#357 : Whose interests are being served? An FCC on the verge of a decision that favors big business over the public interest.

Whose interests are being served? An FCC on the verge of a decision that favors big business over the public interest.  A Supreme Court leaning more and more on the side of corporations.  Plus,  Bill Press talks with Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen about  tax cuts for America’s wealthiest families.    

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This week, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on how losing net neutrality will be a loss for democracy. Nan Aron, founder and President of the Alliance for Justice on what she calls the “Corporate Court” under Chief Justice John Roberts. And Bill Press with Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen on who will benefit  the most from  the GOP tax plan.


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Michael J. Copps

Michael J. Copps served as  an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 where he was a tireless advocate for the “public interest” in our nation’s media … and for fighting to stem the tide of excessive consolidation in the telecommunications industries.  He continues that work as head of the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause where he has been sounding the alarm about a pending FCC decision that could be the end of “net neutrality”.

Nan Aron

Nan Aron is the founder and President of the Alliance for Justice.  She is a leading progressive voice on matters related to our nation’s judiciary.  

Ben Cohen

Bill Press talks with  Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen about the GOP tax plan and what it means for Americans across the income spectrum, plus the launch of a new “Poor People’s Campaign”.

Jim Hightower

The virtues of the egalitarian internet

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#356 : A criminal justice system … in need of justice.

A criminal justice system … in need of justice. In America, can it be a crime just to be poor? In the war on drugs, who are the real victims? Plus, Bill Press talks with journalist Emma Roller about … “prison abolition”.

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This week, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman on his new book about the criminalization of poverty in America. Author and Harvard political scientist Danielle Allen tells a tragic story of how the “war on drugs” is failing our nation’s young people. And Bill Press interviews journalist Emma Roller about a radical idea to reform America’s prisons.


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Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He served as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration. In 1996 he resigned because he opposed a welfare reform bill signed by President Clinton.  His latest book is  “Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America”.

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is  the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.   She was  awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2001.

In her most recent book, “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” she tells the story of her cousin, a young man who was tried as an adult at age 15 for attempted carjacking.  After 13 years in prison, he was released and died violently at the age of 29. It is a story she says, about a failed “war on drugs” that has given up on our nation’s youth.

Emma Roller

Bill Press interviews journalist about Emma Roller about the “prison abolition movement”  that seeks a more humane response to incarceration.

Jim Hightower

Donald Trump’s strange bromance with Rodrigo Duterte

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#355 : Can America’s workers find justice under a renegotiated NAFTA?

Can America’s workers find justice under a renegotiated NAFTA? After nearly a year of protests against Donald Trump, is it enough to make a difference? Plus, How the GOP tax plan turned into the latest attack on America’s health.

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This week, Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines a progressive agenda for renegotiating NAFTA. Kenneth Andrews of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the disruptive power of protest in the era of Donald Trump And Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee on what he calls the Republicans “terrible tax bill.”


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Dan Mauer

Communications Workers of America’s Dan Mauer says trade policy under NAFTA benefits multinational corporations at the expense of American workers and calls for a new framework that puts workers’ rights first.

Kenneth Andrews

Protest historian Kenneth Andrews says it takes enormous work to turn “movement power” into “political power” and that progressive organizers could learn something from the Tea Party.

Dan Kildee

Bill Press interviews Congressman Dan Kildee about the Republican tax bill and trading out America’s social contract for the corporate bottom line.

Jim Hightower

Avoid Amazon’s “Cyber Monday,” and buy local

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#354 : Do the 2017 elections mean the Dems need to seek a broader path?

The Virginia election means Democrats need to seek a broad path, says centrist Jim Kessler. Progressive Steve Phillips says forget Trump voters and turn out more black voters. And Bill Press talks taxes with Congressman Peter Welch.

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This week we have two Democrats, one a centrist, one more progressive, on the lessons of the smashing victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Jim Kessler of Third Way says Democrats found a candidate who fit his state, not some litmus test. Steve Phillips of Democracy in Color says winner Ralph Northam got no more white working class voters than did Hillary Clinton and that the winning difference was black turnout. And Bill Press interviews Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on what the Republicans are up to on taxes.


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Jim Kessler

Political think tank executive Jim Kessler says Democrats need to tread a broader path and that Virginia was an example of finding candidates who fit their state, rather than an ideology.

 

Steve Phillips

Progressive activist Steve Phillips says with just a little more spending on voter turnout, especially among African Americans, Democrats have a chance to take back the Senate by winning states like Texas, Nevada, and Arizona.

 

Peter Welch

Bill Press interviews Congressman Peter Welch about the looming fight over tax cuts for the rich.

 

Jim Hightower

Why would you let Jeff Bezos inside your home?

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