New Deal.

Anthony Harkins

The book Hillbilly Elegy became a literary phenomenon that many relied on to understand the white working class voters who helped elect Donald Trump. Anthony Harkins says Hillbilly Elegy reinforces simplistic stereotypes that can be used for political gain, and his newest book is a powerful response.

Al Green

Representative Al Green tells Bill Press about why he believes there is a moral imperative to impeach Donald Trump.

Jim Hightower

Where’s the beef in Trump’s new trade deal?

#427 : Standing for all Americans.

May 13, 2019 59:01

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Standing for all Americans.  Challenging the citizenship question and fighting for the rights of felons to vote.  And the Bill Press Show gets an update on the effort to arm teachers in Florida..

 

How a question about citizenship on the census is a war on immigrants. Plus, the racist roots of denying felons the right to vote. And the Bill Press show on the latest  efforts in Florida to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom.

 

Bill Blum

The Supreme Court's decision on the census could alter the American political landscape. And while immigrants are the target, Bill Blum says it’s a decision that will affect every American.

 

Tierra Bradford

The history of denying felons the right to vote is rooted in the history of African American voter suppression. And while restoring that right is gaining traction in the 2020 campaign,  Tierra Bradford says many Democratic hopefuls still don’t get the point.

 

Addy Baird

Addy Baird joins the Bill Press show to talk about teachers with guns in the classroom, and why that’s a dangerous idea.

 

Jim Hightower

What’s the cost of high living?

 



#426 : The Future of Voting.

May 6, 2019 01:02:31

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The Future of Voting.  Breaking the grip of partisan gerrymandering. Expanding the power of youth.  And Bill Press on “The Democracy Fix”

 

The unprecedented precision of modern day gerrymandering and how activists are fighting back. The argument for lowering the voting age to 16. Plus, Bill Press with Caroline Fredrickson on her new book The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts and Fair Elections.

 

Dan Vicuna

The fight to end gerrymandering is a fight for fair elections that represent the will of the people.  Common Cause is at the forefront of the fight with a case in the Supreme Court that Dan Vicuna says could end partisan gerrymandering nationwide.

 

Mike Males

From climate change to guns  to racial inequality, young people are fighting for their future. Mike Males says lowering the voting age will bring essential new voices to public life.

 

Caroline Fredrickson

Bill Press talks with Caroline Fredrickson on her new book The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts and Fair Elections

 

Jim Hightower

Big Mac’s new Big Data “innovation”

 

#425 : Democracy in crisis and how to repair the damage.

Apr 29, 2019 51:02

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Democracy in crisis and how to repair the damage.  Plus, making the case for an impeachment investigation.  And Bill Press on America’s best and worst presidents.

 

Why over 100 organizations have signed on to a Declaration for Democracy. Plus,  a political historian on Donald Trump’s chances in 2020 and why an impeachment investigation is still a good idea.  And Bill Press with Brian Lamb on ranking the nation’s chief executive.

 

Lisa Gilbert

Our nation’s democracy is in crisis,  and Lisa Gilbert says it’s time for an “arms race for reform” to save it. That’s why her organization and over one hundred others have signed onto a declaration to restore democratic values to American politics and government.

 

Allan Lichtman

Political historian Allan Lichtman’s system has successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election from 1984 to 2016. And while it’s too early to predict 2020, he can say don’t rule anyone out, including President Trump.

 

Brian Lamb

Bill Press with C-Span’s Brian Lamb on his newest book “The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best--and Worst--Chief Executives”.

 

Jim Hightower

Dow Jones Average, why not the Doug Jones Average?

 

#424 : State of Resistance.

Apr 22, 2019 01:01:25

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State of Resistance.  The transformation of California and a roadmap for America’s Future. Plus Bill Press  And Bill Press with a Mueller Report redaction reaction.

 

The rise, fall and resurgence of progressive movements in California, and the lessons for our entire nation. And Bill Press with the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino covering the Mueller investigation and the ever growing field of Democratic Presidential candidates.

 

Manuel Pastor Pt. 1

Decades ago, California experienced the political and social shifts that now grip the nation. In his newest book, sociologist  Manuel Pastor tells the story of how California fought back, and offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a necessary political renewal that meets the needs of a more diverse America.

 

Manuel Pastor Pt. 2

We’re talking with Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and author of “State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future.”  

 

Lauren Gambino

Bill Press with the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino on an upcoming Biden announcement how it will change the 2020 race.

 

Jim Hightower

Tax day: A thrill… or a chill?

#423 : Building the progressive vision.

Apr 14, 2019 01:06:02

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Building the progressive vision. Stopping the war on immigrants. Demanding the right to vote. Plus Bill Press on how to defeat the NRA.

 

Laying out a positive, progressive vision on immigration policy. Plus, the long history of voter suppression in America and how to fight back. And Bill Press talks with author Igor Volsky about building a future with fewer guns.

 

Tom Jawetz

As President Trump continues his attack on immigrants and American values, the role of Democrats in Congress couldn’t be more important. With a deep history in immigration law and policy, Tom Jawetz outlines the priorities  for an immigration system that truly lives up to our nation’s ideals and actually works.

 

Allan Lichtman

Allan Lichtman has spent four decades fighting for the right to vote.  His latest book is a sweeping history of voter suppression in America that begins with the founding of our nation.

 

Igor Volsky

Bill Press with author Igor Volsky on his radical argument for the gun control movement our country desperately needs.

 

Jim Hightower

Where is AI driving us?

 



#422 : Rethinking Capitalism.

Apr 7, 2019 01:04:00

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Rethinking Capitalism.  The limits of greed. How the American dream became temporary. Plus Bill Press with Congressman Ruben Gallego.

 

A history of the gig economy and the rise and fall of secure work. Plus, why America needs a new social contract between business and society. And Bill Press talks border politics with Congressman Ruben Gallego.

 

Louis Hyman

In his newest book, labor historian Louis Hyman the tells the story of America’s transformation to a temp economy and why he calls it the moral crisis of work in the 21st century.

 

Steven Pearlstein

At a time when American capitalism leaves more and more people behind, many question if it is worth saving. Steven Pearlstein is one of our nation’s leading economists. In his newest book, he argues for return to the core value of shared prosperity if capitalism is to sustain over the long term.

 

Ruben Gallego

Bill Press with  AZ Congressman Ruben Gallego on the absurdity of  President Trump’s wall and his “national emergency” at the border.

 

Jim Hightower

Who are the serial killers of America’s newspapers?

#421 : Nurses take a stand for Medicare for All.

Mar 31, 2019 52:54

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Nurses take a stand for Medicare for All.  Plus, the return of socialist fear- mongering. And Bill Press gets a report card on the media’s coverage of the Mueller investigation.

 

Why the nation's largest union of registered nurses is fighting for single payer health care. Plus, why conservatives are so quick to cry socialism.

And Bill Press on journalism and the Mueller investigation.  No apologies needed.

 

Malinda Markowitz

Nurses are on the front line of medical care in our nation.  And from that position, they see the failure of a system that leaves millions uninsured. Malinda Markowitz explains why Medicare for All is such a personal issue for nurses and why they are campaigning to insure all Americans.

 

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a leading voice on inequality in America. He says that years of a right wing drift in American politics means that even the most popular strategies for leveling the playing field get labeled socialist today, and democracy is paying the price.

 

Parker Molloy

Bill Press with Parker Molloy of Media Matters for America on the right wing call for media apologies in the wake of the Mueller report.

 

Jim Hightower

Who says Trump is not a moral leader?

#420 : Standing up for jobs and democracy

Mar 24, 2019 54:16

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Standing up for jobs and democracy. Preventing another Lordstown shutdown, and paving the way for a national popular vote. Plus Bill Press on rigging the system in higher education.

 

How smart policy could have saved the Lordstown plant in Ohio.  Plus what it would take to end the electoral college. And Bill Press on how to pay for college if you don’t have a really wealthy parent.

 

Michael Shields

When GM closed its plant in Lordstown Plant in Ohio, 1400 workers lost their jobs. Michael Shields say public policy is part of  why that happened, and that better policy is needed to protect workers.

 

John Koza

John Koza was so convinced a national popular vote was the best way to elect a president in the United States, he can up with a plan to make it happen. It’s called the National Popular Vote legislation. Now he’s convinced that enough states will adopt the legislation to make it happen.

 

Colleen Campbell

Bill Press with Colleen Campbell, Director of Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress on the costly state of higher education.

 

Jim Hightower

How much does Donald Trump love farmers?

 



#419 : Fighting the good fight for health care justice.

Mar 17, 2019 51:13

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A new playing field. Fighting the good fight for health care justice. Closing the gap in company pay. Plus Bill Press on “Billionaire Boondoggle”.

 

The grassroots labor movement for Medicare-for-All. Plus, is it time to talk about a maximum wage?  And Bill Press on the power of the billionaire class.

 

Mike Dudzic

The Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care believes that health care is a fundamental human right. National Coordinator Mark Dudzic says it’s up to unions to take the lead and fix our broken health care system.

 

Larry Hanley

By the most recent estimate, the average CEO in the United States earns an average of 271 times that of a typical worker. Our next guest says it’s time to change that with an idea that is rooted in American history.

 

Pat Garafalo

Living in the billionaire age. Bill Press talks with Pat Garafalo on his new book “Billionaire Boondoggle” .

 

Jim Hightower

Corporations are playing with our food – and our heads

 



#418 : Revitalizing the American Dream

Mar 11, 2019 01:07:10

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Revitalizing the American Dream. From America’s classrooms to the global economy. Plus Bill Press with Representative Dan Kildee ( D-MI).

 

How teachers are seizing the reins for accountability in the charter school movement.  How economic populists are reclaiming a progressive space in the global economy. Plus, challenging presidential authority and restoring integrity to American government. Bill Press talks with Representative Dan Kildee.

 

Jeff Bryant

When thousands of teachers went on strike in Los Angeles, it signaled a wave. Journalist Jeff Bryant says there is a growing movement of public school teachers confronting a privatized charter school industry that operates at the expense of public schools.

 

Robert Kuttner

Against the backdrop of right wing nationalism and Wall Street globalism, leading social critic and author Robert Kuttner speaks to the good news. He says  a new brand politics is gaining ground with the progressive promise of economic populism.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Representative Dan Kildee of Michigan about why we need H.R.1,  the effort to see Trump’s taxes, and why Republicans should not be lecturing Democrats about hate.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump’s one-word re-election campaign

 

#417 : Defending Democracy in 2020

Mar 3, 2019 01:03:02

Description:

Defending Democracy in 2020. The fight against disinformation in elections, and restoring a commitment to global human rights.

 

What Democrats need to do to protect our elections from disinformation, bots and hacking. And what every presidential candidate should do to protect human rights. Plus, Bill Press  on President Trump’s chaotic foreign policy.

Simon Rosenberg

Trolls, bots and deep fakes are dangerous realities in our current political landscape that poison our discourse and weaken our democracy.  Simon Rosenberg has spent years understanding and fighting these threats, and he says the power is in our hands to stop them.

 

Aryeh Neier

Aryeh Neier is a leading figure in the modern day human rights movement. He says that  the United States has an essential role to play on the global stage, and it’s time to renew our commitment.

 

Nahaal Toosi

Bill Press talks with Politico Foreign Affairs correspondent Nahaal Toosi about  Donald Trump’s dysfunctional foreign policy and how it all got started.

 

Jim Hightower

2018 elections are over, so it's time to focus on 2020. Wrong

 



#416 : Rural America Fights Back.

Feb 26, 2019 01:01:44

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Rural America Fights Back.  Striking for the future of public education, and challenging the power of Big Ag. Plus, Bill Press with Sabina Singh, Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee on a historic field of candidates.

 

This week, how rural teachers are driving a movement for change. How progressive Democrats can win the rural vote by taking on the grip of corporate money.  Plus, Bill Press talks with Sabina Singh, Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee...

 

Erin McHenry Sorber

Erin McHenry Sorber studies the roots and the impact of teachers’ strikes. As teachers across the country are fighting the underfunding of public education, she says the impact in rural America couldn’t be more critical.

 

Claire Kelloway

Claire Kelloway has a deep history in writing about food, power and politics. She says agricultural monopolies are driving farmers out of business, and the ball is in the Democrat’s court to respond.

 

Sabina Singh

Coming up, Bill Press talks with Sabina Singh, Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee about how to hold a debate for 16 candidates.

 

Jim Hightower

Just say no to the corporate bribe racket

 



#415 : Walls Don’t Work.

Feb 10, 2019 54:33

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Walls Don’t Work.  Social Security Does. Plus Bill Press with Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

 

Everything Donald Trump gets wrong about the Great Wall of China, plus everything Progressive Democrats get right about Social Security expansion.  And Bill Press talks with Representative Earl Blumenauer about why he refused to show up for the State of the Union.

 

Adam Smith

President Trump often sites The Great Wall of China as evidence that a wall  will solve our immigration problems. Our first guest says it’s a claim that history cannot support.

 

Eric Kingson

Progressive Democrats in Congress are lining up to back the first big expansion to  Social Security since the 1970s. Our next guest says it’s a fight that couldn’t come at a better time.

 

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press talks with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer about the State of the Union address we should have heard.

 

Jim Hightower

What’s behind this photo of corporate groundbreaking?

 



#414 : Holding Power Accountable.

Feb 3, 2019 56:20

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Holding Power Accountable. Restoring the right to vote and curbing corporate greed. Plus Bill Press  on the 2020 contenders to retake the White House.

 

How New York made voting rights history, plus the movement  to give workers a say in how how their companies are run. And Bill Press talks with national politics reporter Hanna Trudo on the democrats lining up for 2020 and why Howard Schultz is making everyone so mad.

 

Julie Kerr

The state of New York is moving on a series of bills that will fundamentally change the way New York residents vote. Julie Kerr is an activist fighting for  voting reform, and she says the latest victory was decades in the making.

 

Glenn Daigon

What would happen if employees had a direct say and democratic say in how their companies are run?  Reporter Glenn Daigon says it’s idea that is gaining support.

 

Hanna Trudo

Bill Press talks with Hanna Trudo, National Politics Reporter at the National Journal

 

Jim Hightower

What’s the cost of high living?

 



#413 : Returning Power to American People

Jan 27, 2019 01:00:18

Description:

This week, nine years into Citizens United, how to turn it around. Plus, an update on the campaign to protect the census from a citizenship question.  And the Bill Press Show with a reality check on border security and why walls don’t work.

 

Joe Ready

We start this week’s show with an anniversary.  Nine years ago, the Supreme Court made its decision on Citizens United.  Joe Ready leads a campaign to overturn the decision and put an end to what he calls the “big money arms race.”

 

Dale Ho

The President remains intent on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  The ACLU sued the administration to stop this plan. Our next guest explains why his organization made that move and how his organization will continue  to fight back.

 

Molly O’Toole

Bill Press talks with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times for an update on the so called “crisis on the border.”

 

Jim Hightower

The wall we need to build

 

#412 : The final hours of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 21, 2019 01:12:06

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The final hours of Martin Luther King Junior. The progressive promise of a People’s Budget. Plus a compelling call for Medicare for all.

 

An author explores the final hours of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what more we can do to fulfill his vision. Plus,  a “people’s budget” for economic justice. And the Bill Press Show on how to guarantee healthcare for all Americans.

 

Christopher Cook

Every year, the Congressional Progressive Caucus puts forth “the People’s Budget.” It’s a roadmap to meeting the economic needs of all Americans. Our next guest explains why they do it and what’s in it.

 

Joseph Rosenbloom

This week, Americans once again join together in the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.   In 1968, King arrived in Memphis Tennessee hoping to galvanize a movement for economic equality. One journalist took on the task by writing a vivid account of his final hours.  In this encore interview, author Joseph Rosenbloom takes us along on his journey.

 

Rebecca Vallas

Bill Press talks to Rebecca Vallas,  Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress.

 

Jim Hightower

The reality behind Trump's pose as a Bull Moose Populist.

 



#411 : What to fight for and what to fight against.

Jan 13, 2019 01:09:18

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What to fight for and what to fight against. The Green New Deal, a new NAFTA deal, plus Bill Press with Jim Yarmuth on the politics of the government shutdown and what it will take to stop it.

 

Why progressive democrats must fight for a better NAFTA deal. Why labor unions should fight for the Green New Deal. Plus, Bill Press on the wall, the shutdown, medicare for all, and more with  Representative Jim Yarmuth.

Lori Wallach

Sometime later this year NAFTA 2.0, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to go into effect. Is it better than the old NAFTA? Lori Wallach is a 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles starting with the 1990s fight over NAFTA. She says the new deal has a long way to go to repair the damage of the first.

 

Jeremy Brecher

Our next guest works at the intersection between labor and social movements. He says that what Roosevelt’s New Deal did for working Americans can happen again with the Green New Deal.

 

John Yarmuth

Coming up, Bill Press talks with Representative John Yarmuth about the political showdown over the wall and why he’s proud to get an F from the NRA.

 

Jim Hightower

Where is AI driving us?

 



#410 : The science of electoral reform and what it matters for democracy and environmental justice.

Jan 6, 2019 55:41

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The science of electoral reform and what it matters for democracy and environmental justice. Plus Bill Press on  who can beat Donald Trump in 2020.

 

What science has to teach us about fair elections and expanded voting rights. Plus what Democrats will do differently this time in the 2020 race for President.

 

Michael Latner - Pt. 1

Our guest this week looks at democracy as an engineering problem and says that the“science of elections” is an essential tool in making it work.

 

Michael Latner - Pt. 2

Still with us is Michael Latner of the Union of Concerned Scientists where he is the first scientist to receive an electoral system science fellowship under their Kendall Science Fellow program.

 

Xochitl  Hinojosa

Bill Press talks with Xochitl  Hinojosa , Communications Director at the Democratic National Committee about their strategy to win back the White House.

 

Jim Hightower

Should you have to pay to protest?

 



#409 : New Year. New Ideas. New America.

Dec 30, 2018 58:26

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New Year. New Ideas. New America.  Economic populism, a progressive foreign policy and the shape of America’s future. Plus what’s next for affordable health care?

 

The midterm mandate on economic populism, why we need a progressive mandate on foreign policy,  and after a judge rules ACA unconstitutional, what’s next?

 

Adam Green

Adam Green is an advocate for progressive change at the local, state and national levels. He says if there is one lesson to learn from the midterms .. it’s that economic populism is the new mainstream.

 

Eric Lutz

The President's Foreign Policy agenda is increasingly reckless with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle clearly unnerved. Our next guest says the time is long overdue for progressives to step up.

 

Alice Ollstein

Coming up, Bill Press talks with Politico’s Health Care Reporter Alice Ollstein about the Affordable Health Care Act after the latest judicial ruling and the political agenda behind it.

 

Jim Hightower

Our “War” President

 



#408 : Looking back to move forward.

Dec 23, 2018 01:02:10

Description:

Looking back to move forward.  The deep history of the radical right and its influence today.  Plus, the lessons learned from impeachments past. And Bill Press talks California Congressman Raul Ruiz for a report back from the border.

 

Historian and author  Nancy MacLean talks about one of the most notable books of the year … “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.  Plus Constitutional Scholar Alan Hirsch on his newest book “Impeaching the President: Past, Present and Future”. And Bill Press talks California Congressman Raul Ruiz on his visit to the border to investigate the death of Jakelin Caal  Macquin

 

Nancy MacLean

When historian Nancy MacLean released her most recent book in 2017, she described a long term and effective movement to undermine democracy in America, inspired by radical free-market advocates, and funded by the Koch brothers. She says that despite it’s chilling tale, reaction to the book as well as the midterm elections have only reinforced her faith that the desire to fight for democracy is steadfast.

 

Alan Hirsch

WIth all the talk of impeachment swirling around Donald Trump, our next guest wants us to remember it’s hardly the first time. By looking at impeachment stories from the past, he hopes we are better prepared to take the wisest course in the future.

 

Raul Ruiz

Bill Press talks with California Congressman Raul Ruiz for a report on the health conditions facing migrants detained at the border, the future of the President’s wall and the future of affordable health care.

 

Jim Hightower

DADDY'S PHILOSOPHY



#407 : Don’t forget the grassroots.

Dec 18, 2018 57:29

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Don’t forget the grassroots.  The activists behind the blue wave.  The connection between drivers licenses and economic justice. Plus Bill Press talks with US Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

 

We remember two Latino activists and the progressive legacy that lives on.  Plus … why the Southern Poverty Law Center is filing a lawsuit over drivers’ licenses. And Bill Press talks California Congresswoman Jackie Speier about her new book “Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage and Fighting Back.

 

Gustavo Arrelano

Latino Voters showed up  for the midterm elections,  nearly doubling their turnout over 2014. … and there were many victories to bear witness to the rise in Latino political power. But as one writer wants us to remember, it’s power that comes from the  immense dedication of activists who have been working for decades to get us here. Two of them passed away recently and our first guest helps us remember them.

 

Samuel Brooke

The Southern Poverty Law Center  is challenging Alabama’s practice of suspending drivers’ licenses of individuals who fail to pay traffic tickets, arguing it violates the Fourteenth Amendment by “punishing persons simply because they are poor.” Our next guest explains the connection.

 

Jackie Speier

Coming up, Bill Press talks with California Congresswoman Jackie Speier who explains why she still believes that politics is the noblest profession.

 

Jim Hightower

A bawdy house of bad right-wing ideas



#406 : Reversing the damage of the Trump Administration.

Dec 9, 2018 01:00:57

Description:

Reversing the damage of the Trump Administration. How to right the wrongs of Jeff Sessions’ drug policy. How the midterms delivered a call to action on climate change.  Plus, is it time to kill the lame duck?

 

Marijuana legalization as a gateway to social justice.  Plus, the policies that can confront climate change and the politicians who will fight for them. And Bill Press talks about election fraud and GOP power grabs with ThinkProgress reporter Addy Baird.

 

Jessica Ennisz

The President continues to attack the Paris Climate Agreement and deny the threat of global warming. Our first guest says  new leadership in the house and in state legislatures offers hope for change.

 

Michael Collins

Pro-marijuana candidates won big in the midterm elections. Our next guest says they open the window to replace the war on drugs with drug policies that express the ideals of racial and social justice

 

Addy Baird

Bill Press talks with Addy Baird of ThinkProgress about election fraud in North Carolina, voter suppression in Georgia, and the faulty logic of lame duck power grabs.

 

Jim Hightower

Trumps Post Office.

#405 : Putting an end to unfair Medicaid work requirements.

Dec 3, 2018 01:06:27

Description:

Getting it right this time. Putting an end to unfair Medicaid work requirements.  Fixing a corrupt campaign finance system. Plus, Bill Press on what it will take to confront climate change.

 

Why the Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Trump Administration.   Plus, Fred Wertheimer and the movement to restore ethics and integrity to government. And Bill Press with Amy Harder of Axios.

 

Samuel Brooke

The President continues to pursue  his policy to attach work requirements to medicaid benefits. Our first guest says it’s a policy that has a devastating impact on people’s lives which why his organization is suing the Trump administration to stop it.

 

Fred Wertheimer

President Fred Wertheimer has played a key role in every major campaign finance reform and ethics battle in Congress since the post-Watergate reforms in the 1970s. He continues that career now as President of Democracy 21, where he calls on a new Congress to restore integrity to governing.

 

Amy Harder

Coming up, Bill Press talks Amy Harder of Axios on why the failure to confront climate change will cost far more than it’s worth.

 

Jim Hightower

Who are the serial killers of America’s newspapers?




#404 : Looking ahead to 2020

Nov 25, 2018 01:08:19

Description:

Looking ahead to 2020. Winning over the white working class.  What will it take? Plus, making the case for a national popular vote.  And, Bill Press with a an early look at the candidates who could take on Trump.

 

What progressive Democrats need to do now to regain the white working class vote.   Plus, inside the movement for a national popular vote and the difference it could make. And Bill Press talks about what the midterms tell us about who could run and win in the next race for President.

 

Justin Guest

Justin Guest has written extensively about our nation’s white working class voters.  He says that Democrats still have a long way to go to to regain the ground they’ve lost to Donald Trump.

 

Karen Hobert Flynn

As it stands now,  the 2018 midterms popular vote went overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats in the House with a margin not seen since 1974. And once again, that did not necessarily translate into electoral wins.  In an encore interview, our next guest says it’s time to value all votes equally … and why a national popular vote for President is the way to do it.

 

Hanna Trudo

Bill Press talks with Hanna Trudo, national politics reporter at National Journal about who may appear on the 2020 ballot for President.

 

Jim Hightower

Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local

 

 

#403 : Seizing the moment for change.

Nov 18, 2018 01:01:03

Description:

How a new Congress can change the agenda on immigration. And Bill Press with Congressman Dan Kildee (MI) on the Democratic majority in the House and what to do with it.

 

How voters used ballot measures to mandate an agenda for progressive change.  And what Democrats need to do to end the policy of fear on immigration. Plus, Bill Press talks with Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) on what the Democratic Party should stand for now.

 

Chris Melody Fields Figueredo

Across the country, voters used ballot initiatives in the midterm elections to take democracy into their own hands. Our first guest says it is a story about progressive change that still needs to be told.

 

Justin Gest

The rhetoric of fear over immigration dominated the midterm elections. Our next guest says Democrats now have an opportunity to turn that around.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) on what’s next for progressive democrats on Capitol Hill.

 

Jim Hightower

Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local

 

#402 - November 11, 2018

Nov 11, 2018 56:50

Description:

Election Results. The President under the microscope. A still divided Congress … and a labor wave.

 

With the midterms behind us, will the President finally be held accountable for his actions? And as over 800 union members get elected to office… what do they want? Plus, Bill Press on the historic wins for women.

 

David Corn

The midterm election was widely seen as a referendum on President Trump. Journalist David Corn says that if nothing else, this election makes is possible for Congress to do what it is supposed to do … hold the Executive Branch in check.

 

Chris Garlock

A record number of labor-endorsed union members claimed victory in the midterms.  Union organizer Chris Garlock tells us how they did it and what it may mean.

 

Bob Bland

Bob Bland, founder of The Women’s March joins  Bill Press to talk about the women who will change the way our nation is governed.

 

Jim Hightower

Putting traumatized immigrant children out of sight.



#401 - November 4, 2018

Nov 4, 2018 59:15

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The movement for economic justice in America, and the fight for everyone to have a say.

 

This week, “good news”  from the frontlines in the battle for voting rights. Plus …  an agenda for change. Why progressive Democrats will not settle for just “stopping Trump.” And what women running for office are doing to be part of that change.

 

Miles Rapoport

Miles Rapoport has spent his career fighting for American democracy

He says that as we face one of the most concentrated efforts in recent history to limit the right to vote  … activists are fighting back and making a difference.

 

Roger Hickey

Roger Hickey is a veteran activist for economic justice.

In this encore interview, he says that people are energized by a new vision of  America’s future, and progressive Democrats are ready to make it happen.

 

A’shanti Gholar

Coming up, A’shanti Gholar takes Bill Press through the new landscape of women in public office.

 

Jim Hightower

Beware of the Real Gremlins This Season

#400 - October 28 2018

Oct 28, 2018 58:05

Description:

Voting for our Future.  Why climate change demands political change. plus how an education wave is fueling support for a blue wave. And Marc Morial of the National Urban League joins the Bill Press Show to talk about voter suppression what it will take to make sure every citizen has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

 

This week, science advocate  Carolyn Weinberg charts a path to avoid climate catastrophe .. and it begins with a vote.  Education advocate Jeff Bryant tells us why a record number of educators are running for office, and what they want. Plus … what will it take to shut down voter suppression? Marc Morial joins the Bill Press show.

 

Caroline Weinberg

Caroline Weinberg is community organizer, educator, writer, and advocate for the future of our planet. She says that a new report on climate change makes an unequivocal demand.  We need every elected official to commit to action, and it’s up to every voter to make sure they do.

 

Jeff Bryant

Jeff Bryant has written extensively about the intersection of education and politics. He says that a movement that began with teachers’ walkouts has turned into an a record number of educators running for office and fighting for the future of public schools.

 

Marc Morial

Coming up, Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League talks with guest host Sabrina Siddiqui at the Bill Press show about the impact of voter suppression and the fight to stop it.

 

Jim Hightower

A bawdy house of bad right-wing ideas



#399 - October 21, 2018

Oct 21, 2018 01:17:17

Description:

Money and Politics Gone Wrong.   Pulling back the curtain on the president’s tax fraud, and the destructive influence of “dark money” in campaign finance. Plus … why the GOP is to blame for a soaring deficit.

 

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston gives us his read of the New York Times report on the Trump’s family taxes.   And filmmaker Kimberly Reed documents the truth on how American elections are bought and sold. Plus ...what will Republicans do about a ballooning budget deficit? Matt Fuller of the Huffington Post joins Bill Press.

 

David Cay Johnston

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a bombshell investigation into Donald Trump’s finances and the many tax schemes he used to enhance his wealth. David Cay Johnston has been reporting on Donald Trump since the 1990s and has done exceptional reporting on the President’s taxes himself …  including a release of Trump’s 2005 tax return. He says the New York Times has created a roadmap on how to investigate the President … if the Democrats win the House in November.

 

Kimberly Reed

Kimberly Reed’s newest film, “Dark Money”, is a powerful expose of the influence of anonymous donors in political campaigns.  She says growing up in Montana gave her a front row seat to the corrupting influence of money in politics and the perfect setting to tell that story.

 

Matt Fuller

Matt Fuller of the Huffington Post tells Bill Press why Paul Ryan is defending deficit spending.

 

Jim Hightower

Front porch politics



#398 - October 14, 2018

Oct 14, 2018 51:57

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One Party .. two futures?  Between centralism and progressive populism, this election season lays  bare a faultline in Democratic Party politics. Which path is more likely to win in November and reclaim our nation’s future? Plus … what to make of the Kanye West at the White House.

 

The Third Way’s Jim Kessler argues for a  broad path to victory that includes mainstream centrism.  Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future on the grassroots movement for a progressive agenda that is reviving democratic politics.  Plus Brittany Shepherd joins the Bill Press show to decode the meeting between Kanye West and Donald Trump.

 

Jim Kessler

Third Way is a national think tank that advocates center-left ideas and politics.  Co-founder Jim Kessler, says that centrist success in the primaries is one of the underreported stories this election season.

 

Roger Hickey

The Campaign for America’s Future calls itself  the strategy center for the progressive movement. Co-founder Roger Hickey says that people all over the country are energized by new ideas that call for economic and social justice.

 

Brittany Shepherd

Brittany Shepherd of the Washingtonian joins Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press show to explain why Donald Trump has a soft spot for Kanye West and what it’s like to be one of the few African American reporters in the Washington Press Corp.

 

Jim Hightower

VOTE! (Unless you can’t)



#397 - October 7, 2018

Oct 7, 2018 01:11:54

Description:

Julie Koehler examines the political realignment of white women voters.  Erik Loomis walks us through critical moments in our nation’s labor history and the strikes that defined them. And Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball gives us his latest political forecast.

 

Julie Kohler

Julie Kohler is a writer and social commentator who has been closely following the role of white women in electoral politics. She says that despite the fact that white women voters have leaned Republican for several decades, now is the time that may change.

 

Eric Loomis

Historian Eric Loomis has an assignment for us.  If we truly want to understand the history of labor movements in the United States, look to the moments when workers went on strike. It’s a reminder he says that small groups of people can create radical change.

 

Kyle Kondik

as we move into the final four weeks before the mid term elections, Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball tells Bill Press why he thinks Democrats still have a chance to turn the House, but don’t count on the Senate

 

Jim Hightower

Why are Republicans quiet about their economic accomplishment



#396 - September 9, 2018

Sep 9, 2018 01:23:01

Description:

Our Watergate moment, and how we can survive it. Plus, inside the movement to elect the president by a national popular vote.  And Bill Press on why organized labor matters now more than ever.

 

Sam Berger of the Center for American Progress draws the parallels between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, and asks us to take a lesson from how the nation recovered from Watergate. Karen Hobert Flynn, the President of Common Cause, explains why a national popular vote is a better way to pick the next president. And Bill Press talks with Iron Workers general president Eric Dean.

 

Sam Berger

In the wake of Watergate, a wave of reforms were ushered in to repair a dysfunctional government and regain the public’s  trust in its leaders. Sam Berger is a policy analyst who says that moment in history has much to offer in the modern day.

 

Karen Hobert Flynn

Karen Hobert Flynn leads one of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to strengthening democracy. That’s why she says it’s time for the nation to change the way we elect our President.

 

Eric Dean

Bill Press talks with Eric Dean, president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

 

Jim Hightower

How to make Labor Day matter again



#395 - September 2, 2018

Sep 3, 2018 01:12:44

Description:

A life-long Republican offers a ruthless takedown of President Trump.  Our interview with GOP strategist Rick Wilson. Plus, Bill Press talks with NBC Political Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald about Andrew Gillum’s surprise win in Florida.

 

Author Rick WIlson on his new book  “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.” Plus, Bill Press with NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald on what’s next in Florida’s race for governor.

 

Rick Wilson - Part 1

The presidency of Donald Trump has brought discord to a party known for its political discipline as critics within the GOP take aim at a President they feel is destroying their party. Among them is Rick Wilson.  Never one to mince words, his new book is a scathing critique of Donald Trump.

 

Rick Wilson - Part 2

Still with us is Rick Wilson, author of  “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.” 

 

Alex Seitz-Wald

Bill Press talks with NBC Political Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald about Andrew Gillum’s upset victory in Florida and other primary news.

 

Jim Hightower

Celebrating Labor Day



#394 - August 26, 2018

Aug 26, 2018 52:04

Description:

The Fall of Wisconsin: How a once progressive state became a conservative stronghold, and what it means for progressive politics today. Plus, Evan McMorris-Santoro, filling in for Bill Press, talks with Vox reporter Dara Lind about the future of Jeff Session and Donald Trump.    

 

Dark money, gerrymandering and the failure of centrism in the Midwest.  Author Dan Kaufman on his book “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”  Plus, The Bill Press Show on what could be in store for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

Dan Kaufman Part 1

In 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican nominee to carry the state since 1984.  How did that happen? Dan Kaufman is a native of Wisconsin and has covered its politics for years. In his recent book, he follows Wisconsin’s political journey from blue to red. It’s a story that goes back to the mid 1800s.

 

Dan Kaufman Part 2

Still with us is Dan Kaufman, author of  “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”

 

Dara Lind

Evan McMorris-Santoro, filling in for Bill Press, talks with Vox reporter Dara Lind about the shifting political fortunes of Jeff Sessions.

 

Jim Hightower

Exposing our “populist” president as a naked plutocrat.



#393 - August 19, 2018

Aug 19, 2018 57:59

Description:

Building a progressive populist movement and what that means for rural and small town America.  Plus, Bill Press digs into last week’s primary races with Adam Wollner from McClatchy News.

 

Activist Adam Kruggel of People’s Action on building a powerful and progressive populist movement and why his organization is turning to rural and small town American to get it done. Plus Bill Press talks with McClatchy’s Adam Wollner on “making history” and biggest takeaways from the latest primary races.

 

Adam Kruggel Part 1

Adam Kruggel is dedicated to power for marginalized communities.  He says that this a critical moment to build a kind of populism movement that is multiracial, race conscious and boldly progressive.

 

Adam Kruggel Part 2

Still with us  is Adam Kruggel, Director of Strategic Initiative at People’s Action.

The organization recently issued a report titled “The Promise of a Progressive Populist Movement.”  The report is a result of of thousands of interviews with people in rural and small town America.

 

Adam Wollner

Coming up, Bill Press talks McClatchy’s Adam Wollner about last week’s primary races, the historic firsts, and why the odds are getting better for Democrats to take back the House.

 

Jim Hightower

How bad public policy happens



#392 - August 12, 2018

Aug 12, 2018 01:13:22

Description:

The promise of The American Dream for everyone. The inclusive populism of Robert Kennedy,  and what leaders are doing today to make a better life possible for all.

 

This week, Scholar Richard Kahlenberg on what progressive democrats can learn from Robert Kennedy about economic populism and race.  Author Ben Hecht on what’s actually working to close America’s racial equity divide. Plus, Bill Press talks insider trading and politicians caught on tape with political reporter Mat Laslo

 

Richard Kahlenberg

Fifty years ago, Robert Kennedy ran an economically populist campaign that reached across America’s deep racial divide. Richard Kahlenberg says his legacy matters now more than ever.

 

Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht has spent decades exploring strategies to combat racial disparities in wealth and income. His new book offers a blueprint on how to do just that.  

 

Matt Laso

Insider trading.  Nunes caught on tape. Omarosa’s new book. Coming up, Bill Press talks with reporter Matt Laso.

 

Jim Hightower

America's War



#391 - August 5, 2018

Aug 5, 2018 59:35

Description:

Bringing truth back to politics.  What the news media gets wrong about the labor movement.  What politicians get wrong about science.

 

Author Christopher Martin truth squads corporate media on unions. Caroline Weinberg of ”March for Science” says a vote for science is a vote for the common good. Plus, Bill Press talks with Kelly Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee.  

 

Caroline Weinberg

The role of science in public policy has taken a back seat at best in the Trump Administration.  Caroline Weinberg says science is vital to a working democracy and it’s time that voters take a stand

 

Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin has spent countless hours absorbing how  journalists cover labor unions. He says that by appealing to consumers over citizens,  American media is missing the true story about the working class.

 

Kelly Dietrich

How can we empower more democrats to step up and win elections? Bill Press talks with Kelly Dietrich of the National Democratic Training Committee.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump serves the people – rich ones, that is



#390 - July 29, 2018

Jul 29, 2018 01:01:31

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The war on poverty is far from over. So what should we do now?  The fallacy of “work requirements” for the poor. The possibility of a maximum wage for the rich.  Plus Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler, Washington Director of MoveOn.Org.

 

 

Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy explains why work requirements don’t work for people receiving federal assistance.  Author Sam “Pizzigati makes a case for a maximum wage. Plus, Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler of MoveOn.Org about the grassroots movement to elect progressive democrats.

 

Elizabeth Lower-Basch

Despite a recent decision in Kentucky to block work requirements for Medicaid patients, the Trump Administration remains intent in pursuing the policy. Elizabeth Lower-Basch has a long history inside and outside of government figuring out the best ways to assist struggling families.  In this encore interview, she says that “work requirements” for people on public assistance is exactly not the way to help.

 

Sam Pizzigati

Income inequality in America is now at a rate we haven’t seen in close to 100 years.  In a new book, author Sam Pizzigati says it’s time to resurrect an idea once endorsed by President Franklin  D. Roosevelt ... a maximum wage for our nation’s highest earners.

 

Ben Wikler

Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler on MoveOn.Org on why progressive ideas are winning elections.

 

Jim Hightower

Shame of Climate Change Deniers

 

#389 - July 22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 01:08:27

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The Supreme Court is challenging our democracy, and why we need to fight back.  How a recent decision undermines the right to vote. Plus, the potential impact of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. And, Bill Press with Dan Kildee on the President’s performance in Helsinki and what he wants his Republican counterparts to do about it.

 

Anisha Singh of the Center for American Progress reviews the disturbing record of Donald Trump’s newest Supreme Court nominee. The Nation’s John Nichols explains the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on voter purging. Plus, Bill Press with Congressman Dan Kildee on his reaction to President Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin.

 

Anisha Singh

Anisha Singh works to engage young activists and leaders in the political process. She says Brett Kavanaugh is an alarming choice for the Supreme Court who could have an impact on their lives  for decades to come.

 

John Nichols

A recent Supreme Court decision gives a green light to the practice of voter purging. Journalist John Nichols says it’s  another blow to free and fair elections, and one that voters can resist.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Congressman Dan Kildee. In the wake of Helsinki, he says it’s time for the Republicans to step up.

 

Jim Hightower

Koch industries doesn't just lobby government



#388 - July 15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 01:11:26

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Taking a stand for workers rights. How workers around the world are fighting for a living wage.  Can America’s workers find justice under a renegotiated NAFTA? Plus, Bill Press on what Scott Pruitt left behind.

 

This week, author Annelise Orleck takes us inside the global uprising against poverty wages. Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines a progressive agenda for renegotiating NAFTA. Plus, Bill Press with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones on the legacy of Scott Pruitt.

 

Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck is a longtime historian of labor movements. Her newest book tracks the growing fight across the globe for workers rights and a living wage.

 

Dan Mauer

A new president in Mexico brings fresh uncertainty to the future of NAFTA. In an encore interview, Communications Workers of America’s Dan Mauer says trade policy under NAFTA benefits multinational corporations at the expense of American workers and calls for a new framework that puts workers’ rights first.

 

Rebecca Leber

Bill Press talks with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones about the EPA, post Scott Pruitt … and why we should expect more of the same.

 

Jim Hightower

Babies On Trial



#387 - July 8, 2018

Jul 8, 2018 59:41

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A Nation More Divided. How policing and prison is dividing cities. How the GOP tax plan is widening the gap between rich and poor. Plus, how Democrats can unite around a message of progressive change.

 

Author Dan Cooper on the devastating impact of a criminal justice system that targets poor neighborhoods. Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers International Union on the stock buyback bonanza fueled by the GOP tax plan. Plus, Bill Press with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.”

 

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper is a scholar and activist who fights for more equitable cities. He says  policies designed to keep our cities safe are only deepening the cycle of violence and poverty.

 

Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard is President of North America’s largest industrial union. He says  the plan to cut American’s taxes has been a windfall for corporate executives at the expense of American workers.

 

Mike Lux

Bill Press talks with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.”

 

Jim Hightower

The New York Times strikes out




#386 - July 1, 2018

Jul 1, 2018 01:05:43

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Returning to our American roots.  The egalitarian call of the Declaration of Independence.  The American vision defined by immigrants. Plus, after a bruising week of politics, what Progressive Democrats need to do now.

 

Donald Kerwin of the Center for Migration Studies on what America stands to gain by keeping the door open to refugees.  Democracy theorist Danielle Allen on why equality is at the core of the American idea. Plus, Peter Ogburn sitting in for Bill Press,  talks with Kaili Joy Gray of Shareblue Media on the week’s good news and bad news in politics, and why giving up is not an option.

 

Donald Kerwin

Donald Kerwin is a national authority on immigration who says

America and the world only stands to lose when refugees are turned away.

 

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is one of our nation’s leading democracy theorists.

In an interview from our archives, she speaks to the lesson we still need to learn from the Declaration of Independence …  that equality is the essential partner of liberty.

 

Kaili Joy Gray

Peter Ogburn sitting in for Bill Press, talks with Kaili Joy Gray of Shareblue Media.

 

Jim Hightower

Why is Trump waging war on the poor?


#385 - June 24, 2018

Jun 24, 2018 55:33

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Economic Populism … from ideas to action.  How states are fighting for economic justice. How ballot measures affect everything progressives fight for.  Plus Bill Press on how unions are fighting for workers rights on the global stage.

 

Author Christopher Witko on his new book about how states are taking the lead against economic inequality. Advocate Kellie Dupree on  how voters are making a powerful impact with ballot measures. And Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton of the International Transport Workers Federation on the global impact of labor unions.

 

Christopher Witko

Christopher Witko is a scholar who studies the politics and policies of job creation and economic fairness.  He says states have picked up the fight where the federal government has failed.

 

Kellie Dupree

Kellie Dupree has made a career advocating for progressive change. Now, she is helping citizens use the power of ballot measures to fight for social justice.

 

Steve Cotton

Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the Transport Workers Federation.

 

Jim Hightower

The Koch Coup.

#384 - June 17, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 52:14

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Rights Matter.  A Supreme Court decision strikes a blow to workers rights.  Plus, how denying the right to vote to felons strikes a blow to democracy.  And Bill Press talks with Sam Baker from Axios about the GOP’s latest move on Affordable Healthcare and the threat to protections on pre-existing conditions.

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Labor law scholar Alexander Colvin explains why a recent decision on arbitration will have far ranging impact for workers’ rights. Nicole Porter of the Sentencing Project tells us why at least 6 million Americans are denied the right to vote.  And Bill Press talks with Sam Baker about what’s coming up next at the Supreme Court and another setback for Affordable Healthcare.

 

Alexander Colvin

Alexander Colvin is one of the nation’s foremost experts on workplace arbitration.  He says that the recent Supreme Court decision to deny the right for employees to engage in class action lawsuits is “backlash on steroids” to the movement for workers rights.

 

Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter is an advocate for eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. She says the practice of denying felons the right to vote has deep historical roots designed to limit the vote to wealthy and white elites.

 

Sam Baker

Bill Press talks with Sam Baker of Axios on the latest battle over affordable healthcare that could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions.

 

Jim Hightower

Could you live on “Psychic Income?”



#383 - June 10, 2018

Jun 10, 2018 01:10:00

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Fighting for economic justice, from the bottom up and the top down.  A new report on the massive pay gap between CEOs and the average worker. Plus reviving Martin Luther King’s poverty campaign  fifty years later. And Bill Press talks with Stu Eizenstat for a definitive history of the Carter Administration.

 

This week, Brandon Rees of the AFL CIO reports that executive earnings are now 61 times that of the average employee, and we all pay.  Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis reports from the frontlines of a new movement to fight poverty and redefine our moral agenda. And Bill Press talks with author Stu Eizenstat about his new book “President Carter: The White House Years”.

 

Brandon Rees

Brandon Rees tracks executive pay for the AFL CIO and says the gap between CEO and worker pay is growing at unprecedented levels and driving inequality in America.

 

Liz Theoharis

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis has spent decades fighting poverty.  In a new movement inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she says poor people are rising up and demanding justice.

 

Stu Eizenstat

Bill Press talks with author Stu Eizenstat for a first hand history of the Carter Administration and why he calls him the most accomplished one-term president ever.

 

Jim Hightower

How bad public policy happens



#382 - June 3, 2018

Jun 3, 2018 58:17

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Why early childhood is a progressive economic issue and how voters can make an impact.  Plus, a life in politics fighting for progressive ideals. And Bill Press talks with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball about presidential pardons, the latest news at the ballot box and a look ahead to mid-term elections.  

 

This week, early childhood advocate Simon Workman explains about why progressive democrats should pay more attention to early childhood.  Veteran politician Joseph Tydings talks about his new book “My Life in Progressive Politics: Against the Grain.” And Bill Press gets a “political reading” from Kyle Kondik, Managing Director of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  

 

Simon Workman

Simon Workman works on policy solutions that will improve the lives of children. It’s an issue, he says, that affects all Americans and tells us how voters can make politicians accountable.

 

Joseph Tydings

Joseph Tydings spent his entire life in politics fighting corruption and promoting progressive ideals. It’s a career that began over fifty years ago when he took a bold stand against segregation.  

 

Kyle Kondik

Bill Press talks  with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball on the state of play in electoral politics

 

Jim Hightower

How low can the barons of high finance go?








#381 - May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018 01:08:26

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The inseparable tie between identity politics and economic justice.  The troubling tie between charter schools and segregation. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).  

 

Author Raynard Sanders explains how charter schools are bringing back racial segregation. Political scientist Eric Schickler calls on progressive democrats to embrace racial justice. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer about his battle to legalize marijuana. (D-OR).  

Raynard Sanders

Scholar and author Raynard Sanders has committed his career to equity in education.  In a new book, he explains how that vision is being set back and why charter schools are to blame.

 

Eric Schickler

Eric Schickler is a political scientist who writes about party politics.  He says that racial justice energized the democratic party in the past and can do so again today.

 

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on his prediction that marijuana will become legal in the United States .

 

Jim Hightower

Doctor Trump Prescribes a Sugar-Coated Nothing Pill



#380 - May 20, 2018

May 19, 2018 01:06:56

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Progressive change is not a spectator sport.  How teachers are leading the way for a comeback of organized labor.  Plus, the art of powerful citizenship. And Bill Press talks with Jeff Weaver about his new book “How Bernie Won: Inside the revolution That’s Taking Back our Country”.

