January 25, 2015

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. Cary Nelson, a progressive leader in higher education, denounces those who would academically boycott Israel. And Bill Press talks with Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes.

  • January 25, 2015 January 25, 2015 Russia expert Mark Katz says Putin is in trouble. Professor Cary Nelson opposes boycotting Israeli universities. And Bill Press and Congressman John Sarbanes discuss the State of the Union, Citizens United.
  • Mark Katz Mark Katz Russia expert Mark Katz tells us that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are working.
  • Cary Nelson Cary Nelson Professor Cary Nelson says the role of progressives in academia ought to be encouraging dialogue on international issues, not boycotting Israel.
  • John Sarbanes John Sarbanes Bill Press and Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland discuss the State of the Union, Citizens United.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower J.P. Morgan – the man and the bank.

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January 18, 2015

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 country’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.

  • January 18, 2015 January 18, 2015 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.
  • Mike Barnes 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.
  • Eric Posner 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.
  • Kent Germany Kent Germany Bill Press and his guest, LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Inaugural galas for governors become influence-buying bazaars.

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January 11, 2015

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Mario Cuomo was a legend, and you might be surprised at who he thinks is a worthy successor to Cuomo as a “no-apologies progressive.” With controversy bubbling about the portrayal of LBJ in the movie “Selma,” civil rights historian David Chappell offers a nuanced view of both the president and Martin Luther King, Jr. And Bill Press talks 2016 politics with Burgess Everett of Politico.

  • January 11, 2015 January 11, 2015 Fred Rotondaro on the Cuomo legacy … historian David Chapell on the MLK-LBJ legacy … and Bill press interviews Poltico’s Burgess Everett on the new Congress.
  • Fred Rotondaro 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.
  • David Chappell 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.
  • Burgess Everett Burgess Everett Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Burgess Everett, discuss the new Congress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A corporate power grab is underway, so where's the media?

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January 4, 2015

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 Nancy Altman, one of the country’s top experts on Social Security, says the program can and should be expanded.

  • January 4, 2015 January 4, 2015 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Democratic strategy … Gary Donaldson on LBJ and Ike … and Nancy Altman on the future of Social Security.
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 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.
  • Gary Donaldson 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.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman, a leading expert on Social Security, says expanding benefits is affordable and is, ultimately, a political, not an economic, issue.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The corporate hustle of college bowl games.

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