#515 : Political Reckonings.

Political Reckonings. Confronting the threat of right wing extremism.  Plus. GOP loyalty put to the test. And Bill Press with Congressman David Cicilline, co-author of the article of impeachment against Trump.

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Alexandra Minna Stern on the changing face of America’s far right. Michael Koncewicz on why Trump’s impeachment is a different kind of challenge for Republicans than Nixon’s. Plus Congressman David Cicilline tells Bill Press why he made the decision to file an article of impeachment against Trump.


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Alexandra Minna Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern’s research takes her deep into the dark matter of America’s far right. She says it’s a movement in transition, and an ever growing threat to our democracy.

Michael Koncewicz

Michael Koncewicz’s most recent book on Republicans who defied Richard Nixon carries new relevance to the present day with Trump’s impeachment. Koncewicz (KON seh witzs) says what makes today different is a greater fear among Republicans that challenging this President will be at their political expense.

David Cicilline

Bill Press with Congressman David Cicilline on why it is necessary to impeach Trump, even after he leaves office. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Who’s really behind the desecration of our Capitol?


#514 : The Democrats’ working class problem.

The Democrats’ working class problem. Plus, How corporate monopolies have changed our lives. And Bill Press on the right wing media Trump is watching now.

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Joan Williams says Democrats still have to figure out how to connect with the working class.  David Dayen says it’s time for a grassroots movement to challenge monopolies. Plus Bill Press speaks with Matt Gertz about the shifting landscape of right wing media.


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Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams has written extensively about America’s working class.  And she says it’s a world that Democrats still have to understand.

David Dayen

David Dayen’s most recent book explores the power of concentrated economic power on daily life.  He says monopolies pervade almost every aspect of our lives, often when we don’t even know it.

Matt Gertz

The right wing media networks that are worse than Fox, and why Trump is a fan.  Bill Press with Matt Gertz, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

What America can learn from the Animal kingdom.


#513 : Progressive politics at a turning point.

Progressive politics at a turning point. Trump’s weaponization of the national security state. Plus Bill with Madeleine Albright.

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Theda Skocpol on the right wing coalition that brought us Donald Trump, and what progressives should do now. Melvin Goodman on how Trump politicized the government to advance his personal agenda, and how to undo it. Plus, Madeleine Albright tells Bill Press about how to repair the damage done from Trump’s foreign policy.


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Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol’s most recent book explores citizen activism in the US from the Tea Party to the anti-Trump resistance and how they are transforming American politics.  It documents the elite and grassroots  interests that are pushing the GOP to the right, and what progressives can learn to advance their agenda in a Biden administration.

Melvin Goodman

Melvin Goodman’s 42-year government career includes service at the CIA, Department of State, Department of Defense, and the US Army. He says Trump has weaponized the national security state in unprecedented ways.

Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the state of U.S. foreign policy after four years of Trump, and what Biden can do to restore America’s role in the world. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

The People’s Department


#512 : What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence.

What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence. Plus Bill Press with Susan Rice, incoming Direction of the Domestic Policy Council

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An extended conversation with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate.  Plus, Bill Press with an archive interview from 2019 with Susan Rice on the publication of her memoir.


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Brian Levin – Pt. 1

In the lead up to the November election, there was significant concern about right wing inspired political violence, encouraged by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric. As we approach the inauguration, those concerns remain as Trump continues to make unprecedented attacks on  the electoral process. Just before the election, we spoke with one of the most trusted voices on hate and extremism in America about how the landscape of political violence has changed under the Trump administration, and why a major election creates a moment of even greater risk.

Brian Levin – Pt. 2

We’re speaking with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino. 

Susan Rice

Bill Press with Susan Rice,  President elect Biden’s choice to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, and author of Tough Love: My Story of Things Worth Fighting For. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPresspods.com.

Jim Hightower

Is more technology the answer to too much technology?