 

This week,  Scholar Pedro Noguera explains why teachers strikes matter to our democracy. Author Eric Liu calls on all of us to find our power to fight for change. And Bill Press talks with Bernie Sanders former campaign manager about his new book, “How Bernie Won.”  

 

Pedro Noguera

Urban sociologist Pedro Noguera writes about the intersection of education and social justice.  He says the wave of teachers strikes across the country are galvanizing the movement for workers’ rights and setting the stage for a more equitable democracy.

 

Eric Liu

Eric Liu has spent a career practicing and teaching civic power.  In his latest book, he explains how each of us can take action to make lasting change.

 

Jeff Weaver

Bill Press talks with author Jeff Weaver on the lasting impact of Bernie Sanders and why the revolution has only just begun.

 

Jim Hightower

Koch industries is becoming the government

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#379 - May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018 57:25

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What doesn’t work about work requirements for public assistance. What does work about teachers unions. Plus, Bill Press talks with former Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro for primaries update.

 

Author William Ayers debunks the myth that teachers unions are bad for public education. Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center on Law and Social Policy explains what’s wrong with Donald Trump’s approach to welfare reform. And Bill Press talks with Democratic strategist and former Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro  

 

Elizabeth Lower-Basch

Elizabeth Lower-Basch has a long history inside and outside of government figuring out the best ways to help struggling families.  She says that new “work requirements” for people on public assistance is exactly not the way to do that.

 

William Ayers

William Ayers is one of America’s leading voices on the role of education in  building democracy. In his newest book, he argues that “activist teachers” have a vital part to play in that vision.

 

Capri Cafaro

Bill Press talks with democratic strategist Capri Cafaro for the takeaways from the Ohio primary elections.

 

Jim Hightower

Why is Trump waging war on the poor?



#378 - May 6, 2018

May 7, 2018 01:06:12

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Donald Trump is making millions as President, and Americans are footing the bill. Plus a report card on Jeff Sessions first year as Attorney General. And Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show talks with Alayna Treene of Axios on Marco Rubio’s confession that the GOP tax cuts are failing the American worker.

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Public Citizen’s Alan Zibel reports on how Donald Trump has gotten rich being President.  Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way gives a failing grade to Jeff Sessions. Plus Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show talks with Axios Reporter Alayna Treene about Marco Rubio’s latest attack on Republican tax cuts.

 

 

Alan Zibel

Alan Zibel tracks all the ongoing and emerging conflicts of interests involving the Trump Administration and how they are having an impact on the American people.  He says the amount of taxpayer dollars the President is spending on his own businesses is already at unprecedented heights.

 

Elliot Mincberg

Elliot Mincberg has been researching the American justice system for over three decades. He says that in his first year as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has put the fundamental rights that system is supposed to protect at risk.

 

Alayna Treene

Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show talks with Alayna Treene of Axios about what Marco Rubio is saying about GOP tax cuts that benefit corporations at the expense of American workers.

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Jim Hightower

Are job incentive programs good for communities?

 



#377 - April 29, 2018

Apr 30, 2018 47:59

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The Power of Resistance. How movements for social and economic justice are flourishing, even under Donald Trump.

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This week, Historian and civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry on her new book, History Teaches Us to Resist, which details the history and role of progressive movements in America.  Plus Bill Press talks with Adam Kruggel of People’s Action and Kischa Peña with Down Home North Carolina about the bold agenda progressive democrats need to win in rural America.

 

Mary Frances Berry - Part 1

Mary Frances Berry wasn't planning to write another book.  But after the election of Donald Trump, the historian, activist and former chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights knew that she had something important to say about what progressive movements could accomplish even in such challenging times

 

Mary Frances Berry - Part 2

And now part two of our conversation with Mary Frances Berry, author of “History Teaches us to Resist” and why she believes it’s important to remember one woman’s fight against sexual assault over 70 years ago.o.

 

Adam Kruggel

Bill Press talks with Adam Kruggel of “People’s Action” and Kischa Peña with Down Home North Carolina.

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Jim Hightower

Dow Jones Average vs Doug Jones Average?









#376 - April 22, 2018

Apr 23, 2018 01:19:37

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Author Annelise Orleck on how poverty wages have sparked a worldwide labor movement. Historian John Russo on the populist economic agenda that Democrats need to win back the working class.  Plus Bill Press talks with Joe Cirincione about what Donald Trump might accomplish in sitting down with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un.

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Annelise Orleck

Historian Annelise Orleck traveled the world to write a book about  workers who live on poverty wages. What she found gave her a renewed sense of hope and possibility.

 

John Russo

John Russo has spent decades writing about America’s working class.   And if Democrats want their vote he says … nothing short of a bold economic and populist agenda will do.

 

Joe Cirincione

Bill Press talks with Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund on what to expect from a summit with the United States and why Donald Trump might actually succeed.

 

Jim Hightower

The Koch Coup



#375 - April 15, 2018

Apr 15, 2018 52:26

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Donald Trump’s War on Drugs.  How to make a bad idea even worse. And Bill Press on a life in the crosshairs of American politics.

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This week, drug policy analyst Sanho Tree on why death penalties for dealers will be a colossal failure and why progressive democrats need to care about the opioid epidemic. Plus from seminary student to progressive activist and talk show host …  Bill Press on his new memoir.

 

Sanho Tree

America’s War on Drugs is almost fifty years old. Drug policy analyst Sanho Tree says it’s been fifty years of failure that Donald Trump is only making worse.   

 

Bill Press

A conversation with Bill Press on his life, and the making of one of America’s leading voices for progressive politics.

 

Jim Hightower

Fly Away



#374 - April 8, 2018

Apr 8, 2018 01:02:43

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This week, author Amy Siskind on the profound political upheaval under Donald Trump.  Robert Borosage on the profound response only progressive democrats can offer. And Bill Press talks with Travis Waldron of the Huffington Post about teachers’ strikes around the country.

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Amy Siskind

Democracy erodes when we don’t pay attention.  That’s the concern of activist and author Amy Siskind,  and why she is on a mission to document the signs of democratic decline under Donald Trump … week by week.

 

Robert Borosage

In the wake of Connor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania, progressive activist Robert Borosage says that the signs are clear.  Americans are ready for change and progressive democrats have the solution.

 

Travis Waldron

Bill Press talks with Travis Waldron of the Huffington Post about the new found political force … of teachers.

 

Jim Hightower

How low can the barons of high finance go?

 

#373 - April 1, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 01:02:57

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Separate and Still Unequal.  Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., what more can we learn from his final hours and what more can we do to fulfill his vision?

 

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This week, America looks inward to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death.  Journalist Joseph Rosenbloom tells the story of King’s last hours as he faced a crossroads in his vision for nonviolence and economic justice. Former Senator Fred Harris asks why so little has changed since that day.  And Bill Press talks with Atima Omara about what she is doing to recruit progressive candidates of color.

 

Joseph Rosenbloom

Fifty year ago,  Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Memphis Tennessee hoping to galvanize a movement for economic equality. There is still much to learn about his vision for our nation. One journalist took on that task by writing a detailed account of his final hours and  came to a fuller appreciation of what was lost.

 

Fred Harris

The civil unrest that broke out after Martin Luther King’s assassination laid bare the deep pain of racial injustice in America. Senator Fred Harris witnessed those events and helped write a report that warned Americans of two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal.  

 

Atima Omara

Bill Press talks with Atima Omara, founder of the Omara Strategy Group about what’s driving more people of color, LGBTQ Americans and women to run for office.

 

Jim Hightower

Exposing our “populist” president as a naked plutocrat



#372 - March 25, 2018

Mar 25, 2018 01:08:22

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Why history matters.  A more honest telling over the right to bear arms in American History.  A more powerful understanding of the civil rights movement. And Bill Press talks with candidate Michael Eggman, a progressive democrat hoping to flip California’s 10th District.

 

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Law professor Adam Winkler on how even the founding fathers believed in gun control. Political Scientist Jeanne Theoharis on how the history of the civil rights movement has been sanitized and why. And Bill Press talks Candidate Michael Eggman from California’s 10th district.

 

Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler has written extensively on the history of gun control and the mythology that has come to dominate our current debate. He says that laws to enhance gun safety are as old as the founding of our country.

 

Jeanne Theoharis

Jeanne Theoharis has written an alternative history on the civil rights movement and says that the accepted history about the movement diminishes its scope and its legacy for us today.

 

Michael Eggman

Bill Press talks with Michael Eggman, Democratic Candidate for California’s 10 on his plans to flip the district

 

Jim Hightower

Could you live on "Psychic Income?"

#371 - March 18, 2018

Mar 18, 2018 01:04:27

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More than 70 progressive leaders sign a pledge to work for jobs, prosperity and justice. It’s an 11 point plan.  We’ll hear what’s in it. And Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press show talks with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

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Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future says resistance is not enough. Progressive Democrats need to offer real solutions. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal  about Congress's inaction on guns.

Roger Hickey Pt 1

Roger Hickey is a veteran activist for economic justice.  He says it’s not enough to be against Donald Trump’s agenda. Progressive democrats need to know what they stand for, and he has a plan to do that.

 

Roger Hickey Pt 2

And now, part two of our conversation with Roger Hickey, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Campaign for America’s Future. We’re talking about

the eleven point economic plan called Pledge to Fight for America’s Future.

You can check it out at CampaignforAmericasFuture.org.  You can even read along with us as we have this discussion.

 

Pramila Jayapal

Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

 

Jim Hightower

Forget shaming this do-nothing Congress. Stop paying them!



#370 - March 11, 2018

Mar 12, 2018 55:58

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Labor Advocate Celine McNicholas explains how an upcoming decision from the Supreme Court could undermine the power of public unions. Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines how trade deals can create jobs and protect workers rights. And Bill Press interviews democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko for the latest on the midterms and how much the Mueller investigation will impact them.  

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Celine McNicholas

Celine McNicholas is an expert on labor law and an advocate for workers rights.  She explains how a recent case heard before the Supreme Court could weaken American unions.

 

Dan Mauer

The latest round of talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement took place under the shadow of President Trump’s tariffs and how they will impact the negotiations.  But Dan Mauer says the more important conversation about NAFTA is how it can put workers first.

 

Adam Parkhomenko

Bill Press talks with democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko.

 

Jim Hightower

Hard times (still) in the fields

#369 - March 4, 2018

Mar 5, 2018 51:48

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The disruptive power of social protest.   And Bill Press talks with Carolyn Fiddler about the political power of democrats in 2018.

 

Author and Harvard political scientist Danielle Allen tells a tragic story of how the “war on drugs”   has abandoned the people it’s supposed to protect. Kenneth Andrews of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill answers this question about social protest in the era of Trump.  Can it lead to long term change? And Bill Press interviews Carolyn Fiddler of Daily Kos about all the wins  that Democrats are racking up around the country.

 

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Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is  the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.   She was  awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2001.

In her most recent book, “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” she tells the story of her cousin, a young man who was tried as an adult at age 15 for attempted carjacking.  After 13 years in prison, he was released and died violently at the age of 29. It is a story she says, about the deep and destructive “war on drugs” that has corrupted a criminal justice system that has abandoned our nation’s youth.

 

Kenneth Andrews

Half a million protesters are expected to show up in Washington, DC  later this month. Even more will join them in sister marches across the country. Led by students from Parkland, Florida, their goal is to change the nation’s gun laws. Protest historian Kenneth Andrews says it takes more than hitting the streets to create long term change.

 

Carolyn Fiddler

Bill Press talks “Blue Wave” with Carolyn Fiddler of Daily Kos.

 

Jim Hightower

Why not the Doug Jones Average.

#368 - February 25, 2018

Feb 26, 2018 48:26

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How progressive millenials are changing the game at the ballot box.  And Bill Press talks with Adam Smith of Every Voice about getting big money out of politics.

 

This week, Miles Rapoport of the Kennedy School at Harvard on what we learned from the President’s ill fated voter integrity commission. Author and organizer Amanda Litman on recruiting progressive millenials to run or office. And Bill Press interviews Adam Smith of Every Voice on how everyday people can have a bigger voice in politics.

 

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Miles Rapoport

Last year, Donald Trump established the Bipartisan Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with a mandate to uncover widespread voter fraud. Less than half a year later, it was dissolved leaving behind not a shred of evidence to support the President’s bogus claims.  Miles Rapoport has spent his career strengthening democracy and says the commission was a failure from the start.

 

Amanda Littman

Across the country, a record number of millenials are signing up to run for local office in the 2018 midterm elections.  And for those with a progressive agenda, Amanda Littman is there to help.

 

Adam Smith

Bill Press talks money and politics with Adam Smith of Every Voice.

 

Jim Hightower

What will the Trump mob kill next?

 

#367 - February 18, 2018

Feb 18, 2018 53:28

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This week,  Samuel Abrams of the National Center of Privatization in Education on why “public” matters when it comes to public education. And, on the day after tragedy in Florida,  Bill Press interviews Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky  on how he earned an “F” from the NRA.

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Samuel Abrams Pt. 1

Samuel Abrams of the National Center of Privatization in Education on why “public” matters when it comes to public education. And, on the day after tragedy in Florida,  Bill Press interviews Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky  on how he earned an “F” from the NRA.

 

Samuel Abrams Pt. 2

Part Two of our conversation with Samuel Abrams about for profit schooling and how public and privatized schools could both do a better job.  

 

John Yarmuth

Bill Press talks with Congressman John Yarmuth about the school shooting in Florida and why he’s not afraid to stand up to the NRA.

 

Jim Hightower

Back to the tomato future

#366 - February 11, 2018

Feb 11, 2018 59:21

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This week, Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice on how Donald Trump is reshaping the US Court system. Miles Rapoport of the Kennedy School at Harvard on turning the tide on political gerrymandering. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Ted Lieu of California on why he didn’t applaud everything the President said during the State of the Union, and why that makes him a patriot.

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Nan Aron

In his first year of office, Donald Trump made almost 70 judicial nominations.  Nan Aron, a leading opponent of conservative judicial nominees,  says the President is putting politics ahead of the integrity of the courts.

 

Miles Rapoport

Across the country, citizens and legislators are taking a stand against unfair redistricting maps, and Miles Rapoport says the outlook is bright.

 

Ted Lieu

Bill Press talks with California Congressman Ted Lieu.

 

Jim Hightower

Why the American majority despises Trump’s Washington



#365 - February 4, 2018

Feb 5, 2018 55:27

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Truth and Promises.  Can Donald Trump really take credit for lowering black unemployment?  Will his infrastructure plan really be a boost for American workers?   And Bill Press talks with Kyle Kondik about his roadmap for Democrats to retake Congress in the midterm elections.

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This week, Janelle Jones of the Economic Policy Institute on black unemployment and the truth behind the numbers. Kevin DeGood of the Center for American Progress fact checks Donald Trump’s promise to repair America’s infrastructure. And Bill Press interviews Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball on the “path for Democrats” in 2018.

 

Janelle Jones

In his State of the Union address, President Trump bragged about, and took credit for a drop in black unemployment.   Economist Janelle Jones says that number alone says very little about what needs to be done to achieve equity for African Americans in the workplace.

 

Kevin DeGood

From the early days of his campaign, President Trump said he would repair the nation’s infrastructure and make it “second to none.”  From what he’s heard so far, infrastructure analyst Kevin DeGood says that plan will fall far short of it’s promise.  

 

Kyle Kondik

Bill Press talks with Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump serves the people – rich ones, that is



#364 - January 28, 2018

Jan 29, 2018 01:07:49

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Across the country, minimum wage is going up.  But is that enough?   More and more journalists take on the challenge of covering Donald Trump.  But does more mean better? And Bill Press talks with Esther Lee of ThinkProgress about DACA and her own experience as a Dreamer.

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This week, Janelle Jones of the Economic Policy Institute on how progressive democrats are winning on the minimum wage. Author David Cay Johnston on what’s not getting covered in the way journalists cover Donald Trump. And Bill Press interviews ThinkProgress reporter Esther Lee for an update on Donald Trump’s immigration policy and the lives left in limbo waiting for a resolution on DACA.

 

Janelle Jones

Economic analyst Janelle Jones says a higher minimum wage is a crucial tool in bridging our nation’s widening income inequality gap  And in the face of federal inaction, cities and states are setting up to the plate.

 

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston is an award winning journalist who says that a vibrant press is needed now more than ever, but journalists who focus on  Russian conspiracies and Donald Trump’s  tweets  are missing the point.

 

Esther Lee

Bill Press talks with ThinkProgress reporter Esther Lee.

 

Jim Hightower

Are you ready for corporate America's robot economy?


#363 - January 21, 2017

Jan 22, 2018 56:29

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This week, Matt Rozsa on why Democrats should take a stand on legalizing marijuana. Author David Cay Johnston on why a year of President Trump is worse than we think. And Bill Press interviews Democratic Strategist Karen Finney on grassroots activists, women candidates and the possibility of a mid term blue wave.

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Matthew Rozsa

Jeff Sessions’ plan for a federal crackdown on states that legalize marijuana may be seen as an unwelcome escalation in the war on drugs. Journalist Matthew Rozsa sees something else … a moment of opportunity for Democrats

 

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston is an award winning journalist who once revealed President Trumps “true net worth.”  Now, he’s revealing the President’s true impact on American lives.

 

Karen Finney

Bill Press talks with Democratic Strategist and former Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney about how progressive Democrats can turn grassroots energy into electoral victory.

 

Jim Hightower

Are job incentive programs good for communities?

#362 - January 14, 2017

Jan 15, 2018 01:07:15

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This week, Donald Kerwin of the Center for Migration Studies on why everyone loses as Donald Trump pulls the plug on Temporary Protected Status. Author and poverty researcher Kathryn Edin on what poor people lose when politicians do welfare reform. And Bill Press interviews Representative Dan Kildee of Michigan .  

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Donald Kerwin

Donald Trump’s recent despicable and  racist comments about immigrants came as a response to an effort to maintain TPS … Temporary Protected Status.  Donald Kerwin is a national authority on immigration who says the end of TPS will only lead to suffering for our most vulnerable immigrants who are  hard working, legal and playing an important role in our nation’s economy.

 

Kathryn Edin

Scholar and author Kathryn Edin documents the lives of people who live on almost no cash income and says much of what we think we know about those lives is wrong.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan.

 

Jim Hightower

What's killing America's middle class?

 

#361 - January 7, 2017

Jan 7, 2018 31:03

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This week, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains how the justice system punishes the poor and rewards the rich. Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says pending media mergers will give big business even more influence on what we see and hear.

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Peter Edelman

Just before the end of the year, Attorney General Jeff sessions revoked an Obama-era administration guideline that advised local courts against imposing excessive fines and fees on poor people.  The issue attracted wide attention after an investigation into the practice  in Ferguson, MIssouri raised concerns of a “modern day debtors’ prison.”  It also attracted the attention of Georgetown University law professor Peter Edelman who wrote a book about the issue titled, “Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America”.

 

Michael J. Copps

Michael J. Copps was an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 and currently heads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause.

 

Jim Hightower

How America's middle class rose… and fell.

 

#360 - December 31, 2017

Dec 31, 2017 01:03:30

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Law professor James Forman Jr. puts truth to the lie that African Americans don’t care about crime.  Author Tim Snyder says Trump’s America is not a tyranny  …. yet.  But could we slip into one? And our remembrance of Fred Rotondaro.

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James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. is a law professor at Yale, a former public defender,  and the author of  Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.  Last July,  he spoke with us about how America’s  aggressive “war on crime” drew support from many African American leaders …. with devastating consequences.  

 

Timothy Snyder

Yale historian Timothy Snyder has spent decades studying the rise of fascism and authoritarianism  in Europe, and is the author of  On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century, In an interview last July, he called on us to learn from that horrific past if we want to avoid repeating it.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro passed away in June at the age of 78.  Born into a coal mining family in Pennsylvania, Fred’s path led him to a PhD in American Studies from NYU and a career in journalism, teaching, anti-poverty work  and civil rights advocacy.  Following his retirement, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  Fred was a fierce opponent of programs and policies that promoted economic inequality, and we are grateful to have had him as a regular commentator on this podcast.  This is Fred Rotondaro …. in a final interview with us last April about what he really thought about President Trump.

 

Jim Hightower

Hard times (still) in the fields.

#359 - December 24, 2017

Dec 25, 2017 53:09

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What would it actually take to reverse inequality in our nation? Why young progressive democrats should run for office to make a real difference.  Plus, the real truth about the GOP tax plan.

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This week, Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies tells us that real change is possible to reverse inequality in America. Amanda Littman tells young progressives,  if they want to make a meaningful change…. Run for Office. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio.

 

Chuck Collins

The Institute for Policy Studies’ Chuck Collins says that inequality in America is hardly inevitable, but  knowing where it comes from is key to change.

 

Amanda Litman

Political organizer and author Amanda Litman turned anger into positive change when she started a new organization called “Run for Something” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.

 

Tim Ryan

Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan about the real impact of the GOP tax plan, and what Progressive Democrats need to do now.

 

Jim Hightower

DADDY'S PHILOSOPHY

#358 - December 17, 2017

Dec 18, 2017 54:59

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"Progressives turning the Tide" How voters in Maine turned a corner or Medicaid. How legislators in Kansas turned around a bad tax cut bill. And how democrats in Alabama turned red ... into blue.

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This week, heathcare organizer Jennie Pirkl on how Maine became the first state to expand Medicaid by a ballot initiative Tuesday, Nov. 7. .  Kansas State Senator Anthony Hensley on how legislators in his state confronted a bad tax cut bill and …. ended it. And Bill Press with Jess O'Connell, CEO of the  Democratic National Committee,  on the role of women in electing Doug Jones in Alabama and the DNC strategy to keep winning elections in the era of Donald Trump

 

Jennie Pirkl

Last November, voters in Maine went to the polls and  overwhemingly voted YES to a ballot measure to expand Medicaid, allowing many more low income residents to receive health insurance. That makes Maine the first in the nation to use a citizen’s initiative to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  It took an enormous on-the-ground campaign and Jennie Pirkl was in the middle of it. She is a Healthcare Organizer with Maine People’s Alliance and served as the Campaign Manager for  Mainers for Healthcare

 

Anthony Hensley

In 2012, Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback enacted a massive tax cut plan with a promise that supply side economics.  Five years later, faced with an exploding deficit, Democrat AND Republican legislators in Kansas voted to roll back the tax cuts.  The “ experiment” was a failure … and now, it’s a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation. As Senate Minority Leader in Kansas, Democrat Anthony Hensley was pivotal in the roll back success.

 

Jess O’Connell

Bill Press talks with  Jess O’Connell, CEO of the  Democratic National Committee

 

Jim Hightower

Back to the tomato future

#356 - December 10, 2017

Dec 11, 2017 01:02:27

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This week, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on how losing net neutrality will be a loss for democracy. Nan Aron, founder and President of the Alliance for Justice on what she calls the “Corporate Court” under Chief Justice John Roberts. And Bill Press with Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen on who will benefit  the most from  the GOP tax plan.

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Michael J. Copps

Michael J. Copps served as  an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 where he was a tireless advocate for the “public interest” in our nation’s media … and for fighting to stem the tide of excessive consolidation in the telecommunications industries.  He continues that work as head of the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause where he has been sounding the alarm about a pending FCC decision that could be the end of “net neutrality”.

 

Nan Aron

Nan Aron is the founder and President of the Alliance for Justice.  She is a leading progressive voice on matters related to our nation’s judiciary.  

 

Ben Cohen

Bill Press talks with  Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen about the GOP tax plan and what it means for Americans across the income spectrum, plus the launch of a new “Poor People’s Campaign”.

 

Jim Hightower

The virtues of the egalitarian internet



#356 - November 26, 2017

Dec 4, 2017 45:05

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This week, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman on his new book about  the criminalization of poverty in America. Author and Harvard political scientist Danielle Allen tells a tragic story of how the “war on drugs”   is failing our nation’s young people. And Bill Press interviews journalist Emma Roller about a radical idea to reform America’s prisons.

 

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Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He served as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration. In 1996 he resigned because he opposed a welfare reform bill signed by President Clinton.  His latest book is  “Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America”.

 

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is  the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.   She was  awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2001.

In her most recent book, “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” she tells the story of her cousin, a young man who was tried as an adult at age 15 for attempted carjacking.  After 13 years in prison, he was released and died violently at the age of 29. It is a story she says, about a failed “war on drugs” that has given up on our nation’s youth.

 

Emma Roller

Bill Press interviews journalist about Emma Roller about the “prison abolition movement”  that seeks a more humane response to incarceration.

 

Jim Hightower

Donald Trump's strange bromance with Rodrigo Duterte

#355 - November 26, 2017

Nov 27, 2017 57:27

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This week, Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines a progressive agenda for renegotiating NAFTA. Kenneth Andrews of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the disruptive power of protest in the era of Donald Trump And Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee  on what he calls the Republicans “terrible tax bill.”

 

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Dan Mauer

Communications Workers of America’s Dan Mauer says trade policy under NAFTA benefits multinational corporations at the expense of American workers and calls for a new framework that puts workers’ rights first.

 

Kenneth Andrews

Protest historian Kenneth Andrews says it takes enormous work to turn “movement power” into “political power” and that progressive organizers could learn something from the Tea Party.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press interviews Congressman Dan Kildee about the Republican tax bill and trading out America’s social contract for the corporate bottom line.

 

 

Jim Hightower

Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local

#354 - November 12, 2017

Nov 13, 2017 50:24

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This week we have two Democrats, one a centrist, one more progressive, on the lessons of the smashing victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Jim Kessler of Third Way says Democrats found a candidate who fit his state, not some litmus test. Steve Phillips of Democracy in Color says winner Ralph Northam got no more white working class voters than did Hillary Clinton and that the winning difference was black turnout. And Bill Press interviews Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on what the Republicans are up to on taxes.

 

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Jim Kessler

Political think tank executive Jim Kessler says Democrats need to tread a broader path and that Virginia was an example of finding candidates who fit their state, rather than an ideology.

 

Steve Phillips

Progressive activist Steve Phillips says with just a little more spending on voter turnout, especially among African Americans, Democrats have a chance to take back the Senate by winning states like Texas, Nevada, and Arizona.

 

Peter Welch

Bill Press interviews Congressman Peter Welch about the looming fight over tax cuts for the rich.

 

Jim Hightower

Why would you let Jeff Bezos inside your home?

#353 - November 5, 2017

Nov 6, 2017 46:51

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A year ago, the progressive world was turned upside down. Today we hear from two critics about why Democrats never saw it coming. Professor Mark Lilla says liberals need to take a “big humility pill.” Longtime progressive editor Charlie Peters, in an encore presentation, says Democrats don’t have to change positions – they have to explain them better to blue-collar America. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal about the Republicans new tax plan.

 

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Mark Lilla

Professor and essayist Mark Lilla says that when the economy is doing well, class politics doesn’t work, and neither does identity politics.

 

Charlie Peters

Charlie Peters, founder of the influential Washington Monthly, blames progressives for not understanding the views of “the other side.” An encore presentation from earlier this year.

 

Pramila Jayapal

Coming up, Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington State about tax cuts for the rich.

 

Jim Hightower

Why would you let Jeff Bezos inside your home?



#352 - October 29, 2017

Oct 29, 2017 43:55

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Journalist and civil liberties watchdog Emily Bazelon says Trump’s war against the press is designed to undermine America’s faith in independent media. As I.R.A’s may come under attack in a new Republican tax bill, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend advocates for a pension system that will replace the retirement accounts and get seniors better returns on their investments. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia.

 

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Emily Bazelon

Journalist Emily Bazelon talks with us about various aspects of free speech and the Trump administration.

 

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Instead of relying on IRA’s, which can fluctuate with the market, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is looking at a system under which a nationwide pool of savings could reap much greater rewards than current Wall Street investments yield. An encore presentation from one year ago, and still relevant.

 

Don Beyer

Coming up, Bill Press Virginia Congressman Don Beyer.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump's War

 

#351 - October 22, 2017

Oct 22, 2017 47:11

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Long-time CIA watcher John Prados answers the question of why so much information is classified, when everyone knows it already. Richard Clarke was the Bush administration official who foresaw 9-11 but was not heeded. We have an encore presentation about his new book about the Cassandra Syndrome. And Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, talks with Bill Press about Trump’s potential to start new wars.

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John Prados

Intelligence watcher John Prados says the CIA is in danger of failing the country unless it becomes accountable for its product.

 

Richard Clarke

9-11 was just one instance of leaders ignoring solid evidence of impending disaster. Richard Clarke, who foresaw the tragedy, joins us in an encore segment to talk about this “Cassandra Syndrome.”

 

Joe Cirincione

Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund on Trump’s foreign policy.

 

Jim Hightower

Does Trump even know where Niger is?

 

#350 - October 15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017 50:19

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Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla has opened a wound among Democrats, arguing that the party must stop emphasizing identity politics. Religion professor Damon Berry delves into the origin of the white nationalist movement. And Congressman Ro Khanna tells Bill Press that Senator Dianne Feinstein needs a primary challenge.

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Mark Lilla

Political scientist Mark Lilla urges Democrats to stop obsessing over Donald Trump and start working to change local and state governments, where most of the issues are decided.

 

Damon Berry

Religion professor Damon Berry says real Christians want nothing to do with the white nationalist movement, which he says is growing.

 

Ro Khanna

Bill Press interviews California Congressman Ro Khanna, who says some Democrat should challenge Senator Dianne Feinstein in a primary.

 

Jim Hightower

Are you ready for corporate America's robot economy?



#349 - October 8, 2017

Oct 8, 2017 49:51

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The Supreme Court takes up the outrageous gerrymandering of the Wisconsin legislature. Professor Emily Bazelon explains the issue for us. Political strategist Jim Zogby says Democrats must recapture the votes of the age-old coalition that used to vote for them. And Jason Dick of Roll Call discusses the prospects for gun safety legislation.

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Emily Bazelon

Legal analyst Emily Bazelon says Republican gerrymandering is so bad it would require a Democratic voting margin of 7 percent nationwide to break even in House races.

 

Jim Zogby

Nuts and bolts organizing is the key for progressives to turn the country around, says campaign operative Jim Zogby.

 

Jason Dick

Bill Press interviews Roll Call’s Jason Dick about the Las Vegas shootings.

 

Jim Hightower

When will Wall Street quit being stupid?

 

#348 - October 1, 2017

Oct 1, 2017 43:57

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How are the nation’s intelligence professionals going to react to Trump’s condemnation of them? CIA expert John Prados says the agency is headed for trouble. Seattle has raised the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, and labor economist Sylvia Allegretto says it is working. And Salon editor David Daley discusses gerrymandering with Bill Press.

 

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John Prados

National security author John Prados says the CIA is discrediting itself by failing to be accountable for its actions.

 

Sylvia Allegretto

Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist, studied the effect of raising the minimum wage in Seattle and says it is working there, without causing job losses.

 

David Daley

Bill Press interviews David Daley of Salon.

 

Jim Hightower

Should churches become Unholy Temples of Dark Money?



#347 - September 24, 2017

Sep 24, 2017 51:39

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Journalism professor Brooke Kroeger reveals the role of prominent men in New York society who helped women get the vote almost a century ago. Law professor Geoffrey Stone has written a history of “Sex and the Constitution,” showing how abortion, obscenity, and contraception were no big deal before the evangelical movement of the 1800s. And Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List talks with Bill Press about the surge in women running for office.

 

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Brooke Kroeger

Brooke Kroeger, a journalist and author, has written an interesting account of how prominent men worked a century ago to get passage of the women’s suffrage amendment.

 

Geoffrey Stone

It’s getting harder and harder to be a good Christian, says law professor Geoffrey Stone, author of a book about sex and the Constitution. He reveals that the state with the most internet porn is … Utah!

 

Stephanie Schriock

Bill Press interviews Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List.

 

Jim Hightower

GOP playing political games with people's health



#346 - September 17, 2017

Sep 18, 2017 48:32

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Religion Professor Damon Berry examines the history of white nationalism and its relationship to Christianity. Author Richard Rothstein has written a highly acclaimed book on the history of housing segregation in America, and he talks with us about how it resulted from government policy. And California Congressman Ted Lieu talks with Bill Press about DACA and other issues facing Congress this fall.

 

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Damon Berry

Religion professor Damon Berry says mainstream Christians and the alt-right want nothing to do with each other. “Love Thy Neighbor” doesn’t quite  compute with white supremacists.

 

Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein has written a powerful new book, “The Color of Law,” about how deliberate policies of local, state, and federal governments conspired to maintain racial discrimination in housing.

 

Ted Lieu

Bill Press interviews progressive California Congressman Ted Lieu.

 

Jim Hightower

Forget shaming this do-nothing Congress. Stop paying them!

 

#345 - September 10, 2017

Sep 11, 2017 43:52

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As the nation reflected on 9-11, Jim Zogby says the right wing, aided by the media, unjustly stigmatized fellow Arab Americans. Political scientist Nathan Kalmoe says engaging in partisanship is easier for most Americans than thinking about issues. And editor Bob Cusack of The Hill newspaper talks with Bill Press about Hillary Clinton’s potentially divisive new book.

 

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Jim Zogby

Anti-Arab-and-Muslim discrimination was fanned by the right wing after 9-11 and aided by the mainstream media, says Jim Zogby. As a result, the views of these groups are now determined by which party you belong to.

 

Nathan Kalmoe

Surprising findings by political scientist Nathan Kalmoe – only 20 percent of Americans are engaged enough in politics to identify as either liberal or conservative.

 

Bob Cusack

Bill Press and editor Bob Cusack are concerned that Hillary’s new book will divide Democrats again.

 

Jim Hightower

Where can Congress find the money for Hurricane Harvey?



#344 - September 3, 2017

Sep 4, 2017 49:25

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The state of Missouri recently took away the pay of workers in St. Louis who had been getting a higher minimum wage. Labor economist Sylvia Allegretto says that in Seattle, the higher minimum wage has worked well, without throwing people out of work. Political expert Dante Chinni says maybe it takes a general to keep Trump in line, and predicts it will take a whole lot before he is removed from office. And John Nichols, of The Nation, talks with Bill Press about his new book, “Trumpocalypse.”

 

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Sylvia Allegretto

Republicans again are not letting facts get in the way of good policy. In Missouri, the state government cut the wages people of St. Louis were making, but labor economist Sylvia Allegretto makes the strong case why a 15-dollar-an-hour wage makes sense.

 

Dante Chinni

State politics expert Dante Chinni predicts that the Electoral College will remain in place until someone wins the popular vote by so much that denying the winner the White House will lead to changing the Constitution. Three million votes isn’t enough, he says. It needs to be five or six million.

 

John Nichols

Author John Nichols talks about his new book “Trumpocalypse” with Bill Press.

 

Jim Hightower

Amazon buys out Whole Foods: What's it to us?

#343 - August 27, 2017

Aug 28, 2017 42:32

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The Constitution doesn’t say anything about sex – though the Declaration of Independence promoted the pursuit of happiness – but for the past hundred years or so, courts have been in our bedrooms. Law Professor Geoffrey Stone has the low-down. One hundred years after women won the right to vote, professor Brooke Kroeger reveals the role that men – or “suffragents” – played in the movement. And commentator Alexi McCammond of Axios talks with Peter Ogburn on the Bill Press Show about the friction between Trump and Congress.

 

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Geoffrey Stone

For most of history, society had no problem with contraception, abortion, or obscenity … until state legislatures and courts became obsessed with sex. Professor Geoffrey Stone says it was because of the evangelical movement.

 

Brooke Kroeger

One hundred years ago… it was the pillars of New York society – men of industry, law, and letters – who marched for and helped win women’s right to vote. Professor Brooke Kroeger tells the story of the “suffragents.”

 

Alexi McCammond

Guest host Peter Ogburn interviews commentator Alexi McCammond on the Bill Press Show.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump versus the wisdom of Robert E. Lee



#342 - August 20, 2017

Aug 21, 2017 46:45

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The legacy of racism in America is our subject this week. Author Sheryll Cashin tells the story of the Supreme Court’s “Loving v. Virginia” case and how it was the first legal mention of “white supremacy.” Richard Rothstein reveals that segregated housing is not an accident but a deliberate policy of local, state and federal governments. And the Democratic National Committee’s Jess O’Connell talks with Bill Press about the party’s new “rise and organize” program.

 

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Sheryll Cashin

Law professor and civil rights author Sheryll Cashin talks about the Supreme Court case – Loving v. Virginia -- that first enunciated the existence of “white supremacy.”

 

Richard Rothstein

There is no major American city that is not racially segregated in housing says author Richard Rothstein. And it isn’t coincidence. State, local, and federal agencies made it that way on purpose.

 

Jess O’Connell

Bill Press interviews Jess O’Connell, head of the DNC’s new “rise and organize” campaign.

 

Jim Hightower

Who's left for Trump to tweet-bomb?

#341 - August 13, 2017

Aug 14, 2017 01:05:37

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Political science professor Nathan Kalmoe reveals that people vote based not on policy questions but on party, as if supporting their favorite sports team. Law professor James Forman Junior talks about the crisis in the criminal justice system and how every element of law enforcement passes the buck. And political author Jon Allen talks with Bill Press about Trump and North Korea..

 

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Nathan Kalmoe

Professor Nathan Kalmoe explains what we think we already knew – people nowadays vote based on party identification and group identity rather than on what they believe.

 

James Forman Junior

There are plenty of villains in a system in which 7 million people are under criminal justice supervision, but law professor James Forman Junior says they aren’t just Nixon, Reagan, and Sessions, but all of us.

 

Jon Allen

Bill Press interviews Jon Allen, author of “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

 

Jim Hightower

Who'll help America's hard-hit gold miners?

 

#340 - August 6, 2017

Aug 6, 2017 46:55

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National security expert Richard Clarke explains why experts are so frequently ignored by policy makers on life-and-death issues. Political blogger Dante Chinni, who studies political division in red and blue America, says Trump voters are NOT getting the short end of the economic stick, but it’s shorter than it used to be. And the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, talks with Bill Press about community policing and health care.

 

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Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke, an intelligence and defense expert in several administrations, says the biggest threat to national security is global warming.

 

Dante Chinni

What kind of presidential candidate should the Democrats nominate in 2020? Political analyst Dante Chinni says someone who is experienced, level-headed, and not a bore.

 

Greg Fischer

Bill Press interviews Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

 

Jim Hightower

When will Wall Street quit being stupid?

#339 - July 30, 2017

Jul 31, 2017 47:51

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Professor Joan Williams explains the political chasm in America is about class. Author and journalist T.R. Reid has studied the history of tax reform, and every 32 years it happens. So get ready for tax reform in 2018. And Rhode Island Congressman Dave Cicilline and Bill Press talk about the Democratic Party’s “Better Deal.”

 

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Joan Williams

Professor Joan Williams says the political chasm is all about class and that the white working class doesn’t want empathy, it wants respect and a modest standard of living.

 

T.R. Reid

Every 32 years, Congress overhauls the tax system. Author T.R. Reid says the cycle pops up again next year, and it is going to happen because no one, absolutely no one, likes the current system.

 

Dave Cicilline

Bill Press interviews Rhode Island Congressman Dave Cicilline about the Democrats’ Better Deal.

 

Jim Hightower

Should churches become Unholy Temples of Dark Money?

 

#338 - July 23, 2017

Jul 24, 2017 54:12

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Historian Tim Snyder says Trump is an aspiring tyrant. Sherryl Cashin, a constitutional lawyer and author on legal matters, reflects on 50 years of legalized racial intermarriage. And Bill Press interviews Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

 

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Tim Snyder

Tim Snyder is a historian of tyranny, and he warns it is on our doorstep and offers advice on how to fight it.

 

Sheryll Cashin

Fifty years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Loving v. Virginia, author Sheryll Cashin notes that one out of five couples in the United States today is interracial.  

 

Rosa DeLauro

Bill Press interviews Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

 

 

Jim Hightower

Why did Trump back off from his Mexican border tax?

 

#337 - July 16, 2017

Jul 17, 2017 43:24

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National security expert Richard Clarke says Trump has no interest in any investigation into Russia. Professor Ron Formisano says America has moved from a plutocracy to a kleptocracy. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Dan Kildee about the Trump collusions.

 

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Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke saw 9/11 coming, and now he says Trump seems to want Russia to keep interfering in other countries’ elections.

 

Ron Formisano

Historian Ron Formisano says Trump has eliminated the middleman in the long history of political corruption and appointed officials who are themselves the thieves.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee about just how serious the Trump collusion with Russia really is.

 

Jim Hightower

What are the Koch Boys up to?

#336 - July 9, 2017

Jul 9, 2017 59:57

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Law Professor James Forman Jr says it is important to remember that almost all criminal justice decisions are made at the local level – often by African American officials. CBS legal correspondent Jeff Pegues runs down the recent history of black versus blue relations in urban America. And voting rights lawyer Ezra Rosenberg tells Bill Press about the fallacious attempt by a Trump commission to prove voter fraud.

 

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James Forman Jr

Yale law professor and former public defender James Forman Jr notes that to get elected, African American local officials often are tougher than anyone else on criminal justice issues.

 

Jeff Pegues

Stop-and-frisk procedures are responsible for driving a wedge between local communities and the police, says CBS legal correspondent Jeff Pegues.

 

Ezra Rosenberg

Bill Press interviews civil rights lawyer Ezra Rosenberg about the fallacy of Trump trying to prove voting irregularities.

 

Jim Hightower

Should lousy, low-wage "jobs" count as jobs?

 

#335 - July 2, 2017

Jul 2, 2017 40:56

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Tax reform is next on Mitch McConnell’s to-do list, and author T.R. Reid says Congress has an opportunity to make April 15 just another sunny spring day. Journalist David Callahan is an expert on the world of philanthropy, and he says charitable giving will never replace government support for worthy causes. And, filling in for Bill Press, Peter Ogburn and Jonathan Levy interview Matt Fuller on Trumpcare.

 

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T. R. Reid

Tax reform has happened every 32 years, and author T. R. Reid tells us it is time again and how the system could be made a lot fairer. And he exposes another Trump lie, noting that America is one of the most UNDER-taxed industrial nations.

 

David Callahan

Philanthropy expert David Callahan has studied why rich people give money, and, basically, they want to change public policy in education, health care, and criminal justice.

 

Matt Fuller

Peter Ogburn and Jonathan Levy interview Matt Fuller on the Bill  Press Show about Trumpcare.

 

Jim Hightower

Why can't our economy promote equality and shared prosperity?

 

 

#334 - June 25, 2017

Jun 26, 2017 37:58

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Emily’s List is dedicated to electing women to public office, and communications director Vanessa Cardenas says the last election galvanized a wave of women wanting to run. Pollster John Anzalone predicts that Democrats can win back those voters who went for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky

 

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Vanessa Cardenas

Vanessa Cardenas of Emily’s List tells us how the group plans to train more women to run for office and gives us a peek at up-and-coming female politicians in the states.

 

John Anzalone

Democratic pollster John Anzalone explains how the Clinton campaign over-relied on data and how the Democrats can reclaim those who voted for Obama AND Trump.

 

John Yarmuth

Bill Press interviews Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky

 

Jim Hightower

Would even the craziest world leader behave like Trump?

 

 

#333 - June 18, 2017

Jun 18, 2017 43:52

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Yale historian Tim Snyder has a new book about tyranny, and unsurprisingly it is a best-seller. Feminist legal authority Joan Williams says the class and cultural warfare could get even uglier when Trump fails to deliver jobs to the white working class. Bill Press interviews Graham Vyse of the New Republic about the Virginia gubernatorial primaries.  

 

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Tim Snyder

Historian Tim Snyder has a new book about tyranny, and he warns that an authoritarian regime cannot succeed unless the public consents, and it is all too easy for that to happen.

 

Joan Williams

Donald Trump understood what the white working class wanted but he can’t give it to them, says Berkeley professor Joan Williams. And when they realize it, things could get even uglier than they are now.

 

Graham Vyse

Bill Press interviews Graham Vyse of the New Republic about the Virginia gubernatorial primaries.  

 

Jim Hightower

Time for Democratic Party leaders to get going – or go

#332 - June 11, 2017

Jun 11, 2017 50:15

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With former FBI director Jim Comey in the news, we have two interviews touching on his work. Best-selling author Jonathan Allen tells why Hillary Clinton lost the election, with the FBI investigation of her emails a large part of it. CBS justice correspondent Jeff Pegues reveals Comey’s involvement in talking to law enforcement about minority discontent with policing practices.  And Bill Press interviews Politico’s Cory Bennett about Russian hacking of both America and the Middle East country of Qatar.

 

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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is co-author of a best-seller about what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He says, bluntly, “You have to know why you are the right person to be president of the United States.”

 

Jeff Pegues

CBS correspondent Jeff Pegues has written a book about “Black and Blue,” the divide between police and communities of color. He reveals that former FBI Director Jim Comey played a big role in trying to bridge that gap.

 

Cory Bennett

Bill Press interviews Politico’s Cory Bennett about Russian computer hacking around the world.

 

Jim Hightower

General Trump's Twitter bombs

#331 - June 4, 2017

Jun 5, 2017 51:15

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Labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci offers a plan for a secure retirement for all Americans and explains why raising the retirement age robs seniors of well-deserved benefits. Increasing the turnout is a huge concern for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says voting by mail is the answer. And Bill Press interviews the Sierra Club’s John Coequyt on how Trump, unlike Bogie and Bergman, will never have Paris.

 

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Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci, a prominent labor economist, says the private retirement system is broken and works for only a few very rich people. She has a plan to fix it.

 

Phil Keisling

If everyone was allowed to vote by mail, as in Oregon, weather would not be a factor in turnout, fraud would be even less likely than it is now, and more people would be casting ballots. Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling argues for abandoning polling places.

 

John Coequyt

Bill Press interviews John Coequyt of the Sierra Club about Trumps abandoning of the Paris climate change agreement.,

 

Jim Hightower

Who is Mick Mulvaney… and why is he so awful?

#330 - May 28, 2017

May 29, 2017 42:53

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Emily’s List is canvassing the country encouraging and training women to run for office. Communications Director Vanessa Cardenas tells us how. Labor leader David Rolf describes the Trump administration and Congress as working on a “Death Star level of anti-union legislation.” And Bill Press interviews Texas Congressman Al Green, who is calling for Trump’s impeachment.

 

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Vanessa Cardenas

Vanessa Cardenas of Emily’s List says more and more women are saying they want to run for office, and her organization is training them how.

 

David Rolf

The Trump administration is the worst in history, says union leader David Rolf, and Democrats need to come up with an economic plan to win back blue-collar voters.

 

Al Green

Bill Press interviews Texas Congressman Al Green, who has called for Trump’s impeachment.

 

Jim Hightower

Who's drafting Trump's "New NAFTA" deal – and who's not?

 

 

 

#329 - May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017 45:28

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The rebirth of the Democratic Party depends on getting better candidates, says pollster John Anzalone. Harvard Professor Theda Skocpol says it depends on enthusiasm at the grassroots and turnout at election time. And Bill Press interviews Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who many see as a future party leader.

 

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John Anzalone

John Anzalone is a public opinion expert and adviser to many Democratic campaigns. He says that in order to regroup, the party needs to look to the South and West. And get better candidates!

 

Theda Skocpol

Money doesn’t matter that much, and neither does unified opposition to Trump, says political scientist Theda Skocpol. What does matter is finding good candidates, organizing the grassroots, and, of course, voting.

 

Cheri Bustos

Bill Press interviews Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos about the rapidly unfolding developments in Washington.

 

Jim Hightower

Who'll help America's hard-hit gold miners?

