This Week

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.


  • Jul. 5, 2015 Jul. 5, 2015 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.
  • David Madland 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.
  • John Halpin 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.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his 10th anniversary program guest Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What moved marriage equality from taboo to justice?


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June 28, 2015

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.




  • Jun. 28, 2015 Jun. 28, 2015 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.
  • David Shipler 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.
  • Lee Drutman 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.
  • Paul Tonko Paul Tonko Bill Press and his guest. TPP opponent Congressman Paul Tonko.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "The Donald Show"


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June 21, 2015

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.



  • June 21, 2015 June 21, 2015 Maryland attorney general Frosh on fracking … peace advocate Stephen Miles on U.S. policy toward Iran … and Bill Press interviews Congressman John Yarmuth.
  • Brian Frosh 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.
  • Stephen Miles 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.
  • John Yarmuth John Yarmuth Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Yarmuth.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Jeb launches "Pickett's Charge" campaign.


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June 14, 2015

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.


  • June 14, 2015 June 14, 2015 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.
  • Barney Frank  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 Fred Rotondaro says the Trans-Pacific Partnership protects only corporations, not workers, and he has some predictions about the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Bill Press and his guest, Sister Simone Campbell.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Stop Postal executives from destroying our Postal Service.


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