This Week

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.

  • December 14, 2014 December 14, 2014 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.
  • Joel Kotkin 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.
  • Chad Broughton 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.
  • Brad Woodhouse Brad Woodhouse Bill Press and his guest, political strategist Brad Woodhouse.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Why won't the CIA even say the word "torture"?

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December 7, 2014

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.

  • December 7, 2014 December 7, 2014 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on police-community relations … Fred Rotondaro on Democrats needing a new brand … and Bill Press with Congressman Charlie Rangel.
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 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.
  • Fred Rotondaro 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.
  • Charlie Rangel Charlie Rangel Bill Press and his guest, veteran congressman and civil rights advocate Charlie Rangel of New York.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The Benghazi investigation that just won't go away.

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November 30, 2014

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.

  • November 30, 2014 November 30, 2014 Altman says Social Security should be expanded, Skillen reflects on faith and politics, and Forbath talks about the liberal foundations of Constitutional originalism.
  • Nancy Altman 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.
  • James Skillen 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.
  • William Forbath 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.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local.

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November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving, a time for giving thanks – and for eating and drinking. 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.

  • November 23, 2014 November 23, 2014 ‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. But what is in our food? Who controls our water? 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.
  • Courtney Thomas 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.
  • Karen Piper 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.”
  • Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy Bill Press and his guest, Senator Patrick Leahy, discuss the Senate’s refusal to take up a bipartisan bill to protect against government snooping.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street speculators are walling off young farmers.

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