 

#328 - May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017 48:23

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Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server remains at the center of the FBI mess, and best-selling campaign biographer Jonathan Allen says her decision to use it was the black cloud that hung over her campaign. Charlie Peters, the legendary founder and editor of the progressive Washington Monthly, reflects that Donald Trump was elected because Baby Boomers owned stock and became prosperous. And Bill Press interviews former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the need for a massive infrastructure program.

 

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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is co-author of a hot new book that autopsies the Hillary Clinton campaign, and he believes it was her e-mail server that was the black cloud that hung over the campaign.

 

Charlie Peters

Magazine editor and essayist Charlie Peters, who grew up during the New Deal, says bluntly that erudite progressives are getting “clocked” by the simplicity of the other side.

 

Ray LaHood

Bill Press interviews former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the need for a gasoline tax and a massive infrastructure program.

 

Jim Hightower

Koch brothers are out to conquer the countryside.

 

#327 - May 6, 2017

May 7, 2017 40:38

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Hillary Clinton has come out of her post-election shell as just an individual member of “the Resistance.” And feminist law professor Deborah Rhode describes what the last election means for women candidates, while journalism professor Susie Linfield believes Clinton voters need to start showing humility and go beyond vilifying Trump supporters. And Bill Press interviews Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline about his “Equality Act.”

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Deborah Rhode

Deborah Rhode is a law professor at Stanford and author of a new book, “Women and Leadership,” and she says putting women in power is not the same as empowering women.

 

Susie Linfield

New York University professor Susie Linfield says coastal progressives need to figure out what’s happening in the rest of the country instead of vilifying Trump supporters as buffoons.

 

David Cicilline

Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about his proposed “Equality Act.”

 

Jim Hightower

How is Trump Like Humpty-Dumpty?

 

#326 - April 30, 2017

Apr 30, 2017 40:08

Description:

Centrist leader Jim Kessler says the rank and file have disappeared in both political parties. Philanthropy expert David Callahan explains who the new philanthropists are and why they give money. And Bill Press interviews Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer on anti-Trump actions.

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Jim Kessler

Jim Kessler is vice president for policy of the Third Way, a centrist think tank, and he notes that Democrats have lost power because their base lives in very few enclaves, and rarely in rural areas.

 

David Callahan

Author David Callahan says progressive groups are leading the fight against money in politics but are ignoring the role of money in philanthropy,  partly because they’re on the dole themselves.

 

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press interviews Congressman Earl Blumenauer on a 25th Amendment solution to Donald Trump.

 

Jim Hightower

Real news, fake news… and BS news

#325 - April 23, 2017

Apr 23, 2017 47:06

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Globalist Edward Goldberg warns that an America First agenda increases the chances of war because of economic disruption. Professor Todd Gitlin says progressives have a problem – they are afraid of power! And Bill Press interviews political analyst Steve Phillips.

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Eddie Goldberg

Professor Eddie Goldberg warns that Trump’s America First agenda represents a 19th Century view of the world, which is really the same as Putin’s.

 

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin, who chronicled the 1960s, says Trump is so vile that opposition will hold together for a while, but that progressives better stop being afraid of gaining and holding power.

 

Steve Phillips

Bill Press interviews Steve Phillips on Democratic electoral prospects.

 

Jim Hightower

Wall Street Plowboys.

#324 - April 16, 2017

Apr 16, 2017 56:45

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David Rolf, who led the fight for a 15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage, says traditional unions are dead, and workers have to invent the next labor movement. Pulitzer Prize winning author Matthew Desmond alerts us to the fact that without stable housing, the entire economy is at risk. And Bill Press interviews Devrone Michael of the progressive Working Families Party.

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David Rolf

David Rolf of the Service Employees International Union says the traditional labor union is dead and workers have to invent the next labor movement.

 

Matthew Desmond

When his startling expose of the housing crisis hit the bookshelves, we had the author, Matthew Desmond as a guest. He is now the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for that exposé, and we are proud to offer an encore interview.

 

Devrone Michael

Bill Press interviews Devrone Michael of the progressive Working Families Party.

 

Jim Hightower

Why is George Orwell’s “1984” a bestseller again?

#323 - April 9, 2017

Apr 9, 2017 47:31

Description:

Charlie Peters remembers the New Deal. Things have gone off the rails since then, but he remains optimistic. Why? “We have no choice,” he says. Fred Rotondaro says he is NOT optimistic, but thinks Trump will be impeached. And Bill Press talks free college with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

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Charlie Peters

Charlie Peters, an influential voice for the working class AND for progressives, says he is optimistic about the American story and that Trump is one of the great wake-up calls in history for Democrats.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro says Donald Trump is the most anti-American president we’ve ever had – a selfish farce who plays coal miners, and others, for dummies.

 

Pramila Jauyapal

Bill Press interviews Washington State Congresswoman Pramila Jauyapal

 

Jim Hightower

The sad saga of John Stumpf

 

#322 - April 2, 2017

Apr 2, 2017 42:56

Description:

The war of lies from the White House and the Kremlin, and the outbreak of fake news everywhere, makes one wonder why people just can’t handle the truth. Professor Arthur Lupia has written extensively about public ignorance and shares his thoughts with us. Trump’s health and environmental policies are certain to hurt the very people who elected him. But essayist Vinnie Rotondaro says their physical and psychological pain was why they voted for Trump.

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Arthur Lupia

University of Michigan professor Arthur Lupia studies the role of ignorance in politics. But he says Democrats are to blame for making issues too complicated for voters.

 

Vinnie Rotondaro

Vinnie Rotondaro explains why so many people voted for Trump. It wasn’t ideology, he says, but physical an psychological pain from circumstances of their life.

 

John Yarmuth

Bill Press interviews Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

 

 

Jim Hightower

Why is Trump hostile to actual facts?

#321 - March 26, 2017

Mar 26, 2017 34:14

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Political moderate Jim Kessler, who has worked for prominent Democrats, says the party went wrong when it assumed it could win by relying only on minorities, Millennials, and single women. Harvard Professor Theda Skocpol says much the same thing and advises Democrats to adopt a “big-tent” approach to building Electoral College-proof majorities. And Bill Press interviews Elizabeth Wydra, head of the Constitutional Accountability Center.

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Jim Kessler

Jim Kessler, the policy director for the centrist “Third Way,” says 70 percent of the so-called “rising American electorate” is not liberal – they are moderate, and the Democrats need to appeal to the two-thirds of Americans who are not doing well.

 

Theda Skocpol

Professor Theda Skocpol warns that Democrats cannot stop the Republicans from radically changing America unless they can start winning elections. She has some ideas on how.

 

Elizabeth Wydra

Bill Press interviews Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

 

Jim Hightower

Why should we subsidize higher pay for insurance CEOs?

#320 - March 19, 2017

Mar 19, 2017 44:11

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Melvin Goodman spent 42 years in the U.S. intelligence community and says there is no doubt about Russian interference in the election. David Cay Johnston just got hold of two pages of Trump’s taxes, but in a special encore presentation of his appearance here last fall, he reviews 30 years of the president’s fishy finances. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Don Beyer about the congressional agenda and Virginia politics.

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Melvin Goodman

Former intelligence analyst and Russia expert Melvin Goodman says Trump eventually will have to realize that Vladimir Putin is no friend of the United States.

 

David Cay Johnston

The journalist who got two pages of Trump’s 2005 tax return, David Cay Johnston, says the president is likely not only a tax cheat but a long-time friend of the mob. This is a reprise of an interview we did during the last campaign.

 

Don Beyer

Bill Press interviews Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia.

 

Jim Hightower

Are the rich different from you and me? Ask Cadillac!



 

#319 - March 12, 2017

Mar 12, 2017 47:15

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Everyone says Democrats need to build from the ground up. And that, says feminist professor Deborah Rhode, means women running for office. But professor Shauna Shames has a study showing the best and the brightest want to be active in any possible way EXCEPT running for office. Both say nobody wants to run, partly because of the nastiness of modern campaigns. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Ruben Gallego about Congress, Trump, and immigration policy.

 

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Deborah Rhode

Professor Deborah Rhode, author of a book called “Women and Leadership,” says when women run for office, they can win. But the problem is – they don’t run! She answers why.

 

Shauna Shames

Professor  Shauna Shames has a remarkable new study of the most elite public policy students from Boston. She says “the ruling class doesn’t want to rule!” At least not by holding political office.

 

Ruben Gallego

Bill Press interviews Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona.

 

Jim Hightower

What should we do about a mentally ill president?

#318 - March 5, 2017

Mar 5, 2017 49:19

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With Russia this, and Russia that, Republican former Ambassador Mike Ussery says Europe should be getting more attention from foreign policy planners. Labor economist Theresa Ghilarducci says Social Security isn’t in bad shape, but she has a plan for retirement insurance for everyone. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione about … what else? Russia!

 

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Mike Ussery

Mike Ussery, a Republican foreign policy expert, believes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can separate himself from his oil industry background and deal squarely with Russia.

 

Theresa Ghilarducci

Theresa Ghilarducci, an expert in the economics of retirement, has an idea for establishing pensions for everyone. In the meantime, she is telling people to delay taking Social Security benefits until age 70.

 

Joe Cirincione

Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund.

 

Jim Hightower

Trump's hokey "mandate"

#317 - February 26, 2017

Feb 26, 2017 48:13

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With the big to-do over choosing a new Democratic National Committee chair, former DNC head and Senator Fred Harris, says the message has to be “we care about you, too.” Author Vinnie Rotondaro examines how Trump preyed upon the physical pain of many voters. And Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler, the Washington Director of Move-on.org

 

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Fred Harris

Fred Harris, sometimes called the godfather of populism, says progressives need to build a farm team now that we’ve lost a whole generation of younger people who should have been in Congress by now.

 

Vinnie Rotondaro

Donald Trump preyed on people’s physical, as well as economic pain, to get elected, but Vinnie Rotondaro says the president won’t take away their distress. “He’s just another pill – a temporary high.”

 

Ben Wikler

Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler, the Washington director of Move-on.org

 

Jim Hightower

Wall Street Plowboys.

#316 - February 19, 2017

Feb 19, 2017 39:44

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Todd Gitlin, a chronicler of the New Left and the progressive movement, says anti-Trump forces must keep up every day resistance and widen the circle of people who are committed to fighting. Author Gene Stone says progressives need to pick and choose issues and fight only winnable battles. And Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar about the Trump Administration’s nefarious ties with Russia.

 

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Todd Gitlin

Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin, a long-time chronicler of progressive politics, urges the left to nail down a simple program that appeals to the general public.

 

Gene Stone

Gene Stone’s new book, “The Trump Survival Guide, has a checklist for progressives to translate despair into activism. He advises, choose winnable battles.

 

Amy Klobuchar

Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar about what’s going on between the Trump Administration and Russia.

 

Jim Hightower

What's 2017's biggest banking fraud?



#315 - February 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017 45:07

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Eminent historian Dan Rodgers says it’s the job of Democrats to obstruct most of the Trump agenda and create a new coalition. Political science professor Allan Lichtman, who predicted the election outcome, warns that Trump is sounding alarms about the advent of fascism. And Bill Press reviews Obama’s legacy within the Democratic Party with Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti.

 

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Dan Rodgers

Princeton history professor emeritus Dan Rodgers says the Republican political agenda is a simple-minded fairy tale and that it is the job of Democrats to obstruct their agenda.

 

Allan Lichtman

Political scientist Allan Lichtman says he won’t call it “fascism,” but early signs from Trump are sounding alarms as to what to expect.

 

Gabriel Debenedetti

Bill Press interviews Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti about the future of the Democratic Party.

 

Jim Hightower

There's a word for Trump's latest flimflamming of workers

#314 - February 5, 2017

Feb 5, 2017 43:37

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Political scientist Arthur Lupia explains why most people are ignorant about political issues and why Democrats fail to provide quick and easy answers. Ethics advocate Jeff Hauser runs down the astounding number of Trump’s conflicts of interest. And Tom Perez, candidate for chair of the DNC, tells Bill Press the party needs to knock on doors at the state and local level.

 

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Arthur Lupia

Political scientist Arthur Lupia, an expert on voter ignorance, says most people want quick and easy answers to their problems.

 

Jeff Hauser

Jeff Hauser is executive director of the Revolving Door Project and he says what we don’t know about Trump’s massive conflicts of interest is more important than what we do know.

 

Tom Perez

Bill Press interviews Tom Perez, who is running to become chair of the DNC.

 

Jim Hightower

Why is George Orwell’s “1984” a bestseller again?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 29th, 2017

Jan 29, 2017 46:56

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Melvin Goodman spent 42 years in government service as an intelligence analyst. He says Trump’s disparagement of the CIA is incredibly dangerous. Susie Linfield, a journalism professor at NYU, says progressives have to learn to fight Trump without demonizing his supporters. And Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse tells Bill Press that the centers of Trump opposition will be the Senate, Democratic attorneys general, and the courts.

 

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Melvin Goodman

Veteran intelligence officer Melvin Goodman says Trump’s belittling of the CIA and other agencies is “incredibly dangerous” for national security as are his top appointees.

 

Susie Linfield

Professor Susie Linfield says progressives must learn from the Civil Rights Movement how to oppose Trump without hating his supporters.

 

Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse about where the party can best muster opposition to Trump.

 

Jim Hightower

Why so many people loath Congress.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 22nd, 2017

Jan 23, 2017 43:15

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Fred Harris, once the chair of the Democratic National Committee and the leading populist in America, says the party must rebuild from the ground up. Republican ex-diplomat Mike Ussery says Vladimir Putin is playing a weak hand very strongly. And Bill Press interviews Pete Buttigieg, a darkhorse candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee.

 

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Fred Harris

Fred Harris, once called the godfather of populism and a former chair of the DNC, urges the party to rebuild from the bottom up with all its interest groups pulling together.

 

Mike Ussery

Mainstream Republican foreign policy expert Mike Ussery wonders whether the system will modify Trump’s style or whether the president will be a wrecking ball taking destruction to the outer limits.

 

Pete Buttigieg

Coming up, Bill Press talks DNC politics with Pete Buttigieg, who is running to become party chair.

 

Jim Hightower

What's being taught at Koch Kollege?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 15th, 2017

Jan 16, 2017 41:35

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The book on Donald Trump is already out. Author Gene Stone has written “The Trump Survival Guide,” advice for living through what we never thought would happen. Anti-Trump activist Jeff Hauser says Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third is the most appalling Cabinet selection in history. And Bill Press talks about Trump’s policy toward Israel with Michael Wilner of the Jerusalem Post.

 

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Gene Stone

“Everybody has to do something,” says author Gene Stone, who has written “The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen.”

 

Jeff Hauser

Jeff Hauser, a leader in the opposition to Trump’s Cabinet appointees, says the new president thinks his Electoral College victory gives him a mandate for hiring the most unqualified people to run the government.

 

Michael Wilner

Bill Press talks foreign policy with Michael Wilner of the Jerusalem Post.

 

Jim Hightower

The new founder.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 8th, 2017

Jan 8, 2017 43:37

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Professor Richard Conley, an expert on congressional and presidential relations, says Trump could be in for a rough honeymoon with Congress if he keeps villainizing people. The boss, Bruce Springsteen, tells podcaster Marc Maron that it is the people he writes about who are going to be the most negatively affected by a Trump presidency. And Bill Press talks with California Congressman Raul Ruiz about Obamacare and other topics.

 

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Richard Conley

Professor Richard Conley has a new book about presidential relations with Congress. This time, he says, they may not work out too well. And, he says, presidents who lose the popular vote aren’t usually successful.

 

Bruce Springsteen

We don’t usually have entertainers on the program, but we have a special guest this week, courtesy of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” Bruce Springsteen talks with Marc about the irony of the very people the Boss writes about in his songs being hoodwinked by Trump.

 

Raul Ruiz

Bill Press talks with California Democrat Raul Ruiz about prospects for the 115th Congress.

 

Jim Hightower

Searching for integrity in Trumplandia

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 1st, 2017

Dec 31, 2016 45:52

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Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Americans were feeling neglected for 30 to 40 years and that’s why we have Trump. Professor Peter Marcuse lets us in on a much overlooked problem – what he calls “housing for profit gone mad.” And Bill Press talks with the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly about the scandal of America’s local jailhouses.

 

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Fred Rotondaro

Commentator Fred Rotondaro says the FBI’s interference in the election is tragic and needs to be investigated. In the meantime, the only hope for Trump might be that it could turn into a “Nixon goes to China” moment.

 

Peter Marcuse

Urban planning professor Peter Marcuse says housing is a primary responsibility of government and should be about a place to live, not about real estate speculation.

 

Ryan Reilly

Bill Press talks with the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly about the scandal that is America’s penal system.

 

Jim Hightower

Koch brothers are out to conquer the countryside.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 25th, 2016

Dec 25, 2016 40:42

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Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Coll, now the editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, delves into how the company run by Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has for decades tried to run the world. The company, of course, is Exxon Mobil. Political scientist Alan Abramowitz says Donald Trump is the least popular president ever elected. And Bill Press talks with commentator Dante Chinni about the Democratic Party’s failure to win what should have been an easy presidential race.

 

Steve Coll

Several years ago, we interviewed author Steve Coll about a book he wrote exposing the government-unto-itself known as ExxonMobil. Now, with its CEO and chief political strategist, Rex Tillerson, nominated for Secretary of State, we thought a reminder of what we learned then remains in order.

 

Alan Abramowitz

Political scientist Alan Abramowitz, who correctly predicted the election result, says Trump may not have much of a honeymoon, given that his unfavorable ratings are higher than any previous person to win the White House.

 

Dante Chinni

Another political scientist, Dante Chinni, talks with Bill Press about how Trump got out every one of his voters in a rapidly decreasing demographic base and how Clinton left enough voters at home to swing the election.

 

Jim Hightower

Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be Energy Secretary.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 18th, 2016

Dec 18, 2016 44:45

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Prominent historian Dan Rodgers has some good news among the election wreckage – the Republican Party is a fragile alliance and Democrats can exploit it. With a Cabinet of the stupendously rich, Patriotic Millionaire Chuck Collins argues that income inequality is bad for everyone – them, too! And Bernie Sanders supporter Larry Cohen tells Bill Press about the future of a new  PAC called “Our Revolution.”

 

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Dan Rodgers

Prominent historian Dan Rodgers has written a provocative essay called “What Next for Liberalism?” The answer, he says, is infiltrating state and local government to undo the gerrymandering and everything else Republicans have accomplished state-by-state.

 

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a millionaire, an heir to the Oscar Meyer fortune. He has been working most of his life on progressive policy change and reducing income inequality. He says an unstable economy hurts the rich as well as the poor.

 

Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen, the head of the political action committee “Our Revolution,” talks with Bill Press about what the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party is planning.  

 

Jim Hightower

Guess who's joined Trump's "Barking carnival act?"

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 11th, 2016

Dec 11, 2016 34:48

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More election post-mortems: Professor Allan Lichtman explains how he predicted the Trump victory. Democratic strategist Celinda Lake says the party needs younger leadership and better voter turnout. And Congressman Dan Kildee tells Bill Press how the Democrats managed to lose their base in his state of Michigan.  

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Allan Lichtman

Professor Allan Lichtman has correctly predicted every presidential election since he started doing so in 1984. Now he gives reasons why Trump might be impeached – his lifelong illegal actions, his authoritarianism and the Republican Party’s love for predictability.

  Celinda Lake

Democratic strategist Celinda Lake says presidential campaign polling relied on faulty predictions of turnout. Plus, she says, there was a “secret” Trump vote.

  Dan Kildee  

Coming up, Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee explains to Bill Press how the party lost his home state of Michigan.

 

Jim Hightower

How is "Trump's Washington" like a Jacuzzi?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 3rd, 2016

Dec 5, 2016 34:06

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Harvard Law Professor Joseph William Singer says that without government regulation, there really is no freedom. Climate change expert Cathleen Kelly says unrestrained global warming will become a threat to national security. And Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth tells Bill Press what the re-election of Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader means.

    Joseph Singer

With the appointment of a Treasury Secretary who was heavily involved in the housing bubble disaster, we will hear from Harvard Professor Joseph Singer, whose new book says it all – “No Freedom Without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis.”

    Cathleen Kelly

Cathleen Kelly of the Center for American Progress says global warming is going to lead to global poverty, conflict, instability and terrorism.

 

John Yarmuth

Coming up, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth tells Bill Press what the election of Nancy Pelosi to another term as House Democratic leader means for the party.

  Jim Hightower

How the conquering Trump makes fakery real

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 27th, 2016

Nov 27, 2016 50:08

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Political scientist Alan Abramowitz predicted the Trump victory and says it happened because Republicans did better than expected in places that were not very diverse. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend says retirement security is the biggest worry for most Americans. And the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, on the Bill Press Show, examines funny business in the Trump Foundation.

 

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Alan Abramowitz

Political scientist Alan Abramowitz, one of the few who predicted the Trump victory, says it happened because he increased the Republican vote in areas of the country that are the least diverse.

  Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Retirement security is an issue frightening most Americans, only 50 percent of whom have a retirement plan. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend proposes that employers get together and create a Wall-Street-proof pension system.

  David Fahrenthold

Coming up, Washington Post investigative reporter David Fahrenthold tells Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show about financial shenanigans in the Trump Foundation.

 

Jim Hightower

The new founder.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 20th, 2016

Nov 20, 2016 47:31

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Professor Eddie Goldberg, an expert on globalism, says Trump will continue blowing smoke about China but nothing will happen because the two country’s economies are too closely linked. Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says the greatest tool of vote suppression today is the polling place. He wants everyone to vote at home. And Senator Jeff Merkley tells Bill Press that his Democratic colleagues will do everything they can to block the Far Right.

 

Eddie Goldberg

New York University Professor Eddie Goldberg has written a book called “The Joint Ventured Nation,” which he says is the “anti-Donald-Trump foreign policy manifesto. He says the anti-China rhetoric will continue but nothing will happen.

 

Phil Keisling

Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says people should vote from home -- and the chance of fraud would be less than that of an appearance by Sasquatch.

    Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley tells Bill Press he and fellow Senate Democrats will do all they can to block the Far Right, even knowing they can be run over.

 

Jim Hightower

The Koch Connection.

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 13th, 2016

Nov 13, 2016 40:46

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The demographics were all on Hillary Clinton’s side … but the polls missed how many Democrats would stay home. An election analysis from pollster Celinda Lake. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the election told Democrats that people don’t want incrementalism. They want a sledgehammer. And Congressman Steve Israel tells Bill Press that the vaunted Democratic “ground game” wasn’t as good as the Republicans’.

 

Celinda Lake

Democratic pollster and strategist Celinda Lake says demography may be destiny, but not if people don’t show up to vote.

  Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro, a regular commentator on this program, says Democrats have to stop trying to be Republicans Lite. The people, he says, don’t want incrementalism. They want a sledgehammer.

 

Steve Israel

Coming up, Democratic Congressman Steve Israel of New York tells Bill Press the Clinton campaign was lulled into believing it had a superior “ground game.”

  Jim Hightower

Has America turned right-wing? Or nuts?

 

 

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 6th, 2016

Nov 7, 2016 46:23

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What foreign policy issues will the next president face? Harvard Professor Joseph Nye says it could be danger from Russia, because the Putin regime is actually so weak, and therefore dangerous. Rutgers professor Shauna Shames has studied the elite graduate schools in Boston that historically provide the nation’s political leadership and she finds that the ruling class no longer wants to rule! And Bill Press interviews the New Republic’s Graham Vyse about how Bernie Sanders would deal with a President Hillary Clinton.

 

Joseph Nye

Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye takes a look at the foreign policy issues facing the next president and says Russia could be dangerous because it is so weak and that ISIS is defeated but won’t disappear immediately.

 

Shauna Shames

She calls it a disaster for democracy, and what Rutgers political scientist Shauna Shames is talking about is the fact that the nation’s most elite Millennials have no interest in running for office.

Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why It Matters

Graham Vyse

Coming up, the New Republic’s Graham Vyse speculates with Bill Press about how Bernie Sanders will, or won’t, work with a President Hillary Clinton

 

Jim Hightower

Why Big Money is winning the national election. Again.

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 30th, 2016

Oct 30, 2016 40:58

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Think the election is rigged? Author David Daley says elections have always been rigged – by Republicans. Professor Peter Marcuse calls our attention to the housing crisis – signified by increasing numbers of renters and decreasing numbers of single family homes. And Bill Press interviews the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey, about what the progressive wing of the party will demand of a President Hillary Clinton.

 

David Daley

David Daley has written a book about years of Republican dirty tricks. But he also blames Democrats for ignoring the takeover of state legislatures with tactics that were right in front of them.

  Peter Marcuse

Professor Peter Marcuse says we are in a permanent crisis in housing in the country, and he blames an economic system that makes a place to live less of a roof over your head and more of a real estate deal.

  Annie Linskey

Coming up, the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey tells Bill Press what to look for from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the party if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

 

Jim Hightower

Walling them out, or walling us in?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 23rd, 2016

Oct 23, 2016 37:54

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Journalist and author John Judis says populism, from left or right, can demonstrate something is wrong with the body politic, but it rarely succeeds in governing. Professor Rick Hasen argues that money doesn’t buy election outcomes but does increase your chances. And Bill Press interviews former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who says Donald Trump is a “Russian dupe” and a “jackass.”

John Judis

Author John Judis has written a book on the history of populism. On the left, he says, populism is the people against the elite. On the right, it is attacking the elite for coddling outsiders.

 

Rick Hasen

Law professor Rick Hasen says money may not WIN you the election but it sure gives you a better chance, and he is critical of Democrats as well as Republicans for maintaining the current system of campaign financing.

 

Martin O’Malley

Coming up, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley analyzes the election on the Bill Press Show.

 

Jim Hightower

The Wells Fargo Gang – rogue bank robs customers

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 16th, 2016

Oct 17, 2016 35:39

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Chuck Collins was born into the Oscar Mayer fortune, gave away his money, and tells us why the head of Wells Fargo belongs not just without a job but in jail. Journalist and author Larry Tye wrote a biography of Robert F. Kennedy and notes that the future liberal icon was once a foreign policy hawk whose actions led to the Cuba Missile Crisis. And former Republican Congressman Chris Shays tells Bill Press why he is supporting Hillary Clinton.

 

 

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins, who was “born on third base,” tells us why he gave his trust fund away and is working for economic justice.

 

Larry Tye

Some liberals never forgave Robert Kennedy for his early association with Joe McCarthy, or his hawkish foreign policy instincts. But in a new book, author Larry Tye explains RFK’s political journey to the left.

 

Chris Shays

Former Republican Congressman Chris Shays tells Bill Press why he is supporting Hillary Clinton.  

 

Jim Hightower

Fed up with Wall Street? Do something about it!

 

 

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 9th, 2016

Oct 10, 2016 38:41

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend offers reflections about her father, Robert F. Kennedy, and why the senior George Bush is against Trump. Democratic analyst Vic Fingerhut wants the Clinton campaign not to dismiss independents. And Electoral College analyst Kyle Kondik explains on the Bill Press Show why Ohio picks the president.

 

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend says George H.W. Bush told her he doesn’t think Donald Trump has the capacity to be president and wanted to get the message out.

 

Vic Fingerhut

Democrats should run as Democrats on traditional issues, says political guru Vic Fingerhut, and that way they might make inroads among independents.

 

Kyle Kondik

Electoral College expert Kyle Kondik predicts a Clinton victory, but it all may depend on Ohio.

 

Jim Hightower

It's "Our Revolution," and it's on the move!

 

 

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 2nd, 2016

Oct 3, 2016 37:47

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Two Democratic campaign pro’s handicap the presidential and congressional campaign. Pollster Celinda Lake says it’s a tight race that will depend on how independents and low-information voters act. House campaign expert Mark Gersh says the House is ripe for a switch, but realistically Democrats should gain 10 to 15 seats, more if there’s a Hillary landslide. And Republican former Treasurer of the United States, Rosario Marin, tells Bill Press why she is supporting Hillary Clinton for president.

 

Celinda Lake

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake says Democrats need to be worried about those voters who identify themselves as independents.

 

Mark Gersh

Democratic political strategist Mark Gersh says Bernie Sanders will play a big role in persuading young voters to support Hillary Clinton.

 

Rosaria Marin

Former Treasurer of the United States, Rosaria Marin, a Republican, tells Bill Press why she is supporting

 

Jim Hightower

Why not revolt?

 

 

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 25th, 2016

Sep 25, 2016 42:58

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Something a little different this week – two Republicans weigh in on Trump’s foreign policy and the global issues facing whoever is elected president.

 

Former ambassador Mike Ussery says Trump’s outrageous statements are  causing foreign policy problems he may not intend to. Trade expert Clyde Prestowitz served in both the Reagan and first Clinton administrations. He says whoever is elected has to make globalization as important an issue as national security. And Congresswoman Joyce Beatty tells Bill Press about the presidential campaigns in her swing state of Ohio.

 

Mike Ussery

Republican former ambassador Mike Ussery says Russia is playing diplomatic games with a weak hand but that Trump’s cozying up to Putin creates problems he doesn’t intend.

 

Clyde Prestowitz

Economist Clyde Prestowitz served in foreign policy positions in both the Reagan and first Clinton administrations and warns that the next president must make globalization issues every bit as important as national security ones.

 

Joyce Beatty

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty surveys the presidential race in Ohio for Bill Press.

 

Jim Hightower

Donnie's no populist, he's a Trumpist!

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 18th, 2016

Sep 18, 2016 40:42

Description:

David Cay Johnston, a financial journalist, has covered Donald Trump for almost 30 years. He shares his shocking revelations with us. Journalist Larry Tye has written a biography of Robert F. Kennedy and he says this incredibly complex man probably would have become president. And Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth tells Bill Press about his state’s crazy governor.

 

 

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston, a most unauthorized biographer of Donald Trump, says the Republican presidential nominee has been in the embrace of mobsters, con artists, swindlers and cocaine traffickers from the start of his career.

 

Larry Tye

What distinguished Robert F. Kennedy from the kind of presidential candidates we have today? RFK biographer Larry Tye says he got through to audiences by telling them things they did NOT want to hear.

 

John Yarmuth

Coming up, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth tells Bill Press about the antics of his state’s crazy governor.

 

Jim Hightower

What can you possibly buy for 47-cents these days?

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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 11th, 2016

Sep 11, 2016 46:52

Description:

Vic Fingerhut is a Democratic strategist who is concerned that the Clinton campaign is not doing all it can to win a critical voting group. Author John Judis explores the populist explosion in American politics and around the world. And political scientist Dante Chinni tells Bill Press what the latest polls mean.

 

Vic Fingerhut

Progressive political strategist Vic Fingerhut is warning the Clinton campaign not to ignore the key swing group in the election – self-identified independents.

 

John Judis

Editor-at-large John Judis of Talking Points Memo has written a book about the rebirth of populism in America.  Are Democrats on the wrong side of it?

 

Dante Chinni

Political scientist Dante Chinni tells Bill Press how we ought to look at political polling.

 

Jim Hightower

Why is delivering “Mail by the Pail” important?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 4th, 2016

Sep 5, 2016 43:27

Description:

As we celebrate Labor Day, Service Employees International Union leader David Rolf takes us through the increasingly successful fight for a 15-dollar an hour minimum wage. With the campaign now in high gear, former Republican Senator Larry Pressler tells us why he supports Hillary Clinton. And the Washington Post’s Marc Fisher talks with Bill Press about the newspaper’s book, “Trump Revealed.”

 

David Rolf

The “Fight for 15,” organized labor’s move to raise the minimum wage, is having success, state by state, reports Service Employees union leader David Rolf.

 

Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler used to be a Republican senator. Now he is an independent and thinks more people should be elected under that banner. In the meantime, he is actively supporting Hillary Clinton for president.

 

Marc Fisher

Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher shares with Bill Press some of the highlights of his book, “Trump Revealed.” All the back-cover blurbs, positive and negative, are from the Donald himself.

 

Jim Hightower

How can a CEO feel good about being vile?

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 28th, 2016

Aug 28, 2016 45:46

Description:

Congressional elections expert Mark Gersh predicts Democrats could win the Senate and should pick up double-digit gains in the House. Political analyst Kyle Kondik predicts a large Hillary Clinton Electoral College win but says Democrats have forfeited the House until after 2020. And the National Journal’s Adam Wollner, interviewed by Bill Press, also takes a deep dive into the down-ballot races.

 

Mark Gersh

Mark Gersh is an expert on congressional politics, and he says Democrats have a decent chance to win back the Senate but can make only small double-digit gains in House races, not enough for a majority.

 

Kyle Kondik

Hillary Clinton will win the electoral vote by a large margin, says University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondik but don’t count on Democrats flipping the House.

 

Adam Wollner

Coming up, the National Journal’s Adam Wollner takes us on a tour of the down-ballot races across the country, in an interview with Bill Press.

 

Jim Hightower

Fed up with Wall Street? Do something about it!

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 21th, 2016

Aug 21, 2016 43:56

Description:

Professor Jennifer Lawless says Hillary Clinton’s status as a woman won’t make any difference in whether people vote for or against her. Climate change expert Cathleen Kelly says global warming is a big foreign policy and national security issue. And Politico’s Hadas Gold analyzes the Trump campaign’s personnel moves in an interview with Igor Volsky on the Bill Press Show.

 

 

Jennifer Lawless

Professor Jennifer Lawless, an expert on politics and gender, says it is the party and the candidate, not gender, that makes a difference in elections.

 

Cathleen Kelly

Global warming isn’t just a scientific issue, but it’s also a foreign policy and national security crisis, says climate change expert Cathleen Kelly.

 

Hadas Gold

Politico’s Hadas Gold comments on the Trump campaign’s latest shakeup, in an interview with Igor Volsky on the Bill Press Show.

 

Jim Hightower

The militarization of "Officer Friendly".

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 14th, 2016

Aug 14, 2016 40:32

Description:

Democratic polling expert Celinda Lake breaks down the demographics of the presidential campaign. The Washington Post just printed an exposé about how landlords are evicting poor people over just a few dollars. An expert on this national trend, Harvard Professor Matthew Desmond, joins us to talk about housing and poverty. And Dr. Anand Parekh talks about the Zika crisis with guest host Jonathan Allen on the Bill Press Show.

 

Celinda Lake

Prominent pollster Celinda Lake says Donald Trump’s strength is with white, blue-collar, men who live near minority neighborhoods and mobile homes. Hillary Clinton, however, still has to consolidate millennials.

 

Matthew Desmond

Harvard Professor Matthew Desmond says the crux of poverty nationwide is flat incomes, rising housing prices, and widespread evictions by unscrupulous landlords.

 

Anand Parekh

Coming up, former HHS official Dr. Anand Parekh talks with Jonathan Allen on the Bill Press Show about congressional inaction on the Zika crisis.

 

Jim Hightower

When is daylight robbery not a crime?

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 7th, 2016

Aug 7, 2016 43:16

Description:

With Donald Trump dominating the news, we have two experts who try to explain him. Tax expert and journalist David Cay Johnston says Trump is a tax cheat who has associated with the mob most of his career. And Republican former diplomat Mike Ussery is no Hillary Clinton fan but says Trump’s foreign policy views are incoherent and flabbergasting. And Bill Press talks with Phoenix Congressman Ruben Gallego about the possibility of turning Arizona from red to blue.

 

David Cay Johnston

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston reveals that Donald Trump is probably a tax cheat, a friend of the mob … and COULD win the election.

 

Mike Ussery

Mike Ussery is no fan of Hillary Clinton, but this former diplomat, a staunch Republican, is befuddled by Donald Trump’s grasp of foreign policy and says the candidate’s friends should take his Twitter account away.

 

Ruben Gallego

Bill Press interviews Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about turning his state from red to blue.

 

Jim Hightower

Look who the Donald is bringing in from the cold

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 31st, 2016

Jul 31, 2016 29:35

Description:

A special netcast today, following the Democratic National Convention. Former Maryland Governor and presidential contender Martin O’Malley and former DNC chair and Senator Fred Harris appeared at a gathering of 21st Century Democrats held during Convention Week in Philadelphia. And Bill Press talks with Terry O’Neill of the National Organization for Women.

 

Martin O’Malley

From the 21st Century Democrats gathering in Philadelphia, Martin O’Malley addresses the group and then sits down to praise the Sanders movement for making the party’s platform the most progressive in history and how to fight the “fascist, racist, bigoted” Donald Trump.

 

Fred Harris

Fred Harris has been a leading figure in progressive e politics since the 1960s. He sat down with us in Philadelphia for some reflections on the past … and the future.

 

Terry O’Neill

Bill Press interviews Terry O’Neill of the National Organization for Women.

 

Jim Hightower

Allowing profiteering predators to roam our public parks.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 24th, 2016

Jul 24, 2016 36:33

Description:

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz makes the case FOR partisanship in politics as a way to create effective change. Journalist James Fallows reflects on the legacy of Jimmy Carter 40 years after he became the Democratic presidential nominee. And Bill Press talks with Democratic strategist Karen Finney

 

Sean Wilentz

Everyone seems to think partisanship is a bad idea, but historian Sean Wilentz documents how, when used effectively, it can lead to great social change.

 

James Fallows

Jimmy Carter was an “outsider” who won the Democratic presidential nomination 40 years ago. His former speechwriter, James Fallows, says that an outsider can win the White House if the public feels there is a crisis – but then it becomes very hard to actually govern.

Website: http://www.theatlantic.com/author/james-fallows/

 

Karen Finny

Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Karen Finny, about the party conventions.

 

Jim Hightower

Winning even when losing.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 17th, 2016

Jul 17, 2016 47:02

Description:

Former Senator Larry Pressler was a Republican, now an independent, and he heartily supports Hillary Clinton for president. Kyle Kondik forecasts elections. He has Hillary Clinton with a solid electoral majority. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.

 

Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler is a hunter and a combat veteran. He served three terms as a Republican senator from South Dakota. Now he supports Hillary Clinton, partly for her views on gun safety.

Website: https://www.amazon.com/Senator-Pressler-Independent-Mission-Democracy/dp/1937592588?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

 

Kyle Kondick

University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondick says everything now points to a big win for Hillary Clinton. And, he says, pay attention to Arizona and Georgia.

Website: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/the-electoral-college-map-no-2/

 

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Bill Press interviews Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson about relations between police forces and the community.

 

Jim Hightower

Winning even when losing.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 10th, 2016

Jul 10, 2016 53:17

Description:

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Hillary’s campaign is hampered by Bill’s and her tendency to say dumb things but Donald Trump’s campaign is a threat to democracy. Yale Professor Jacob Hacker makes the case for strong government to make markets work and ensure prosperity. And Bill Press talks with Joseph Zogby, a Sanders member of the Democratic platform committee.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Progressive commentator Fred Rotondaro says despite Hillary Clinton’s recent problems, she will have the campaign organization and the entire Democratic Party behind her to launch her into the White House.

Website: http://www.catholicsinalliance.org/

 

Jacob Hacker

The fact that so many people are hostile to government is a reminder of what Yale Professor Jacob Hacker calls “American Amnesia” about how regulation brought scientific advances and ensured prosperity.

Website: http://isps.yale.edu/news/blog/2016/03/jacob-hackers-new-book-american-amnesia-just-released#.Vv8sV4-cGM8

 

Joseph Zogby

Bill Press interviews Joseph Zogby, a Sanders representative to the Democratic platform committee.

 

Jim Hightower

What does it mean to "gig" American workers?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 3rd, 2016

Jul 3, 2016 49:23

Description:

Republican trade expert Clyde Prestowitz says the winners in free trade are the 1 per cent and the losers are everyone else. Progressive author Thomas Frank asks “What the hell happened to Barack Obama?” The question is part of his belief that too many Harvard grads are making a mess of things. And Bill Press talks with Politico’s Elena Schneider about Senate elections.

 

 

Clyde Prestowitz

Clyde Prestowitz is a labor economist who served in the Reagan and Clinton Administrations. He gives us a pretty good explanation of what free trade is all about. Hint: It isn’t about trade, it’s about investment.

Website: www.econstrat.org

 

Thomas Frank

What’s gone wrong with the Democratic Party of the New Deal? Author Thomas Frank says the party has become identified with the affluent professional class, not the middle class.

Website: http://www.tcfrank.com/

 

Elena Schneider

Bill Press interviews political reporter Elena Schneider of Politico.

 

Jim Hightower

Why was the “Brexit” vote so shocking to global elites?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 26th, 2016

Jun 25, 2016 45:13

Description:

Salon editor David Daley has written a new book provocatively titled “Rat-Effed,” about how Republicans openly manipulated the political process to take control of Congress. Journalist Andrew Gumbel is an expert on dirty elections. He says the Democrats have many problems, including choosing to live too close to other Democrats. And Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show interviews reporter David Fahrenthold about Donald Trump’s phony charities.

 

David Daley

David Daley, the author of an acclaimed new book called “Rat-Effed,” accuses the Republicans of a conspiracy to take over the government – except they did it openly right under the noses of the Democrats.

Website: http://www.amazon.com/Ratf-ked-Behind-Americas-Democracy/dp/1631491628/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465244619&sr=8-1&keywords=ratfcked

 

Andrew Gumbel

The Democrats routinely get more votes across the country in elections for Congress. But Republicans are in charge. Journalist Andrew Gumbel says it’s due to gerrymandering and suppressing Democratic votes.

Website: www.andrewgumbel.com

 

David Fahrenthold

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, on the Bill Press Show, exposes Donald Trump’s phony charitable donations.

 

Jim Hightower

Paul Ryan has some snake oil for you.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 19th, 2016

Jun 18, 2016 40:49

Description:

Todd Gitlin, a historian of the Sixties, compares Donald Trump to George Wallace, but this time the racism won’t help the Republicans win the White House as it did in 1968. In light of the Orlando massacre, we reprise an interview with Dr. Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America. And Bill Press interviews Representative Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

 

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin was an activist in the 1960s and a historian of that turbulent political era. He compares Donald Trump to George Wallace … and says the Republicans have become “the party of frustrated male pride.”

Website: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/profile/38-todd-gitlin/10

 

 

Nina Agrawal

In light of the massacre in Orlando, we are pleased to re-play an interview with Dr. Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America. She explains how Republicans have barred federal research on gun violence – which she calls “a public health epidemic.”

Website: http://www.drsforamerica.org/issues/gun-violence-research-ban

 

Mark Pocan

Bill Press interviews Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan.

 

Jim Hightower

How job cuts miraculously turn into job “creation”



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 12th, 2016

Jun 12, 2016 42:37

Description:

As Hillary Clinton homes in on the Democratic presidential nomination, political science professor Jennifer Lawless says that voting for women is no longer a novelty for most people. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Bernie Sanders is not going to allow Donald Trump to win the White House, but Hillary still has to reassure his supporters. And Bill Press interviews Representative Sandy Levin of Michigan on the GOP anti-poverty plan.

 

Jennifer Lawless

Political scientist and feminist Jennifer Lawless says the polarization of politics has helped women candidates because voters now look at party affiliation and not gender.

Website: www.american.edu/wpi

 

Fred Rotondaro

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Hillary Clinton has plenty of work to do to bring Bernie Sanders supporters into her camp and Sander will not do anything to allow Trump to win the White House.

Website: http://www.catholicsinalliance.org/

 

Sandy Levin

Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Sandy Levin on Paul Ryan’s latest anti-poverty scheme.

 

Jim Hightower

Donald Drumpf is Deranged.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 5th, 2016

Jun 4, 2016 41:46

Description:

Harvard’s top foreign policy expert, Joseph Nye, looks at the global challenges facing the next president. Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says her experience may be a vulnerability, but also means she has an understanding of how to achieve consensus and make government work. And Bill Press interviews the Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk The Second about Obamacare and voting rights for ex-felons.

 

 

Joseph Nye

Joseph Nye, a Harvard professor and one of the country’s most prominent foreign policy analysts, says the Middle East and China are the biggest issues facing the next president.

Website: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/joseph-nye

 

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen, who is working on a second book about Hillary Clinton, says she might be seen in the presidential campaign as the hawk and Donald Trump as the dove. Her strength, though, may be simply that she knows how to work the levers of power at home and abroad.

Website: www.sidewire.com

 

Vann Newkirk

Bill Press interview the Atlantic Magazine’s Vann Newkirk The Second about Obamacare and voting rights for ex-felons.

 

Jim Hightower

How Hillary has sent chills down my spine.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 29th, 2016

May 29, 2016 43:38

Description:

Political scientist Jacob Hacker says Americans are amnesiacs. Many have forgotten what already made it great. The answer, he says, is government. Harvard scholar Alexander Hertel-Fernandez examines how and why Democrats have been throttled in state and local politics. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Sean Maloney about the House actually standing up for LGBT rights.

 

Jacob Hacker

Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker has written a book called “American Amnesia.” What have we forgotten? He documents that life is better – and America remains great – due to actions of government.

Website: http://isps.yale.edu/news/blog/2016/03/jacob-hackers-new-book-american-amnesia-just-released#.Vv8sV4-cGM8

 

 

Alex Hertel-Fernandez

If you want to get progressive values enacted across the country, Harvard scholar Alex Hertel-Fernandez says work at the state and local level – just the way conservatives have trounced liberals in the past.

Website:  http://www.hertelfernandez.com/

 

Sean Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Maloney tells Bill Press about how Republicans were shamed into supporting LGBT rights on the House floor.

 

Jim Hightower

How a foreign Beer pulled a coup on "America"



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 22nd, 2016

May 21, 2016 38:09

Description:

This week we hear from a couple of prominent professors who have the guts to say what few people want to admit. Princeton historian Sean Wilentz says partisanship is actually good for democracy, and Harvard law professor Joseph William Singer speaks up in defense of government regulation, AND how conservatives benefit from it. And Congresswoman Nita Lowey of  New York tells Bill Press about efforts to fight the Zika virus, despite Republican penny-pinching.

 

Sean Wilentz

A lot of political observers are decrying all the partisanship in Washington. But historian Sean Wilentz reminds us that it is political parties that historically have BEEN the force that has done the MOST to convert public anger into new laws and institutions.

 

William Joseph Singer

Harvard professor William Joseph Singer explains just how important government regulation is to the free market system. And he says progressives are all in favor of private property – “we just want people to have some.”

Website: http://www.amazon.com/No-Freedom-without-Regulation-Subprime/dp/0300211678

 

Nita Lowey

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey tells Bill Press about the congressional effort to fight the Zika virus.

 

Jim Hightower

Who says crime doesn't pay?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 15th, 2016

May 15, 2016 37:10

Description:

Prominent author Thomas Frank, who wrote, “What’s the Matter With Kansas,” turns his fire on class-conscious Democrats – the upper class. D.C. journalist Chuck McCutcheon has co-authored a dictionary of political doubletalk. Or, as he puts it, everything is “just all politics.” Wall Street investor Morris Pearl argues against the interest of his former colleagues in calling for repeal of the “carried interest” deduction.



Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank, who a lot of people listen to, has a new book called “Listen, LIBERAL,” and he is not kind about the affluent Democrats who look down upon the party’s working class roots.

Website: http://www.tcfrank.com/

 

Chuck McCutcheon

What does it mean when a candidate says, “let’s put politics aside?” Journalist and author Chuck McCutcheon explains it means, “shut up and do what I want.”

Website: www.dogwhistlebook.com

 

Morris Pearl

Next, former Wall Street investor Morris Pearl speaks up on behalf of taxing the rich, like himself, and doing away with the tax break for hedge fund managers.

 

Jim Hightower

How Uber goobered and Lyft slipped down.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 8th, 2016

May 8, 2016 47:03

Description:

Now that it looks like a Clinton-Trump presidential campaign, journalist Jonathan Allen, who wrote a book about Hillary, says the contest could be about who is more unlikeable. Political prognosticator Alan Abramowitz says an election without an incumbent is hard to predict but he thinks a Clinton victory is the more likely. And Bill Press interviews Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokeswoman Sadie Weiner.

