Carol Anderson offers a critical new look at the evolution of the right to bear arms in American History.

Race and the history of gun rights in America. Why it’s time to expand Social Security. Plus Bill Press on the continuing threat of right-wing media.

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Historian Carol Anderson on her new book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. Nancy Altman on her new book Social Security Works For Everyone!: Protecting and Expanding America’s Most Popular Social Program.Plus Bill Press with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Fox News and its relentless grip on the Republican party.


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Carol Anderson

In her latest book, Carol Anderson offers a critical new look at the evolution of the right to bear arms in American History. It’s a story that begins with the nation’s founding and the desire to put down slave revolts.

Nancy Altman

Across the ideological divide, poll after poll shows Americans are united against any cuts to Social Security. Nancy Altman says it’s time to listen to the will of the people and go a step further by expanding the nation’s most popular social program. 

Brian Stelter

Bill Press with CNN’s Brian Stelter on the influence of Fox in a post-​Trump era. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Hey Washington: Follow The People

“Those in the know” say that We the People should forget any progressive fantasy that – at long last – Washington might finally produce the kind of bold FDR-style agenda that America needs. They smugly lecture us that recalcitrant Republicans in Congress, not to mention a swarm of corporate lobbyists, are opposed to progressive change, so who could get it passed?

Here’s an idea: Try the people themselves.


Dennis Kucinich on his historic fight against privatized public services.

A historic fight against privatized public services. The battle over how to talk about race in schools. Plus Bill Press on Donald Trump’s dangerous hold within the GOP.

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Former Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich on his battle to save the city’s public electric utility. Scholar Christopher Lehman on the conservative backlash against critical race theory. And Bill Press with conservative commentator Charlie Sykes on why it’s time to dump Trump.


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Dennis Kucinich

In his new memoir, Dennis Kucinich writes about how he took on powerful interests to save a public utility. That happened over forty years ago, but the story still carries critical relevance today.

Christopher Lehman

Republican-controlled legislatures across the country are advancing legislation to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Christopher Lehman says what will be lost is the full story of American history and what we can learn from it.

Charlie Sykes

Bill Press with Charlie Sykes on Donald Trump’s big lie and what he calls the “doom loop of crazy.”  If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and You. Which One Pays Taxes?

Here’s a thought-provoking bumper sticker: “The system is fixed. We must break it.”

This thought came into vivid focus recently when a news report by ProPublica revealed that a nest of preening multibillionaires – led by the likes of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Michael Bloomberg – have been playing America’s rigged tax system to dodge paying their share of upkeep for the society that so-lavishly enriches them.


#535 : A plan to cut child poverty in half.

A plan to cut child poverty in half. Artificial intelligence and the future of work. Plus Bill Press with an insider account of why Joe Biden won, and Hillary Clinton didn’t.

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Anti-poverty advocate Arohi Pathak on why a stimulus measure to cut child poverty should be made permanent. Economist Daron Acemoglu on redesigning artificial intelligence in the interest of workers. And Bill Press with Edward-Isaac Dovere, author of Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump.


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Arohi Pathak 

An expanded child tax credit signed into law in March is set to expire at the end of the year.  Arohi Pathak explains why making it permanent can lead to a transformational change in how our nation confronts child poverty.

Daron Acemoglu

Artificial Intelligence is already making a profound impact on the lives of American workers.  Daron Acemoglu says the choices we make now will determine whether AI deepens inequality or leads to shared prosperity

Edward-Isaac Dovere

Bill Press with journalist and author Edward-Isaac Dovere on his new book, Battle for the Soul Inside-The Democrats’ Campaigns To Defeat Trump. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Your Dog Knows Better Than To Let The GOP “Fix” Our Postal System

When Donald Trump declared he would fix the US Postal Service, he was using the word “fix” the same way veterinarians do when you bring in your dog.

Trump wasted an inordinate amount of his presidential power and prestige in a failed attempt to neuter an agency that literally delivers for the people.


#534 : The limits of bipartisanship in today’s politics

The limits of bipartisanship in today’s politics, and an opening for moral leadership. Plus Bill Press on Donald Trump’s mounting legal problems.

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Veteran political insider John Lawrence on how reaching across the aisle can come at a cost for the Biden agenda. Historian Daniel Rodgers on why presidential moral leadership is more imperative than ever. And Bill Press with Washington Post reporter David Farenthold on what to read into investigations of Donald Trump and his businesses.


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John Lawrence

After GOP senators blocked the creation of a January 6 Commission, some Democrats are questioning the value of a bipartisan strategy to advance  Biden’s legislative agenda. John Lawrence has written extensively about Congress and American politics. He says that the political climate needed to make bipartisanship work is evaporating.

Daniel Rodgers

Times of profound crises call for presidents to step in with a moral vision that can inspire the nation. Historian Daniel T. Rodgers calls on President Biden to seize this moment of crisis and assert a vision that goes far beyond it.

David Fahrenthold

Bill Press with Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold on the state of play with Donald Trump’s growing legal jeopardy. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Let’s Create a Bank System That Serves People, Instead of Bankers

Corporate ideologues never cease blathering that government programs should be run like a business.

Really – what businesses would they choose? Pharmaceutical profiteers? Big Oil? Wall Street money manipulators? High tech billionaires? Airline price gougers?