 

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen wrote a book about Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, and although her service may be a big campaign issue, he says the real contest will be about which candidate can paint the other one as more unlikeable.

Website: www.sidewire.com

 

Alan Abramowitz

Professor Alan Abramowitz has a good record of predicting presidential elections, and he says Hillary Clinton is the most likely winner, but he also says don’t expect a landslide.

Website: http://news.emory.edu/tags/expert/alan_abramowitz/

 

Sadie Weiner

Bill Press interviews Sadie Weiner of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

 

Jim Hightower

How Donnie Trump saved America.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 1st, 2016

May 1, 2016 45:51

Description:

On May Day, union lawyer Tom Geoghegan says strengthening the labor movement is the key to rebuilding the middle class. Donald Trump boasts that he will defeat the Islamic State, but Middle East expert and former Ambassador Peter Galbraith says it would take 100,000 U.S. troops and billions of dollars to destroy a movement that will die on its own. And Bill Press talks with USA Today’s Susan Page about the Ted Cruz-Carly Fiorina ticket.

 

Tom Geoghegan

Labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan says the outlook for labor is terrible as long as Republicans control Congress, and that the way to end that control is to end gerrymandering.

Website: http://dsgchicago.com/attorneys/attorney-thomas-geoghegan/books/Primary Phone:

 

Peter Galbraith

Middle East expert and former Ambassador Peter Galbraith says it would take 100,000 U.S. troops to destroy the Islamic State, which he thinks is doomed in the long run because it is surrounded by enemies.

 

Susan Page

Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page.

 

Jim Hightower

Guess who is the biggest player in offshore bank scams.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 24, 2016

Apr 25, 2016 41:15

Description:

Union executive David Rolf celebrates “The Fight for Fifteen” … law professor Nancy Maveety talks about partisanship in the history of Supreme Court nominations. And Bill Press interviews Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

 

Hillary Clinton has come out for a fifteen-dollar minimum wage, and the story behind the “Fight For Fifteen” is told by West Coast union executive David Rolf. President Obama continues to stand firm on his Supreme Court nominee, and professor Nancy Maveety, an expert on the process, says partisanship SHOULD be taken into account up to a point. And Bill Press talks with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

 

David Rolf

A prominent union leader, David Rolf, has written a book on the history of “The Fight For Fifteen” – raising the minimum wage to at least that level. He says there is little hope that Congress will do it, but that states and localities are acting.

Website: http://seiu775.org/leadership/david-rolf/

 

Nancy Maveety

Nancy Maveety, a law professor at Tulane, says, historically, the Supreme Court has not always been pro-business and reminds us that Citizens United was, in fact, only a 5-4 decision.

Website: http://www.transactionpub.com/title/Picking-Judges-978-1-4128-6330-8.html

 

Jeff Merkley

Bill Press interviews Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

 

Jim Hightower

Who says crime doesn't pay?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 17, 2016

Apr 17, 2016 49:19

Description:

This week, we talk about elections – turnout, dirty tricks, and voting from home. Journalist Andrew Gumbel, of The Guardian, says there is a solemnity in going to your local polling place, but former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says having to do so is the biggest form of voter suppression. And Bill Press talks with Oregon Congressman Earl Bluemenauer on a wide range of issues, from pot legalization to raising the gasoline tax.

 

Andrew Gumbel

Journalist Andrew Gumbel has written a book about the history of dirty elections in America. He says low turnout is caused by the two-party system, but he is skeptical of proposals to let people vote from home.

Website: www.andrewgumbel.com

 

Phil Keisling  

Phil Keisling is one of the leading advocates for voting from home, and he says the requirement to show up at an individual polling place is the single most effective voter suppression device.

Website: https://www.pdx.edu/cps/phil-keisling

 

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press covers a wide range of topics – from pot to gas taxes -- with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer

 

Jim Hightower

Guess where the King of Coal is headed?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 10, 2016

Apr 10, 2016 42:18

Description:

Professor Alan Abramowitz predicts the presidential election … Todd Gitlin compares Donald Trump to George Wallace … and Bill Press interviews Amanda Terkel about DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

 

Political scientist Alan Abramowitz, who has developed a model that has successfully predicted past presidential elections, says the numbers look good for the Democrats. Social and political historian Todd Gitlin compares the Trump campaign to the George Wallace campaigns of the 1960s. And Bill Press talks with the Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel about the job Debbie Wasserman Schultz is doing as chair of the DNC.

Alan Abramowitz

Political science professor Alan Abramowitz says President Obama’s legacy is at stake in this election, but he does have a statistical model showing that, as of now, Hillary Clinton is the most likely to become the 45th president.

http://news.emory.edu/tags/expert/alan_abramowitz/

Todd Gitlin

Professor Todd Gitlin was an activist in the 1960s, and he sees parallels between George Wallace and Donald Trump, whom he characterizes as “a demagogue in search of a story.”

http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/profile/38-todd-gitlin/10

Amanda Terkel

Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz in trouble at the DNC? Journalist Amanda Terkel answers that question in an interview with Bill Press.

 

Jim Hightower

What happened to America's train system?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 3, 2016

Apr 2, 2016 41:42

Description:

Author Steven Hill explains how the new economy is reshaping what we think of as work. Former ambassador AND Republican Mike Ussery has some thoughts about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and foreign policy. And Bill Press talks with University of Virginia political expert Kyle Kondik, who says the electoral vote map is, as of now, a lock for the Democrats

 

 

Steven Hill

Economic analyst Steven Hill documents how the growing economy is putting more money in fewer pockets and how workers are having a difficult time. He has some suggestions for a safety net for everyone.

http://www.americanacademy.de/home/person/steven-hill

 

Mike Ussery

Republican foreign policy expert Mike Ussery sees his party possibly splitting up after the election, and he says it maybe both necessary AND refreshing.

 

Kyle Kondik

Coming up, electoral college expert Kyle Kondik tells Bill Press that recent events have made the presidential contest, at this moment at least, noncompetitive.

 

Jim Hightower

What is fueling "Hurricane Donnie" Trump

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 27, 2016

Mar 27, 2016 34:20

Description:

The head of the Latino Victory Fund says the road to the White House will go through the Latino community. Pediatrician Nina Agrawal exposes the Republican Congress’s refusal to fund research on one major epidemic affecting children – gun violence. And Bill Press talks with New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries about the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

 

Cristóbal Alex

Cristóbal Alex is the President of the Latino Victory Project and the Latino Victory Foundation, an effort to build Latino political power. He says the Hispanic presidential candidates, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, threw their people under the bus.

http://latinovictory.us/

 

Nina Agrawal

Pediatrician Dr. Nina Agrawal says public health research focused on gun violence could save lives – especially children’s lives – but Congress won’t allow it.

http://www.drsforamerica.org/

 

Hakeem Jeffries

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries talks with Bill Press about the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

 

Jim Hightower

Who should pay Mitch McConnell's salary?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 20, 2016

Mar 19, 2016 41:43

Description:

Jere Glover has been studying national economic data for years, and, once again, the latest figures show that the economy thrives under Democrats and flops under Republicans. Robert Paarlberg is an expert on food, and he has some ideas about how to combat obesity by improving public policy. Progressive author Thomas Frank talks with Bill Press about his new book on liberal setbacks under President Obama.

 

Jere Glover

If you only listened to Republicans, you would have no idea that for the last 60 years or so, almost every measure of the economy does much better when a Democrat is president. Jere Glover runs down the evidence for us.

 

Robert Paarlberg

How do we get a handle on obesity … and poverty? Harvard professor Robert Paarlberg says sound public policy can help … including exempting sugary products from food stamp eligibility.

 

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank talks with Bill Press. They both have books out about disappointments for progressives under a Democratic president.

 

Jim Hightower

Will GOP lawmakers say "yes" to any Obama proposal?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 13, 2016

Mar 13, 2016 39:51

Description:

Former ambassador Peter Galbraith talks about Syria and how both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders measure up on foreign policy issues. Wendell Potter used to be an insurance industry executive. Now he has written a book about how big money has corrupted Washington policy making. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky talks with Bill Press about the upcoming congressional fights over Planned Parenthood.

 

Peter Galbraith  

Former ambassador Peter Galbraith says when it comes to foreign policy, Hillary Clinton will have a steady hand and Bernie Sanders has shown good judgment. The Republicans? No comparison!

 

Wendell Potter

Money will always be a feature of American political campaigns, says former lobbyist Wendell Potter. But legislation is needed to limit the influence of the rich and powerful.   

 

Jan Schakowsky

Bill Press talks with Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky about the upcoming congressional fights over Planned Parenthood.

 

Jim Hightower

Bernie battles Clinton… and the corporate media.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 6, 2016

Mar 6, 2016 39:46

Description:

Political Science Professor Nancy Maveety is an expert on how presidents pick judicial nominees. Things are different this time around, she says, because Senate Republicans have gone beyond the extreme. Sheila Simon used to be lieutenant governor of Illinois, and she warns the rest of the country about what happens when people elect a super-rich guy with no political experience. That’s what happened in her state – big businessmen from out of state buying the governorship. And Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, in an interview on the Bill Press Show, tells the devastating story of the water poisoning in Flint, Michigan.

 

Nancy Maveety

Nancy Maveety is an expert on the history of federal court nominations. While there is always a partisan element in the process of the Senate advising and consenting, she says this time Mitch McConnell has escalated the rhetoric and gone beyond all previous examples of extremism.

http://www.transactionpub.com/title/Picking-Judges-978-1-4128-6330-8.html



Sheila Simon

In 2015, a rich businessman, elected with money from his out-of-state cronies, took over the governorship of Illinois. The results have been a disaster, reports Sheila Simon, who HAD been lieutenant governor.   

http://sheilasimon.org/

 

Brenda Lawrence

Michigan Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, interviewed on the Bill Press Show, describes the disaster in Flint, Michigan.

 

Jim Hightower

Going down the Republican rabbit hole.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 28, 2016

Feb 29, 2016 39:56

Description:

What if you could vote by mail instead of trekking down to the your precinct’s polling place. Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says it would dramatically increase turnout, especially among progressives. Professor Theda Skocpol explains how the Democrats ceded control of state government to Republicans. And Bill Press interviews Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline about the Supreme Court vacancy and about guns.

 

Phil Keisling  

Phil Keisling used to be the secretary of state for Oregon, one of three states that allows people to vote by mail. He said the practice increases turnout, especially among younger and more diverse voters.

 

Theda Skocpol  

Government professor Theda Skocpol says Democrats think the presidency is the biggest political prize and, unfortunately, ignore politics at the state level.

 

David Cicilline

Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about the Supreme Court vacancy.

 

Jim Hightower

Who should pay Mitch McConnell's salary?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 21, 2016

Feb 21, 2016 44:46

Description:

Progressive author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation says the old New Deal economy and its safety net guarantees is crumbling for millions of U.S. workers. Government professor Danielle Allen says Marco Rubio is the most thoughtful of the GOP candidates and warns that Democrats cannot always take their current popularity among minorities and the young for granted. And Bill Press interviews Patrick Turner, a privacy expert with the publication “Defense One” about the battle between the FBI and Apple.

 

Steven Hill

Steven Hill advocates for rights of all the millions of part-time workers in this “gig economy” but says Donald Trump is an economic populist who is articulate in his understanding of the undeserving rich.

 

Danielle Allen

Government professor Danielle Allen believes that fixing criminal violence and bad policing starts with ending the drug war.

 

Patrick Tucker

Coming up, Bill Press interviews the Patrick Tucker about the battle between Apple and the FBI.

 



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 14, 2016

Feb 14, 2016 37:38

Description:

Richard Hasen on plutocrats in politics … Chuck McCutcheon on what the politicians really mean … and Bill Press interviews Charles Lechner, of “People For Bernie.”

 

 

Law professor Richard Hasen is an expert on campaign finance law. He says the problem isn’t money in politics. The problem is BIG money in politics. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon has written a book essential to understanding the 2016 campaign: a dictionary of euphemisms politicians use to hide what they really mean. And Bill Press interviews Charles Lechner, an ex-Occupy Wall Streeter who now heads “People for Bernie.”

 

Richard Hasen

As Bernie Sanders denounces the effect of money in politics, campaign finance expert Richard Hasen says money doesn’t corrupt an office-seeker, but it does make a candidate viable.

http://electionlawblog.org

 

Chuck McCutcheon

What does it mean when a politician says an idea is “counterproductive?” Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes this and all the other doubletalk of a political campaign,

www.dogwhistlebook.com

 

Charles Lechner

Bill Press interviews the head of “People for Bernie,” Charles Lechner.

 

Jim Hightower

Where inequality comes from.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 7, 2016

Feb 8, 2016 44:17

Description:

Sheila Simon on the corporate takeover of the Illinois governor’s mansion … former ambassador Michael Ussery on Republicans and foreign policy … and a Bill Press Show interview with conservative commentator Michael Graham.

 

The Republican governor of Illinois is working for billionaire businessmen trying to break unions and the middle class. Former Democratic lieutenant governor, Sheila Simon, explains how that happened. President Obama visited a mosque, and former Ambassador Michael Ussery says anti-Muslim rhetoric by some of his fellow Republicans makes things harder for American diplomacy. And conservative radio host Michael Graham talks politics with Peter Ogburn on the Bill Press Show.

Sheila Simon

Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon explains how her state has been taken over by a Republican governor operating not on ideology but on helping his business buddies make more money.

http://sheilasimon.org/

Michael Ussery

Michael Ussery is a Republican and a former political operative. He says the establishment, in both parties, has to go away.

Michael Graham

Coming up, Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show interviews conservative radio host Michael Graham about the GOP candidates.

Jim Hightower

Executive excess getting excessive



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 31 2016

Jan 31, 2016 42:21

Description:

Former Carter aide Richard Moe on the former president’s legacy, political scholar Elaine Kamarck on the changing news media, and Bill Press interviews Bush-bashing ex-Republican Roger Stone.

 

It was Jimmy Carter who made the Iowa caucuses important, and now, 40 years later, one of his aides, Richard Moe, reflects on Carter’s legacy. Scholar Elaine Kamarck reflects on how people are now getting their political news. And, a new book by an ex-Republican hatchet man says the Bush family is a criminal enterprise. Bill Press interviews the author, Roger Stone.  

 

Richard Moe

The Iowa primary is now all-important in presidential politics, and Jimmy Carter made it that way. Former aide Richard Moe says the 39th president is finally getting the praise he deserves.

 

Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution says the problem with getting your news from social media is that you simply choose what you want to see, not necessarily what you need to see.

http://www.brookings.edu/about/centers/effective-public-management

 

Roger Stone

Bill Press interviews author Roger Stone, who makes provocative charges about the Bush family.

 

Jim Hightower

Something is happening.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 24, 2016

Jan 24, 2016 38:59

Description:

Jere Glover proves that Democrats are better for the economy … immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been wary about admitting refugees … and Bill Press interviews Elise Foley of Huffington Post.

 

Business expert Jere Glover has the numbers to prove that Democrats are better at running the economy than Republicans. Americans have always been ambivalent about admitting refugees, explains professor Maria Cristina Garcia. And, with the Supreme Court about to take up the president’s immigration powers, Bill Press interviews Huffington Post’s Elise Foley.

 

Jere Glover  

Jere Glover has been collecting data for decades and has the numbers to prove that under Democratic presidents, the economy does much better than under Republicans.

 

Maria Cristina Garcia

Historian Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been ambivalent about refugees – sympathetic but not necessarily accepting

http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-garcia.php

 

Elise Foley

Bill Press interviews Elise Foley about the Supreme Court taking up President Obama’s immigration actions.

 

Jim Hightower

The real story of Ted Cruz's "heroic" daddy.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 17, 2016

Jan 17, 2016 34:32

Description:

Cristobal Alex says Hillary Clinton pretty much has the Latino vote locked up … Why are so many poor people obese? Robert Paarlberg explains.… and Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On.

 

Hispanic leader Cristobal Alex says the road to the White House will go through the Latino community, and right now Hillary Clinton is far ahead. Food expert Robert Paarlberg says the poor do have access to grocery stores, but they don’t have the time to fix meals. And Bill Press interviews Move-On leader Ben Wikler about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.

 

Cristobal Alex

Cristobal Alex heads a new Latino political group and he says his community will determine who the next president is.

 

Robert Paarlberg

Contrary to common belief, poor people in urban areas do have access to healthy food but they don’t have the time to prepare it, says professor Robert Paarlberg.

 

Ben Wikler

Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.

 

Jim Hightower

Why has nefarious corporate behavior become so commonplace?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 10, 2016

Jan 10, 2016 39:02

Description:

Gun safety is at the top of the national agenda, and ours, too. Pediatrician Nina Agrawals says cars are regulated but no one wants to take your car away. Women’s advocate Melanie Verveer says investing in women improves the economy. And Bill Press interviews gun safety advocate Congressman David Cicilline.

 

Pediatrician Nina Agrawal explains her fight to get Congress to start funding research on gun safety. Former ambassador for global women’s issues Melanie Verveer describes them as the same as issues important to all human beings. And Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about gun safety legislation.

 

Nina Agrawal

Nina Agrawal is a pediatrician who advocates a resumption of federal funding for research on preventing gun violence. She says it worked for car safety, fire safety and bicycle safety.

www.drsforamerica.org/

 

Melanie Verveer

Women’s issues are the same issues that all human beings want to see happen in their lives, says former ambassador Melanie Verveer.

https://giwps.georgetown.edu/

 

David Cicilline

Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about gun safety legislation.

 

Jim Hightower

The wall of campaign dishonesty.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 3, 2016

Jan 4, 2016 38:42

Description:

Labor expert Tom Geoghegan calls GOP interest in working people “baloney.” Progressive political analyst Ed Kilgore assesses Hillary Clinton’s prospects. And, sitting in for Bill Press, Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner review the year in politics.

 

Inequality is now on the agenda for the Republican Party, too, but labor lawyer and activist Tom Geoghegan says it is “baloney.” Political analyst Ed Kilgore says the fact that Marco Rubio is considered a moderate is about all anyone needs to know about the Republican party. And Bill Press guest hosts Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner discuss presidential politics.

 

Tom Geoghegan

Labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan thinks the Republicans “faux populism” is a good sign for Democrats … because we own the issue.

http://dsgchicago.com/attorneys/attorney-thomas-geoghegan/books/

 

Ed Kilgore

Political analyst Ed Kilgore says despite some progressives’ disdain for Hillary Clinton, she on course for the Democratic nomination, and the White House.

http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org

 

Meredith Shiner

Bill Press guest hosts Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner chat about the year in politics.

 

Jim Hightower

Hello Congress: Meet your poverty-wage food servers.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 27, 2015

Dec 27, 2015 44:19

Description:

Fred Rotondaro assesses Pope Francis and Paul Ryan … Lee Drutman answers the question of what kind of person runs for president … and Bill Press talks with Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.

 

 

One of the past year’s biggest religious stories was the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and lay Catholic commentator Fred Rotondaro assesses his message. Political analyst Lee Drutman tells us what’s wrong with our political system … partly the quality of the candidates. And Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus about President Obama’s year.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro, a regular commentator here, and chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, says Pope Francis is setting a standard that Catholic progressives, and the Church hierarchy, have to follow up on.

http://www.catholicsinalliance.org/

 

Lee Drutman

Political scientist Lee Drutman analyzes what’s wrong with our political system and asks the question: “Who wants to run for president?” The answer? “Only crazy people.”

http://www.newamerica.org/

 

Paul Brandus

Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus.

 

Jim Hightower

Turning human misery into corporate profits.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 20, 2015

Dec 21, 2015 44:43

Description:

Elaine Kamarck on those wacky Republicans … Richard Moe on refugees … and Bill Press with Morris Pearl, a patriotic millionaire.

 

Republican debate craziness should help the Democrats, says Brookings scholar Elaine Kamarck. FDR scholar Richard Moe compares the plight of Syrian refugees with that of Jews denied entry into the United States in the 1930s. And Bill Press interviews Morris Pearl, a businessman who wants the rich to pay more in taxes.

 

Elaine Kamarck

Public affairs scholar Elaine Kamarck thinks the wackiness of the entire Republican presidential field can only help the Democratic nominee.

http://www.brookings.edu/about/centers/effective-public-management

 

Richard Moe

A scholar who has studied Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration says FDR could have done more to save European Jews and that America should now take in Syrian refugees.

 

Morris Pearl

Bill Press interviews Morris Pearl, the head of Patriotic Millionaires

 

Jim Hightower

Merry Christmas, right-wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 13, 2015

Dec 13, 2015 47:20

Description:

Immigration historian Maria Cristina Garcia says the current uproar over refugees is not new … Harvard Professor Danielle Allen reflects on the fragmentation of American politics … and Bill Press interviews Congressman Ruben Gallegos.

 

Immigration … refugees … religious tests. Cornell Professor Maria Cristina Garcia examines the history of an America that has not always been a welcoming place for those seeking freedom. Harvard Professor Danielle Allen sees a future of fragmented presidential politics based on smaller constituencies whipped up by outsiders with limited appeal. Is the answer multiple parties? And Bill Press interviews freshman Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego.

 

Maria Cristina Garcia

Immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says that for anyone trying to enter the country to engage in terrorism, the refugee program is the hardest way.

http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-garcia.php

 

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen, a government professor and MacArthur “genius,” thinks we should be moving in the direction of multiple political parties.

http://ethics.harvard.edu/pages/about

 

Ruben Gallego

Coming up, Bill Press interviews Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego.

 

Jim Hightower

The sleaze, guilt, and punishment of Don Blankenship.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 6, 2015

Dec 7, 2015 45:07

Description:

Baltimore law professor Michael Higginbotham and political columnist Ed Kilgore analyze the Black Lives Matter movement … and Bill Press interviews Joe Romm about global warming.

 

A trial in Baltimore, a political crisis in Chicago, and a nation focused on police and community relations. Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says just because police have a difficult job to do doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable when things go wrong. Political analyst Ed Kilgore says the Black Lives Matter movement will help solidify minority voters and their allegiance to the Democratic Party. And Bill Press interviews climate change expert Joe Romm.

 

Michael Higginbotham

Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says he is hopeful about progress in police and community relations but that cops should not get a pass just because they have such a difficult job.

http://www.fmichaelhigginbotham.org/

 

 

Ed Kilgore

Columnist Ed Kilgore says the Black Lives Matter movement eventually will help solidify the relationship between minority voters and the Democratic Party.

www.thedemocraticstrategist.org

 

Joe Romm

Bill Press interviews climate change expert Joe Romm about the recent international conference in Paris.

 

Jim Hightower

Rafael and Ted Cruz: Like father, like son.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 29, 2015

Nov 30, 2015 46:03

Description:

Melanne Verveer on women’s economic power. Fred Harris tells the truth about immigration. and, on the Bill Press Show, Jimmy Williams interviews Jackie Kucinich.

 

Melanne Verveer was the first U.S. ambassador for women’s issues, and she has some thoughts about the economic power that women have, both locally and globally. Fred Harris was a United States Senator, chair of the Democratic party and a member of the Kerner Commission on racial violence. He has some strong views about the issues of race and immigration that are still dividing the nation. And Jimmy Williams, sitting in for Bill Press, interviews reporter Jackie Kucinich about Hillary Clinton.

 

Melanne Verveer

The country’s first ambassador at large for global women’s issues, Melanne Verveer, explains how women’s economic power goes beyond just consumer spending.

https://giwps.georgetown.edu/

 

Fred Harris

Former Senator Fred Harris says Donald Trump is acting against the interests of the United States by opposing immigration, and sets the record straight about who the so-called illegal immigrants really are..

 

Jackie Kucinich  

Coming up, reporter Jackie Kucinich with the latest on Hillary Clinton – in an interview with Jimmy Williams on the Bill Press Show.

 

Jim Hightower

Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 22, 2015

Nov 23, 2015 47:36

Description:

Thanksgiving reflection – America’s income inequality is worse than Pakistan’s says Ron Formisano. Voters often don’t bother to consider reality, says Arthur Lupia. And Bill Press interviews Cameron Joseph about the NRA and terrorism.

                                        

This Thanksgiving and campaign season, historian Ron Formisano talks about how income inequality hampers economic growth for all;  political scientist Arthur Lupia explains why otherwise intelligent people can be so ignorant on political issues. And Bill Press interviews New York Daily News reporter Cameron Joseph, about the NRA support of terrorism.’

 

Ron Formisano

Noted historian Ron Formisano compares income distribution and inequality in America to Pakistan, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Guyana and Venezuela – and the comparison is not good.

https://history.as.uky.edu/users/rform2

 

Arthur Lupia

Professor Arthur Lupia examines the behavior of American voters, who are often ignorant about the issues facing them. He says when we have simple choices, you don’t HAVE to know anything.

http://www.arthurlupia.com

 

Cameron Joseph

Bill Press interviews Cameron Joseph of the New York Daily News.

 

Jim hightower

What honeybees, humans, and art have in common.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 15, 2015

Nov 16, 2015 36:31

Description:

Civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says black lives have always mattered. Housing expert Andre Shashaty says minorities are now afflicted by “zombie foreclosures.” And Bill Press interviews CNN’s Tom LoBianco on the GOP race.

 

Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham reflects on racial turmoil in America. Housing expert Andre Shashaty says that in half a century, conditions have not improved very much in terms of affordable housing for minorities. And Bill Press interviews Tom LoBianco of CNN’s Digital Politics about the debating Republicans.



Michael Higginbotham

Baltimore law professor Michael Higginbotham reflects on the racial turmoil breaking out again in America, and says black lives have always mattered … except to the Supreme Court.

http://www.fmichaelhigginbotham.org/

 

 

Andre Shashaty

Andre Shashaty has been working in the housing field for half a century, and says things are not looking up. And he explains the new phenomenon of “zombie foreclosures.”

http://360investmentadvice.com/about/who-we-are/extended-biography-andre-shashaty/

 

 

Tom LoBianco

Bill Press interviews CNN’s Tom LoBianco about the Republican presidential candidates.

 

Jim Hightower

Obama says "We are writing the rules." Who's "we"?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 8, 2015

Nov 7, 2015 40:31

Description:

Lee Drutman says Paul Ryan may be in for a surprise … Fred Rotondaro says the Republican presidential candidates are looking for answers too simplistic … and Bill Press interviews Susan Page about the new book on the Bushes.

 

Political scientist and Congress-watcher Lee Drutman assesses the House Republicans under new Speaker Paul Ryan. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the Republicans biggest problem is they are looking for brutally simplistic answers to complicated issues. And Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page on a new book about George H.W. Bush … and his son.

 

Lee Drutman

Political scientist Lee Drutman wonders how long it will take for Paul Ryan to come to the same conclusion as John Boehner – that the Freedom Caucus is made up of “crazy people” who he will not listen to.

www.newamerica.org/

 

Fred Rotondaro

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro surveys the presidential field and says Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a great shot and that Trump and Carson are taking advantage of their party’s need for honesty.

http://www.catholicsinalliance.org/

 

Susan Page

Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page about the Presidents Bush.

 

Jim Hightower

Warning: Pink ribbons don’t cure breast cancer



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 1, 2015

Nov 2, 2015 44:09

Description:

Fred Harris on the fruits of the Kerner Commission … Ari Berman on Republican attempts to keep Democrats from voting … and a Bill Press Show interview with about Bernie Sanders and pot.

 

Fred Harris is the last surviving member of the 1968 Kerner Commission on urban disorders. He says race relations and poverty have regressed since the Reagan Administration. Journalist Ari Berman has a new book about how Republicans are imposing voting restrictions, and he tells us how Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz kept blacks from voting in the tainted 2000 presidential election. And the Bill Press show features an interview by Igor Volsky of journalist Amanda Terkel about Bernie Sanders and pot.

 

Fred Harris

Former Senator Fred Harris served on the Kerner Commission on Civil Disorders almost half a century ago. Now, he says the progress that was made in race relations and fighting poverty stopped in the Reagan Administration.

 

Ari Berman

Journalist Ari Berman has written a book called “Give Us the Ballot.” He details for us the long, sordid record of Republicans – including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and John Roberts – in preventing minorities from voting.

http://ari-berman.com

 

Amanda Terkel

Igor Volsky interviews journalist Amanda Terkel on the Bill Press Show about Bernie Sanders and his position on marijuana.

 

Jim Hightower

What's the price on Jeb Bush's "integrity"?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 25, 2015

Oct 26, 2015 42:12

Description:

David Grusky tells how inequality is passed down from generation to generation … Aaron Schutz talks about the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky … and Bill Press interviews Congressman Chris van Hollen.

 

Sociology professor David Grusky says the growing income inequality is bad for the economy – no matter how much they make. Professor  Aaron Schutz  tells us about the history of community organizing, how complaining about lack of cable TV can lead to action against rat-infested apartments. And Bill Press talks with Maryland Congressman Chris van Hollen.

 

David Grusky

The waste of talent due to income inequality in America harms the overall economy, says professor David Grusky.  

www.grusky.org

 

Aaron Schutz

Community organizing is a little known part of the democratic process, and professor Aaron Schutz says it is an activity aimed at reform, not revolution.

https://uwm.edu/education/people/schutz-aaron/

 

Chris van Hollen

Bill Press and his guest, Maryland Congressman Chris van Hollen

 

Jim Hightower

How much "free speech" can you buy?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 18, 2015

Oct 19, 2015 51:28

Description:

 

Historian Ron Formisano describes plutocracy … legal expert Garrett Epps explains the loss of voting rights … and Bill Press interviews Senator Sherrod Brown on the T-P-P.

 

 

Historian Ronald Formisano explains what plutocracy is and how we are currently governed by it. Constitutional expert Garrett Epps reviews voting rights and the missing voice of Congress in foreign policy. And Bill Press talks with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown about the Trans Pacific Partnership.

 

Ron Formisano

Distinguished historian Ron Formisano has written a book about plutocracy and says we are in a new “gilded age” when the state and federal governments are up for sale.

https://history.as.uky.edu/users/rform2

 

Garrett Epps

Garrett Epps teaches law, and he says Republicans are now committed to suppressing the vote and ignoring the congressional role in national security.

http://law.ubalt.edu/faculty/profiles/epps.cfm

 

Sherrod Brown

Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

 

Jim Hightower

Ryan bitten on the butt by his own mad dogs.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 11, 2015

Oct 12, 2015 50:07

Description:

Historian David Kennedy on military-civilian relations … professor Jennifer Lawless on why young people hate politics … and Bill Press interviews progressive banker Keith Mestrich.

 

Pulitzer Prize winning military historian David Kennedy talks about the politics of war and relations between the military and their civilian bosses. Bernie Sanders may be attracting a lot of young people, but government professor Jennifer Lawless says they generally show no interest in running for office themselves ... EVER! And Bill Press interviews Keith Mestrich --  a progressive, that’s right, a progressive banker!

 

 

David Kennedy

Military historian David Kennedy says the military industrial complex isn’t what it used to be. And he advocates attaching a specific appropriation to any congressional authorization for the use of force.

http://west.stanford.edu/people/kennedy

 

Jennifer Lawless

How do we get high school and college students to harness their do-gooder spirit into elective politics? Professor Jennifer Lawless suggests – video games!

http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/lawless.cfm

 

Keith Mestrich

Bill Press and his guest, progressive banker Keith Mestrich.

 

Jim Hightower

"We are writing the rules." Who's "we"?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 4, 2015

Oct 5, 2015 43:28

Description:

Historian Julian Zelizar on the legacy of Jimmy Carter … energy expert Michael Levi on the Keystone pipeline and fracking … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

 

Prominent presidential historian Julian Zelizer reflects on Jimmy Carter’s legacy, as the former president turns 91 years old. As President Obama imposes new anti-smog rules, Hillary Clinton comes out against the Keystone pipeline, and Shell Oil departs the Arctic Circle, energy expert Michael Levi explains the economics of energy production. And Congresswoman Jackie Speier tells Bill Press she expects a government shutdown just before Christmas.

 

 

Julian Zelizer

Historian Julian Zelizer says Jimmy Carter cares deeply about policy … and there was no way he was going to sit quietly during his post-presidency.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fierce-Urgency-Now-Congress/dp/1594204349

 

Michael Levi

Michael Levi, a senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations, says we focus too much attention on the telegenic, rather than the important, environmental aspects of energy production.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fierce-Urgency-Now-Congress/dp/1594204349

 

Bill Press

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California.

 

Jim Hightower

Who will oversee Volkswagen's overseers?

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 27, 2015

Sep 28, 2015 51:45

Description:

Arthur Lupia on the pull of political ignorance … David Rolf on workers’ rights in the new economy … and Bill Press interviews journalist Alex Seitz-Wald.

 

 

Why is it that our opponents so steadfastly ignore the truth? Political scientist Arthur Lupia is an expert on ignorance, and he says it’s because people care more about values than about facts. With Scott Walker out of the presidential race and polls showing stronger support for unions, labor leader David Rolf is optimistic about a number of trends, including raising the minimum wage. And journalist Alex Seitz-Wald talks with Bill Press about U.S.-Chinese relations.

 

Arthur Lupia

Professor Arthur Lupia explains why facts don’t matter in political discussions. He says if progressives don’t speak to voters about values, it is unlikely they will listen.

http://www.arthurlupia.com

 

David Rolf  

West Coast union leader David Rolf is optimistic that Congress will eventually follow all the states that are tired of waiting and are raising the minimum wage on their own.

http://seiu775.org/leadership/david-rolf/

 

Alex Seitz-Wald

Bill Press and his guest, journalist Alex Seitz-Wald.

 

Jim Hightower

A flagrant liar for president?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 20, 2015

Sep 21, 2015 42:46

Description:

Historian Michael Genovese bemoans the lack of strong leaders … sociologist David Grusky says America is not as upwardly mobile as we think … and Bill Press interviews Steny Hoyer, the assistant Democratic leader in the House.

 

Following the Republican debates, we hear from a prominent presidential historian who says we are in an era of leadership by intellectual and moral dwarfs. A Stanford sociologist reveals that half of a child’s future economic success depends on where the stork drops her. And House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer tells Bill Press about the outlook for another government shutdown.

 

Michael Genovese

Professor Michael Genovese is a prominent presidential scholar, and he says President Obama’s recent use of executive power is a result, in part, of a weak Congress better suited to the 18th Century than to the 21st.

http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/ils/about/

 

David Grusky

America has always prided itself on social mobility, but a new book by sociologist David Grusky says we are less upwardly mobile than most other well-off countries, and he says it is because some children might have chosen the wrong parents!

www.grusky.org

 

Steny Hoyer

Bill Press and his guest, House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer.

 

Jim Hightower

"Non-candidate" campaigns dominate 2016 presidential race



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 13, 2015

Sep 14, 2015 43:29

Description:

Garrett Epps on Republican attempts to repeal the 14th Amendment; Andre Shashaty reflects on the 50 years since the Watts riot. And Bill Press interviews disarmament expert Joe Cirincione.

 

A Constitution Week interview with University of Baltimore professor Garrett Epps, who talks about “anchor babies,” “originalism” and the legacy of civil rights pioneer Julian Bond. Fifty years after the first of the urban riots, expert Andre Shashaty explains the link between government policy and discrimination in housing. And nuclear weapons expert Joe Cirincione, in an interview with Bill Press, updates us on the Iran deal.

 

Garrett Epps

Law professor Garrett Epps tells Republicans who are concerned about “anchor babies” to get on with their lives because the Constitution guarantees citizenship to people born in the United States.

http://law.ubalt.edu/faculty/profiles/epps.cfm

 

Andre Shashaty

In the 50 years since the Watts riot, there was only a brief period of time when government actually tried to end housing discrimination. And one of those who tried to help was named Romney. Hear the story from housing expert Andre Shashaty.

http://360investmentadvice.com/about/who-we-are/extended-biography-andre-shashaty/

 

Joe Cirincione

Bill Press and his guest, nuclear arms expert Joe Cirincione.

 

Jim Hightower

Battling the forces of inequality in Grand Rapids



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 6, 2015

Sep 7, 2015 46:43

Description:

A former aide, James Fallows, reminisces about Jimmy Carter … Professor Jennifer Lawless examines why young people turn away from politics … and Bill Press talks politics with Emma Roller.

 

James Fallows was a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter. He reflects on the achievements of the 39th president. Political scientist Jennifer Lawless has surveyed 4,000 high school and college students and found that 9 out of 10 have no interest in ever running for office. She explains why. And Emma Roller of the National Journal talks presidential politics with Bill Press.

 

James Fallows

President Jimmy Carter should be remembered for many things, says his speechwriter James Fallows, not the least of which is deregulation, which paved the way for, among other things, microbreweries!

http://www.theatlantic.com/author/james-fallows/

 

Jennifer Lawless  

Young people have no interest in running office – ever. Political scientist Jennifer Lawless says it’s because they find politics dysfunctional and a waste of time.

http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/lawless.cfm

 

Emma Roller

Bill Press and his guest, Emma Roller of the National Journal.

 

 

Jim Hightower

WHO SAYS AMERICA DOESN'T NEED UNIONS?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 30, 2015

Aug 31, 2015 44:38

Description:

With Labor Day coming up, union president David Rolf and economic analyst David Madland explain how a strong economy relies on the middle class. And Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar.

 

New numbers show a strengthening economy, but why does it skip so many American workers? We talk today with TWO experts about middle-class values and the value of the middle class. Union president David Rolf notes the irony that this is one of the best times to be a consumer and the worst time to be an employee. Economic analyst David Madland shows that trickle-down economics has failed and that ultimately facts will trump special interests and ideology. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Bill Press about her new book.

 

David Rolf

Union leader David Rolf says even Republicans can be persuaded that America will be better off with a strong middle class. But it’s the plutocrats and their hired guns standing in the way.

http://seiu775.org/leadership/david-rolf/

 

David Madland

Economic expert and author David Madland says it’s a strong middle class that makes democracy work and even Republicans can be persuaded of that.

davidmadland.com

 

Amy Klobuchar

Bill Press and his guest, Senator Amy Klobuchar

 

Jim Hightower

Thank you, taxpayers, for financing a monument to greed.






AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 23, 2015

Aug 23, 2015 45:59

Description:

Prominent historian Michael Genovese on why Trump would be a terrible president … voting expert Daniel McGraw says Republican voters are dying faster than Democrats … and sociologist Andrew Cherlin links marriage to income.

 

Distinguished presidential historian Michael Genovese explains the what it takes to be a good president, and he says Donald Trump would not be an effective one. Voting analyst Daniel McGraw says there is a death gap between the two parties, with many more Republican voters checking out than Democrats. And sociologist Andrew Cherlin says only people with decent combined incomes are getting married these days.

 

Michael Genovese

One of America’s most distinguished historians, Michael Genovese, describes the powers and limitations of the presidency … and says Donald Trump would find that barking orders is not going to work.

 

Daniel McGraw

Journalist and voting expert Daniel McGraw says Republicans have an actuarial  problem because so many of their voters are older than Democrats. But, he warns, if the Republicans concentrate on economic issues, they may get younger voters to listen to them.

 

Andrew Cherlin

Sociologist Andrew Cherlin says there is a marriage gap, with only those couples with the prospect of decent incomes actually legalizing their union.

 

Jim Hightower

Government of, by, and for Big Money.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 16, 2015

Aug 16, 2015 45:29

Description:

Fifty years after the Watts riot, we talk about race and power, with anthropologist Richard Perry and community organizing expert Aaron Schutz. In addition, Bill Press interview Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

 

Fifty years after the Watts riots, we talk today about race as a cultural, not a genetic, artifact and about the history of community organizing to achieve power. Anthropologist Richard Perry tells us there is an upsurge in discredited theories that genes determine how we act. And professor Aaron Schutz reminds us how both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were disciples of the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. And Bill Press interviews Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the Iran nuclear deal.

 

 

Richard Perry

Anthropologist Richard Perry won’t even use the word “race” without quotation marks because it is not a biologically valid category. We are who we are, he says, because of what we have learned.

https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/killer-apes-naked-apes-and-just-plain-nasty-people

 

Aaron Schutz

Professor Aaron Schutz explains the history of community organizing, from its founding father Saul Alinsky through Barack Obama, whom he suggests wanted people to be engaged but then got annoyed when they did.

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/university-press/book/9780826520425

 

Ernest Moniz

Bill Press and his guest, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

 

Jim Hightower

You, too, can be part of Scott Walker's inner circle



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 9, 2015

Aug 10, 2015 46:28

Description:

Climate change -- historian David Kennedy says it is is the biggest national security threat, and energy guru Michael Levi says it could be eased by judicious use of fracking.

 

Seventy years after the first and only military use of atomic bombs, historian David Kennedy says they proved not to be a useful weapon. And, he says, today’s biggest threat is not nuclear war but climate change! Climate change is on the mind of energy expert Michael Levi, who says that the benefits of President Obama’s new plan to restrict carbon emissions will exceed the costs. And Bill Press interviews North Carolina Congressman David Price on the Iran nuclear agreement.

 

David Kennedy

Historian David Kennedy says the biggest threat to national security is not terrorism, cyberwarfare or nuclear weapons … but climate change.

http://west.stanford.edu/people/kennedy

 

Michael Levi

Michael Levi, an expert on the effects of carbon emissions on climate change, says he doesn’t think the use of renewable energy will solve the whole problem.

http://www.cfr.org/experts/energy-geoeconomics/michael-a-levi/b11890

 

David Price

Bill Press and his guest, North Carolina Congressman David Price.

 

Jim Hightower

"Non-candidate" campaigns dominate 2016 presidential race.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 2, 2015

Aug 3, 2015 43:12

Description:

Isaac Martin on rich peoples’ movements, Caroline Lee on “do-it-yourself democracy” and Bill Press with Congressman Jim Clyburn.

 

With Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders railing against privilege in America, sociologist Isaac Martin reviews how the rich have organized themselves into a powerful lobby. Another sociologist, Caroline Lee, explains the concept of “do-it-yourself democracy” and how it might help with relations between police and civilians. And Bill Press interviews Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn.

 

Isaac Martin

Professor Isaac Martin has studied one particular economic trend in American history and tells us about that, and the topic of his book “The Rich People’s Movements.”

http://anthroweb.ucsd.edu/~iwmartin/

 

Caroline Lee

Sociologist Caroline Lee thinks that the idea of public engagement, or do-it-yourself democracy, can bring people together to transform basic relationships, such as between police and the community.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199987269.do

 

Jim Clyburn

Coming up … Bill Press and his guest, Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn.

 

Jim Hightower

Don't TPP on me.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 26, 2015

Jul 27, 2015 54:26

Description:

Fred Rotondaro talks about urban policing … author Richard Heinberg says fracking may be doomed by economics alone. And Bill Press chats with Peter Kornbluh of “The Nation.”

 

Another police encounter with an African-American results in death, and regular commentator Fred Rotondaro examines “the nothingness” that leads to somebody dying. Author Richard Heinberg says fracking may become less of an issue because its cost to energy companies is more than the return. And Bill Press interviews Peter Kornbluh about relations with Cuba.

 

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro looks at the outbreak of police-citizen violence and suggests that it is more about class than race.

http://www.catholicsinalliance.org/

 

Richard Heinberg

Author Richard Heinberg says public acceptance of the global warming crisis is growing and that we are running out of time before an economic and ecological disaster.

www.postcarbon.org

 

Peter Kornbluh

Coming up … Bill Press and his guest, Peter Kornbluh of “The Nation”

 

Jim Hightower

Democratic senators say “Nuts to you.”

 

 

 

 

 



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 19, 2015

Jul 20, 2015 39:44

Description:

Stephen Miles says Republicans want war with Iran … voting analyst Daniel McGraw says Republicans are dying off faster than they are being replaced … and Bill Press talks with Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan.

 

Defense policy expert Stephen Miles says that if the Iran nuclear deal is blocked by Congress, it will lead to war – and many Republicans want that to happen. Maybe Donald Trump’s anti-Hispanic rhetoric will make no difference, because voting analyst Daniel McGraw says the Latino vote won’t make a difference in any states other than Florida and possibly Colorado. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Dan Kildee, about Iran, Hillary Clinton and the TPP.

 

Stephen Miles

Stephen Miles, an anti-war advocate and defense policy expert, says if Congress kills the Iran nuclear deal, it will lead to war, and that’s what many Republicans want.

http://winwithoutwar.org/

 

Daniel McGraw

Despite the nasty rhetoric from Donald Trump, the Hispanic vote won’t make much of a difference in 2016, says voter analyst Daniel McGraw. Why? Because the Hispanic vote simply is already a lock for Democrats in all but possibly Florida and Colorado.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan.

 

Jim Hightower

You, too, can be part of Scott Walker's inner circle.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 12, 2015

Jul 13, 2015 41:45

Description:

Ira Shapiro in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Richard Perry on racism as a social disease … and Bill Press with humorist Stephanie Miller.

 

With President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement still showing signs of life in Congress, a former Clinton Administration trade official says an agreement will let the United States, not China, set labor and environmental regulations. Anthropologist Richard Perry denounces the pseudo-science of biological determinism – the idea that genes determine the outcomes of your life. And Bill Press interviews fellow radio host, and humorist, Stephanie Miller.

 

Ira Shapiro

Ira Shapiro was a trade official in the Clinton Administration, and he says the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a good deal for America and that failure would be great for China.

www.shapiroglobal.com

 

Richard Perry

Anthropologist Richard Perry looks at the political motives of those who think that genes, and race, determine how humans behave. If you think people can’t change, he says, it’s a good argument for opposing change.

https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/killer-apes-naked-apes-and-just-plain-nasty-people

 

Stephanie Miller

Bill Press and his guest, progressive radio host Stephanie Miller.

 

Jim Hightower

Chris Christie: A constantly-lying "truth teller".











AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 5, 2015

Jul 3, 2015 41:55

Description:

David Madland says America was founded as a middle-class country. John Halpin says Hillary looks pretty solid … and Bill Press celebrates 10 years on the air with Senator Amy Klobuchar.

 

America celebrated its 239th birthday, and David Madland of the Center for American Progress reminds us that the United States was founded as a middle-class country. Bernie Sanders is pulling big crowds and wowing progressives, but political scientist John Halpin says that while progressivism IS the defining element of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton still looks pretty solid. And Bill Press celebrates the 10th anniversary of his radio and TV show by interviewing Senator Amy Klobuchar.

 

David Madland

Author David Madland has just written a book about “the hollowing out of the middle class.” Yet he reminds us that America was founded 239 years ago AS a middle-class country.

davidmadland.com

 

John Halpin

Political scientist John Halpin says that while Bernie Sanders is wowing the masses, and that while progressivism IS the defining element of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton remains a pretty solid favorite to win the presidential nomination.

americanprogress.org

 

Amy Klobuchar

Bill Press and his 10th anniversary program guest Senator Amy Klobuchar.

 

Jim Hightower

What moved marriage equality from taboo to justice?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 28, 2015

Jun 29, 2015 47:01

Description:

David Shipler on the state of the First Amendment, Lee Drutman on corporate influence peddling, and Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko on TPP.

 

On the anniversary of American independence, journalist and First Amendment expert David Shipler says there is a mixed picture of free speech. Legally, you can say anything you want, but there are sometimes invisible cultural limits. Political reform advocate Lee Drutman says the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is not helping corporations run Congress as much as old-fashioned lobbying is. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko, an opponent of TPP.

 

David Shipler

Free speech expert David Shipler gives us an Independence Day review of free speech, a free press in the Internet era, and the merits of whistle-blowing by Edward Snowden.

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/215359/freedom-of-speech-by-david-k-shipler

 

Lee Drutman

Lee Drutman studies the role of influence-peddling in government and says that corporations spend 34 times as much as issue advocacy groups. And that, he concludes, is just not a fair fight.

www.newamerica.org/

 

Paul Tonko

Bill Press and his guest. TPP opponent Congressman Paul Tonko.

 

Jim Hightower

"The Donald Show"

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 21, 2015

Jun 21, 2015 33:27

Description:

Maryland attorney general Frosh on fracking … peace advocate Stephen Miles on U.S. policy toward Iran … and Bill Press interviews Congressman John Yarmuth.

 

Maryland’s new attorney general, Brian Frosh, talks about fracking, offshore drilling and gun control. Peace advocate Stephen Miles says if Republicans scuttle an agreement, the U.S. and Iran will be on a collision course to war. And Bill Press interviews Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth

 

Brian Frosh

Maryland’s new Democratic attorney general, Brian Frosh, says he plans to be active on issues facing his and many states – fighting fracking, offshore drilling and guns.

http://www.oag.state.md.us/

 

Stephen Miles

Peace advocate and arms expert Stephen Miles says an agreement between the U.S. and Iran is the greatest opportunity to solve one of America’s biggest national security threats.

http://winwithoutwar.org/

 

John Yarmuth

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Yarmuth.

 

Jim Hightower

Jeb launches "Pickett's Charge" campaign

 

 



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 14, 2015

Jun 14, 2015 50:30

Description:

Barney Frank with a message for progressives … Fred Rotondaro on TPP and the 2016 campaign … and Bill Press with Sister Simone Campbell, of Nuns on the Bus.

 

Some tough words for progressives from former Congressman Barney Frank – don’t just march -- start doing the dirty work of getting Democrats elected. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is doomed. And Bill Press interviews Sister Simone Campbell about the Pope’s upcoming encyclical on climate change

 

Barney Frank  

Barney Frank says progressives have to do more dirty work, and less shouting, to get people voting, and voting Democratic.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro take a dim view of the Trans Pacific Partnership and has some predictions about the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

 

Simone Campbell

Bill Press and his guest, Sister Simone Campbell.

 

Jim Hightower

Stop Postal executives from destroying our Postal Service.

 

 



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 7, 2015

Jun 8, 2015 36:50

Description:

Former trade negotiator Ira Shapiro says fears about the TPP are exaggerated … Judicial analyst Ian Millhiser indicts the Supreme Court. And Bill Press interviews TPP opponent Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

 

A former NAFTA negotiator weighs in on the Trans Pacific Partnership, and Ira Shapiro argues it will benefit the American economy and put us in a better position in the competition with China. With the Supreme Court ready to end its terms with a flurry of important decisions, legal expert Ian Millhiser concludes that historically the court has sided against the bad guys. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Jackie Speier, an opponent of TPP.

 

Ira Shapiro

Ira Shapiro negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement. He tells us why he thinks the very controversial Trans Pacific Partnership is necessary, and that it is not as bad as progressives have made it out to be.

www.shapiroglobal.com

 

Ian Millhiser

Ian Millhiser has written extensively about the Supreme Court, and as the nine justices finish this term with important rulings, he says that time and time again the good guys lose in the highest court in the land..

http://thinkprogress.org/author/ian-m/

 

Jackie Speier

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

 

Jim Hightower

Feingold to Snowden to Paul: Curtailing the Patriot Act.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 31, 2015

Jun 1, 2015 38:18

Description:

Author Robert Putnam on the rich world and the poor world … Latina activist Eileen Truax on immigration … and Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page

 

“Bowling Alone” author Robert Putnam has a new book out in which he talks about two very separate American worlds – the rich world and the poor world. With the President’s immigration program held up in the courts, Latina activist Eileen Truax tells us who the Dreamers are and why they are so important. And Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page.

 

Robert Putnam

Harvard professor and bestselling author Robert Putnam says Democrats  dropped the ball a long time ago by refusing to recognize that family structure and class – not race – was the main determinant of poverty.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Our-Kids/Robert-D-Putnam/9781476769899

 

Eileen Truax

Eileen Truax is a Latina journalist and activist who has written about the Dreamers. With President Obama’s immigration policy under attack in the courts, she says many immigrants come to America not just for economic reasons but to escape violence in their home countries.

www.dreamersthebook.com

 

Susan Page

Bill Press and his guest, Susan Page of USA Today.

 

Jim Hightower

Far from "liberalizing" global policies, TPP is corporatizing.











AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 24, 2015

May 25, 2015 53:49

Description:

First amendment expert David Shipler says covering Washington is like covering Cold War Russia … sociology professor Andrew Cherlin ties a drop in college graduation and marriage to the growing income gap … and Congressman Dan Kildee assails the president on trade in a Bill Press Show interview.

 

At this patriotic time of year, celebrating Memorial Day, journalist David Shipler says President Obama’s campaign against whistleblowing reminds him of covering Cold War Russia. Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin, at this time of graduations and weddings, notes that the growing economic disparity is having a negative effect on higher education and marriage rates. And Congressman Dan Kildee takes on the president over trade in an interview on the Bill Press show.

 

 

David Shipler

Barack Obama promised to be the most transparent president, but journalist David Shipler writes that this liberal constitutional lawyer has made covering national security like trying to cover Moscow during the Cold War.

 

Andrew Cherlin

Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin says that family life is shrinking along with the middle class because young people can’t afford to get married and devote time to children.

http://soc.jhu.edu/directory/andrew-j-cherlin/

 

Dan Kildee

Congressman Dan Kildee assails the president on trade in a Bill Press Show interview.  

 

Jim Hightower

Big Food trying a big hoax.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 17, 2015

May 18, 2015 58:27

Description:

Barney Frank says his Wall Street reforms are working … Lee Drutman says Congress is a farm league for K Street. And Bill Press gets Congressman Xavier Becerra to consider a Senate run.

 

Barney Frank says that a repeal of the Wall Street reform act that bears his name will never happen as long as a Democrat is president. Professor Lee Drutman has written a book about the power of lobbyists, and he says Congress is merely a farm league for K Street. And Bill Press interviews 4th-ranking House Democrat Xavier Becerra about the Trans Pacific Partnership … and his own Senate aspirations.

 

Barney Frank

How has the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act worked out? Very well, says co-author Barney Frank, who also has some thoughts about the situation in Baltimore, the lack of affordable housing … and police unions.

http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Politics-Society-Same-Sex-Marriage/dp/0374280304

 

Lee Drutman

Corporate lobbyists spend 34 times as much money trying to influence Congress as does the combination of organized labor and public interest groups. And professor Lee Drutman says that means corporations have every seat at every table.

www.newamerica.org/

 

Xavier Becerra

And now Bill Press and his guest, California congressman Xavier Becerra.

 

Jim Hightower

The secret coalition pushing the secretive TPP scam.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 10, 2015

May 10, 2015 49:12

Description:

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on the troubles in Baltimore … former Ambassador Peter Galbraith on trusting Iran – or not … and Bill Press interviews political commentator Jonathan Allen.

 

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says the Baltimore riots highlight the need for improving police procedures and systemic conditions of poor health, bad education and hopelessness. Former ambassador Peter Galbraith reveals that President George W. Bush squandered the possibility for a good agreement to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And Bill Press interviews journalist Jonathan Allen about the Republican presidential field … and Hillary Clinton.

 

Brian Frosh

Most police officers in Baltimore, and elsewhere, are fine public servants, but Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh says the troubles in that city point out the need to improve police procedures.

http://www.oag.state.md.us/

 

Peter Galbraith

The U.S. could have had a good nuclear deal with Iran back in 2003, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith, but the George W. Bush administration squandered the opportunity.

 

Jonathan Allen

Bill Press and his guest, journalist Jonathan Allen.

 

Jim Hightower

Stop postal execs from destroying our Postal Service.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 3, 2015

May 4, 2015 39:45

Description:

Ian Millhiser explains what’s wrong – or far right – with the Supreme Court. Jared Bernstein says politics got in the way of a fuller economic recover. And Bill Press interviews Bernie Sanders.

 

Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser takes the Supreme Court apart, and in light of the arguments on same-sex marriage, says no one wants a world where business can discriminate because you’re gay. With the latest numbers showing the economy flattening out, former Obama adviser Jared Bernstein says this was not a tremendous recovery, because politics got in the way. And Bill Press interviews Independent Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

 

Ian Millhiser

For most of its history, the Supreme Court has sided with America’s aristocracy, and constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser says that’s because justices have no connection with the common people.

http://thinkprogress.org/author/ian-m/

 

Jared Bernstein

Former Obama economist Jared Bernstein says we know how to fix the economy – the Fed should show patience with interest rates and Congress must stop doing fiscal harm.

 

Bernie Sanders

And now Bill Press and his guest Independent Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

 

Jim Hightower

An epidemic of CNE syndrome strikes Wisconsin



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 26, 2015

Apr 27, 2015 42:02

Description:

John Halpin on Hillary Clinton and income inequality … Thomas Geoghegan on the Democratic Party’s need to revive organized labor … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

 

 

Democratic analyst John Halpin says Hillary Clinton will not campaign as a raging populist but also is not going to propose rolling back Dodd-Frank. Union lawyer and activist Thomas Geoghegan says the Democratic Party is living in a fantasy world if it doesn’t recognize that its future depends on reviving the labor movement. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Barbara Lee on drone attacks.

 

John Halpin

The big issue of income inequality does not interest most Americans, says public opinion expert John Halpin. But Democrats can cash in on the issue if they talk about the specific components of inequality – such as wages, education, and taxes.

www.americanprogress.org

 

Thomas Geoghegan

Longtime union lawyer and activist Thomas Geoghegan says labor will not come back as a political force without militancy, disruption and educating the Democratic Party elite that its future depends on unions.

http://dsgchicago.com/attorneys/attorney-thomas-geoghegan/books/

 

Barbara Lee

Bill Press and his guest California Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

 

Jim Hightower

A cluster bomb to obliterate our sovereignty.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 19, 2015

Apr 20, 2015 38:33

Description:

Robert Putnam on the growing opportunity gap, Barry Eichengreen on watching out for the banking industry … and Bill Press with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

 

Harvard professor Robert Putnam, of “Bowling Alone” fame, talks with us about his new book about saving our children from the effects of a growing opportunity gap. Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen explains how the power of money in shaping public policy has put the American economic system at risk. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.about equal pay for women.

 

Robert Putnam

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam says it isn’t income inequality so much that we should be worried about but “opportunity inequality” – the economic and cultural class segregation that violates the core of America’s identity.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Our-Kids/Robert-D-Putnam/9781476769899

 

Barry Eichengreen

Some fairly weak new regulations on the banking industry after the Great Recession might limit future booms and busts, but Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen says achieving financial stability is still a long way off.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199392001.do

 

Cheri Bustos

And now Bill Press and his guest Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

 

Jim Hightower

Message to TPP elites: Secret government is Un-American.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 12, 2015

Apr 13, 2015 42:01

Description:

Former diplomat Peter Galbraith asks what’s the alternative to a deal with Iran. Environmental author Richard Heinberg says we may be facing the end of civilization. And Bill Press interviews church & state expert Barry Lynn.

 

Peter Galbraith is a former ambassador and expert on the Middle East. He answers questions about the value of the administration’s deal with Iran. Richard Heinberg is an environmental and energy expert. He warns we are on the brink of extinction as a civilization. And Bill Press interviews the Reverend Barry Lynn about recent assaults on civil liberties.

 

Peter Galbraith

The recent agreement between the United States and Iran was a good one, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith because there is no better alternative.

 

Richard Heinberg

Author Richard Heinberg says the fossil fuel industry is so powerful that it is writing America a prescription for environmental disaster.

www.postcarbon.org

 

Barry Lynn

Bill Press and his guest the Reverend Barry Lynn.

 

Jim Hightower

Oil refinery workers on strike over explosive issue.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 4, 2015

Apr 5, 2015 38:16

Description:

Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen on her campaign prospects … professor Thomas Schaller on problems facing House Republicans … and Bill Press talks Chicago politics with Lynn Sweet.

 

It’s April already. Is this the month Hillary Clinton declares for president? Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says after she announces, she will have to move to the left, but not too fast. Political scientist Thomas Schaller thinks the Republican party is going to be hurt by the loosening of campaign spending rules because it means outside forces will seize power from party leaders. And Bill Press interviews Chicago political reporter Lynn Sweet.

 

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen, now the chief political correspondent for vox-dot-com, has written extensively about Hillary Clinton. He says one problem facing her likely presidential run is the history of infighting among her staff.

www.hrcbook.com

 

Thomas Schaller

Political scientist Thomas Schaller says the polarization in Congress is so great that all Republicans are farther to the right than any single Democrat. Another way of putting it is that the most conservative Democrat is still to the left of the most liberal Republican.

http://yalebooks.com/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300172034

 

Lynn Sweet

Bill Press interviews Chicago political reporter Lynn Sweet.

 

Jim Hightower

2016 presidential candidates address inequality (sort of)



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 29, 2014

Mar 29, 2015 51:55

Description:

Historians Julian Zelizer and David Chappell reflect on the civil rights movement after Martin Luther King … and Latina activist Eileen Truax looks forward to immigration reform.

 

As we approach the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, two historians of the civil rights movement assess his legacy. Professor Julian Zelizer reviews the complicated relationship between King and LBJ, and he also has some thoughts on current presidential politics as well. Historian David Chappell re-assesses the civil rights movement, noting that after King, there developed a false trajectory. And Latina activist Eileen Truax tells us about her book featuring young immigrant “Dreamers.”

 

Julian Zelizer

Julian Zelizer is a Princeton scholar of Lyndon Johnson as well as the civil rights movement. He says civil rights activism is no longer as organized or coherent as it was when it sought, and won, passage of the Voting Rights Act.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fierce-Urgency-Now-Congress/dp/1594204349/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

 

David Chappell

Historian David Chappell explains the post-Martin Luther King trajectory of the civil rights movement, which he says may have been only a historical artifact with King as the central figure.

http://history.ou.edu/david-chappell

 

Eileen Truax

Latina activist and author Eileen Truax says immigration reform should not be a political issue because it is really a human rights issue. She tells us about her new book about young immigrant Dreamers.

 

Jim Hightower

Cruz is running for President of What?

 

 

 






AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 22, 2014

Mar 22, 2015 46:18

Description:

Lani Guinier on merit in college admissions, Caroline Lee on the public engagement industry, and Bill Press with Congressman John Larson on Social Security.

 

High school seniors are waiting to see what college they will get into, and Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier says true merit admissions should be based on how well a student will contribute to society. Sociologist Caroline Lee explains the movement toward “public engagement,” a form of activism that brings diverse stakeholders together. And Bill Press talks with union leader Congressman John Larson about the future of Social Security.

 

Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier is a Harvard Law professor with some thoughts on how to introduce true merit into the college admissions process, which she says now privileges only the wealthy.

 

Caroline Lee

Professor Caroline Lee tells us about the concept of “public engagement,” which tries to avoid professional activism in solving both corporate and community problems.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199987269.do

 

John Larson

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Larson.

 

Jim Hightower

Obama resorts to government by sucker punch.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 15, 2014

Mar 16, 2015 48:02

Description:

Joe Califano remembers the Great Society … sociologist Chad Broughton remembers NAFTA … and Bill Press interviews municipal employees’ union president Lee Saunders.

 

With Selma, Oklahoma and Ferguson in the news, former LBJ aide Joe Califano says that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, the rollback of civil rights is an outrage. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton examines the tragedy of a major American manufacturer moving to Mexico and blames it on NAFTA. And Bill Press talks with union leader Lee Saunders about Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working people.

 

Joe Califano

Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. He talks with us today about the monumental legislative achievements of the Great Society -- and about the outrage of Republicans rolling back civil rights gains.

 

Chad Broughton

Labor sociologist Chad Broughton has done a case study on how NAFTA helped shift bargaining power away from unions to corporations.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/boom-bust-exodus-9780199765614?cc=us&lang=en&

 

Lee Saunders

Bill Press and his guest. Lee Saunders, president of the the American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees.

 

Jim Hightower

The isolated splendor of the superrich.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 8, 2014

Mar 8, 2015 40:23

Description:

Jon Allen on Hillary Clinton’s blind spots … Jared Bernstein on economic recovery … and Bill Press with guest April Ryan on the Ferguson report.

 

Author Jonathan Allen says the Hillary Clinton organization has a number of “blind spots.” Is her use of private email for government business one of them? Former Obama economic adviser Jared Bernstein urges the Fed to be patient about raising interest rates. And Bill Press talks with journalist and author April Ryan about the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Jonathan Allen

Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says it remains to be seen how much the email controversy will haunt her, but it is an example of why it made sense for her to delay announcing for president.

http://www.hrcbook.com/

 

Jared Bernstein

Why are Democrats and Wall Street so cozy? Economist Jared Bernstein says it’s because investors see politics as just another market to invest in.

www.jaredbernsteinblog.com

 

April Ryan

Bill Press and his guest author April Ryan.

 

Jim Hightower

The GOP gang of Supremes go after Obamacare.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 1, 2014

Mar 1, 2015 40:50

Description:

Obama gets a B-plus on recovery efforts … the radical rich borrow tactics the radical poor … and Bill Press interviews House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer.

 

 

Economist Barry Eichengreen says Obama deserves a B-plus in his economic recovery course.Sociologist Isaac Martin outlines the history of a radical activist group. We call them “the rich.” And Bill Press talks with Democratic whip Steny Hoyer about the dysfunctional House of Representatives.

 

Barry Eichengreen

Economist Barry Eichengreen analyzes the current fiscal crisis in Europe and says the Euro currency is like the Hotel California. You can never leave it.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199392001.do

 

Isaac Martin

How did the rich get so many breaks from the government? Professor Isaac Martin explains that they used the tactics of social progressives and radicals to get their way.  

http://anthroweb.ucsd.edu/~iwmartin/

 

Steny Hoyer

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Steny Hoyer, the assistant Democratic leader of the House of Representatives.

 

Jim Hightower

 

The secret corporate congress inside the US Congress.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 22, 2014

Feb 22, 2015 34:00

Description:

The buzz about the movie “Selma” from historian Julian Zelizer. Mike Barnes on Putin, the thug … and Bill Press interviews Elizabeth Warren backer Erica Sagrans.

 

Historian and LBJ expert Julian Zelizer says Hollywood missed an opportunity with the movie “Selma.” Former Congressman Mike Barnes calls Vladimir Putin “a KGB thug” but says he has lost his swagger. And Bill Press talks with Erica Sagrans, head of the group trying to draft Elizabeth Warren.

 

Julian Zelizer

Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer is an expert on Lyndon Johnson and the civil rights movement. He is disappointed that “Selma,” which he thinks is a “phenomenal movie” but missed a chance to get history exactly right.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fierce-Urgency-Now-Congress/dp/1594204349/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

 

Mike Barnes

Former Congressman Mike Barnes takes a look at Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and says President Obama has handled him brilliantly.

http://www.ciponline.org/about-us/experts-staff/michael_barnes

 

Erica Sagrans

Bill Press and his guest, Erica Sagrans, who is trying to get Elizabeth Warren to run.

 

Jim Hightower

 

Turning human misery into corporate profits.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 15, 2014

Feb 15, 2015 42:50

Description:

Califano on the movie “Selma,” author Darman on how LBJ and Reagan were alike, and Bill Press interviews Hillary biographer Jonathan Allen.

 

With the Oscars coming up, former Lyndon Johnson aide Joe Califano unloads on “Best Picture” nominee “Selma” for being “totally false.” Author Jonathan Darman has written a book comparing LBJ with Ronald Reagan, an odd couple who were the last two “outsized” presidents. And Bill Press talks with Jonathan Allen, co-author of a book about Hiliary Clinton.

 

Joe Califano

Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. Today he blasts the movie “Selma” for a totally false portrayal of his former boss.

 

Jonathan Darman

What did Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan have in common? Author Jonathan Darman says they were the last consequential presidents because they had a vision of real change.

http://www.jonathandarman.com/

 

Jonathan Allen

Bill Press and his guest, Jonathan Allen, co-author of a book about Hillary Clinton.

 

Jim Hightower

The KBParty of plutocratic rule.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 8, 2014

Feb 8, 2015 49:02

Description:

Re-inventing the labor movement with Thomas Geoghan… moving toward third-world status with Thomas Schaller … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Donna Edwards.

 

Thomas Geoghegan has written a book called “Only One Thing Can Save Us.” What is that one thing?  Re-invent the labor movement. Political scientist Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans own Congress but Democrats own the White House. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Donna Edwards about the Obama legislative agenda.

 

Thomas Geoghegan

Labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan says everyone in the Democratic Party has a stake in re-energizing the labor movement, and that unions need to refocus and re-invent themselves.

http://dsgchicago.com/attorneys/attorney-thomas-geoghegan/books/

 

Thomas Schaller

Professor Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans dominate Congress but will have to fill an inside straight to win the White House.

http://yalebooks.com/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300172034

 

Donna Edwards

Bill Press and his guest, Donna Edwards, Congresswoman from Maryland.

 

Jim Hightower

Super Bowl enriches NFL, stiffs host city.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February1, 2014

Jan 31, 2015 52:08

Description:

Lani Guinier on what’s wrong with the college “testocracy”. Chad Broughton on how NAFTA killed a major manufacturer. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Peter Welch.

 

With high school students mulling over which college to attend next fall, prominent legal scholar and educator Lani Guinier says the admissions testing system is all wrong. Progressives are up in arms about new trade agreements on the table. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton tells us what NAFTA did to a once-thriving Midwestern town. And Bill Press talks with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch about Cuba.

 

Lani Guinier

Legal scholar Lani Guinier says the SAT and other college admissions tests are simply a proxy for wealth and that universities, thus, do not train people to contribute to society.

http://www.beacon.org/The-Tyranny-of-the-Meritocracy-P1042.aspx

 

Chad Broughton

Labor sociologist Chad Broughton has done a case study on how NAFTA helped shift bargaining power away from unions to corporations.  

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/boom-bust-exodus-9780199765614?cc=us&lang=en&

 

Peter Welch

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont

 

Jim Hightower

 

Shoveling America's wealth to the top.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 25, 2014

Jan 25, 2015 47:14

Description:

Russia expert Mark Katz says Putin is in trouble. Professor Carey Nelson opposes boycotting Israeli universities. And Bill Press interviews Congressman John Sarbanes.

 

President Obama tweaked Russia in his State of the Union address, and Russian affairs expert Mark Katz confirms that Vladimir Putin is no longer riding high. A progressive leader in higher education denounces those who would academically boycott Israel. And Bill Press talks with Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes.

 

Mark Katz

Russia expert Mark Katz tells us that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are working

http://www.marknkatz.com/

 

Cary Nelson

Professor Cary Nelson says the role of progressives in academia ought to be encouraging dialogue on international issues, not boycotting Israel.

http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/case-against-academic-boycotts-israel

 

John Sarbanes

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland.

 

Jim Hightower

J.P. Morgan – the man and the bank.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 18, 2014

Jan 18, 2015 36:26

Description:

Barnes says Obama’s moves will hasten democracy in Cuba … human rights expert Eric Posner names free speech as the number one right … and Bill Press talks with LBJ archivist Kent Germany.

 

With President Obama easing travel and other restrictions against Cuba, former Congressman Mike Barnes, an expert on Latin America, says his actions will speed the island’s move toward democracy. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, human rights expert Eric Posner explains the importance of freedom of expression. And Bill Press talks about LBJ and MLK with historian Kent Germany.

 

Mike Barnes

Latin America expert Mike Barnes says the opening to Cuba will be on history’s list of President Obama’s Top 10 hits.

http://www.ciponline.org/about-us/experts-staff/michael_barnes

 

Eric Posner

Much is being debated about freedom of expression. Human rights expert Eric Posner says it is the most important right because it underpins all other rights.

http://ericposner.com/

 

Kent Germany

Bill Press and his guest, LBJ archivist Kent Germany.

 

Jim Hightower

 

Inaugural galas for governors become influences-buying bazaars.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 11, 2014

Jan 11, 2015 45:51

Description:

Fred Rotonadaro on the Cuomo legacy … historian David Chapell on the MLK-LBJ legacy … and Bill press interviews Poltico’s Burgess Everett on the new Congress.

 

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Mario Cuomo was a legend, and you might be surprised at who he thinks is a worthy successor to him as “a no apologies progressive.” With controversy bubbling about the portrayal of LBJ in the movie, “Selma,” civil rights historian David Chapell offers a nuanced view of both the president and Martin Luther King. And Bill Press talks 2016 politics with Burgess Everett of Politico.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro memorialized Mario Cuomo, as a giant, a legend. And says the closest person we have to him … a no apologies progressive  -- is Elizabeth Warren.

www.americanprogress.org

 

David Chappell

What was the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King? Historian David Chappell said there was friction, that both alienated a lot of people, but that they did work together to get the landmark Voting Rights Act passed.

http://history.ou.edu/david-chappell

 

Burgess Everett

Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Burgess Everett.

 

Jim Hightower

A corporate power grab is underway, so where's the media?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 4, 2014

Jan 4, 2015 48:48

Description:

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Democratic strategy … Gary Donaldson on LBJ and Ike … and Nancy Altman on the future of Social Security.

 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee, says the party needs to talk to voters about issues they care about. Professor Gary Donaldson recalls an era when the two titans of their parties – Lyndon Johnson and President Eisenhower – worked together for the good of the country. And one of the country’s top experts on Social Security says the program can and should be expanded.

 

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the mayor of Baltimore and an up-and-coming force in the Democratic Party. She says the party’s dismal showing in 2014 resulted from not talking about issues Democrats are strong on.

http://mayor.baltimorecity.gov/

 

Gary Donaldson

There was once a time when Republicans and Democrats could compromise and get legislation passed for the good of the country. Historian Gary Donaldson recalls how President Eisenhower and Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon Johnson needed each other to accomplish their partisan aims.

http://www.skyhorsepublishing.com/book/?GCOI=60239101661790

 

Nancy Altman

Nancy Altman, a leading expert on Social Security, says expanding benefits is affordable and is, ultimately, a political, not an economic, issue.

www.socialsecurityworks.org

 

Jim Hightower

The corporate hustle of college bowl games.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 28, 2014

Dec 28, 2014 59:13

Description:

Food exert Courtney Thomas on GMOs … academic freedom expert Cary Nelson on the BDS movement … and Bill Press with Politico’s Steven Shepard.

 

A food safety expert talks about peanut butter, GMOs and the connection between chocolate and genocide. A prominent professor denounces the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli universities. And Bill Press talks 2016 politics with Steven Shepard of Politico.

 

Courtney Thomas

Our food safety system is 100 years old and broken, says Professor Courtney Thomas. And, she says, it’s crazy because selling salmonella-infected peanut butter is not against the law.

http://www.courtneyipthomas.com/

 

Cary Nelson

The move by certain academics to boycott Israeli universities is really about opposing Israel as a Jewish state, says prominent professor Cary Nelson.

http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/case-against-academic-boycotts-israel

 

Steven Shepard

Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Steven Shepard.

 

Jim Hightower

Pity the poor stressed-out rich.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 21, 2014

Dec 21, 2014 38:24

Description:

Posner on human rights … Lake on the midterm elections… and Bill Press with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

 

A human rights expert talks about torture. A political analyst says Republicans now have to show they can govern. And Bill Press talks with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

 

Eric Posner

Professor Eric Posner has written a book basically saying that human rights interventions usually don’t work. And he explains when torture and other extreme measures work, and when they don’t.

http://ericposner.com/

 

Celinda Lake

Political strategist Celinda Lake says 2014 was a wave election, and now it is the Republicans who have to prove they can govern.

www.lakeresearch.com

 

Dennis Kucinich

Bill Press and his guest, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

 

Jim Hightower

Wall Street And Congress perform legislative acrobatics.







AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 14, 2014

Dec 14, 2014 57:37

Description:

Joel Kotkin on the issue of class in America … Chad Broughton  on the loss of middle class jobs … and Bill Press with political strategist Brad Woodhouse.

 

What has happened to the middle class? Author Joel Kotkin says the issue of class itself eats at the fabric of America. Sociologist Chad Broughton offers a case study of how NAFTA helped destroy middle class jobs in manufacturing. And Bill Press talks with progressive strategist Brad Woodhouse about 2016.

 

Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He says the issue of class – and the widening income gap – is destroying the American economy.

http://www.joelkotkin.com/

 

Chad Broughton

How did America lose one-third of its manufacturing jobs in just 10 years? Sociologist Chad Broughton uses the move of a huge Maytag plant to Mexico as an example of NAFTA helping to wreck the lower middle class.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/boom-bust-exodus-9780199765614?cc=us&lang=en&

 

Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press and his guest, political strategist Brad Woodhouse.

 

Jim Hightower

Why won't the CIA even say the word "torture"?








AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 7, 2014

Dec 7, 2014 43:39

Description:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on police-community relations… Fred Rotondaro on Democrats needing a new brand … and Bill Press with Congressman Charlie Rangel.

 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake talks about bridging the gap between police and minority communities. Commentator Fred Rotondaro says Democrats need to create a brand … one that contrasts with the Republicans. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Charlie Rangel and the Washington Post’s  Clinton Yates about the Eric Garner case.

 

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

With much of the country in an uproar over police brutality, Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says law enforcement must be sensitive to the demographics of its community.

http://mayor.baltimorecity.gov/

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro, one of our regular commentators, has some harsh words for Democrats who ran away from President Obama and says the party needs to establish a new brand.

http://www.americanprogress.org

 

Charlie Rangel

Bill Press and his guest, veteran congressman and civil right advocate Charlie Rangel of New York.

 

Jim Hightower

The Benghazi investigation – a zombie that won't die.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 30, 2014

Nov 30, 2014 51:46

Description:

Altman says Social Security should be expanded, Skillen reflects on faith and politics, and Forbath talks about the liberal foundations of Constitutional originalism.

 

Social Security expert Nancy Altman argues that the program is not only solvent but ought to be expanded. In this holiday season, religious philosopher James Skillen reflects on the connection between faith and politics in America. And law professor William Forbath says the Constitution is not only a legal charter but a political AND economic document, as well.

 

Nancy Altman

Nancy Altman is an expert on Social Security, and she argues in a new book that not only is the system solvent, it can and should be expanded.

www.socialsecurityworks.org

 

James Skillen

Not many people these days have a high opinion of politics, but religious philosopher James Skillen says there is a strong link in American history between faith and the higher principles of governing.

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-good-of-politics/342640

 

William Forbath

When we think of constitutional “originalism,” we tend to think of the Scalia wing of the Supreme Court. But law professor William Forbath tells us that the first originalists were liberals.

http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/wef58/

 

Jim Hightower

Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 23, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 46:37

Description:

Thanksgiving – a time for eating and drinking. But professor Courtney Thomas says our food is not safe enough and professor Karen Piper says we are facing a water shortage. And Bill Press interviews Senator Patrick Leahy.

 

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry. But what is in our food? Who controls our water? This week, professor Courtney Thomas says our food safety system is woefully antiquated. Professor Karen Piper warns that the world is on the brink of water wars – and that can affect our food supply. And Bill Press talks with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy about Republican obstruction on protecting Americans’ privacy.

 

Courtney Thomas

As we sit down to holiday meals, professor Courtney Thomas tells us about the corporate power and governmental inefficiency that has rendered our food safety programs a century behind the times.

Website: http://www.courtneyipthomas.com/

 

Karen Piper

Three quarters of the earth’s surface is water, but why are there shortages in the U.S. and around the world? Professor Karen Piper tells us – and describes  looming water wars and “the price of thirst.”

Website: https://english.missouri.edu/graduate-and-doctoral-faculty/131-karen-piper.html

 

Patrick Leahy

Bill Press and his guest, Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate’s refusal to take up a bipartisan bill to protect against government snooping.

 

Jim Hightower

Wall Street speculators are walling off young farmers



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 16th, 2014

Nov 17, 2014 48:43

Description:

Kotkin on the liberal elites that run America but lose elections, Wedel on the unseen institutional elites that run America. And Bill Press talks with climate expert Joe Romm.

 

Who runs America? This week’s guests – author Joel Kotkin and Professor Janine Wedel --  say it is an elite that is sometimes progressive and sometimes corporate, but in either case unaccountable to the public. And Bill Press talks with Joe Romm, a climate expert about the U.S.-China agreement to cut carbon emissions.

 

Joel Kotkin

Author Joel Kotkin describes the growing power of a Democratic Party elite composed of bureaucrats, professors and media whose ideology thrills people in Manhattan and Malibu but is out of touch with the rest of America.

http://www.joelkotkin.com/

 

Janine Wedel

All those talking heads on TV? Who are they? Anthropologist Janine Wedel tells us. They are elitists in politics, the military, academia and nonprofits who have hidden agendas and are unaccountable to the public.

http://ineteconomics.org/people/janine-wedel

 

Joe Romm

Bill Press and his guest, climate expert Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress.

 

Jim Hightower

Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 9th, 2014

Nov 9, 2014 52:33

Description:

Celinda Lake on the Democrats’ drubbing, former diplomat Robert Hormats on bipartisanship in foreign policy, and Bill Press interviews Zeke Miller of Time Magazine.

 

What went so wrong in the midterm elections, and what can Democrats do about it? Party strategist Celinda Lake says get an economic message. As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, former ambassador and Under Secretary of State  Robert Hormats says foreign policy has to be bipartisan. And Bill Press talks with Zeke Miller of Time Magazine.

 

Celinda Lake

The midterm elections did not produce the outcomes progressives worked for, but Democratic strategist Celinda Lake has some thoughts on how the party can recover the next time around.

http://www.lakeresearch.com

 

Robert Hormats

Foreign policy is too important to be caught up in partisan politics, says former Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats. He also has some thoughts about what went wrong in Iraq.

http://www.hormats.com

 

Zeke Miller

Bill Press and his guest, Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller.

http://time.com/author/zeke-j-miller/

 

Jim Hightower

Surrealistic rule in the Silicon Valley.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 2nd, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 43:40

Description:

O’Connell on presidents and religion, Vaheesan on how corporations play monopoly with our money, and Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison.

 

What role does God play in elections? Political scientist David O’Connell has some surprising findings. Or maybe not so surprising. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan explains how our economic system has fallen into the hands of monopolists, and it isn’t only Republicans to blame. And Bill Press talks with Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

 

David O’Connell

The voters speak every two years, and some politicians say God speaks on the same timetable – to them or to the public. Professor David O’Connell has evidence that when presidents, at least, invoke religion to change public opinion, the higher authority turns out to be the voters themselves.

http://www.dickinson.edu/site/custom_scripts/dc_faculty_profile_index.php?fac=oconneld

 

Sandeep Vaheesan

The Reagan Administration left behind a pro-monopoly business environment, enforced by activist conservative judges, that is helping to widen income inequality today. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan says Democrats share the blame.’

http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/content/sandeep-vaheesan

 

Keith Ellison

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Keith Ellison.

 

Jim Hightower

 

Arms peddlers discover your town… and tax dollars.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 26th, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 40:37

Description:

Darman on the similarities between LBJ and Reagan … Rhode on what women want … and Bill Press talks ebola with Congressman Peter Welch.

 

What did Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan have in common – besides their landslide victories? Author Jonathan Darman says they had the same political hero. With women potentially a decisive voting bloc in the midterm elections, law professor Deborah Rhode explains why a vast majority of Americans agree with feminist principles, but don’t identify as feminists. And Bill Press talks about ebola with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch.

 

Jonathan Darman

Lyndon Johnson was as big-government Democrat as we have seen in our lifetime. Ronald Reagan ushered in the era of small government. But author Jonathan Darman talks with us about their similarities.

http://www.jonathandarman.com/

 

Deborah Rhode

Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode says America ranks 78th in the world in the proportion of women in political leadership – and that’s behind Saudi Arabia. She has some ideas on how to change that.

https://www.law.stanford.edu/profile/deborah-l-rhode

 

Peter Welch

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont.

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Jim Hightower

The corporate purchase of America's political discourse.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 19th, 2014

Oct 19, 2014 50:14

Description:

Thomas Frank reminds us what’s still the matter with Kansas. Professor William Forbath says the Constitution belongs to progressives. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Jan Schakowski about the response to ebola.

 

Ten years ago, Thomas Frank wrote the landmark book “What’s the Matter with Kansas. ” Today, he says the same thing is still wrong in the Sunflower State – Governor Sam Brownback – and he is ripe for defeat. Constitutional law professor William Forbath explains how the concept of “originalism” works for progressives, too. And Bill Press interviews Illinois Representative Jan Schakowski, about the congressional response to ebola.

 

Thomas Frank

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is ripe for defeat, says Thomas Frank, who predicts that in the long term, the Republican Party is doomed. The short-term presents some problems, however.

http://us.macmillan.com/pitythebillionaire/ThomasFrank

 

William Forbath

Law professor William Forbath says our Constitution was written to oppose oligarchy, to guarantee economic equality and to promote progressive ideals.

http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/wef58/

 

Jan Schakowsky

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.

 

Jim Hightower

 

The scariest thing about political fearmongers.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 12th, 2014

Oct 13, 2014 54:39

Description:

Hormats says ebola is a foreign policy challenge. Teixeira says 2016 looks good for Democrats, as do next month’s gubernatorial elections, says Danny Kanner.

 

Ebola fear is gripping the nation, and veteran diplomat Robert Hormats says the disease is just one of a number of new foreign policy challenges for the United States. Demographer and political analyst Ruy Teixeira says there’s a chance Democrats can retain the Senate, and that 2016 looks even better. And Bill Press interviews Danny Kanner of the the Democratic Governors Association about the election outlook in the statehouses.

 

Robert Hormats

Longtime diplomat Robert Hormats assesses the foreign policy challenges facing America … and he says ebola is one of them.

http://www.hormats.com

 

Ruy Teixeira

Political analyst Ruy Teixeira predicts Republicans will keep the House, the Democrats MIGHT retain the Senate but that 2016 looks good for the White House and Senate.

http://americanprogress.org/about/staff/teixeira-ruy/bio/

 

Danny Kanner

Bill Press and his guest, Danny Kanner, spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association.

 

Jim Hightower

 

Walmart scheme steals from taxpayer and its own workers.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 5th, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 44:25

Description:

Gary Donaldson on the LBJ alliance with Eisenhower. Karen Piper on how corporations control the world’s water. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.

 

It’s been half a century since the Great Society, and historian Gary Donaldson takes a look at how Lyndon Johnson, working with President Eisenhower, accumulated the political clout to change America. Professor Karen Piper foresees a world that will be fighting wars about water, which, of course, is abundant – but severely maldistributed. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings about the Secret Service mess.

Gary Donaldson

Fifty years after the high point of Lyndon Johnson’s power, historian Gary Donaldson talks about how he had previously reached an accommodation with President Eisenhower to keep the country on a middle road of prosperity.

http://www.skyhorsepublishing.com/book/?GCOI=60239101661790

Karen Piper

With the American Southwest facing water shortages, professor Karen Piper offers us a more global outlook on water distribution, which she says is largely a matter of corporate control.

https://english.missouri.edu/graduate-and-doctoral-faculty/131-karen-piper.html

Elijah Cummings

Bill Press and his guest, Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Congressman and ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Jim Hightower

GOP boo-boo reveals secret corporate donors.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 28th, 2014

Sep 28, 2014 51:35

Description:

Last term’s Supreme Court decisions on women’s rights should make Democrats happy this fall, says commentator Fred Rotondaro. Former ambassador Mike Ussery reviews U.S. diplomacy. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund

 

The Supreme Court is ready to start a new term, and commentator Fred Rotondaro reviews last year’s women’s rights decisions. Former Republican ambassador Mike Ussery reviews the world’s diplomatic and military flashpoints. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione, who recently had dinner with the leader of Iran.

 

Fred Rotondaro

Remember the Hobby Lobby case the Supreme Court decided last spring? Commentator Fred Rotondaro says voters will remember, and the anti-woman agenda of the Roberts Court should be a huge help to Democrats this fall.

http://www.americanprogress.org

 

Mike Ussery

Mike Ussery is an international businessman and a former ambassador in Republican administrations. He says that a century after World War I, it might be the Ukraine that becomes a world flashpoint.

 

Joe Cirinicione

Bill Press and his guest, Joe Cirinicione, head of the Ploushares Fund.

http://www.ploughshares.org/

Jim Hightower

Marriott's shameful hotel tipping scam.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 21st, 2014

Sep 22, 2014 44:36

Description:

Author Thomas Frank tells Democratic candidates what to run on … Feminist law professor Deborah Rhode tells us what women want. And Bill Press interviews California Congressman John Garamendi.

 

Essayist Thomas Frank has a three-point plan for Democrats to use in campaigns that he says will be massively popular. Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode has a new book out called “What Women  Want.” And Bill Press interviews California Congressman John Garamendi, who voted against the President on authorizing U.S. involvement in Syria.

 

Thomas Frank

Provocative essayist Thomas Frank says Democrats can win elections with a three-point platform that he says would be massively popular: 1) Enforce antitrust laws 2) hold Wall Street accountable and 3) do something about college tuition.

http://us.macmillan.com/pitythebillionaire/ThomasFrank

 

Deborah Rhode

Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode says the feminist movement is in a bit of a valley and needs to do a better job of informing the electorate about the economic problems facing women.

https://www.law.stanford.edu/profile/deborah-l-rhode

 

John Garamendi

Bill Press and his guest, California Congressman John Garamendi.

 

Jim Hightower

 

Trying to pervert consumer protection.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 14th, 2014

Sep 15, 2014 46:48

Description:

Is Chief Justice John Roberts crazy? Why can’t we take corporations to court? The answers to these dilemmas come from constitutional scholar Jack Balkin and antitrust expert Lina Khan. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

 

As the nation marks Constitution Day this week, legal scholar Jack Balkin of Yale University says conservative judges keep making up things that aren’t IN the Constitution and imagine a country that never existed. Antitrust expert Lina Khan tells us how the courts have taken away Americans’ right to sue corporations. And Bill Press interviews anti-war Congresswoman Barbara Lee

 

Jack Balkin

Law professor Jack Balkin, on the anniversary of the Constitution’s ratification, says the opinion of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts allowing unlimited political donations is “just crazy”

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/jbalkin/

 

Lina Khan

Antitrust expert Lina Khan says the right to sue should be a fundamental conservative idea … but with help from Democrats, conservatives have virtually guaranteed that consumers can’t even go to court when corporations steamroll them.

http://newamerica.net/people/lina_khan

 

Barbara Lee

Bill Press and his guest, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

 

Jim Hightower

What job creation numbers don’t tell us.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 7th, 2014

Sep 8, 2014 56:09

Description:

Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes Washington-speak … anthropologist Janine Wedel decodes the world of shadow lobbyists. And Bill Press interviews Christina Bellantoni, editor of Roll Call.

 

With Congress back in session and an election coming up, journalist Chuck McCutcheon is here to interpret political euphemisms, explaining why calling someone “my good friend” is usually a lie. The author of a new book about political accountability says the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is an example of a new kind of corruption – violation of the public trust. And Bill Press interviews journalist Christina Bellantoni about Democratic prospects for retaining the Senate.

 

Chuck McCutcheon

Political reporter Chuck McCutcheon has written a dictionary of Washington euphemisms … or dog whistles as he calls them … to help us understand the Kabuki theater of Congress and the election campaigns.

http://dogwhistlebook.com/

 

Janine Wedel

Anthropologist Janine Wedel says the widespread loss of faith in institutions in America resembles Eastern Europe under late-stage communism.

http://ineteconomics.org/people/janine-wedel

 

Christina Bellantoni

Bill Press and his guest, Christina Bellantoni, editor of Roll Call.

 

Jim Hightower

"Tough Texas" wimps out in Pentagon giveaway.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 31st, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 38:41

Description:

Professor Gordon Lafer reviews the corporate war against labor. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan reveals a corporate conspiracy to repeal the laws against monopolies. And Bill Press interviews Democratic consultant Erikka Knuti.

 

Another Labor Day, but what’s to celebrate? Professor Gordon Lafer says issues like the minimum wage, a living wage and paid sick days are winning issues politically and progressive candidates should call out big business – and win. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan calls out what he says is a corporate conspiracy, aided and abetted by Democrats, to trash the nation’s anti-monopoly laws. And Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Erikka Knuti.

 

Gordon Lafer

As we commemorate another Labor Day, professor Gordon Lafer reminds us that unions gave us the minimum wage, the 8-hour day, and child labor laws – all of which were opposed by the Chamber of Commerce, which continues to oppose what most working Americans demand.

http://www.epi.org/people/gordon-lafer/

 

Sandheep Vaheesan

Antitrust expert Sandheep Vaheesan reveals how a corporate conspiracy has turned consumers into opponents of government regulation and let monopolies run wild.

http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/content/sandeep-vaheesan

 

Erikka Knuti

Bill Press and his guest, political analyst Erikka Knuti.

 

Jim Hightower

Labor Day lesson: there's no such thing as a "consumer".



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 17th, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 01:01:27

Description:

David Chappell reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King. David O’Connell has surprising conclusions about presidents and religion. And Bill Press interviews Jillien Meier about hunger in America.

 

Another anniversary of the March on Washington comes amidst a crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Civil rights historian David Chappell reviews the legacy of the “I Have a Dream Speech.” Presidents always invoke God in their major speeches, but political scientist David O’Connell says it never really works in changing minds. And Bill Press interviews Jillien Meier about hunger in America.

 

David Chappell

In this time of continued turmoil, civil rights historian David Chappell says that 41 years ago at the March on Wahsington, Martin Luther King was really not talking about hope but about sacrifice and struggle.

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/26218/waking-from-the-dream-by-david-l-chappell

 

David O’Connell

When presidents invoke religion and God, it is usually to promote a controversial policy, or because they are in the middle of a scandal. And historian David O’Connell says it never works.

http://www.dickinson.edu/site/custom_scripts/dc_faculty_profile_index.php?fac=oconneld

 

Jillien Meier

Bill Press and his guest, Jillien Meier, with shocking statistics on hunger in America.

 

Jim Hightower

Texas Grand Jury Indicts a Ham Sandwich



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 17th, 2014

Aug 18, 2014 49:10

Description:

Law professor Jack Balkin says we have to reclaim the Constitution,  historian Harvey Kaye says we have to reclaim the Four Freedoms ,and Madison Paige explains “micropolitics.”

 

 

It’s been 80-some years, but the New Deal is still on our radar screens. Conservatives want to repeal it and progressives need to remind people about what FDR really wanted out of it. Law professor Jack Balkin explains how progressives can also use the Constitution’s original language to fight conservative attempts to roll back the New Deal. Historian Harvey Kaye reminds us of FDR’s Four Freedoms speech and the legacy that remains unfulfilled. And micropolitics activist Madison Paige focuses on the need for more people to run for office at the very local level.

 

Jack Balkin

We all get a little exasperated when conservatives talk forever about the “original” meaning of the Constitution. But law professor Jack Balkin says progressives have just as much right to the original wording – for example, free speech, equal protection of the law and voting rights.

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/jbalkin/

 

Harvey Kaye

New Deal historian Harvey Kaye says President Reagan turned FDR upside down and inside out and progressives have to reclaim his legacy.

http://www.uwgb.edu/history/faculty/kaye/

 

Madison Paige

Did you know that half of all state legislature candidates have no opponent? Micropolitics activist Madison Paige does and she wants people to start challenging them.

www.boldbluemedia.com

 

Jim Hightower

The lesson from Ferguson, Missouri.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 10th, 2014

Aug 10, 2014 40:33

Description:

Fred Rotondaro says the border crisis is a pro-life issue. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes Beltway blather. And Bill Press interviews Ohio Congressional candidate Michael Wager.

 

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the border crisis should be seen as a “pro-life” issue among Catholics, and others. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon explains the secret language spoken inside the Beltway. And Bill Press interviews Michael Wager, running for Congress in Northeast Ohio.

 

Fred Rotondaro

With the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Jesuit Society pushing hard for a compassionate response to the influx of unaccompanied Central American children, commentator Fred Rotondaro says he would like to see Church leaders  “turn the screws” on congressional Republicans.

http://www.americanprogress.org

Chuck McCutcheon

What is the definition of “reasonable Republicans?” How about “adults in the room?” Sometimes they are one and the same, explains journalist Chuck McCutcheon, who has written a book  about Washington jargon.

http://dogwhistlebook.com/

Michael Wager

Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Michael Wager.  

Jim Hightower

The damning nuttiness of the GOP's "hell no" faction.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 3rd, 2014

Aug 4, 2014 52:44

Description:

Ruy Teixeira on white working class voters … Mike Konczal on protecting the social safety net … and Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, founder of 21st Century Democrats.

  

With just three months left before the midterm elections, the outlook for Democrats depends on how the white working class votes, says public opinion expert Ruy Teixeira. Economic analyst Mike Konczal says Democrats have to defend the social safety net because the evidence says voluntary help to the poor never works. And Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, the founder of 21st Century Democrats.

 

Ruy Teixeira

Noted Democratic political analyst Ruy Teixeira says Democrats have an uphill battle in the 2014 elections – and maybe in 2016 -- unless the white working class can be turned around.  

http://americanprogress.org/about/staff/teixeira-ruy/bio/

 

Mike Konczal  

Whenever Republicans have tried to replace the social safety net with private support, it has failed. Economic analyst Mike Konczal offers a history of how Republicans want only the people they like to get government benefits.

http://rooseveltinstitute.org/people/fellows/mike-konczal

 

Tom Harkin

Bill Press and his guest, retiring Senator Tom Harkin, the founder of 21st Century Democrats.

 

Jim Hightower

Perry goes from callous to disgusting.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 27th, 2014

Jul 27, 2014 48:01

Description:

Mike Barnes on trouble in Ukraine … Tom Malleson on trouble in the economy and Bill Press with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on trouble at the border.

 

Former Congressman and foreign policy expert Mike Barnes offers his thoughts on Ukraine, Western Europe and Florida politics. Economic researcher Tom Malleson makes the case for economic democracy in the workplace. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Rosa deLauro on the border crisis.

 

Mike Barnes

Foreign policy expert and former Congressman Mike Barnes offers his assessment of Vladimir Putin and the struggle in Ukraine.

http://www.ciponline.org/about-us/experts-staff/michael_barnes



Tom Malleson

The Occupy Wall Street movement failed because it didn’t spell out concrete alternatives to the current economy, says researcher Tom Malleson – who lays out his alternative – economic democracy in the workplace.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199330102.do

Rosa DeLauro

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut discuss the trouble on the border.

Jim Hightower

What job creation numbers don’t tell us.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 20th, 2014

Jul 20, 2014 52:22

Description:

GOP sues Obama but can YOU sue anyone anymore? Lina Khan says no. Tech innovator Aneesh Chopra offers lessons on government data collection. And Bill Press interviews Washington, D.C.’s “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry

 

If you think John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president will be laughed out of court, wait till you find out that when YOU try to sue, it’s no laughing matter. President Obama’s first technology adviser has some advice on how partnerships between the feds and corporations can improve government services. Finally, Bill Press interviews D.C. “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry

 

Lina Khan

When you sign up for cable, join a gym or buy a phone you have given up your right to sue. Policy analyst Lina Khan explains how the courts let us sign away our legal rights.

http://newamerica.net/people/lina_khan

 

Aneesh Chopra

There’s a lot of negative talk about government efficiency, but President Obama’s first chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra, says innovation can and will improve things.

http://www.innovativestate.com/

 

Marion Barry

Bill Press and his guest, Washington, D.C.’s “Mayor for Life.”

 

Jim Hightower

Warning: Boehner at work!



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 13th, 2014

Jul 13, 2014 46:43

Description:

Religion is on the menu today with theologian James Skillen, activist nun Simone Campbell and a Bill Press interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the Hobby Lobby case.

 

With all the furor over the Supreme Court’s injection of religion into public policy, we hear from theologian James Skillen about the true nature of this country’s spiritual foundation. And activist nun Simone Campbell reveals what she would ask Pope Francis, if she could. Finally, Bill Press interviews Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hobby Lobby and impeachment.

 

James Skillen

The Supreme Court’s exemption for Hobby Lobby from Obamacare and the justice’s incredible decision about contraception makes this is a good time to hear from an actual theologian – Professor James Skillen -- about the true role of faith in American politics.

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-good-of-politics/342640

 

Simone Campbell

Activist nun Simone Campbell says the Catholic movement for economic justice is well within the teachings of the Church. And she reveals what she would ask Pope Francis.

http://www.amazon.com/Nun-Bus-Create-Change-Community/dp/006227354X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399053054&sr=8-1&keywords=a+nun+on+the+bus

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Bill Press interviews DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hobby Lobby and impeachment.

 

Jim Hightower

Lifting America up by raising the wage floor.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 6th, 2014

Jul 5, 2014 44:05

Description:

Economist Gordon Lafer on the GOP and the Supreme Court’s war on workers …  author Harvey Kaye on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and Bill Press with steelworkers president Leo Gerard

 

The Supreme Court has just struck another blow against unions, and economist Gordon Lafer traces the Republican war on workers. Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book about FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and how they propelled us through the Depression and World War II. But he says Democrats have let them fall into disuse. And Bill Press talks with Steelworkers President Leo Gerard about  the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.

 

Gordon Lafer

Professor Gordon Lafer says the Republican war on workers is most intense in battleground states where the Koch Brothers are spending money and is targeting government employees, just like the Supreme Court just did.

http://www.epi.org/people/gordon-lafer/

 

Harvey Kaye

Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and says we need a march on Washington to demand their fulfillment.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Fight-for-the-Four-Freedoms/Harvey-J-Kaye/9781451691436

 

Leo Gerard

Bill Press talks with Steelworkers President Leo Gerard about  the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.

 

Jim Hightower

Time for "We the People" to re-declare our independence.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 29th, 2014

Jun 30, 2014 46:42

Description:

Diplomat Peter Galbraith says Obama is on the right course in Iraq. Professor Danielle Allen explains the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. And Bill Press interviews author Jonathan Allen about Hillary Clinton’s wealth.

 

What went wrong in Iraq? Former diplomat Peter Galbraith says it was the Bush fantasy that we could establish a national army -- where there was no nation. What’s the meaning of the Declaration of Independence? Professor Danielle Allen explains it is the explicit link between liberty and equality. And Bill Press talks with Hillary Clinton expert Jonathan Allen.

 

Peter Galbraith

Diplomat Peter Galbraith says there is nothing we can do to put Iraq back together again.

http://armscontrolcenter.org/about/staff/pgalbraith/

Danielle Allen

Professor Danielle Allen has written a book about our most sacred political document, the Declaration of Independence, which intertwines both liberty AND equality.

https://www.ias.edu/people/faculty-and-emeriti/allen

 

Jonathan Allen

Bill Press and his guest, Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Allen

https://twitter.com/jonallendc

Jim Hightower

The deep goofiness of Speaker Boehner.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 22th, 2014

Jun 23, 2014 46:24

Description:

Sandra Hanson on the American Dream … Mike Konczal on the fallacy of voluntarism …and Bill Press with his guest, Congressman Mark Pocan.

 

 

How has the shrinking of the middle class changed the American Dream? Professor Sandra Hanson says the dream is now more spiritual than material. Economic analyst Mike Konczal points out that when conservatives say we should go back to before the New Deal when private sector charity took care of the poor … they are misinformed. It was never that way. And Bill Press talks about House Republicans and LGBT issues with Representative Mark Pocan.

 

 

Sandra Hanson

Catholic University Professor Sandra Hanson has been looking into the American Dream, and as we approach the annual celebration of American independence, she says we need that dream even more when times are tough.

http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2112_reg.html

Mike Konczal

When Republicans talk about the good old days when voluntary organizations, like churches and charities, took care of the poor, they are fantasizing a society that never existed. Roosevelt Institute research fellow Mike Konczal explains the fallacy of voluntarism.

http://rooseveltinstitute.org/people/fellows/mike-konczal

 

Mark Pocan

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Mark Pocan discuss House Republicans and LGBT issues.

 

Jim Hightower

The militarization of "Officer Friendly".



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 14th, 2014

Jun 15, 2014 50:25

Description:

Cashin on  replacing affirmative action … Hibbing on the genetic basis of politics … and Bill Press with his guest, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

 

A new college class has graduated, and succeeding ones may have a different racial composition. Law professor Sheryll Cashin says if affirmative action is out, then use a college applicant’s social status to determine admissions. If a conservative stopped listening to Fox News, would she change her views? No, says political scientist John Hibbing, who contends our politics are knitted into our DNA. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

Sheryll Cashin

Sheryll Cashin is an African-American law professor at Georgetown University. She makes the case in a new book that it is “place, not race” that should be used in determining college admissions.

John Hibbing

Professor John Hibbing has studied politics and people’s brains. He says people can sometimes change their views based on evidence, but mostly we voters are responding, in part, to genetics – how we are programmed to see the world.

http://polisci.unl.edu/dr-john-hibbing

John Yarmuth

Bill Press and his guest, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.  

http://yarmuth.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

 

The NRA ducks a shot of common sense.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 8th, 2014

Jun 8, 2014 39:25

Description:

Peter Galbraith on Obama’s foreign policy; Jan Leighley on why rich people vote. And Bill Press interviews Senator Bernie Sanders..

 

President Obama is back from Europe, and former ambassador James Galbraith says he has had a successful foreign policy. Political science professor Jan Leighly explains why the rich vote in greater numbers than the poor, and what they vote for. And Bill Press talks with Senator Bernie Sanders on his new veterans affairs legislation.

 

Peter Galbraith

Diplomat Peter Galbraith says President Obama’s foreign policy has been successful … and that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will enter office with more foreign policy experience than anyone in American history.

Jan Leighley

Voting expert Jan Leighley has a warning for Democrats – it isn’t the rhetoric that will matter in defeating Republicans – it is the organizational efforts and door-to-door campaigning.

http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/leighley.cfm

Bernie Sanders

Bill Press and his guest, Senator Bernie Sanders, who has introduced legislation to reform the veterans affairs department.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/

Jim Hightower

 

A bold shift in America's minimum wage debate.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 1st, 2014

Jun 2, 2014 37:52

Description:

Economist James K. Galbraith talks about trade policy … researcher Tom Malleson talks about the remarkable new book by Thomas Piketty … and Harvard’s Theda Skocpol warns that the Tea Party is not dead.

 

Progressive economist James K. Galbraith offers his thoughts on the crisis in Ukraine and on how U.S. trade policy is a concession to corporate interests. Social scientist Tom Malleson talks about the groundbreaking work of Thomas Piketty and calls for economic democracy in the United States. And despite some recent primary setbacks by Tea Party candidates, Harvard professor Theda Skocpol says they aren’t dead yet!

James K. Galbraith

Economist James K. Galbraith is optimistic that there will be no great effects on the world economy from the flare-up in Ukraine, and he has some strong thoughts about U.S. trade policy.

http://utip.gov.utexas.edu/JG/

Tom Malleson

Tom Malleson is a research fellow at York University in Canada and he says the growing income inequality documented by French economist Thomas Piketty could be eased by a strong dose of economic democracy.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199330102.do

Theda Skocpol

Despite some setbacks for the Tea Party in recent Republican primaries, Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol  warns that the extremists will remain a huge influence on the GOP, and that, she says, is bad for America.

http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/faculty/theda-skocpol

Jim Hightower

Moral Monday on the move.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 18th, 2014

May 25, 2014 35:49

Description:

A holiday treatise on the Declaration of Independence by Princeton Professor Danielle Allen … regular commentator Fred Rotondaro’s assessment of Hillary Clinton’s prospects … and Bill Press talks with the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter.

 

 

As the nation celebrates Memorial Day, Princeton Professor Danielle Allen examines the power of words in the Declaration of Independence to bring us liberty AND equality. Hillary Clinton. Will she or won’t she? Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the Democratic nomination is NOT hers for the asking, but it would be a big surprise if she doesn’t get it. And Bill Press talks with the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter about immigration reform and Republican politics.

 

Danielle Allen

Political science professor and MacArthur genius Danielle Allen has written a book about the Declaration of Independence, and she says its powerful words about liberty AND equality are an example of how we, as individuals, can use words to achieve our political ends.

https://www.ias.edu/people/faculty-and-emeriti/allen

 

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro of the Center for American Progress, assesses domestic politics, including Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

http://www.americanprogress.org

 

Zoe Carpenter

Bill Press talks with the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter about immigration reform and Republican politics.

http://www.thenation.com/authors/zoe-carpenter

Jim Hightower

America's ongoing rebellion for fairness and justice



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 18th, 2014

May 19, 2014 47:07

Description:

Sister Simone Campbell says GOP budget proposals fail the moral test, former Congressman Mike Barnes says Republicans would have us in a war every three weeks, and Senator Bob Casey tells how the Republicans are killing an energy bill.

 

 

A harsh critic of Republican budget-cutting, Sister Simone Campbell says the GOP spending proposals “fail the moral test.” Foreign policy scholar and former congressman Mike Barnes says if McCain had been elected president, “we’d be in a new war every three weeks.” And Bill Press interviews Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania about energy, the economy and politics.

 

Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell made a national splash a couple of years ago with her “nuns on the bus” campaign against Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. Today, the Republican proposals are even worse, she says, because “we are not taking care of the people Jesus cares about.”

http://www.amazon.com/Nun-Bus-Create-Change-Community/dp/006227354X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399053054&sr=8-1&keywords=a+nun+on+the+bus

 

Mike Barnes

Former Congressman Mike Barnes, a foreign policy expert, says it is less important how the United States or China reacts to Russia’s aggression than how Europe reacts.

http://www.ciponline.org/about-us/experts-staff/michael_barnes

 

Bob Casey

Bill Press and his guest, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

 

Jim Hightower

In Oklahoma, "conservative" means serving corporate power.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 11th, 2014

May 11, 2014 52:28

Description:

College admissions should about place, not race, says professor Sheryll Cashin. Government must work with business to create innovative ways of delivering services, says technology expert Aneesh Chopra. And Bill Press interviews an innocent man who was on death row.

 

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, a perhaps surprising take on affirmative action from Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin. With the V.A. under attack by Republicans, the government’s first chief technology officer tells how the administration actually cleared up a backlog of claims and used information technologoy to empower veterans. And Bill Press interviews one-time death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth

 

Sheryll Cashin

It’s 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and Georgetown Law professor Sheryll Cashin says it’s time to substitute the students’ place in society and not their race in college admissions

http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/cashin-sheryll-d.cfm

Aneesh Chopra

Innovator Aneesh Chopra, the government’s first chief technology officer, talks about how innovation can better deliver services to the public, and uses the V.A. as an example of how to do it.

http://www.innovativestate.com/

 

Kirk Bloodsworth

Bill Press and his guest, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA.

 

Jim Hightower

The GOP's minimum wage nuttiness.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 4th, 2014

May 5, 2014 47:21

Description:

Privacy expert Peter Singer on Internet security, Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore on progressive values messaging, and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

 

Internet Explorer and AOL are the latest institutions hacked by computer villains. Privacy expert Peter Singer tells us how to protect ourselves. Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore advises progressives to talk less about programs and more about values. And Bill Press interviews Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

 

Peter Singer

With Internet Explorer and AOL the latest victims of hacking, privacy expert Peter Singer reveals the biggest threat – our own ignorance.

http://www.cybersecuritybook.com/

 

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a Democratic strategist whose message is fairly straightforward: Talk less about government programs and more about values.

http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org

 

Gwen Moore

Bill Press and his guests, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and the National Journal’s Matt Vasilagambros.

http://gwenmoore.house.gov/

 

Jim Hightower

Some Congress critters deserve a permanent vacation.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 20th, 2014

Apr 28, 2014 34:33

Description:

Peter Galbraith speculates on Putin’s role on the world stage. Professor Sandra Hanson re-examines the American Dream. And Bill Press interviews Politico’s Manu Raju.

 

Former ambassador Peter Galbraith says Vladimir Putin wants to be player on the world stage? Will it be as a good guy or a bad guy? Professor Sandra Hanson suggests the American Dream may be changing – toward values rather than wealth. And Bill Press interviews Politico’s Manu Raju about Lindsey Graham’s resurgence.

 

Peter Galbraith

Foreign policy expert Peter Galbraith says Vladimir Putin might be more cooperative if he wants to be a player in world affairs. He also says President Obama’s response to the Russians is sophisticated and nuanced.

http://armscontrolcenter.org/about/staff/pgalbraith/

 

Sandra Hanson

The American Dream is not the same for all Americans, and Professor Sandra Hanson says it may be changing from one of “rags to riches” into one in which values are more important than achieving great wealth.

http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2112_reg.html

 

Manu Raju

Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Manu Raju.

http://www.politico.com/reporters/ManuRaju.html

 

Jim Hightower

Rick Perry's magic glasses.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 20th, 2014

Apr 21, 2014 38:38

Description:

 

Political scientist John Hibbing says political beliefs are part of our DNA from an evolutionary point of view. Professor Edward Caudill says a large portion of the American public doesn’t even believe in evolution. And Bill Press interviews Katie McGinty.

 

How important is our DNA in determining our politics? A lot, says professor John Hibbing. It even determines who we marry. Political scientist Edward Caudill notes the hypocrisy of American lawmakers who decry the country’s relatively low standing in science education but who pass laws requiring the teaching of evolution. And Bill Press interviews Katie McGinty.

 

John Hibbing

Can conservatives moderate their views if only they had more correct information? Nope, says professor John Hibbing, who explains that our political opinions are largely a result of our DNA.

http://polisci.unl.edu/dr-john-hibbing

 

Edward Caudill

If we are ever going to make headway against the belief in creationism, progressives are going to have to engage the public in serious science education, says professor Edward Caudill.

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/53emm4mg9780252038013.html

 

Katie McGinty

Bill Press and his guest Katie McGinty discuss her run for Governor of Pennsylvania.

http://www.katiemcginty.com/

 

Jim Hightower

Spy agents turned into peeping Toms

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 13th, 2014

Apr 12, 2014 47:38

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Income inequality: It destabilizes the economy, says James K. Galbraith, and it affects election outcomes, says political scientist Jan Leighley. And Bill Press interviews  South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn

 

It’s income tax time, and the inequality of income in America has never been a bigger issue. Economist James K. Galbraith says it is a sign of economic instability. Economic inequality also manifests itself at the ballot box, where the rich vote more than the poor -- and vote their self-interest, says political scientist Jan Leighley. And Bill Press interviews Rep. Jim Clyburn about the 50th anniv of the civil rights act of 1964

 

James K. Galbraith

James K. Galbraith is one of America’s foremost progressive economists. He tells us that rising income inequality is a sign of the country’s overall economic instability.

http://utip.gov.utexas.edu/JG/

 

Jan Leighley

Political scientist Jan Leighley has studied the effect of income on voter turnout. And, not surprisingly, poor people are less likely to vote – partly because they don’t see any point to it, since the rich vote more frequently in their own economic interest than do the poor.

http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/leighley.cfm

 

Jim Clyburn

Bill Press and his guest  South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn.

http://clyburn.house.gov/

 

Jim Hightower

 

Fast food chains stealing from low-wage workers

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 6th, 2014

Apr 7, 2014 56:01

Description:

Activist Madison Paige says fighting big money in politics requires micropolitics.  Former Ambassador Michael Ussery says things could get nasty in relations between the U.S. and Russia. And Bill Press talks with Bernie Sanders.

 

Now that the Supreme Court has opened the political money floodgates, progressive activist Madison Paige says we can fight it by organizing at the extremely local level. Things could get nasty between the United States and Russia, according to former Ambassador Michael Ussery. And Bill Press interviews Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Pocan about the Supreme Court and unemployment insurance.

Madison Paige

Madison Paige is an advocate of what she calls micropolitics – winning progressive battles at the state, local and neighborhood levels. And that, she says, may be how to fight big money.

http://boldbluemedia.com/

Michael Ussery

Former Ambassador Michael Ussery says the United States has a strong interest in what happens in Russia and that relations could get nasty and dangerous.

http://www.mongoliafund.com/Who_We_Are.html

Bernie Sanders

Bill Press and his guests, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Mark Pocan.

https://www.sanders.senate.gov/

Jim Hightower

 

Freaky Stories from April Fool's Day.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 30th, 2014

Mar 31, 2014 45:43

Description:

Ed Kilgore on the Ryan budget … Phil Longman on the challenges facing Obamacare … and Stephen Griffin on the role of Congress in deciding when to go to war.

 

The Paul Ryan budget – the one that believes black men don’t have the culture to work – comes under attack from Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore. With Obamacare once again under fire at the Supreme Court and another sign-up deadline passing, health care analyst Phillip Longman talks about the policy challenges facing the Affordable Care Act. And law professor Stephen Griffin asks … and answers … how Congress can take a bigger role in decisions to go to war.

Ed Kilgore

While Paul Ryan rants about lazy black men, Democratic analyst Ed Kilgore says the congressman’s budget is a no-compromise holding pattern meant to kill, not just slow down, social programs.

http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org

Phillip Longman

Phillip Longman has studies the U.S. health care system and recommends it be treated as a “common carrier,” like a utility, in which prices are openly set for specific procedures.

http://newamerica.net

Stephen Griffin

When Russia annexed Crimea, it once again raised questions about the role of Congress and the White House in establishing foreign and national defense policy. Law professor Stephen Griffin says Congress should centralize its own decision-making.

http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsfaculty/profiles.aspx?id=422

Jim Hightower

School lunches vs. fat cat dinners

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 23rd, 2014

Mar 24, 2014 57:32

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Provocative ideas about the growing income gap from journalist David Cay Johnston and social justice activist, and former officeholder, Valerie Ervin. And the 2014 Senate election outlook from Jennifer Duffy.

 

The ever-provocative economics writer David Cay Johnston predicts riots and revolution if income inequality continues on its present course. Activist Valerie Ervin talks about her organization for working families and how building coalitions can actually move the needle toward more social justice. And Bill Press interviews political prognosticator Jennifer Duffy about the 2014 election outlook in the Senate, a “jump ball” situation.

 

David Cay Johnston

Pulitzer Prize winning author David Cay Johnston says if the current income inequality trend continues we are going to see riots and revolutions. Trickle-down doesn’t work, he says. Instead, we have “Amazon up” economics.

http://www.davidcayjohnston.com/

 

Valerie Ervin

The plight of minimum wage workers and the growing gap between rich and poor “is not the America we signed up for,” says former officeholder and now social activist Valerie Ervin.

www.workingfamilies.org

 

Jennifer Duffy

Bill Press and his guest,  Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report.

http://cookpolitical.com/

 

Jim Hightower

The symbolism of one adjunct professor's death.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 16th, 2014

Mar 17, 2014 39:07

Description:

How would Hillary Clinton run the White House? Author Jonathan Allen says clues can be found in her Secretary of Stateship. Professor Dante Chinni says the political map can be defined by Starbucks and Whole Foods. And Bill Press interviews the ACLU’s Chris Anders

 

Jonathan Allen, co-author of a best-selling book about Hillary Clinton says there is no evidence she denied security protection in Benghazi. Political scientist Dante Chinni tells us where the new swing states are. They’re in   the suburbs. And Bill Press interviews ACLU lawyer Chris Anders about the Senate battle with the CIA.

Jonathan Allen

How did Hillary Clinton manage her tenure as Secretary of State?  Jonathan Allen, a journalist and co-author of a best-selling book about her, says how she ran State could be a precursor as to how she might run a White House.

http://www.hrcbook.com

Dante Chinni

Where is the political fault line in American politics today? Professor Dante Chinni pinpoints it at the place where suburbs meet the exurbs.

http://americancommunities.org

Chris Anders

Bill Press interviews ACLU lawyer Chris Anders about the Senate battle with the CIA.

http://www.aclu.org

Jim Hightower

 

The millionaires' Congress vs. the people

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 9th, 2014

Mar 10, 2014 47:05

Description:

Terry Golway reconsiders Tammany Hall … Fred Rotondaro says Obama’s foreign policy is strong … and Bill Press interviews Congressman John Sarbanes.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and historian Terry Golway tells us how the Irish political machine known as Tammany Hall became the forerunner of the New Deal. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro compares President Obama to a couple of Republicans – Teddy Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes about big money in Washington.

Terry Golway

Tammany Hall no longer exists, but when it did, the New York political machine created a social safety net at the neighborhood level long before government programs came along. Author Terry Golway thinks we still need strong political organizations like that.

http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Machine-Made/

Fred Rotondaro

Analyst Fred Rotondaro says Republicans blame President Obama for everything that goes wrong in the world, but his foreign policy is actually strong – speaking softly and carrying a big stick.

http://www.americanprogress.org

John Sarbanes

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland.

http://sarbanes.house.gov/‎

Jim Hightower

California's Water Crisis is Becoming a Beer Crisis.

 

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 2nd, 2014

Mar 3, 2014 44:55

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Professor Ed Caudill on creationism … professor Stephen Griffin on war powers … and Bill Press interviews Thomas Reese about Pope Francis.

 

The controversy over Arizona’s anti-gay legislation and an HBO documentary on Darwin has put religion right back into the political discussion.  Professor Edward Caudill explains how only 60 percent of Americans believe in evolution – and more than half of Republicans don’t. With America on the verge of withdrawing from Afghanistan, Professor Stephen Griffin argues that the Constitution may not be adequate for keeping the country out of wars. And Bill Press interviews Father Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter about the impact of Pope Francis.

 

Ed Caudill

Journalism professor Ed Caudill says the media are promoting ignorance of science when they feel obliged to give the nonexistent “other side” of evolution.

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/53emm4mg9780252038013.html

 

Stephen Griffin

Is the Constitution adequate when it comes to deciding when the nation should go to war? Tulane law professor Stephen Griffin suggests it is not and that Congress ought to take back some power from the White House.

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/53emm4mg9780252038013.html

 

Thomas Reese

Bill Press and his guest, Vatican expert Father Thomas Reese.

http://ncronline.org/authors/thomas-reese

 

Jim Hightower

Ted Nugent brings bigotry & misogyny to Texas governors race.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 23rd, 2014

Feb 24, 2014 41:44

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Internet expert Peter Singer talks about internet security – and cute cats. Poverty researcher Chris Wimer calls for a “trickle UP” economy. And Bill Press talks climate change with Zoe Carpenter of  “The Nation”

 

Peter Singer is one of the country’s leading experts on the Internet and the riveting gripping issues of cybersecurity, cyberterrorism -- and cute cat videos. With the CBO weighing on both sides of the minimum wage debate, poverty expert Chris Wimer foresees a future of a “trickle UP” economy. And Bill Press interviews Zoe Carpenter, of “The Nation” on the subject of climate change.

 

Peter Singer

The Internet is undergoing huge changes, says expert Peter Singer, and while President Obama was ELECTED by the Internet, he might go down in history as the president who LOST the Internet.

http://www.cybersecuritybook.com/

 

Chris Wimer

Now that the CBO has weighed in on the minimum wage – providing ammunition for both progressives and conservatives – poverty research Chris Wimer calls for a balanced approach based on a “trickle up” economy.

http://cupop.columbia.edu/people/christopher-wimer

 

Zoe Carpenter

Bill Press and his guest, “The Nation’s” Zoe Carpenter on climate change.

http://www.thenation.com/authors/zoe-carpenter

 

Jim Hightower

Tom Perkins speaks. Again.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 9th, 2014

Feb 17, 2014 41:07

Description:

Jonathan Allen talks about his blockbuster book about Hillary Clinton … Professor Alan Abramowitz maintains that Tea Party influence may be waning … and Bill Press talks with The Nation’s George Zornick about Afghanistan.

 

Journalist and author Jonathan Allen talks about Hillary Clinton’s political “hit list” … and her tenure as Secretary of State. With extreme conservatives losing a key House vote on the debt ceiling, and Senator John Cornyn cruising to likely victory in the March 4 Texas primary … political science professor Alan Abramowitz says the Tea Party may be on the wane. And Bill Press interviews The Nation’s George Zornick about Afghanistan

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is an award-winning journalist and author of a new political biography of Hillary Clinton. He tells us about her tenure as secretary of state, about her political hit list, and what they mean for her likely presidential run.

http://www.hrcbook.com

Alan Abramowitz

How much farther can the Tea Party go in dominating the GOP? Professor Alan Abramowitz thinks their influence is on the downswing, and maybe the recent House vote for a clean debt limit increase proves him right.

http://www.democracyjournal.org/31/republican-leaders-two-choices.php

George Zornick

Bill Press and his guest, George Zornick of the Nation, on the continuing war in Afghanistan.

http://www.thenation.com/authors/george-zornick

Jim Hightower

Sen. Pat Roberts puts on his crazy pants.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 9th, 2014

Feb 9, 2014 50:27

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David Cay Johnston on corporate socialism, Professor Dan Zuberi on the shocking cost of outsourcing hospital support staff, and Bill press with liberal lion Congressman George Miller.

Journalist and commentator David Cay Johnston says it is the government that is largely responsible for the income inequality plaguing the economy. Health professor Dan Zuberi reveals the shocking cost in both money and lives  caused by hospitals outsourcing their non-medical jobs. And Bill Press interviews retiring Congressman George Miller of California.

David Cay Johnston

Award-winning journalist and author David Cay Johnston reveals how Republicans don’t support market capitalism but engage in corporate socialism instead by redistributing wealth from the many to the few.

http://www.davidcayjohnston.com/

Dan Zuberi

If hospitals would spend a little more money paying their own employees, instead of outsourcing for the cheapest support workers, they would save money by cutting down on costly hospital infections. That’s the analysis from health professor Dan Zuberi.

http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Zuberi/e/B00E6OC5VI


George Miller

Bill Press and his guest, George Miller, one of the most progressive Democrats in Congress.

http://georgemiller.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Rick Perry struts his stuff in Davos.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 2nd, 2014

Feb 3, 2014 44:36

Description:

Political science week with Professor Dante Chinni explaining the new geographical divide in politics and Professor Jonathan Zimmerman arguing against term limits for presidents. And Bill Press talks with freshman Democratic congressman Steven Horsford.

The red-state, blue-state divide no longer exists, says political scientist Dante Chinni. But the great political divide is between suburbs and exurbs. Why should a president be allowed to serve only two terms? NYU Professor Jonathan Zimmerman doesn’t see why. He says the 22nd Amendment insults the American voter. And Bill Press interviews freshman Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford of Nevada about the State of the Union address.

Dante Chinni

Red-state, blue state. Not a Dr. Seuss story, but a political narrative that Professor Dante Chinni says is out of date. The geographical difference between Democrats and Republicans lies not in the states but in the suburbs and exurbs – and Democrats are winning that battle right now.

http://dantechinni.com/


Jonathan Zimmerman  

Are American voters not smart enough to know whether their president should get elected again … and again? Professor Jonathan Zimmerman think they are smart enough and argues cogently against the 22nd Amendment’s two-term limit on presidents.

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Jonathan_Zimmerman


Steven Horsford

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Steven Horsford.

http://horsford.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

The mobsters of Wall Street



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 25th, 2014

Jan 26, 2014 48:53

Description:

Ever hear of Tammany Hall? Author Terry Golway tells us it was one machine that worked. So was the Chicago machine, and former Democratic Senator Alan Dixon of Illinois tells us why. And Bill Press interviews former GOP Senator Larry Pressler.

There’s a lot of talk about the seamy side of politics in New Jersey, but author Terry Golway maintains that political machines used to do some good, at least in New York. Former Senator Alan Dixon looks back, also – at a career that began with the blessing of the Illinois Democratic machine. And Bill Press interviews Republican-turned-Independent Senate candidate Larry Pressler.

Terry Golway

Once upon a time, a political machine in New York called Tammany Hall pretty much controlled the national Democratic Party. Though it was known for corruption, author Terry Golway insists that it worked for the little guy before there was a social safety net.

http://chpp.kean.edu/users/terry-golway


Alan Dixon

Our next guest is former Illinois Senator Alan Dixon, a moderate Democrat who talks about a day when Republicans and Democrats in Congress could actually get things done.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Senator-Alan-Dixon-Memoir-The-Gentleman-from-Illinois/180738472064831


Larry Pressler

Bill Press and his guest, former Republican Senator Larry Pressler.

http://www.senatorlarrypressler.com/

Jim Hightower

Wall Street warns Democrats: Avoid Populism!


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 19th, 2014

Jan 20, 2014 53:01

Description:

Health expert Phil Longman says while Obama wants to reduce health care costs, he is not cracking down on hospital monopolies. Tea Party expert Theda Skocpol (scotch-pole) says the GOP is riding the back of a tiger. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Keith Ellison.

How can conservatives and progressives come together to reduce health care costs? Author Phillip Longman says, simply, join forces to oppose the monopoly pricing power of hospitals. Harvard professor Theda Skocpol says mainstream Republicans are riding on the back of the Tea Party tiger, and they may soon regret it. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison, who says progressives should remain optimistic.


Phillip Longman

No matter how well Obamacare may work, the administration is doing very little to enforce antitrust laws against hospitals, which drive up the price of medical care, says author and health analyst Phillip Longman.

http://newamerica.net/user/92


Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol has studied the Tea Party’s death grip on the Republican Party, and the Harvard professor says it is a “pincers movement” applying pressure upward from the grass roots and downward from the big money interests.

http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/faculty/theda-skocpol

Keith Ellison

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman and Progressive Caucus chair Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

http://ellison.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

The millionaires' Congress vs. the people.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 12th, 2014

Jan 13, 2014 50:19

Description:

Republicans say the war on poverty has been a failure. Are they right? We have an expert who says no. Did the Tea Party weaken itself with the budget shutdown? We have an expert who says, “maybe.” And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan.

Republicans like Marco Rubio and Eric Cantor say the War on Poverty, now 50 years in the waging, has been an utter failure. But analyst Chris Wimer says statistics show that without government programs, many more Americans would be poor today. Congress is back in session and professor Alan Abramowitz says it’s unclear how much of a grip the Tea Party retains on Republican lawmakers. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan about the House agenda. Don’t expect much.

Christopher Wimer

Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson announced the War on Poverty. Since then, the poverty rate has dropped from 26 percent to 16 percent. Social scientist Christopher Wimer says the evidence shows that the federal programs worked.

http://cupop.columbia.edu/people/christopher-wimer

Alan  Abramowitz

President Obama’s re-election drove the Tea Party crazy, says political science professor Alan  Abramowitz. Now he says it is unclear with the Tea Party agitators in Congress will continue to drive the Republican leadership crazy.

http://www.democracyjournal.org/31/republican-leaders-two-choices.php

Tim Ryan

Bill Press and his guest,  Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, Discuss the House agenda.  

timryan.house.gov/‎

Jim Hightower

Act 2 of the Ford & Radel Show.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 5th, 2014

Jan 6, 2014 49:35

Description:

Political analysis galore this first week of 2014. Authors Geoffrey Kabaservice and Erica Seifert pronounce the GOP in trouble, and commentator Fred Rotondaro predicts a rosy future for Democrats this year.

What would you call Republicans who are fiscally conservative, socially tolerant, pro-civil-rights and pragmatic problem-solvers? Political scientist Geoffrey Kabaservice calls them extinct. Public opinion expert Erica Seifert says it should be good news for Democrats that, in her words, “The Republic Party is not a rational party anymore.” And, regular commentator Fred Rotondaro looks ahead into 2014 and says Obamacare will eventually be a big plus for Democrats … and that Hillary Clinton will come under pressure from the left.

Geoffrey Kabaservice

Professor Geoffrey Kabaservice is an expert on the once vibrant moderate sector of the Republican Party. It is now extinct, he says, and the radical right wing risks losing elections as the price of ideological purity.

http://global.oup.com/academic/product/rule-and-ruin-9780199975518;jsessionid=C06457AE919A9DBEED933E0CF59CAB31?cc=us&lang=en&


Erica Seifert

Public opinion expert Erica Seifert says the takeover of the GOP by its Tea Party wing could be good news for Democrats because it shows the Republican Party is no longer rational.

http://www.democracycorps.com/Republican-Party-Project/inside-the-gop-report-on-focus-groups-with-evangelical-tea-party-and-moderate-republicans/

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro of the Center for American Progress and a regular contributor to this netcast predicts 2014 will be a good year for the Democrats, especially as people realize the benefits of Obamacare.

www.americanprogress.org

Jim Hightower

Bastrop's new war toy


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 29th, 2013

Dec 30, 2013 43:33

Description:

The NSA’s wide surveillance net is just part of America’s permanent state of war. The social safety net is being shredded by Republican cuts in food stamps. And medical safety is being compromised by hospitals outsourcing their labor force.

Legal historian Mary Dudziak says the NSA surveillance is but part of the larger story of an American permanently at war. The Republican effort to slice the food stamp program is the proverbial “canary in the coal” mine, says regular commentator Catherine Poe. And, Professor Dan Zuberi has studied the Canadian and U.S. hospital systems and says patients are at risk from the outsourcing of labor.


Mary Dudziak

Historian Mary Dudziak asks the question of how we can “unbuild” the NSA surveillance apparatus. She also explains how waving the flag helps the American people ignore a very warlike foreign policy.

http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/mary-l-dudziak.html


Catherine Poe

Regular commentator Catherine Poe is worried that the Republican assault on food stamps is just a canary in the coal mine warning about further social service cuts.

https://twitter.com/PoeCatpoe

Dan Zuberi

Health analyst Dan Zuberi has studied labor practices in both Canadian and U.S. hospitals and has found that outsourcing many of the routine jobs can have fatal consequences for patients.

http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Zuberi/e/B00E6OC5VI

Jim Hightower

A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 22nd, 2013

Dec 23, 2013 49:56

Description:

Economist John Schmitt on the minimum wage … Professor Jonathan Zimmerman on the 22nd Amendment … and Politico’s Ginger Gibson on the budget deal.

 

With states and cities now debating raising the minimum wage, economist John Schmitt says the issue is more about inequality than about jobs. Professor Jonathan Zimmerman explains why he wants to repeal the 22nd Amendment and let presidents serve as many terms as the voters want them to. And Bill Press interviews Ginger Gibson, Politico’s budget expert.

  


John Schmitt

All of a sudden, lawmakers in cities and states are talking about raising the minimum wage locally. Economist John Schmitt says it is a popular idea but won’t happen at the federal level as long as Republicans hold the House of Representatives.

http://www.cepr.net/

Jonathan Zimmerman

Professor Jonathan Zimmerman says that the Constitution’s two-term limit weakens the presidency, weakens the voters and weakens democracy. He wants to repeal it.

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Jonathan_Zimmerman

Ginger Gibson

Bill Press and his guest,  Ginger Gibson, of Politico.

http://www.politico.com/reporters/GingerGibson.html

Jim Hightower

Christmas: War!



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 15th, 2013

Dec 16, 2013 52:11

Description:

Music historian Sheryl Kaskowitz on “God Bless America,” Fred Rotondaro on the corporate war on working people and Congressman Chris Van Hollen on the budget deal.


It’s a part of our shared culture, and author Sheryl Kaskowitz tells us how “God Bless America” became such a powerful symbol. Regular contributor Fred Rotondaro says we are at a tipping point in America’s understanding of the corporate war against working people. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Chris Van Hollen on the new budget deal.


Sheryl Kaskowitz

Author Sheryl Kaskowitz takes a historical and cultural look at how “God Bless America” became popular and came to serve political purposes.

http://gba.sherylkaskowitz.com/

 

Fred Rotondaro

Regular contributor Fred Rotondaro gives us the lowdown on the takeover of American politics by corporate interests and their war on both politics and morality.

http://americanprogress.org

Chris Van Hollen

Bill Press and his guest,  Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen

http://vanhollen.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Wall Street regulator replaced by Wall Street conciliator.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 8th, 2013

Dec 9, 2013 47:07

Description:

Wasserman Schultz’s prescription for America, Feminist Marianne Schnall on chances for a female president, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.


Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks about working together and dialing down the vitriol in Washington. Feminist Marianne Schnall discusses what it will take for the nation to elect a woman president. And Bill Press interviews the always provocative Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer.

  

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has written a book that could serve as a roadmap for Democratic priorities. She also says Obamacare is a cake on its way to being baked.

http://us.macmillan.com/forthenextgeneration/DebbieWassermanSchultz


Marianne Schnall

Electing a female president would be a victory for all women and their daughters, says feminist author Marianne Schnall, who adds it will take the right candidate and one with a thick skin.

http://womanpresidentbook.com

Brian Schweitzer

Bill Press and his guest,  the always provocative and entertaining Brian Schweitzer, governor of Montana.

https://twitter.com/brianschweitzer  

Jim Hightower

Geithner's magical trip through the revolving door.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 1st, 2013

Dec 2, 2013 38:55

Description:

Politics this week -- former Senator Alan Dixon on Obamacare; Professor Fabio Rojas on Twitter as a predictor of elections; and education expert David Bergeron on the politics of student loans.

A former Democratic Senate leader says his party better start fixing Obamacare right away. An expert on social media says he can predict congressional elections by monitoring Twitter. And a higher-education policy maker has a series of student loan reforms in mind.


Alan Dixon  

Alan Dixon was a senator from Illinois for two terms and was chief deputy whip for the Democrats. Well known as a moderate, he has some harsh words for both parties and calls on congressional Democrats to fix Obamacare.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Senator-Alan-Dixon-Memoir-The-Gentleman-from-Illinois/180738472064831

Fabio Rojas

Indiana University professor Fabio Rojas studies politics and social media. And he believes that Twitter activity can predict the outcome of close House elections

http://mypage.iu.edu/~frojas/index.html


David Bergeron

Finally, higher education expert David Bergeron of the Center for American Progress has a plan to firm up the national student loan program. The first place to start is choosing where to go to college in the first place.

http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/bergeron-david/bio/

 

Jim Hightower

Coke's Conspiracy against tap water



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 24th, 2013

Nov 25, 2013 48:48

Description:

Thanksgiving reflections on America’s food supply and the theocracy that one author says governs the “land of our pilgrims’ pride.”

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, professor Robert Paarlberg summarizes the politics of food in a country where obesity may be more of a problem than hunger. This year, Thanksgiving coincides with Hanukkah -- and the role of God and religion in our civic life is the subject of a provocative interview with Sean Faircloth, a former legislator from Maine and an advocate of strict separation of church and state. And Bill Press interviews California Congressman Sam Farr.

Robert Paarlberg

Robert Paarlberg is an expert on food. In addition to summarizing the science and  politics of food production, he notes that the biggest health threat from American agriculture is not on the farm or in the labs of Monsanto but in our own kitchens.

http://robertpaarlberg.net

Sean Faircloth

Church and state expert Sean Faircloth – he wants to separate them – reminds us on Thanksgiving that despite the prayers we might offer privately, the only reference to religion in the Constitution is its exclusion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWIrK-Fv6M8

Sam Farr

Bill Press and his guest,  Congressman Sam Farr, who represents California’s Central Coast.

http://www.farr.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

Billionaires reap a cornucopia of farm subsidy cash.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 17th, 2013

Nov 18, 2013 53:43

Description:

As a political animal, the Republican Party’s moderate wing is extinct. Interviews with political experts Geoffrey Kabaservice and Erica Seifert about the future of the GOP. And Bill Press interviews a leader of EMILY’s List.

Today we talk about a fascinating species of political animal – the Republican Party. Professor Geoffrey Kabaservice has written a history of the GOP since Eisenhower and says its moderate wing is pretty much extinct. Democratic political analyst Erica Seifert has conducted focus groups of Republicans and predicts that their takeover by extremists marginalizes the party’s national appeal. And Bill Press, along with Chris Moody of Yahoo News, interviews Jess McIntosh, communications director of EMILY’s List about Project Madam President.


Geoffrey Kabaservice

Historian Geoffrey Kabaservice has studied Republican moderates of the past – and they include people named Cheney and Rumsfeld – and traces the party’s history to its present state. And, he says, the moderate wing of the Republican party is dead and gone.

http://global.oup.com/academic/product/rule-and-ruin-9780199975518;jsessionid=C06457AE919A9DBEED933E0CF59CAB31?cc=us&lang=en&


Erica Seifert

After a series of focus groups, Erica Seifert finds that while the Tea Party and the evangelicals of the party are, indeed, extremists, they are not the Republican fringe. They are the majority of the party, and that bodes ill for the GOP’s future.

http://www.democracycorps.com/Republican-Party-Project/inside-the-gop-report-on-focus-groups-with-evangelical-tea-party-and-moderate-republicans/


Jess McIntosh

Bill Press and his guest, Jess McIntosh, spokeswoman for EMILY’s List.

http://emilyslist.org/

Jim Hightower

Big lies win pyrrhic GMO victory for Big Food



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 10th, 2013

Nov 11, 2013 54:41

Description:

Democratic Party Chair on Obamacare and the Virginia election. A Veterans Week reflection on the state of warfare, and a peace activist says U.S. intelligence apparatus is out of control..


Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a lot to say about Obamacare and the Tea Party’s extremism, and she advises members of both parties in Congress -- just try to be “normal human beings.” A Veterans Week reflection by law professor Mary Dudziak on how America has come to be in a permanent state of war. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, about the NSA and, also, Syria.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chair of the Democratic Party and a congresswoman from Florida says if you don’t like the way your kitchen was remodeled, don’t burn down the house – take the counter out and re-do the cabinet knobs. Her point? The Affordable Care Act needs minor revisions, not arson.

http://us.macmillan.com/forthenextgeneration/DebbieWassermanSchultz


Mary Dudziak

If you just look at all the campaign ribbons and medals handed out by the U.S. military, you can see that this nation has been in pretty much a permanent state of war for a long time. Author Mary Dudziak says Americans are not called upon for any real sacrifice to support wars, such as public engagement about foreign policy.

http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/mary-l-dudziak.html

Joe Cirincione

Bill Press and his guest, Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.

http://www.ploughshares.org/

Jim Hightower

Congress critters kiss Wall Street butt for cash



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 3rd, 2013

Nov 4, 2013 41:15

Description:

Is it time for a woman president? Feminist author Marianne Schnall thinks so. How permanent is the House GOP majority? Not very, says Democratic strategist Elaine Kamarck. And Ellie Smeal talks about women’s issues at the state level.

It is three years until the next presidential election, but not too early to start handicapping it. Could it be the year for a woman president? Author Marianne Schnall thinks so. Democratic analyst Elaine Kamarck has some advice for Republicans – start speaking to a majority of the American people! And Bill Press interviews Eleanor Smeal, president of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.

Marianne Schnall

A feminist author, Marianne Schnall, interviewed hundreds of women to find out what obstacles stand in the way of a female becoming president. The answer? Nothing!

http://womanpresidentbook.com


Elaine Kamarck

A year from the midterm congressional elections, Democratic analyst Elaine Kamarck notes that there is nothing permanent about a majority in the House in the face of large demographic trends.

http://www.democracyjournal.org/30/the-new-politics-of-evasion.php?page=all


Eleanor Smeal

Bill Press and his guest, Eleanor Smeal  president of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.

http://www.feminist.org


Jim Hightower

Cruzing the White House?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 27th, 2013

Oct 28, 2013 44:48

Description:

The rise of a theocratic America … the decline of the American economy … and a preview of the 2014 gubernatorial races.

Sean Faircloth is a former state legislator and now an advocate for separation of church and state. He says that the intrusion of religion into government can have deadly consequences. Economist George Tyler tells us what went wrong with the American economy. One short answer, he says, is “stock options.” And Bill Press interviews Danny Kanner of the Democratic Governors Association about how the Virginia race could be a bellwether for Democratic gains next year.

Sean Faircloth

Washington, Adams and Jefferson could not be elected president today because they didn’t profess a belief in God, says secularist Sean Faircloth. And, says the former state legislator, religion intrusion into policy can cause the death of children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWIrK-Fv6M8

George Tyler

What caused the Great Recession? Former World Bank economist George Tyler has a few answers for us, but mainly he says it was the development of stock options for management – making the goal a spike in quarterly profits.

http://www.georgertyler.com/

Danny Kanner

Bill Press and his guest, Danny Kanner of the Democratic Governors Association.

https://twitter.com/DannyKanner


Jim Hightower

The Ignoble Prize For Agriculture.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 20th, 2013

Oct 21, 2013 43:58

Description:

Food expert Robert Paarlberg says the biggest danger from contaminated food comes from your own kitchen. Historian Richard Moe says Obama can take lessons from FDR. And Larry Sabato talks with Bill Press about the JFK legacy.

The role of government in regulating food safety came up recently when the FDA and Agriculture Department were shut down. But food expert Robert Paarlberg says the biggest health danger lies in your own kitchen. Historian Richard Moe tells us that FDR never wanted to run for a third term, until World War II made him. He also says Obama can take a lesson from FDR by using executive power when Congress won’t cooperate. And Bill Press talks about the legacy of JFK with political scientist Larry Sabato.

Robert  Paarlberg

Professor Robert  Paarlberg is an expert on American agriculture and food production. He says there is no evidence of risk from genetically modified organisms, BUT what’s most likely to make you sick is how you prepare food in your own kitchen!

http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/934/robert_paarlberg.html


Richard Moe

Historian and author Richard Moe says FDR ran for a third term only because he couldn’t find another Democrat who would follow his policies and could win the election. He also says President Obama has something to learn from FDR’s second term blues.

http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Moe/e/B001KIR590

Larry Sabato

Bill Press and his guest, political scientist Larry Sabato about the legacy of JFK.

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/


Jim Hightower

Wall Street magicians make reform disappear.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 13th, 2013

Oct 13, 2013 48:43

Description:

Music historian Sheryl Kaskowitz explains why we are singing “God Bless America” so much. Economist James K. Galbraith assesses the country’s economic mess. Bill Press interviews Congressman Bruce Braley.

With the baseball playoffs in full swing, fans and viewers will hear “God Bless America” during every 7th inning stretch. A music scholar tells us how it has become such a powerful national song. With a new head of the Fed and the fear of national default in the air, progressive economist James K. Galbraith reviews the meaning of government shutdowns, budget sequesters and the debt ceiling. And Bill Press talks with Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley.


Sheryl Kaskowitz

Everyone knows the song “God Bless America.” It will be sung during every post-season baseball game. But it has a powerful and controversial history and, says author Sheryl Kaskowitz, communal singing of it can have “a coercive element.”

http://gba.sherylkaskowitz.com/


James K. Galbraith

Economist James K. Galbraith offers his view on the way out of America’s politically-driven economic mess, with an emphasis on the environment, infrastructure repair and an aging population.

http://utip.gov.utexas.edu/JG/


Bruce Braley

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa.

http://braley.house.gov/‎

Jim Hightower

Monsanto buys a food prize.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 6th, 2013

Oct 7, 2013 45:53

Description:

Budget expert Michael Linden asks whether Congress can walk and chew gum at the same time? Analyst Elaine Kamarack on the Democrats lock on the electoral college. And Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa talks with Bill Press.


Michael Linden is managing director for economic policy at the Center for American Progress who argues that focusing on the deficit hurts economic growth. Centrist Democrat Elaine Kamarck applies old lessons from her party to the current Republican Party; namely, party unity gets in the way of figuring out the best policies for winning moderate voters. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii.


Michael Linden

Progressive budget expert Michael Linden tells us something obvious – that Congress can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. He urges lawmakers  to stop letting budget issues get in the way of programs that would help the economy.

http://www.americanprogress.org

Elaine Kamarck

Centrist Democratic political analyst Elaine Kamarck says Democrats may have an electoral lock on the presidency, and she thanks a Republican -- former California Governor Pete Wilson -- for that.

http://www.democracyjournal.org/30/the-new-politics-of-evasion.php?page=all


Colleen Hanabusa

Bill Press and his guest, Representative Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii.

http://hanabusa.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Getting ahead on the backs of others.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 29th, 2013

Sep 30, 2013 41:03

Description:

Public opinion analyst Erica Seifert proposes a new economic agenda for women, and author Eric Liu proposes building the economy from the middle class out. And some union history from Jim Hoffa.


Erica Seifert is a public opinion analyst who helped draws up a “women’s economic agenda” and it’s based primarily on economics. Progressive scholar and author Eric Liu wants to build the economy from the middle class out  and explains how to do it. And Bill Press talks with Jim Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union.


Erica Seifert

Public opinion analyst Erica Seifert says the key political issues for women are pay, education and reproductive freedom. And those issues may pave the way for congressional gains next year – IF women turn out at the polls.

http://gqrr.com/articles/2013/07/24/the-women-s-economic-agenda/


Eric Liu

Author Eric Liu says restoring the ideal of opportunity for all Americans can be accomplished by adopting “middle out economics.” The result would be more money in the hands of consumers to buy more products.

http://www.truepat.org


Jim Hoffa

Bill Press and his guest, Teamsters Union president Jim Hoffa.

http://www.teamster.org/

Jim Hightower

Ryan rants, and a new voice of morality responds.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 22nd, 2013

Sep 23, 2013 48:11

Description:

Pollster Celinda Lake says Democrats need to be more aggressive in their messaging. Economist George Tyler says corporate greed crashed the American economy, and Congressman Steve Israel on House Republicans.

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake says the top issue on the political horizon isn’t the economy or education, but rather which crazy thing Republicans will do next.

Former World Bank executive and author George Tyler answers the question, “What Went Wrong” with the U.S. economy. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Steve Israel of New York.


Celinda Lake

Pollster Celinda Lake thinks Democrats are too responsible and cooperative when it comes to talking policy. She says we need to concentrate more on messaging and fighting whatever crazy thing Republicans think of next.

http://www.lakeresearch.com


George Tyler

The American economy has experienced considerable growth in the last 30 years. But virtually none of this growth has trickled down to the average American. Economist and author George Tyler explains why.

http://www.georgetyler.com


Steve Israel

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

http://israel.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

Fracking adds an extra danger to flooding



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 15th, 2013

Sep 15, 2013 43:43

Description:

Five years after Lehman Brothers, economist James Galbraith says the financial sector is dysfunctional. And a demographer says your zip code determines your health

Five years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers set off the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Economist James Galbraith analyzes what we have learned since then. At a time when the gap between rich and poor is at a 100-year high, demographer Phillip Longman finds a direct link between an American’s income and his or her health. And Bill Press talks with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz


James K. Galbraith

University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith says that five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the economy is starting to slowly come around.

http://utip.gov.utexas.edu/JG/

Phillip Longman

Health expert Phillip Longman has found that where you live – and how much you make – directly correlates to your health status.

http://newamerica.net


Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Bill Press and his guest, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

http://wassermanschultz.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

Finding the money to fund higher education for all.




AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 8th, 2013

Sep 9, 2013 43:20

Description:

Chemical and biological weapons, along with cyberwarfare, are the new national security threats. Also, a new semester and still no help for students who are in debt.


An expert in national security defines the two biggest threats to America 12 years after 9/11, and a time when the NFL is limiting what you can bring into a stadium. The fall semester at colleges around the country has begun, and a former Education Department official has an idea on how to lessen the massive debt burden facing American students. And Bill Press talks with Representative Jim Moran about Syria, and why the Virginia Congressman doesn’t attend classified briefings.

Michael Greenberger

Law professor and homeland security expert Michael Greenberger says the two greatest threats to national security 12 years after 9/11 are cyberwarfare and chemical weapons.

http://www.michaelgreenberger.com


David Bergeron

David Bergeron was a top official in the Education Department. He has a plan for the government to make it a little easier for college graduates to pay off their debt.

http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/bergeron-david/bio/


Jim Moran

Bill Press talks with Representative Jim Moran about Syria, and why the Virginia Congressman doesn’t attend classified briefings.

http://moran.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

The real poop on the GOP's silly "Poopgate".



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 1st, 2013

Sep 2, 2013 43:24

Description:

Reflections on the plight of organized labor, with union leader Paul Booth and economist John Schmitt on how to fight the Republican assault on working people.

Labor Day 2013 finds much of the nation finally focused on income disparities and the plight of minimum wage workers. Our guests today speak directly to those issues. Long-time union leader Paul Booth says the fight progressives must make is not only about good wages, but good wedges -- framing our concerns in terms of winning wedge issues. Economist John Schmitt takes us through the history of the minimum wage fight. And Bill Press talks with the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato about that state’s race for governor.


Paul Booth

Labor Day commemorates the contributions of America’s working men and women, and a leader of the government workers union, Paul Booth, says that just being right on issues isn’t enough – you have to use language to win the message war.

http://afscme.com


John Schmitt

Economist John Schmitt explains how the productivity of American workers has gone up since World War II, and how steeply wages have fallen in comparison. He answers the question of where in the world the McDonald’s worker does better.

http://cepr.net


Larry Sabato

Bill Press talks with the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato about that state’s race for governor.

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

Jim Hightower

Where Labor Day came from, and where it’s going.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 25th, 2013

Aug 26, 2013 45:19

Description:

Labor Day is approaching, and guests George Packer, Andrew Levison, and David Bonior analyze how things have gotten so tough for working men and women.

Labor Day is coming up, and this week we hear from three experts on the challenges facing working people in America.

Best-selling author George Packer talks with us about his book “The Unwinding,” and how since the Reagan Administration we have become “a society of winners and losers.”

And labor advocate and former House Democratic Whip David Bonior says this is the worst moment for organized labor in his lifetime.


George Packer

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written a best-selling book about America’s “unwinding.” He says it was caused by what leaders and elites could get away with. It turns out to have been plenty, and now the American worker is in a race to the bottom.

http://media.us.macmillan.com/Catalogs/Current/FSG_Spring-2013_09_2012.pdf


Andrew Levison

Where are Democrats going to get the votes to improve their standing in Congress next year? Analyst Andrew Levison argues that the party is doomed unless it can make electoral inroads among the white working class, which he says no longer feels part of the Democratic coalition.

http://www.thewhiteworkingclasstoday.com


David Bonior

Finally, David Bonior join us. Mr. Bonior, of Michigan, was the longest serving Democratic whip in the House of Representatives and now heads an organization dedicated to advancing the goals of organized labor. Unfortunately, things are at a low point right now, he says.

http:// www.americanrightsatwork.org

Jim Hightower

Police destroy "The Garden of Eden".



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 18th, 2013

Aug 19, 2013 45:51

Description:

“The Ghosts of Jim Crow” still roam says black historian … Don’t like the president? A political scientist says we need two of them!


As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, law professor F. Michael Higginbotham (pronounce the “th”), tells us about the subject of his new book, “The Ghosts of Jim Crow.”

DavId Orentlicher, lawyer, a doctor, a professor and a former state legislator, says the presidency is too powerful. Therefore, he argue, we need TWO presidents!

And Bill Press talks with the new president of Americans United for Change, Brad Woodhouse.


F. Michael Higginbotham

As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we hear from African American law professor F. Michael Higginbotham about “the ghosts of Jim Crow.” He says there has been much progress, and that the destiny of today’s black men and women will be determined by how hard they are willing to work.

http://www.fmichaelhigginbotham.org/


David Orentlicher

How can we end the political polarization gripping Washington? Professor David Orentlicher says the Constitution is to blame and we need to have a co-presidency consisting of members of opposing parties. He says it would prevent bad decision-making, like Watergate and the invasion of Iraq.

http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=11453


Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press and his guest, Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change.

http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/

Jim Hightower

Corporate powers steamroll Florida voters.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 11th, 2013

Aug 12, 2013 43:50

Description:

One historian examines the political skills of Franklin D. Roosevelt … another tells us who the worst president in history was.

Today we go back into history to discuss with two presidential scholars perhaps the greatest president of all time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and some of the worst, or most forgotten, gentlemen to occupy the White House.

And Bill Press talks with Joe Cirincione, president of the ploughshares fund.


Ira Katznelson

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to make some unsavory political compromises to establish the New Deal. Historian Ira Katznelson tells us about that, and he calls for progressive to become more imaginative and galvanize a new New Deal.

http://polisci.columbia.edu/people/profile/92


Michael Gerhardt

Americans may argue over who was the greatest U.S. president – Washington, Lincoln, FDR. But how little attention we pay to the least among them! Presidential historian Michael Gerhardt reviews for us the subject of his new book “The Forgotten Presidents.”

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Politics/AmericanPolitics/LawCourts/?view=usa&ci=9780199967797


Joe Cirincione

Bill Press and his guest, Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione.

http://www.ploughshares.org/

Jim Hightower

Motorcycling an anti-woman agenda into law.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - August 4th, 2013

Aug 4, 2013 48:07

Description:

Hear the creators of two new progressive ideas -- Eric Liu on “middle-out” economics and Erica Seifert on a women’s economic agenda.

President Obama has renewed his campaign to fix the American economy by by strengthening the middle class. Today, we talk with author Eric Liu, who coined the phrase “middle-out” economics.

And Erica Seifert, a political analyst explains how  a  new “women’s economic agenda” can help Democrats regain the House, keep the Senate and retain the presidency in the years ahead.

And Bill Press talks with John Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee about the NSA.



Eric Liu

Author Eric Liu coined the phrase “middle-out economics,” which President Obama has adopted. What does it mean? Simply that jobs are created not by business tycoons but by a middle class prosperous enough to demand more consumer goods.

http://www.truepat.org


Erica Seifert

It isn’t just pay equity that’s important to women, says political analyst Erica Seifert. It’s their actual pay. She explains how a women’s economic agenda of higher pay, fairness to pregnant workers and child care are even more important than Medicare to the Democrats’ electoral base.

http://gqrr.com/articles/2013/07/24/the-women-s-economic-agenda/


John Conyers

Bill Press talks with John Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee about the NSA.

http://conyers.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

Message to Robert Rubin: Please go away.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 28th, 2013

Jul 28, 2013 48:17

Description:

Race and the economy. It’s the white working class Democrats need to win over, says one expert. Another says the economy is coming around, but slowly.

Two issues at the forefront of American political discussion this week – race and the economy.

Author Andrew Levison takes us on a tour of the white working class, and, with talk swirling about a replacement for Ben Bernanke, former Fed official Stephen Axilrod says the economy is inching forward.

And Bill Press talks with Melanie Sloan about the nation’s most ethically challenged governors. And guess which party they belong to?

Andrew Levison

Progressive author Andrew Levison says that Democrats desperately need votes in 2014 from people who now vote Republican. Who are they? He says they are the white working class, and they are not as conservative as we may think.

http://thewhiteworkingclasstoday.com/


Stephen Axilrod

Stephen Axilrod was a top official of the Federal Reserve Board for 30 years. He has written a book explaining how the Fed works, and he says, despite everything, it does work pretty well.

http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-federal-reserve-9780199934485?cc=us&lang=en&tab=description


Melanie Sloan

Bill Press talks with Melanie Sloan about the nation’s most ethically challenged governors. And guess which party they belong to?

http://www.citizensforethics.org/


Jim Hightower

Cutting the poor while subsidizing millionaires.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 21st, 2013

Jul 22, 2013 41:37

Description:

When the dust settles in Syria, will the result be good for America? Will President Obama dare Republicans to vote down a jobs bill?

An expert on Russia and Syria says whether we know it or not, it might be best for the West, Israel and Russia if Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

Regular contributor Catherine Poe thinks that President Obama has gone off the rails and let the Republicans define who he is.

And Bill Press talks with political science professor Larry Sabato.


Mark Katz

George Mason University Professor Mark Katz is an expert on Russian foreign policy, and on Syria, as well. He examines the geopolitics of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, and has a surprising analysis.

http://www.marknkatz.com/

Catherine Poe

Our regular contributor Catherine Poe thinks President Obama has gone off the rails, at least in terms of pursuing progressive policies. She says he has let the Republicans define him and that he needs to focus entirely on a comprehensive jobs program.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/

Larry Sabato

Bill Press and his guest, University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato.

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

Jim Hightower

Charles Koch's.. World of Hairdressernomics.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 14th, 2013

Jul 14, 2013 45:59

Description:

What’s wrong with our society? “Organized Money!” Geoge Packer explains the “Unwinding” of America. Pollster Celinda Lake tells what Democrats need to do.


Best-selling author George Packer explains how “organized money” is responsible for the “unwinding” of America.

Political strategist Celinda Lake warns that without Obama on the ticket, progressive voters will have to turn out at the polls next year in huge numbers to ensure that the Senate remains Democratic – and maybe take back the House, too.

And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Barbara Lee about the sequester


George Packer

Author George Packer has a best-selling analysis of how America has become unwound as a result of what he calls “organized money” spent on behalf of corporations.

http://media.us.macmillan.com/Catalogs/Current/FSG_Spring-2013_09_2012.pdf


Celinda Lake

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake says one of the problems the party faces is “we tell the truth” instead of constructing politically powerful message frames. She says the party needs to focus on education, jobs and Obamacare. And turn out in record numbers at the polls in 2014.

http://www.lakeresearch.com


Barbara Lee

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California.

http://lee.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

The true path to American Exceptionalism



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - July 7th, 2013

Jul 6, 2013 46:18

Description:

Surprising answers on who is really blocking entitlement reform … and on whether President Obama’s foreign policy  is really different than that of his predecessors.


Our guest Michael Linden of the Center for American Progress maintains that it is conservatives, not liberals, who are blocking entitlement reform

And a conservative retired colonel criticizes President Obama’s foreign policy – for being too militaristic and for continuing America’s reliance on a national security state

And Bill Press talks about climate change and energy policy  with the National Journal’s Coral Davenport.


Michael Linden

Michael Linden directs the economic policy shop at the Center for American Progress and explains that sometimes deficits matter and sometimes they don’t. And right now they don’t.

www.americanprogress.org


Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich was a lieutenant colonel in the Army and is now a military historian. He says President Obama is a product of the national security state’s mainstream because he believes that war is the preferred instrument of American statecraft.

http://www.bu.edu/news/faculty-experts/andrew-bacevich/


Coral Davenport

Coming up … Bill Press and his guest, Coral Davenport of the National Journal.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/reporters/bio/18


Jim Hightower

A "People's Filibuster" in Texas awakens a movement.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 30th, 2013

Jun 30, 2013 55:46

Description:

On America’s 237th birthday, what is the state of our freedoms? Two law professors reflect on the controversies over privacy rights and voting rights.


As we celebrate another year of Independence, Americans are asking what happened to the Fourth Amendment protections of privacy and the Fifteenth Amendment guarantee of voting rights.

Law Professor Michael Greenberger, a homeland security experts, explains what the leak of national security secrets may mean. Law Professor Michael Higginbotham reflects on changes in affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act.

And Bill Press interviews the acting secretary of labor, Seth Harris.

Michael Greenberger

Law Professor Michael Greenberger is an expert on homeland security issues. And he warns that the National Security Agency’s sweep of phone numbers and emails is, indeed, “a serious Fourth Amendment  question.”

http://www.michaelgreenberger.com

Michael Higginbotham

Civil rights law expert Michael Higginbotham says it was a a “sad and tragic week” at the Supreme Court. He warns that educational opportunity for minorities will be limited, and tremendous discrimination at the ballot box is going to go unchecked.

http://www.fmichaelhigginbotham.org

Seth Harris

Bill Press and his guest, Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris.

http://www.dol.gov

Jim Hightower

Serve bankers or serve the poor? Congress reinterprets Jesus



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 23rd, 2013

Jun 24, 2013 40:45

Description:

The Fed is 100 years old. Does it still have a future? The Obama political coalition is going on six years old. Does it have a future?


This year is the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve Board. What does it do? What has it done? Is it still necessary?  Former Fed official Stephen Axilrod explains it all.

Any large political coalition is always going to be hard to hold together, and that presents problems for Democratic congressional and presidential candidates in 2014 and 2016. Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos explores potential backlash to the Obama electoral coalition.

And Bill Press interviews Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the perils of privacy invasion.


Stephen Axilrod

Economist Stephen Axilrod is now an international monetary consultant, but before that he spent more than 30 years as a top official of the Federal Reserve Board. He says the Fed may have had some responsibility for the 2008 fiscal crisis … but also played a crucial role in preventing a full-scale meltdown.

http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-federal-reserve-9780199934485?cc=us&lang=en&tab=description



Ryan Enos

It’s going to be hard for the Obama electoral coalition to stay together in 2014 and 2016, says Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos. He has done studies on voting behavior of whites, blacks and Latinos in some of America’s biggest cities. And he says Democrats will have to figure out how to prevent cracks in the coalition.

http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/ryan-d-enos


Bobby Scott

Bill Press interviews Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the perils of privacy invasion.

http://www.bobbyscott.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

A new home for poverty in America.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 16th, 2013

Jun 16, 2013 48:57

Description:

The perils of compromise, al a FDR  … Chris Christie finds out that government works … Congressman outraged at NSA.

At a time when many progressives are quarreling with President Obama’s penchant for compromise, a historian reminds us that Franklin D. Roosevelt made unpleasant compromises to achieve larger goals of economic and political freedom.

Progressive commentator Catherine Poe comments on political characters, and says Michele Bachmann isn’t really gone.

And Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison about government snooping.


Ira Katznelson

Columbia University Professor Ira Katznelson has a new book out contending that Franklin D. Roosevelt compromised – collaborated if you will – with southern racists in Congress but he did so to help establish farther reaching economic and racial justice.

http://polisci.columbia.edu/people/profile/92



Catherine Poe

Michele Bachmann? Chris Christie? Hillary Clinton? Our regular commentator Catherine Poe has some sharp insights into all of them.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/


Keith Ellison

Bill Press and his guest, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

http://ellison.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

The biggest shock of NSA's secret domestic spying.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 9th, 2013

Jun 9, 2013 51:42

Description:

Bill de Blasio says it takes a progressive to run New York City. Professor Mark Katz looks to Russia to help stop the slaughter in Syria.

It’s time for a true progressive to run the nation’s largest city, and New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, endorsed by 21st Century Democrats, plans to be just the one to do it.

Foreign policy expert, Professor Mark Katz, says Russia can still play a key role in resolving the crisis in Syria

And Bill Press interviews Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth


Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio is the elected Public Advocate of New York City, and he is running for Mayor. He says it’s time for more profoundly progressive policies in the Big Apple, and 21st Century Democrats agrees.

http://www.billdeblasio.com/

Mark Katz

America’s hesitancy about taking action in Syria leaves plenty of room for the Russians to get involved. That’s the view of foreign policy professor Mark Katz, who says the best America might be able to do on its own is “contain” Syria.

http://www.marknkatz.com/

John Yarmuth

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

http://yarmuth.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Seeing things at the Jersey Shore.




AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 2nd, 2013

Jun 2, 2013 48:55

Description:

Former diplomat warns against being over-reactive in Syria; nuclear expert says North Korea’s missiles don’t work. Nuns on the bus rolling again.


Foreign policy issues remain troubling this week. Former ambassador Mike Ussery, who served in Republican administrations, analyzes the U.S. options in Syria and the rest of the Arab world.

And anti-nuclear activist Joe Cirincione says don’t worry about North Korea – its missiles don’t even work.

And Bill Press interviews Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of Nuns on the Bus, who are mobilizing again – this time in support of immigration reform.


Mike Ussery

Mike Ussery, a former ambassador, says drawing lines in the sand in Syria, or elsewhere, is effective only as part of a larger, overarching strategy.

Joe Cirinicione

Joe Cirinicione is head of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization dedicated to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He is optimistic in the long run, but in the short run he is disappointed in the President’s response to a possible threat from North Korea.

www.ploughshares.org

Simone Campbell

Bill Press and his guest, Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of Nuns on the Bus.

http://www.networklobby.org/

Jim Hightower

Political fronts posing as charities.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 26th, 2013

May 26, 2013 39:51

Description:

Military historian says salute troops by holding policymakers accountable. Economist says banks are not casinos. Hoyer says sequester is stupid.

As the nation observes Memorial Day, military historian Andrew Bacevich says those who make a public show of saluting the military would do better by demanding accountability from the country’s foreign policy makers.

Brown University economist Mark Blyth, a leading authority on the financial meltdown, reminds us that banks are supposed to manage risk, not manage casinos.

And Bill Press interviews House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer about the stupidity of the sequester.

Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich is a conservative, a retired Army Colonel and a military historian. He says we could best honor our veterans on Memorial Day by holding civilian foreign-policy makers more accountable.

http://www.bu.edu/news/faculty-experts/andrew-bacevich/

Mark Blyth

Professor Mark Blyth is a professor at Brown University and author of a book attacking economic austerity. He is not so sure that Dodd-Frank will help clean up Wall Street because it is a bill too big to read and because the banking industry is at work making the gun lobby look like amateurs.

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/contacts_detail.cfm?id=877

Steny Hoyer

Bill Press and his guest, House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer, who says “Sequester starts with S, which stands for stupid.”

http://hoyer.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

The High-Tech Sledgehammering of Our Middle-Class Future.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 19th, 2013

May 20, 2013 45:44

Description:

Adam Posen compares the economy to RG-3. Remember Millard Fillmore? Professor Michael Gerhardt does. Congresswoman Speier says get sex cases out of the military chain of command.

One of the world’s leading international economists destroys Republican claims that America’s debt will cause us to become like Greece or Italy or some other economic basket case. He says it’s like saying RG-III’s injured knee means he will wind up in a nursing home.

There’s no chance Barack Obama will be forgotten to history, but what factors do make a president forgettable? Government professor Michael Gerhardt gives us a rundown on the most forgotten of our chief executives.

And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (Spear) about sexual abuses in the U.S. military.


Adam Posen

Adam Posen is president of the world’s leading independent  economic think tank, and he says Repuiblicans are “fundamentally crazy” when they predict that the national debt will send the United States the way of Greece. Such a comparison “is beyond apples and oranges,” and he explains why.

http://www.piie.com/

Michael Gerhardt

While President Obama may be facing some issues he’d like to forget, there’s no chance he will be forgotten by history. Author Michael Gerhardt has studied and listed the most forgotten of American presidents … and explains how they got that way.

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Politics/AmericanPolitics/LawCourts/?view=usa&ci=9780199967797


Jackie Speier

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who demands that military rape cases be removed from the chain of command.

http://speier.house.gov/


Jim Hightower

Cantor's con would steal workers' overtime pay.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 12th, 2013

May 13, 2013 52:10

Description:

Professor Ryan Enos says watch out for voter backlash … David Bonior bemoans lagging social justice … DeLauro on dinner with the president

Harvard Professor Ryan Enos has studied what happens when racial or ethnic groups live and work in close proximity. The results are not at always positive, and that’s a potential problem for maintaining the Obama voting coalition.

Former House Democratic whip David Bonior laments the decline of social justice and the ravaging of labor unions.

And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro about dinner with President Obama – jobs, immigration and gun safety.

Ryan Enos

There is potential trouble for the Democratic coalition that re-elected President Obama, says Harvard professor Ryan Enos. He reports on evidence that as people from different races or ethnic groups get together, they don’t always stay together.

http://ryandenos.com/


David Bonior

David Bonior was the longest serving elected party whip in the history of the House of Representatives. Now long retired, he has some suggestions on how to improve the place – including a change of heart on term limits.

http://www.americanrightsatwork.org


Rosa DeLauro

Bill Press and his guest,

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro who talks about a meeting between President Obama and House Democrats.

http://delauro.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Diverting shareholder funds into "dark money" politics.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - May 5th, 2013

May 6, 2013 46:29

Description:

Former ambassador Mike Ussery on the Boston bombing and Islam; Fred Rotondaro calls the NRA a paper tiger.


A former Republican ambassador warns that anti-Americanism and fundamentalism is growing in the Muslim world. He also says it is not certain that the Boston bombing will actually help our relations with Russia.

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says despite legislative setbacks on gun safety legislation the NRA will be revealed as a paper tiger.

And Bill Press talks with Emily’s List communications director Jess McIntosh about the drive to elect a woman president.


Mike Ussery

Mike Ussery was ambassador to Morocco in Republican administrations, and in the wake of the Boston bombing, he cautions about rising anti-Americanism in Muslim countries. And, he says things could go either way in dealing with Russia in the fight against terrorism.


Fred Rotondaro

Fighting the NRA may take a long time, but the gun lobby is going to be revealed as a paper tiger, says regular commentator Fred Rotondaro.

http://americanprogress.org

Jess McIntosh

Bill Press and his guest, Jess McIntosh of Emily’s List and the drive to elect a woman president.

http://emilyslist.org/

Jim Hightower

The cold calculation of clothing corporations.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 28th, 2013

Apr 29, 2013 40:39

Description:

Former Fed executive Alan Blinder says watch out for attempts to gut Dodd-Frank … Union leader Paul Booth says progressives must pay attention to 2014. And Bill Press talks with assistant Senate majority leader Dick Durbin.


A leading economist says the Dodd-Frank bill is not enough reform, and the first order of business is to resist the forces trying to weaken regulation of Wall Street.


A labor leader says the 2014 mid-terms are going to be just as important to Democrats as the 2012 presidential election was.


And, Bill Press speaks with Dick Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate.


Alan Blinder

Dr. Alan Blinder is a former vice chairman of the Fed. He is warning that Wall Street reforms under the Dodd-Frank bill are not enough and that Democrats need to resist continuing attempts to let the big banks run wild again.

http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/


Paul Booth

In the continuing battle for human rights, the focus has shifted from the federal courts to state legislatures, and that is not necessarily a bad thing says labor leader Paul Booth

http://www.afscme.com


Dick Durbin

Bill Press and his guest, Dick Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate.

http://www.durbin.senate.gov

Jim Hightower

George W's $250-million can of whitewash.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 21st, 2013

Apr 22, 2013 45:21

Description:

Economist Mark Blyth explains the economy in terms of men’s clothing. Journalist  Michael Grunwald says the Keystone pipeline isn’t that bad. And “What’s the Matter with Kansas” author says “Kansas is still messed up.”


Economist Mark Blyth explains exactly why austerity is the worst medicine for the economy – tighter belts work only if we all wear the same pants.

Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald makes the case that the Keystone pipeline isn’t the worst thing that could happen to the environment.

And Thomas Frank, the author of “What’s the Matter of Kansas” says Kansas “is still messed up.” And he says Democrats don’t care enough about gun safety legislation.


Mark Blyth

Mark Blyth is a professor of international economy at Brown University, and he succinctly explains what’s wrong with austerity as a cure for an ailing economy: “Tighter belts,” he says, “only work if we all wear the same pants.”

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Economics/Political/~~/dmlldz11c2EmY2k9OTc4MDE5OTgyODMwMg==

Michael Grunwald

Time Magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald says the Keystone pipeline is not the worst thing that could happen to the environment, but that if President Obama approves it, he will deserve whatever blowback he gets from his green supporters.

www.michaelgrunwald.com/


Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank says the NRA will always stop meaningful gun safety legislation because Democrats just don’t have their heart in the debate.

http://us.macmillan.com/pitythebillionaire/ThomasFrank


Jim Hightower

Putting your neck on the line.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 14th, 2013

Apr 15, 2013 42:39

Description:

Don’t worry about Kim Jong Un, says nuke expert … Catholic theologian puts Boehner and Ryan on the spot about what pro-life really means. And Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on prospects for gun safety legislation.


An expert on nuclear weapons says don’t panic about North Korea. The threats of using missiles against the United States are just empty bluster.

A theologian calls out Catholic lawmakers by name to explain that putting reasonable restrictions on firearms is the pro-life position.

And Bill Press talks with Chicago Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, who predicts eventual passage of gun safety legislation.

Joe Cirincione

Joe Cirincione is president of the Ploughshare Fund and an expert on nuclear nonproliferation. He says don’t worry about the empty bluster coming from North Korea. It’s missiles can’t hit anything. The only problem is the possibility of North Korea blundering into a conventional war.

http://www.ploughshares.org/who-we-are/staff/joseph-cirincione

Tobias Winright

Professor Tobias Winright of St. Louis University says the Catholic Church’s consistent pro-life position should be extended to sensible gun control legislation, and he puts the Speaker of the House and a couple of Democratic senators on the spot.

https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/tobias-winright/

Jan Schakowsky

Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who predicts eventual passage of gun safety legislation.

http://schakowsky.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Where's the cop on the Wall Street beat?



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - April 7th, 2013

Apr 8, 2013 50:16

Description:

Rendering unto Caesar – conversations this week about income taxes and about the new Pope’s commitment to the poor.

With the deadline for filing your returns just days away, a historian of the income tax says you can’t talk about taxes these days without talking about class.

Our regular contributor and Catholic activist Fred Rotondaro talks about his expectations for Pope Francis.

And Bill Press talks with immigration advocate Angela Kelley about prospects for congressional action.

Molly Michelmore

Professor Molly Michelmore has written about the history of the income tax, now 100 years old. Originally, it was very popular because it was seen as a way of sticking it to the robber barons. Now, she says, we still can’t talk about taxes without talking about class.

http://www.wlu.edu/x25015.xml?InsertFile=x24164

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro, a regular contributor, is a progressive Catholic activist. He sees the election of Pope Francis as a move toward a new emphasis on the issues of inequality, poverty and the role of women in the Church.

http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/rotondaro-fred/bio/

Angela Kelley

Bill Press and his guest, Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress on prospects for immigration reform legislation.

http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/kelley-angela-maria/bio/

Jim Hightower

The wisdom of the wealthy.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 31st, 2013

Apr 1, 2013 40:39

Description:

The flip side of technology – killing jobs and elevating Republicans. This week -- economist Simon Johnson and political scientist Ian Millhiser along with Congressman David Cicilline on the immoral Republican budget.


Economist Simon Johnson explains that economic inequality is due in large part to the information and technology revolutions that have redefined what a job is.

Political scientist Ian Millhiser tells us that technology is what has allowed the gerrymandering that is keeping Republicans more in control than the voters want.


And Bill Press talks with Congressman David Cicilline


Simon Johnson

M-I-T economist Simon Johnson is an expert on international finance and the American economy as well. He says income inequality remains stubborn because of the technological revolution that has changed the nature of so many jobs.

http://baselinescenario.com/


Ian Millhiser

We all know that the way congressional districts are drawn is unfair … but until courts strike down gerrymandering as unconstitutional, political scientist Ian Millhiser says it doesn’t make sense for Democrats to unilaterally disarm. The key, however, is winning back state legislatures, he says.

http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/millhiser-ian/bio/


David Cicilline

Bill Press and his guest, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, who says the House Republican budget is “immoral.”

http://cicilline.com/


Jim Hightower

Wall Street Banksters now Too-Big-To-Jail.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 24th, 2013

Mar 24, 2013 54:14

Description:

This week is the best of Toms! Author Thomas Frank .. former Congressman Tom Perriello … and  Senator Tom Harkin.

Progressive author Thomas Frank takes on the sacred cow of bipartisanship. He says that all bipartisanship means is that liberals win the culture wars and conservatives cut regulations and social services. He also takes on the mythology about Lincoln! Stay tuned.

Former Congressman Tom Perriello of Virginia, however, is a big believer in compromise and believes things might be on the verge of getting a little better on Capitol Hill.

And Bill Press talks with Senator Tom Harkin about the minimum wage.


Thomas Frank

Best-selling author and essayist Thomas Frank hates compromise! And he says President Obama’s biggest failures result from his loving it. The author of the highly acclaimed “What’s the Matter with Kansas” says bipartisanship is an empty shibboleth, and reminds us that winning the Civil War was anything but a compromise.

http://www.tcfrank.com/

Tom Perriello

Tom Perriello served only one term in Congress, a progressive representing Charlottesville, Va., until the Tea Party wave defeated him. A believer in the idea of “conviction politics,” he says some members of Congress who came to Washington to destroy government may actually be ready to work with Democrats.

http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/perriello-tom/bio/

Tom Harkin

Bill Press and his guest, Senator Tom Harkin, a tireless battler for working Americans, and especially minimum-wage workers.

http://www.harkin.senate.gov/

Jim Hightower

GOP leaders try putting earrings on their hog.



AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 17th, 2013

Mar 17, 2013 45:40

Description:

How should bankers responsible for the financial crisis be handled? A former Fed official says throw ‘em in jail!  And … Marco Rubio … just a Romney with charisma.

A former vice chairman of the Fed says while Wall Street is looking a lot better, Main Street is just slogging along. And he says a number of bankers belong in jail!

The author of that Time Magazine cover story on Marco Rubio tells us the Florida senator is a strong contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination because he is “Romney with charisma.”

And Bill Press talks with two progressive members of the House – Keith Ellison and Peter Welch – about what the Paul Ryan budget would do unto others.


Alan Blinder

Dr. Alan Blinder was a member of Bill Clinton’s council of economic advisers, and later, vice chairman of the Fed. That makes him an expert on the financial crisis, and he has written a book that explains why it happened. He also tells us some unnamed bankers ought to be in jail!
http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/

Michael Grunwald

If you’re a Republican and think the party’s problem is that Mitt Romney was too rich and too white, but otherwise was right, then Marco Rubio is your guy. That’s the view of journalist Michael Grunwald of Time Magazine. If you ARE a Republican, by the way, welcome to the show!
http://www.michaelgrunwald.com/

Keith Ellison and Peter Welch

Bill Press and his his guests, Democratic Congressmen Keith Ellison and Peter Welch, on the Republican budget silliness.
http://ellison.house.gov/
http://www.welch.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Standing up for a senator who took a stand.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 10th, 2013

Mar 11, 2013 38:25

Description:

A Bank of England advisor sneers at economic austerity … and a historian invokes Donald Duck to explain how Americans got to love the income tax.

Is austerity the way to go to get us out of the fiscal crisis? One of the world’s leading economists says no, that austerity is a “lose-lose” proposition right now.

And with the deadline just one month away, a historian tells us that the income tax was an idea supported by the “little people” – and Donald Duck.

And Bill Press talks with a Catholic journalist, and priest, who says the odds are against an American being elected pope.


Adam Posen

Adam Posen is one of the world’s leading economists, and until recently the only American to serve on the British equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve bank. He tells us why austerity is not the answer to our fiscal woes and that deficit reduction should wait until economic times are better.
http://www.iie.com/staff/author_bio.cfm?author_id=9

Molly MIchelmore

How did Irving Berlin and Donald Duck figure in the history of the income tax? Historian Molly MIchelmore explains that income taxes were once seen as good for farmers, working people and small businesses … but some Hollywood hoopla was needed to get people to support increased taxes to pay for World War 2.
http://www.wlu.edu/x25015.xml?InsertFile=x24164

Tom Reese

Bill Press and his guest, Father Tom Reese on the chances of an American becoming pope.
http://votf.org/page/rev-thomas-j-reese-sj/6168

Jim Hightower

The mythical "Dow" versus the real "Doug".

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - March 3rd, 2013

Mar 4, 2013 41:22

Description:

Wisdom from congressional alumni on domestic and foreign policy … and a new senator urges common sense on sequestration.
 
Today, some straight talk from a couple of former Democratic Congressmen. Tom Allen, from Maine, argues that bad things happen when lawmakers ignore evidence.  

Mike Barnes of Maryland, a foreign policy expert, says we need to rethink our policy toward Cuba, and the rest of Latin America.

And Bill Press talks with new Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

Tom Allen

Tom Allen is a former Congressman from Maine who has written a book about why Congress is broken. Not surprisingly, he makes the argument that Republicans, and their disregard for evidence of what works, is to blame.
http://publishers.org/staff/2/

Mike Barnes

How do you hasten the end of Cuba’s dictatorship? Former Congressman Mike Barnes, an expert on Latin America, says send cruise ships full of tourists, send business leaders. He argues that an influx of American dollars makes it less possible for a dictatorship to survive.
http://www.ciponline.org/about-us/experts-staff/michael_barnes

Tammy Baldwin

Bill Press and his guest, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin the day before sequestration took effect.
http://www.tammybaldwin.com/splash/

Jim Hightower

The new boom in mergers: A boom for whom?

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 24th, 2013

Feb 25, 2013 39:19

Description:

Will a 12 dollar an hour minimum wage  work?  Five dollar a gallon of gas  certainly does NOT. Nor does Chinese computer theft of America’s secrets.

Economist James K. Galbraith talks about the “mania” on the right about cutting Social Security and Medicare, which he says will only further weaken the purchasing power of the elderly.
Gas prices are going through the roof … and Steven Coll, president of the New America Foundation, has written a book exposing how Exxon-Mobil determines both the price of gasoline AND U.S. foreign policy.
And Bill Press talks with an expert on the Chinese hacking of America.

James K. Galbraith

James K. Galbraith, a world famous economist, sheds some light for us about the effects of any cuts in Medicare or Social Security … and he makes the case for a minimum wage of TWELVE dollars an hour.
http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/directory/faculty/james-galbraith

Jim Hightower

The GOP's disdain for low-wage workers.

Steven Coll

Now, with gas prices on everyone’s mind, we’ll hear from Steven Coll, author of a book exposing how Exxon Mobil influences U.S. energy and foreign policy. He says that over the decades, the U.S. government has not achieved its energy objectives, but Exxon has.
http://www.amazon.com/Private-Empire-ExxonMobil-American-Power/dp/1594203350/ref=la_B001H6OLII_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361734296&sr=1-1

Dan McWhorter

Bill Press and his guest, Dan McWhorter, a computer expert who reveals how China is stealing America’s intellectual property.
http://www.mandiant.com/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 17th, 2013

Feb 18, 2013 40:21

Description:

Which House of Congress better represents the people? And how does winning an Oscar affect your health? Some surprising answers today.

Why is there so much dysfunction in Congress? Constitutional scholar Ian Millhiser says, simply, it is “deeply baked into the legislative system.”

Author and demographer Phillip Longman has some surprising data about how your job determines how long you live, and how winning an Oscar affects health in Hollywood.

And Bill Press talks with Brendon Ayanbadejo of the world champion Baltimore Ravens about safety on the gridiron … and gay rights.

Ian Millhiser

Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser says the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court may not lead to more Republicans. But it will lead to worse Democrats! He also says the so-called “upper House,” the Senate, is actually more representative of the American people than the “people’s house.”
http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/millhiser-ian/bio/

Jim Hightower

Do more than the minimum on minimum wage.

Phillip Longman

Do race and class matter in health care? Absolutely, says demographer Phillip Longman. It is not only the level of socioeconomic status, it is the disparity between the races and income levels that kills people.
http://newamerica.net/user/92

Brendon Ayanbadejo

Bill Press and his guest, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.
https://twitter.com/brendon310

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 10th, 2013

Feb 11, 2013 42:40

Description:

Is 2016 Hillary’s “moment?” Will Republicans use the debt ceiling to inflict a catastrophe on the world economy? Who needs immigration reform the most?

She’s got money, organization, tenacity and discipline on her side. … And Bill Clinton. So what will Hillary Clinton do in 2016? Regular contributor and blogger Catherine Poe says, “This is her moment.”

M-I-T economist Simon Johnson tells us the economy is improving but “irresponsible austerity” will create a “catastrophe” here and around the world.

And Bill Press talks with Congressman Henry Cuellar, who says Democrats want immigration reform … but Republicans need it.

Catherine Poe

Hillary Clinton is no longer a political lightning rod, says regular commentator Catherine Poe. She is now a statesman, and now is her moment … to run for president.
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/

Simon Johnson

Economist Simon Johnson warns that irresponsible austerity methods proposed by Republicans could throw the world into a financial catastrophe. And, he says, it would be the private sector that really suffers.
http://baselinescenario.com/

Henry Cuellar

Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas, who says Democrats want immigration reform … but Republicans need it.
http://cuellar.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - February 3rd, 2013

Feb 3, 2013 50:54

Description:

Movement on immigration reform. Why? Look at the election results!
 
Elections have consequences … and the proof is the sudden impetus for a bipartisan immigration bill. Just before a few Senate Republicans decided to join progressives in starting immigration reform, we spoke with Maria Teresa Kumar, head of the advocacy group Voto Latino.

And we continue our conversation with Erica Seifert (sigh-fert), the election analyst who has identified the new group of voters that she calls the “Rising American Electorate.”

And Bill Press talks with Tom Buffenbarger, head of the International Association of Machinists about threats to the labor movement.

Maria Teresa-Kumar  

One argument that might help speed immigration reform along could be the economic aspect. Reform advocate Maria Teresa Kumar, the head of Voto Latino, says new Americans will contribute taxes and application fees to the economy.
http://votolatino.org/press/maria-teresa-kumar-voto-latino

Jim Hightower

Good retail jobs would be good for America.

Erica Seifert

Polling expert Erica Seifert has identified and named the Obama voting coalition. They constitute, in her words, the “Rising American Electorate.” She analyzes the 2012 election and points out that not only does gerrymandering raise questions about how Congress functions … so does our tendency to live where our political friends live.
http://gqrr.com/erica-seifert-phd/

Tom Buffenbarger

Bill Press and his guest, machinists’ union president Tom Buffenbarger head of the International Association of Machinists discuss the threats to the labor movement.
http://www.goiam.org/index.php/news


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 27th, 2013

Jan 28, 2013 44:51

Description:

Optimism abounds … on the president’s toughness… on the American people’s commitment to progressive ideals… and on the Senate’s ability to get anything done.


Optimism abounds for a progressive agenda after President Obama’s second inaugural address.

Law professor Larry Gibson is a biographer of Thurgood Marshall and a Democratic campaign adviser in Maryland. He is optimistic that the president’s re-election signals a more progressive vision for the United States.

Our regular contributor, Fred Rotondaro of the Center for American Progress, says the president has learned he has to be tough as nails and will not have to compromise on hot-button Republican issues like the debt ceiling.

And Bill Press talks with former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, who is optimistic about the ability of the Senate to actually work.

Larry Gibson

Law professor Larry Gibson talks with us about his new biography of the young Thurgood Marshall, and also about his optimism about the country as a result of President Obama’s re-election.
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/faculty/profiles/faculty.html?facultynum=049

Jim Hightower

Obama's Inaugural Address: Progressive and Presidential.

Fred Rotondaro

In the glow of President Obama’s second inaugural address, regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the American public is behind  him and the president has learned to be tough as nails. Fred also has a reminder for American Catholics about a recent message from the Pope.
http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/rotondaro-fred/bio/

Tom Daschle

Bill Press and his guest, Tom Daschle, former majority leader, who talks about his optimism for the Senate despite little progress on ending filibusters.
http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/daschle-tom/bio/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 20th, 2013

Jan 21, 2013 45:28

Description:

Visitors from another planet inhabit Congress … and in the real world, a pressing issue for Congress is how to deal with visitors from other countries.

As President Obama begins his second term, he faces difficult challenges. Former Congressman Tom Allen says one of those challenges is dealing with a Congress whose members look at each other as visitors from another planet.

And Latina political analyst Maria Teresa Kumar says gains made in the 2012 elections can take effect only if minority voters and other Democrats show up at the polls in the 2014 midterm elections to retake the House of Representatives.

Bill Press speaks with Vincent DeMarco, who says the faith community can be a powerful force in getting more sensible gun laws.

Tom Allen

Tom Allen is a former  Democratic congressman from Maine. He has just written a book about why Congress is so dysfunctional. He says the blame lies mostly with Republicans, whom he says must eventually become more pragmatic if they are to survive.
http://publishers.org/staff/2/

Jim Hightower

Let a grunt run the Pentagon for a chance

Maria Teresa Kumar

Latina political activist Maria Teresa Kumar reviews the 2012 election in terms of minority turnout and warns that Democrats have to gin up their vote in the 2014 midterm elections to win back the House of Representatives.
http://votolatino.org/press/maria-teresa-kumar-voto-latino

Vincent DeMarco

Bill Press and his guest, Vincent DeMarco, says the faith community can be a powerful force in getting more sensible gun laws.
http://faithsagainstgunviolence.org/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 13th, 2013

Jan 14, 2013 41:49

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A good use for the 14th Amendment …and a terrible use for assault rifles.

Should President Obama change his mind and invoke the 14th Amendment to rid himself of troublesome debt ceiling opponents? Economist James Galbraith says he doesn’t have to “invoke” it – it is already part of the Constitution and ought to rule the day.

Former Congressman Mike Barnes, who also served as head of the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, says legislative restrictions on firearms will be difficult since one political party and one House of Congress are owned by the gun lobby.

Bill Press and his guest Politico’s Reid Epstein, who says the president is spoiling for a fight over Chuck Hagel.

James Galbraith

Why are we in the fiscal mess we’re in? Economist James Galbraith says it is because the dialogue has been “hijacked by a manic obsession over budget projections that are highly unreliable.” He says it is not up to President Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment to sidestep the forthcoming debt ceiling debate – the Constitution is already clear that the debt must, and will, be paid.

Jim Hightower

Slippin' and slidin' on corporate cash

Mike Barnes

Former Congressman Mike Barnes used to be president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He was also once a Marine. And he says it is pure insanity that America allows the sale to nearly anybody of the rifle he was issued – a weapon designed to kill as many people as possible as fast as possible.

Reid Epstein

Bill Press and his guest Politico’s Reid Epstein, who says the president is spoiling for a fight over Chuck Hagel.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - January 6th, 2013

Jan 7, 2013 48:43

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Did that really happen? Two authors provide historical secrets from the New Deal and from the Cold War.

American University Professor Peter Kuznick, who, in partnership with Oliver Stone, has produced a Showtime series on the “Untold History of the United States. He offers some historical insights that present a different view of Henry Wallace … and Joseph Stalin.

Another author, Sally Denton, has written a book about an establishment plot to oust Franklin D. Roosevelt, and she compares his opponents to those who smeared President Obama.

And Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California, who asks her Republican colleagues, “What are you here for?”


Peter Kuznick

Peter Kuznick is a professor at American University. He has teamed up with controversial director Oliver Stone to produce a series for Showtime that offers an alternate history of the United States since World War II than the history books tell us. He has also written a book to go along with the series, and he says it is just another side to American history.

http://www.sho.com/sho/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states/home

Sally Denton

Horrendous economic conditions, broken capitalism, vicious lies aimed at the president. These circumstances that faced President Obama were also present following the election of FDR in 1932. Author Sally Denton examines the plot against Roosevelt and points out the similarity of the tactics used by the right-wing hate machine to those used against Obama.

http://www.sallydenton.com/

Jackie Speier

And now Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California, who asks her Republican colleagues, “What are you here for?”

http://speier.house.gov/

Jim Hightower

Deep inside the "Taxpayer Relief Act"

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 30th, 2012

Dec 31, 2012 46:37

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TEASE: Challenges in the second term … the early years of Thurgood Marshall … and the Republican states’ rights fetish.

Progressive icon Fred Harris talks about challenges facing the second Obama Administration, including barriers to organized labor … law professor Larry Gibson tells us about his new biography of a young Thurgood Marshall … and historian Steve Conn rips Republicans for hating government, except for when they need it.

Fred Harris

Fred Harris was a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and a candidate for president. Still active, Fred tells us what he sees as challenges for the second Obama Adminstration … labor rights, the minimum wage, civil rights and immigration reform
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_R._Harris

Larry Gibson

Larry Gibson is a prominent attorney and law professor in Baltimore. He has a new book out called “Young Thurgood,” which delves into the early years of Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African American Supreme Court justice.
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/faculty/profiles/faculty.html?facultynum=049

Steven Conn

Steven Conn is a historian and author of a book examining the benefits of government. He talks with us today about the fetish Republicans have about “states rights” – the rallying cry for slavery, attacking reproductive freedom and suppressing voting rights. Professor Conn says Republicans are laissez-faire when it suits them but in favor of government help with they need it.
http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/members/memberview.cfm?memberid=11

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 23rd, 2012

Dec 24, 2012 48:21

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This Christmas week -- Prospects for meaningful gun control … and prospects for Middle East peace

The Newtown shootings have once again focused the nation on the easy availability of guns. Today we talk with Ben Palumbo, an old Washington hand who has worked with the Brady Campaign against gun violence, and he tells of a politician who stood up to the NRA and won – nearly 50 years ago!

We also talk with Middle East expert Professor Richard  Bulliet about the prospects of stability in the region. He says you can’t go from dictatorship to democracy without instability.

And Bill Press speaks with Senator Tom Udall, who predicts the Senate will actually modify the filibuster rule.

Ben Palumbo


Longtime Washington political operative Ben Palumbo has worked for decades on gun control issues, including a stint on the board of the Brady Campaign. In an interview with us before the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Palumbo said nothing will happen until politicians are ready to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

Richard Bulliet


Taking a look at the constant turmoil in the Middle East, Columbia University professor Richard Bulliet predicts it could take 10 years before there is a hope of stability in the region. The reason, he says, is you simply can’t go from dictatorship to democracy without a lot of instability. But, instability does not necessarily mean war.

http://www.columbia.edu/~rwb3/Bulliet/Richard_W._Bulliet.html

Tom Udall

Bill Press and his guest, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, with encouraging news about limiting Senate filibusters.

http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 16th, 2012

Dec 17, 2012 52:48

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The Rising American Electorate comes through for Obama, but will they be there in two years? In four years?

The 2012 election is still being digested, and the aftertaste is good for progressives. The Obama campaign got its messaging right and its target voters right, but Democrats are going to have to work just as hard to keep this new coalition together for the 2014 midterm elections. And it’s clear that something is wrong with election procedures. We will hear from a polling analyst, and an elections expert.

And Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Sander Levin about his state government’s assault against working men and women.

Erica Seifert

Polling expert Erica Seifert deconstructs the 2012 election and concludes Obama’s victory was NOT inevitable. It was made possible by what she terms “the Rising American Electorate” – unmarried women, nonwhites and people under 30. But, she warns, the 2014 midterm elections are not a lock for Democrats if they don’t show up again.
http://gqrr.com/erica-seifert-phd/

Jim Hightower

The Czardom of Michiganistan

David Becker

December’s Electoral College meeting makes formal the people’s choice in what everyone agrees was a fair presidential election. But there are still massive inefficiencies in the registration and voting process. Expert David Becker says millions of people may be incorrectly registered – although it is a matter of antiquated rules, not fraud.
http://www.pewtrusts.org/

Sander Levin

Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Sander Levin about his state government’s assault against working men and women.
http://levin.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 9th, 2012

Dec 10, 2012 53:21

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A provocative take on untold stories of American history ,and provocative ideas from the GOP on immigration and from progressives on taxes and spending.

Did you know that Democratic “bosses” made FDR accept Harry Truman as vice president? Did you know that Truman was “very anti-Semitic and racist?” Did you know that Japan did not surrender primarily because of the atom bomb? These are parts of “The Untold History of the United States,” a book and Showtime series co authored by Oliver Stone and our guest today, Professor Peter Kuznick

Columnist Catherine Poe reviews the Republican version of the DREAM Act, and tells us – thankfully -- it has no chance of enactment.

And Bill Press interviews tax expert Michael Linden of the Center for American Progress about a solution to the budget and deficit problem.  

Peter Kuznick

A new book and Showtime Television series presents an “Untold” story of American history, Co-author Peter Kuznick, tells us that Democratic party bosses, the British and the French hated FDR’s vice president Henry Wallace because he was anti-Wall Street and anti-fascist.The result, he says, was the atom bomb and the Cold War.

Jim Hightower

Boehner's pitiful budget pitches

Catherine Poe  

Some Senate Republicans are offering an alternative to the Dream Act as a way of loosening immigration restrictions. Regular contributor and columnist Catherine Poe says it not only fails to lead to citizenship, it fails to have any chance of passage.

Michael Linden

Bill Press interviews tax expert Michael Linden of the Center for American Progress about a solution to the budget and deficit problem.  

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - December 2nd, 2012

Dec 3, 2012 45:27

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Domestic and foreign policy outlooks in the second term, and a backlash looms against the discredited ideology of Reaganism.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says no matter who is selected as secretary of state, he doesn’t expect any radical transformation of U.S. foreign policy.
Historian and author Michael Lind talks with us about different long-term waves in American history, where we are now and where we are going.
And Bill Press interviews Senator Chris Coons of Delaware about the so-called fiscal cliff … and why going over it might not be so bad.

Tom Daschle

We’re happy to have with us today Tom Daschle, long time leader of Democrats in the Senate, and an expert on health care and foreign policy. He says that in the president’s second term, a lot of hurdles face full implementation of Obamacare but that foreign policy is going to remain on an even keel, not matter who is named secretary of state.

Michael Lind

Historian Michael Lind thinks the story of America is of long-term waves of technology and social upheaval. Where are we now? He says we are at the end of the Reagan era and there will be a backlash against its discredited policies in the near future.

Chris Coons

Bill Press interviews Senator Chris Coons of Delaware about the so-called fiscal cliff … and why going over it might not be so bad.

Jim Hightower

By axing parks, politicos are stealing the people

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 25th, 2012

Nov 26, 2012 47:22

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The Middle East is in turmoil and the middle class is in danger. And in middle America, a visit to the Lincoln presidential library.

A Columbia University expert on the Middle East says if Romney had won the election, it would have meant “a green light for war on Iran. Now, he says, sanctions will have a chance to work.

Author and think tank scholar Phil Longman has an idea – give every American at birth a federal savings account that the parents and the child would contribute to for a lifetime.

And a special feature this week: With everyone talking about the Lincoln movie, Washington consultant and presidential historian Leon Billings reviews the best presidential libraries. And he recommends a stop in Springfield, Illinois.

Richard Bulliet


Richard Bulliet is a Columbia University professor and an expert on the Middle East. He says Obama’s re-election is promising in terms of containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, as opposed to the “greenlight for war” that would have resulted from Romney winning the election.

Phil Longman


Phil Longman is a progressive thinker, and he has a program he believes would preserve the middle class for generations – a lifetime savings account funded by the government to start and built by obligatory contributions from the holder’s salary.

Leon Billings


Washington consultant Leon Billings recently took a vacation … touring presidential libraries and museums. He talks about his favorites, and finds that the Lincoln library is ideal for children, and Clinton’s the most educational.

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 18th, 2012

Nov 19, 2012 40:51

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Will Obama become more progressive in a second term? Does the election strengthen his hand against Iran? Hint … our guests think so!

Fred Harris, who served in the Senate with the late George McGovern, has a surprising candidate to wear the mantle of McGovern progressivism in these times – Barack Obama. Mike Ussery, who was an ambassador in two Republican administrations, says the election gives President Obama a stronger hand against Iran. And Bill Press interviews Charlie Fink, whose group of patriotic millionaires favors higher taxes on the rich.

Fred Harris


Fred Harris, a former senator and chair of the DNC, says President Obama is a worthy successor to the late Senator George McGovern as an icon of the progressive movement. And, he says, the American electorate really does have a strong populist and progressive streak.

Mike Ussery


One result of President Obama returning to office, says Republican foreign policy expert Mike Ussery, is that he has more room to move in dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Charlie Fink


Bill Press and his guest,  Charlie Fink, of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength.

Jim Hightower


A telling insight into Mitt's soul

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 11th, 2012

Nov 12, 2012 41:16

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The word of the day? Demographics. Tom Daschle says they define the future of the Democratic Party, and elections expert John Halpin says they can beat Republican money any day. And Bill Press talks with re-elected Senator Ben Cardin about the congressional outlook for compromise.

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After the shellacking administered to Republicans in the presidential and senatorial elections, former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle reflects on what a second Obama administration might be like. John Halpin is an expert on elections and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He says the election proved that Democratic voters can beat conservative money any time. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, who says HE is ready to compromise, if the Republicans are.

Tom Daschle  

Tom Daschle was the Senate Democrat leader during the Clinton Administration and a key player in the development of health care reform. As a result of the president’s re-election, he says the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank and Obama’s economic policy will stay in place.
www.dlapiper.com

       

Jim Hightower

The biggest loser of 2012

John Halpin

Electoral expect John Halpin of the Center for American Progress says the coalition of minorities, better-educated whites and working class Americans is real. And it’s a good sign, he says, that Democratic voters can beat conservative money – if they put their minds to it.
americanprogress.org

Bill Press

Bill Press and his guest,  newly re-elected Maryland Senator Cardin, on prospects for any sign of bipartisanship in Congress.


AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - November 4th, 2012

Nov 5, 2012 39:58

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The Republican plot to destroy the Obama presidency four years ago and the Republican plot to keep Democrats from the polls this year. And how one immigrant family made it to the middle class.

Michael Grunwald

Time Magazine’s top political reporter, Michael Grunwald says that with all the resistance President Obama has faced from Republicans plotting to destroy his presidency, the fact that he even had a shot at winning re-election suggests, in his words, “maybe he is not a political idiot after all.”
http://www.michaelgrunwald.com/

Jim Hightower

The mad dogs of Citizens United

Fred Rotondaro

President Obama’s stimulus program helped America recover from the near-Depression left him by President Bush ... and business taxes are now lower than under Ronald Reagan. Regular contributor Fred Rotondaro reminds us that Democratic programs are not about just giving people money – they are about strengthening the economy for everyone.
http://www.americanprogress.org/

Ben Jealous

Bill Press and his guest, Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP on how Republicans have switched from breaking the law to using the law to keep people from voting.
http://www.billpressshow.com/
http://www.naacp.org/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 28th, 2012

Oct 29, 2012 36:55

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With the 2012 election looming, a couple of long-time political operatives assess the Democrats’ chances next week, and George Mitchell calls the Romney campaign’s Mideast statements “silly.” Ben Palumbo

Longtime Washington political operative Ben Palumbo says the case for President Obama’s re-election is easy – in the face of Republican opposition he persevered in improving the lives of millions Americans – equal pay, student loans, saving the auto industry, reining in Wall Street, not to mention health care reform and ending the war in Iraq.

Jim Hightower

Ryan & Romney's dream for America

George Bruno

President Obama’s chances of winning the potentially critical four electoral votes from New Hampshire are pretty good, says former state party chairman George Bruno. The congressional races, he says, are competitive as well
http://www.usagroupinternational.com/aboutus.htm

George Mitchell

Bill Press and his guest, former Senator and diplomat George Mitchell.
http://www.billpressshow.com/
http://www.dlapiper.com/george_mitchell/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 21st, 2012

Oct 22, 2012 45:02

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Democrats run the economy better but Republicans are better at binding … and binders.

Jere Glover

Did you know that nine out of the last 10 recessions began under Republican administrations? Did you know that the stock market does better under Democrats and Republicans? Some eye-opening historical economic data from small business expert Jere Glover makes it clear which party is better for America.
http://www.seidmanlaw.com/

Jim Hightower

Romney's "Farmer"

Jonathan Haidt

Ever since Newt Gingrich took over the House of Representatives almost 20 years ago, American politics as become “a knife fight,” says social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. He suggests one way for Congress to get along better would be for members to move their families to Washington, which would improve social relationships.
http://www.amazon.com/Jonathan-Haidt/e/B001H6GAXW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press and guest Brad Woodhouse, the communications director of the DNC.
http://www.billpressshow.com/
http://www.dscc.org/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 14th, 2012

Oct 15, 2012 39:20

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Steven Conn

History professor Steven Conn’s new book,“To Promote the General Welfare, the Case for Big Government,” takes apart the myth of a free market. He points out that there has never been a truly free market in America because the private sector routinely relies on government –from building railroads to breaking strikes to banning women’s reproductive choices. Buy the book

Jennifer Burns

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was an acolyte of the right wing philosopher Ayn Rand. Jennifer Burns is a professor at Stanford who is an expert on that philosophy, and she explains its hold on Ryan and other extreme conservatives. According to Dr. Burns, Ayn Rand is “a gateway drug to life on the Right.” http://www.jenniferburns.org/

Sherrod Brown

Bill Press and guest Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown with a morning-after analysis of the vice presidential debate. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.brown.senate.gov/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - October 7th, 2012

Oct 8, 2012 42:50

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Today’s topics are about different gospels – the good news about the Obama stimulus, the social gospel of progressive Catholics and the Republican gospel of “you’re on your own.”

Michael Grunwald

Time Magazine’s senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald has written a book comparing the Obama Administration’s stimulus program to FDR’s New Deal. Why hasn’t the public understood how effective that stimulus was? Grunwald says it’s partly because of the news media, but also because of incredible Republican distortions of the record. http://www.michaelgrunwald.com/

Jim Hightower

The GOP rejects, then embraces, and now is stuck with Todd Akin

Nicholas Cafardi

An expert on Catholic law and the co-chair of Catholics for Obama says the president is more pro-life than Mitt Romney because abortions are more likely when aid is cut to poor women. http://commonwealmagazine.org/authors/nicholas-p-cafardi

Diana DeGette

Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Diana DeGette on the day after the first presidential debate in her home state of Colorado. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://degette.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - September 30th, 2012

Oct 1, 2012 37:44

Description:

What happened to the American Dream? Will a Republican White House blow up the entire trade relationship with China? And Romney pooh-poohs the polls.

Timothy Noah

After examining economic statistics from the past 40 years, essayist Timothy Noah finds that the vaunted “American Dream” of upward mobility is a thing of the past. And he has a few bold ideas for getting the dream back. http://www.tnr.com/blogs/timothy-noah

Ira Shapiro

International trade may not be the issue on which the presidential campaign turns, but it is a surrogate for the overall economy. Trade expert Ira Shapiro explains some of the issues … and wonders how a President Romney could face down China and not blow up the entire relationship. http://irashapiroauthor.com/

Ginger Gibson

Bill Press interviews Politico’s Ginger Gibson, who has been covering Mitt Romney. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.politico.com/

AmericasDemocrats.org Netcast - September 23rd, 2012

Sep 24, 2012 40:30

Description:

Romney’s foreign policy blunders … Obama’s secret weapons … and who the 47 percent really are.

Peter Galbraith

Former ambassador Peter Galbraith assesses Mitt Romney’s foreign policy expertise. The verdict? “Not ready for prime time” and “nostalgic for another century.” Ambassador Galbraith adds that Romney’s serial foreign policy gaffes calls his very competence into question. http://armscontrolcenter.org/about/staff/pgalbraith/

Jim Hightower

"Millionaire Tax Dodgers"

Alan Abramowitz

Emory University Professor Alan Abramowitz uses mathematical models to successfully predict presidential election outcomes. Today, he tells us that President Obama must get his supporters to register and to vote and hope the undecideds stay home. Oh, and since our conversation with Professor Abramowitz, he has made his prediction – a one-point-two percentage point victory for the President. http://polisci.emory.edu/home/people/abramowitz.html

Clarence Page

Bill Press interviews Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Clarence Page about the 47 percent of us lazy moochers who populate Mitt Romney’s America. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/

America's Democrats Netcast - September 16th, 2012

Sep 17, 2012 41:52

Description:

Democrats run the economy better, Republicans run as Ayn (Ain) Rand, and a DNC spokesman says, “I’d rather be us than them.”

Jere Glover

Jere Glover is a Washington attorney and a small business expert. He also has looked into official government statistics about the economy and, guess what … in Democratic administration, the economy and business investment are robust. Under Republicans, the economy and business investment go down. http://www.seidmanlaw.com/

Jennifer Burns

Everyone is talking about the godmother of economic selfishness, author Ayn Rand, now that one of her disciples, Paul Ryan, could become vice president. Professor Jennifer Burns has written a Rand biography, “Goddess of the Market,” and says rather than a dream come true, the Romney-Ryan ticket would be Rand’s worst nightmare. http://www.jenniferburns.org/

  Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press interviews Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.democrats.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org - September 9th, 2012

Sep 10, 2012 41:36

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Winning the independents … stimulating the economy … and taking back the House.

Linda Killian

There is some question as to whether there really are a lot of truly independent voters. Journalist and scholar Linda Killian, who has studied them in four key swing states, says they may constitute up to 25 percent of the electorate. She says they are socially moderate, fiscally conservative and leaning toward President Obama on national security issues. http://www.politico.com/arena/bio/linda_killian.html

Robert Shiller

Robert Shiller is a professor of economics at Yale University says cutting taxes and cutting spending will devastate America and bring on another recession. He also says it is a mistake of the first order to compare a household budget with a national budget. It will only make things worse, he says. http://www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/

Robby Mook

Bill Press interviews Robby Mook, director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://dccc.org/

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Sep 3, 2012 41:12

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Vice presidential candidates – from the most honorable to the least. Plus, a Reagan-Bush economist says the rich should pay more taxes.

Mark Shriver

Forty years ago, Sargent Shriver – a man for all seasons – was selected to run for vice president. Today, we talk with one of his sons, Mark, who has written a biography of the man he calls “a warrior for peace.” And he offers some poignant and funny stories. http://www.savethechildren.net/

Bruce Bartlett

Now that Republicans have swallowed the Kool-Aid of low taxes as a cure for everything, we hear from an adviser to GOP leaders from Ron Paul to George Bush. Economist Bruce Bartlett explains the obvious – that if we don’t raise taxes on the wealthy, the rest of us have to pay more. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/author/bruce-bartlett/

Nia Malika Henderson

Bill Press interviews the Washington Post’s Nia Malika Henderson about Paul Ryan’s “blatant untruths.” http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/nia-malika-henderson/2011/03/04/ABbisxN_page.html

AmericasDemocrats.org–August 26th, 2012

Aug 27, 2012 39:42

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Democrats and religion … middle class and downward mobility … and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, eldest daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, has written and advocated for progressive causes. Today, she talks with us about the role of religion in public policy, and reminds that progressives needs to reach out to people of faith. http://www.kathleenkennedytownsend.com/

Phillip Longman

Author and demographer Phillip Longman says almost half of Baby Boomers do not have a retirement nest egg. He shares with us a series of provocative ideas about how to reverse the downward mobility of the middle class. http://www.newamerica.net/people/phillip_longman

Frank Rich

Bill Press interviews columnist Frank Rich about the meaning of Paul Ryan’s selection as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Not a game changer, he says. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://nymag.com/frank-rich/

AmericasDemocrats.org–August 19th, 2012

Aug 20, 2012 48:42

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Ira Shapiro

From the early 1960s through the 1970s, the United States Senate lived up to its historic grandeur, says former Senate staffer Ira Shapiro, the author of a new book called “The Last Great Senate.” What went wrong? Shapiro suggests it was the outside influences of right-wing ideology and big money that turned the world’s greatest deliberate body into a permanent election campaign. http://irashapiroauthor.com/

Ray Glendening

A new internet site tries to match up ideological soul mates regardless of political party. The founder of this post-partisan exercise, Ray Glendening, explains how this new platform may bring about a broad and thoughtful conversation about the role of government. http://www.ruck.us/

Jennifer Duffy

Bill Press interviews political analyst Jennifer Duffy, who says Democrats have an even shot at retaining control of the Senate. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://cookpolitical.com/

AmericasDemocrats.org–August 12th, 2012

Aug 13, 2012 40:57

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Ohio looks good for Obama, income looks bad under Republicans, the House GOP looks like “monstrous” cynics.

Eric Kearney

Eric Kearney is the minority leader in Ohio’s state Senate, and he is very optimistic that once voters take a close look at his record and see the jobs start returning, they will again put Ohio in the Obama column this fall. http://www.erickearney.com/

Tim Noah

Tim Noah is an essayist and author whose latest book examines the growing economic inequality in America over the past 33 years. He attributes it to the deregulation of Wall Street, the decline of the middle class, and, no surprise, Republican presidents. http://www.timothynoah.com/

Gerry Connolly

Bill Press and Washington Post reporter Nia Malika Henderson talk with Gerry Connolly, a Democratic Congressman from Virginia, who describes how the House Republicans are “playing with the U.S. economy.” http://connolly.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–August 5th, 2012

Aug 6, 2012 52:29

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Tax deductions for Stand Your Ground laws. Tax credits for prancing horses. Romney praises national health system -- if its Israeli.

Bob Edgar

Bob Edgar is a former congressman who knows how lobbying works. In fact, he heads the public interest lobby Common Cause. Mr. Edgar has filed a complaint with the IRS exposing the lobbying tactics of a right-wing group that funds its nefarious work with tax-deductible contributions – not the way lobbying is supposed to work. http://www.commoncause.org

Catherine Poe

Mitt Romney just doesn’t relate to the average voter, and commentator Catherine Poe thinks she knows why. His money has sheltered him from the vicissitudes of life and made it seem normal to take a 77-thousand-dollar tax credit for a dressage horse. http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/

Judd Legum

Bill Press talks with Judd Legum about health care reform and Mitt Romney. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://thinkprogress.org/author/judd/

AmericasDemocrats.org–July 29th, 2012

Jul 30, 2012 43:07

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What role will Latinos play in 2012? Why can't we all get along? How did Senate Democrats put Republicans on the spot?

Raul Grijalva

Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona says the upcoming election will critical in determining what this country will look like in the future. http://grijalva.house.gov/

Jonathan Haidt

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains what liberals can teach conservatives and what conservatives can teach liberals. He says different notions of morality both bind us and blind us. http://people.virginia.edu/~jdh6n/

Dick Durbin

Bill Press talks with Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin about the politics of taxes and sequestration. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://durbin.senate.gov/public/

AmericasDemocrats.org–July 22nd, 2012

Jul 23, 2012 52:20

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The role of corporations is looming large in the presidential campaign. Today, we learn about the history of corporations from author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, who says since the Middle Ages, corporations have tried to prevent the rise of a middle class. A historian who writes about FDR links him to President Obama in terms of the paranoid hatred that both engendered among Republican extremists. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and the National Journal’s Major Garrett about “sequestration” and the “fiscal cliff.”

  Douglas Rushkoff

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has written a book called, “Life, Incorporated.” In it he explains how corporations that arose in the Middle Ages have, through today, acted against the interests of the middle class. http://www.rushkoff.com/

Sally Denton

Historian Sally Denton traces “the paranoid style” in American politics from FDR straight through to President Obama. While things were worse in the Thirties, she says, Obama was slow to recognize the depth of hatred emanating from his political opponents. http://www.sallydenton.com/

Peter Welch

Bill Press talks with Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and the National Journal’s Major Garrett about “sequestration” and the “fiscal cliff.” http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://welch.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–July 15th, 2012

Jul 16, 2012 46:21

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Who cares about swing voters? Why should taxes go up? Why did Barney Frank choose to get married now?

Alan Abramowitz

Alan Abramowitz is a professor of political science at Emory University and well known for correctly predicting most of the presidential election outcomes. He has not yet made his 2012 prediction, but he does tell President Obama to forget the swing voters and concentrate instead on turning out his base. http://polisci.emory.edu/home/people/abramowitz.html

Simon Johnson

Economist Simon Johnson explains the current fiscal crisis as one caused by Republican refusal to pay for Social Security and Medicare. If America doesn’t have a more informed debate, he says, the chances of a true fiscal disaster go up. His solution – re-elect President Obama AND resist extending the Bush tax cuts to everyone. http://baselinescenario.com/

Barney Frank

Bill Press talks with retiring Congressman and newlywed Barney Frank on why he decided to marry his partner before leaving Congress, and on the nation’s fiscal crisis and congressional gridlock. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://frank.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–July 8th, 2012

Jul 9, 2012 53:21

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Pete Seeger

Our first guest today is a truly great American, perhaps the leading progressive icon of our times. In honor of the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, Pete has some fun telling stories on Woody, and revealing the history of the anthem “This Land is Your Land.” http://www.peteseegermusic.com/ http://www.woodyguthrie.org/

Fred Harris

Fred Harris was a populist when he was the U.S. senator from Oklahoma. He still is, as a professor at the University of New Mexico. He talks with us about the legacy of Woody Guthrie and the lessons we have learned from the Dust Bowl Era of American history. http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/harris.htm

Sister Simone Campbell

Bill Press talks with the leader of the “Nuns on a Bus” movement of progressive Catholics who point out the immorality of the Republican’s proposed budget. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.networklobby.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–July 1st, 2012

Jul 2, 2012 48:21

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Immigration ruling an opportunity for Democrats. Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians still arguing. And things are worse than they look.

Raul Grijalva

Mitt Romney says Arizona’s discredited immigration restrictions was model legislation. But now that the Supreme Court thinks otherwise, what is Romney’s backup plan? Nothing, says Congressman Raul Grijalva. He says the Supreme Court decision gives Democrats an opportunity to force Republicans into truly bipartisan moves to reform federal immigration policy. http://grijalva.house.gov/

Michael Lind

Historian Michael Lind goes back into American history and explains how Americans contradict themselves. The political fault line is not really liberal versus conservative but Jeffersonian versus Hamiltonian. He says Americans are Jeffersonian in belief but Hamiltonian in practice. http://newamerica.net/user/91

Norm Ornstein

Bill Press talks with political scientist Norm Ornstein about the historic level of vitriol and lying – mostly by Republicans – that is now paralyzing national problem-solving. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.aei.org/scholar/norman-j-ornstein/

AmericasDemocrats.org–June 24th, 2012

Jun 25, 2012 40:53

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Making the world safe for Exxon, shining light on hidden government benefits, explaining the President's immigration policy shift, and Jim Hightower says it's time to focus on the "Doug Jones Average".

Steve Coll

President George W. Bush threatened to designate an Indonesian group as terrorist unless it stopped attacking Exxon. Journalist Steve Coll paints an astonishing portrait of a corporation that tries to run not only the United States but the rest of the world. http://newamerica.net/

Suzanne Mettler

Political scientist Suzanne Mettler asks what happens when government benefits are hidden from view? She answer that the rich benefit and the rest of us don’t. http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mettler/

Michele Waslin

Bill Press talks with Michele Waslin of the Immigration Policy Center about President Obama’s action to defer action against young undocumented immigrants. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–June 17th, 2012

Jun 18, 2012 50:20

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Why oil speculation raises the price of gasoline, why belt tightening is the wrong answer to the economy and what House Republicans are up to this week. Plus, Jim Hightower discusses diverting student aid money to big banks.

Michael Greenberger

Former Wall Street regulator Michael Greenberger says gasoline could be two dollars and 50 cents a gallon … if it weren’t for outrageous and barely regulated casino gambling by oil speculators. http://www.michaelgreenberger.com/

Robert Shiller

Robert Shiller is a Yale economics professor and New York Times columnist. He explains why Keynesian economics is still the prescription and why “belt tightening” is the exact opposite of what the nation needs. http://www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/

Donna Edwards

Bill Press talks with Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards about Wall Street, the economy and Republican attacks on Eric Holder. http://billpressshow.com/ http://donnaedwards.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–June 10th, 2012

Jun 11, 2012 01:03:04

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Mark Shriver

Many Americans fondly remember the late R. Sargent Shriver, who founded the Peace Corps and accomplished so much else in improving the lot of people in this country and around the world. His son, Mark Shriver, writes in a new book for Fathers Day, about how faith and maintaining a balance in life are the important lessons his dad bequeathed.

http://www.savethechildren.org/

Jim Hightower

America’s #1 populist gives us his Common Sense Commentary on the Wisconsin election results.

Linda Killian

A journalist and senior scholar at the Wilson Center, has written a book about a powerful third force in American politics – the independent, or swing, voters. They may not make up their minds in the presidential race until it is almost over, but they will, she says, make all the difference.

http://www.lindajkillian.com/

Henry Cuellar

Bill Press talks about immigration issues, the Latino vote and tax cuts with Congressman Henry Cuellar, a blue dog Democrat, from Texas.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://cuellar.house.gov/

Peter Barca

A special replay of our post-election-day interview in Wisconsin with Democratic State Assembly leader Peter Barca. The news wasn’t all bad, he reports.

Wisconsin Aftermath - Representative Peter Barca

Jun 7, 2012 11:05

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Peter Barca

Wisconsin Representative Peter Barca of Kenosha is the Democratic Leader of the Wisconsin Assembly. Clearly a battleground state in November, Wisconsin just ended a tumultuous campaign seeking the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker. Representative Barca talks with us about the results, and what it means for November.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=assembly&district=64

AmericasDemocrats.org–June 3rd, 2012

Jun 4, 2012 43:36

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Tamara Draut

The quality of jobs for non-college graduates is as low as ever, but young people feel they must go to college just to stay even. Then they pile up debt for a diploma that guarantees them little in the search for that first job. Author Tamara Draut examines the economics of being a 20- or 30-something in 2012.

http://www.demos.org/tamara-draut

John Halpin

John Halpin, a political analyst with the Center for American Progress reports that the 2012 presidential election will come down to 12 states or fewer and that President Obama can win the race, even if by only a narrow margin.

http://www.americanprogress.org/experts/HalpinJohn.html

John Nichols

Bill Press talks Wisconsin recall election with John Nichols, a correspondent for “The Nation”and with the National Journal’s Major Garrett.

http://billpressshow.com/

http://www.thenation.com/authors/john-nichols

AmericasDemocrats.org–May 27th, 2012

May 28, 2012 48:20

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Eric Kearney

Ohio State Senate Democratic Leader Eric Kearney talks about the importance of his state to President Obama in November and how Republicans are trying to suppress voting rights and women’s rights.

Website

Jennifer Mittelstadt

Professor Jennifer Mittelstadt is writing a book about book on the relationship between the all-volunteer army, social welfare, and politics. She notes that the military has always been a social service agency and examines the role of medical, dental, educational and child care benefits in keeping the military services strong.

Website

Jeff Morley

Bill Press interviews Jeff Morley of Salon.com, who has been looking into the possible use of drones to spy on Americans.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

Jeff Morley

AmericasDemocrats.org–May 20th, 2012

May 21, 2012 49:30

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Bruce Bartlett

Bruce Bartlett was an early “supply-side” economist who worked for President Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. He explains for us why the tax cuts of George W. Bush have not worked and why we need more revenues now.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/author/bruce-bartlett/

David Becker

An expert on election reform tell us that there is no evidence of voter fraud, but that one out of eight voting records are inaccurate. The answer, says David Becker of the Pew Foundation, might be online registration.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/experts_profile.aspx?id=85899368166

John Sarbanes

Bill Press chats with the Congressman John Sarbanes about how to clean up campaign financing and maybe amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://sarbanes.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–May 13th, 2012

May 14, 2012 45:39

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Fred Rotondaro

Vice President Joe Biden talks the language of a lot of Americans, and regular contributor Fred Rotondaro says President Obama would do well to make the vice president the point man for picking some fights with Republicans. http://www.americanprogress.org/

Michael Ussery

It isn’t possible to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, says our Republican foreign policy expert Mike Ussery. But that still doesn’t make Russia our Number One enemy, he says.

Andrew Harmon

Bill Press chats with the White House correspondent for the “Advocate” about the president standing up for gay marriage. http://www.billpressshow.com/ http://www.advocate.com/

AmericasDemocrats.org–April 6th, 2012

May 7, 2012 47:57

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Kasim Reed

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta is passionate about the need for progressives to throw out their complacency about rights they have already won. Why? Because Republicans are successfully impeding voting rights and women’s rights. He calls their words and actions “insane.”

http://kasimreed.com/

Tamara Draut

Tamara Draut, an activist and author, links the soaring cost of college to the grim future for a generation of 20- and 30-somethings, who may become the first generation of Americans to do worse than their parents.

http://www.demos.org/tamara-draut

Adam Green

Bill Press chats with Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, who provides a rundown on the Massachusetts Senate race and five House races where progressives might replace Republican incumbents.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://boldprogressives.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–April 29th, 2012

Apr 30, 2012 45:40

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Dean Lacy

How is it that the very states that keep voting for Republicans get the most money, per capita, in federal social programs that the voters say they despise? Dartmouth Professor Dean Lacy explains … and he has some thoughts about the history of third parties in presidential elections.

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~govt/faculty/lacy.html

Geoffrey Kabaservice

Author Geoffrey Kabaservice says moderates don’t spend their time watching cablet TV, and thus are more moderate in their views than the leaders of the Republican Parfty, and they do vote in November.

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/HistoryAmerican/Since1945/~~/dmlldz11c2EmY2k9OTc4MDE5OTc2ODQwMA==#

Brad Woodhouse

Bill Press chats with Brad Woodhouse of the Democratic National Committee, who says forget Mitt Romney’s flip-flops – let’s find out what he is actually proposing!

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://www.democrats.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–April 22nd, 2012

Apr 23, 2012 42:58

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Leon Billings

Leon Billings was Senator Ed Muskie’s administrative assistant and helped write the nation’s environmental laws. As America celebrates another Earth Day, we ask him if the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts are still effective? 

http://www.greentechfoundation.org/Advisors_billings.htm

Catherine Poe

Regular contributor Catherine Poe says the Trayvon Martin case was a perfect storm of race, media and political paranoia.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/

Keith Ellison

Bill Press chats with Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus about a fair budget and the fight against restrictive voter I.D. legislation in the states.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://ellison.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–April 15th, 2012

Apr 16, 2012 42:33

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Douglas Amy

Douglas Amy is a professor at Mt. Holyoke College and an unabashed believer that “government is good.” As the IRS reviews America’s tax returns, Professor Amy explains just what we get for our taxes.

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/facultyprofiles/douglas_amy.html

Teresa Ghilarducci

Retirement expert Teresa Ghilarducci says the Federal Reserve policy of low interest rates is hurting fixed income pensions. Her solution is for the government to establish guaranteed annuities that the Fed’s employees get – for everyone.

http://teresaghilarducci.org/

Hilda Solis 

Bill Press chats with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about the recent jobs report and the difficulties women have in today’s labor market. 

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/hildasolisdol

AmericasDemocrats.org–April 8th, 2012

Apr 9, 2012 40:31

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Author and Democratic activist Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is concerned about the injection of religious belief into political campaigns. After Rick Santorum said her uncle John F. Kennedy’s call for separation of church and state made him want to throw up, she says Santorum was being childish and unworthy of a presidential candidate.

http://www.kathleenkennedytownsend.com/

Mike Ussery

One-time Republican campaign strategist Mike Ussery says Mitt Romney has a rough course toward winning the presidency, but  if he can take Florida and Ohio, then the president is in trouble.

http://www.babcenter.org/ussery.htm

Richard Trumka

Bill Press chats with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on labor’s endorsement of President Obama, Republican attempts to suppress the vote and the need for bipartisan support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://www.aflcio.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–April 1st, 2012

Apr 2, 2012 37:43

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Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank, who several years ago wrote the best-seller “What’s the Matter with Kansas,” turns his attention to Wall Street in a book called “Pity the Billionaire.” Frank says that the right-wing money machine succeeded in blaming progressives for the financial collapse caused by the billionaires, partly because the public didn’t really understand the crisis.

http://www.tcfrank.com/

Dean Lacy

Dartmouth Professor Dean Lacy says three-quarters of the public believe they pay more in taxes than they get back from the government. Which, of course, isn’t true. But what is true is there is a correlation between voting Republican andgetting more government assistance!

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~govt/faculty/lacy.html

Al Gore

Bill Press, joined by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, for an interview with Al Gore who says the Republican field of presidential candidates is “embarrassing to the country.” 

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://www.algore.com/

AmericasDemocrats.org–March 25th, 2012

Mar 26, 2012 39:11

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Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci is an expert on retirement security, and while Republicans continue their assault on Social Security, she has a new idea – let individuals get the same guaranteed-income retirement accounts that employees of the Federal Reserve have.

http://teresaghilarducci.org/

Catherine Poe

Columnist and regular contributor Catherine Poe makes the case for the Dream Act – to help children of undocumented workers who were born in the United States get a college education. She points out how Mitt Romney is way out of step with other Republicans and with his own church on  this issue.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/

Charles Postel

And now, historian Charles Postel examines the “no-tax” pledge that Grover Norquist imposes on Republicans -- driving moderates out of the GOP, making the rich richer and the rest of us more miserable.

http://history.sfsu.edu/faculty/defaultfaculty.htm

AmericasDemocrats.org–March 18th, 2012

Mar 19, 2012 41:00

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James K. Galbraith

Regular commentator James K. Galbraith, author of a new book on inequality and economic instability, says it isn’t that we need new regulations on banks … the laws in place have plenty of teeth, if only someone would operate the jaw behind them.

Website

Geoffrey Kabaservice

Political scientist Geoffrey Kabaservice has written extensively about the disappearance of moderate Republicans and says it should be of concerns to both parties because governing comes from the middle.

Website

Katie Paris

An interview by Bill Press with Katie Paris of Media Matters on two big business issues – Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers and the whistleblower from Goldman Sachs.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://mediamatters.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–March 11th, 2012

Mar 12, 2012 43:09

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Richard Bulliet

Columbia University Professor Richard Bulliet is an expert on Islam and Iran, and he says there is respect for American institutions among Muslims worldwide, even if there are differences in foreign policy. 

Website

Catherine Poe

Catherine Poe is concerned about that doomsday clock that appears on the cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. It has been moved one second closer to midnight, due to fear of war in Iran, bleak prospects for nonproliferation, and continuing concern about the safety of nuclear power plants.

Website

Angelo Carusone

An interview by Bill Press with the man behind the movement to pressure Glenn Beck off of Fox, and who is now behind the “stoprush.org” Website.

Bill Press

http://stoprush.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–March 4th, 2012

Mar 5, 2012 44:54

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Andrew Baumann

Andrew Baumann is a pollster with the firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and has studied the electorate carefully. He believes that while voters are with the Republicans on cutting spending and job creation, Democrats can win by crossing a threshold of credibility on spending with independent voters.

Website

Fred Rotondaro

A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, says “American exceptionalism” is a lot more than what today’s Republican candidates say it is. And he gives credit to Richard Nixon for clean air and clean water laws, proving, as he says, “not all Republicans at all times have been lunatics.”

Website

Brian Schweitzer

An interview from the National Governors Association meeting February 27 with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer by Bill Press. Governor Schweitzer explains that 85 percent of what he and his colleagues do is “educate, medicate and incarcerate.”

Bill Press

Website

AmericasDemocrats.org–February 26, 2012

Feb 27, 2012 39:53

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John Halpin

John Halpin of the Center for American Progress coauthored a study on how President Obama can put together enough electoral votes to win a second term. It won’t be easy, and victory will depend on turnout of the Democratic base.

Website

Mike Barnes

According to Mike Barnes, a former congressman and now a foreign policy analyst, President Obama’s foreign policy has made the United States much better regarded throughout the world. And, he says, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is nothing but a dictator.

Website

Leon Billings

An environmental expert, who says Barack Obama is “a light green president” – much better on the environment than his predecessor but still somewhat tepid on some issues.

Website

AmericasDemocrats.org–February 19, 2012

Feb 20, 2012 37:46

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Charles Postel

Historian Charles Postel has studied the value and successes of various political pledges throughout history – against slavery, for prohibition and for woman’s suffrage – but he says the Republicans’ universal pledge to oppose any new tax is different because it is destructive … and forever.

Book

Fred Rotondaro

A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress says Mitt Romney’s claim that Democrats are envious of the rich is the “most extreme and stupid comment” he has ever made. In reality, he says, by attacking government so much, the rich actually get benefits from the government that keep them from having to compete fairly.

Center for American Progress

Cecilia Munoz

The director of the White House Domestic Policy Council says President Obama made some hard choices in his budget … a budget that asks all Americans to do their fair share.

Bill Press

AmericasDemocrats.org–February 12, 2012

Feb 13, 2012 42:21

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Andrew Baumann

Andrew Baumann, a Democratic pollster, says more Democratic candidates are embracing the president’s new populism theme, but are not necessarily going to  embrace him.  He also says watch out for a flip in both houses of Congress … the House returning to Democrats and the Republicans taking the Senate.

Website

Richard Bulliet

Columbia University Professor Richard Bulliet  says preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is probably impossible until and unless testing begins. He also predits a negotiated withdrawal from Afghanistan, with the Taliban taking control.

http://www.columbia.edu/~rwb3/Bulliet/Richard_W._Bulliet.html

Steny Hoyer

An interview by Bill Press with Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, who points out that if the middle class does well, people at the top will do well, also.

Bill Press

http://hoyer.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–February 5, 2012

Feb 6, 2012 38:55

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Maria Teresa Kumar

Voter ID laws, foreclosures in poorer neighborhoods and increasing immigration enforcement are among the factors that could make it hard for President Obama to match his electoral strength among Hispanics. But Maria Teresa Kumar, head of VotoLatino,  says the Republicans don’t have it so easy, either.

http://votolatino.org/

Peter Galbraith

Former Ambassador Peter Galbraith says the Administration’s “reset” of relations with Russia has been successful because Moscow is now less hostile to the United States.

Website

Eleanor Smeal

An interview by Bill Press with Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, who calls family planning “a life and death issue” and criticizes the Susan G. Komen Foundation for politicizing women’s health. The interview was recorded before the Foundation apologized and changed its mind.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://feminist.org/

AmericasDemocrats.org–January 29, 2012

Jan 30, 2012 40:39

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Ralph Becker

The mayor of Salt Lake City, deep in red-state Utah, is a Democrat. He has worked with the Mormon Church and state leaders to come up with a more humane immigration policy than neighboring Arizona.  But the Justice Department is suing Utah, and Mayor Ralph Becker explains how things might ultimately work out.

Website

Peter Galbraith 

Former Ambassador Peter Galbraith says it is hard to overstate how much the Bush administration destroyed America’s standing in the world, but he says its restoration is President Obama’s greatest foreign policy achievement.

Website

Tom Buffenbarger 

An interview by Bill Press with Tom Buffenbarger, head of the Machinists Union, who denounces the Apple Corporation for relying on the business model of slavery. 

The Bill Press Show

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

AmericasDemocrats.org–January 22, 2012

Jan 23, 2012 41:49

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Fred Harris

Fred Harris is now a political science professor, but he was once a U.S. senator, chairman of the DNC and a candidate for president. He says the outcome of the open Senate race in his adopted state of New Mexico could depend on how President Obama does at the top of the ticket.

Wikipedia

Mike Barnes

Former Congressman Mike Barnes, who spends the cold weather in Florida, says the likely Republican Senate candidate in the Sunshine State “is not the sharpest knife in the dishwasher.’

Center for International Policy

Steve Israel

An interview by Bill Press with Representative Steve Israel, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Congressman Israel reveals that current polling actually puts the Democrats ahead in the race for a majority in the House.

Bill Press

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

AmericasDemocrats.org–January 15, 2012

Jan 18, 2012 48:45

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Ralph Becker

Ralph Becker is Mayor of Salt Lake City, a Democratic island in a “red sea.” His advice to other Democrats? Develop our message on social justice and never stray from it.

Website

Dal LaMagna

Businessman Dal LaMagna says the company that made him rich was eventually sold for more than it would otherwise be worth because of the skill and loyalty of his employees. He says all corporations should be more socially responsible and rich guys like himself should be taxed on their income, not their capital gains.

Website

Twitter

Tom Perriello

An interview by Bill Press with Tom Perriello, former Congressman from Virginia, who says the President’s recent speech in Kansas is a message that can resonate with both independents and conservatives. 

The Bill Press Show

Center for American Progress

AmericasDemocrats.org - January 8th, 2012

Jan 10, 2012 40:44

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Kirsten Downey

A one-time reporter who signed on to write the final chapter of a government report on the financial crisis says if it weren’t for Social Security, there would be as high an unemployment rate as during the Depression.

Kirstin Downey's Website

Her book on Amazon

David Sirota

David Sirota, a radio host, Democratic strategist and author, has written a book explaining how bad 1980s movies and TV shows like Rambo, Familiy Ties and the A-Team led to today’s culture of greed and militarism.

David's website

Follow David on Twitter and on Facebook!

Joe Cirincione

The President of the Ploughshares Fund, who warns that recent moves in the Persian Gulf by Iran could slide America into a conflict neither nation really wants.

The Bill Press Show

Ploughshares Fund