#441 : Standing up for Truth.

Standing up for Truth. The evolution of Trump’s attack on the press.  A new commitment to covering climate change. Plus calling out the GOP effort to sabotage health care. 

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Donald Trump’s assault on truth and how we repair the damage. Why journalists are signing up to give the climate story the coverage it demands. Plus Bill Press on what’s at stake if the Affordable Care Act is struck down.


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Kyle Pope

Kyle Pope says the science is clear, but too often journalists are not. For too long, the U.S. media have downplayed and distorted  the climate change story, with devastating consequences. That’s why he has co-founded a new initiative involving over 60 news organizations to get the story right.

Brian Ott

Well before his inauguration, Donald Trump launched a virile assault on the press and the very notion of truth itself. Since then, the attacks have only escalated. Brian Ott is a communications scholar who examines the intersection of rhetoric, media and democratic discourse.  He says the President has spearheaded a credibility crisis, and it relies on all of us to repair the damage.

Brad Woodhouse

Donald Trump’s effort to destroy American health care and what it will take to save the Affordable Care Act.  Bill Press talks with Brad Woodhouse, president of Protect Our Care.

Jim Hightower

Government for the rich, the poor be damned.


#440 : The GOP’s Southern Strategy from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

The Politics of Race: Past and Present, plus a defining moment in the history of AIDS in the United States

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The GOP’s Southern Strategy from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump. Plus former Virginia governor Terry McAulife on the growing threat of white nationalism in America today.  And Bill Press on the story behind the first ever AIDS ward in the United States.


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Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAulife served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. He was chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chair of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.  It was during his recent term as Governor that the infamous Unite the Right Rally took place in Charlottesville and led to the deaths of three people. Dozens more were injured. In his new book Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism, the former governor offers a behind the scenes account of that day, and his thoughts on what the nation should still be learning.

Angie Maxwell

The Southern Strategy is often understood as a fixed point in American political history when Richard Nixon and the GOP used racism to build a base among white voters in the South. A new book is changing that perspective and deepens our understanding of how the Southern Strategy transformed American politics, and how its impact persists even today,

Cliff Morrison

The transformation of how doctors treated AIDS patients.  From fear and ignorance to compassion and dignity. Bill Press talks with Cliff Morrison about the new documentary 5B.

Jim Hightower

Will Democrats be Democrats, or fraidy cats?

#439 : Building a Movement for Deep Change.

Building a Movement for Deep Change.  Confronting the power of concentrated wealth. Overcoming the new Jim Crow. Plus, how to defeat the NRA.

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The entrenchment of American wealth and political power. A faithful movement to end mass incarceration. Plus  Bill Press with Igor Volsky founder and the Director of Guns Down America.


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Paul Starr

In a new book, Paul Starr argues that much of our politics today is a struggle over the historic entrenchment of great wealth through political power. And if Donald Trump gets re-elected, this entrenchment will only deepen.

Billy Honor

With nearly 2.3 million prisoners behind bars, the United States is the incarceration capital of the world. Our next guest is part of a new interfaith movement that is calling for an end to what they describe as a moral injustice and one of the dominant expressions of systemic racism in our country today.

Igor Volsky

Can America end its love affair with guns?  There’s more progress than you may think. Bill Press talks with Igor Volsky author of Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns

Jim Hightower

What is the “AI agenda,” who’s pushing it, and why?

#438 : Delivering on the promise of economic security.

Delivering on the promise of economic security. Why social security works, and NAFTA 2.0 doesn’t. Plus Bill Press with DNC Chair Tom Perez on why the party of Lincoln is dead.

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Why social security isn’t going broke and how expanding it will help all of us. Who wins and who loses under Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA.  Plus, DNC Chair Tom Perez tells Bill Press how history will judge Donald Trump and the Republicans who support him.


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Arthur Stamoulis

President Trump’s hoping to fast track his renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with a promise that he has the best plan for American workers. Arthur Stamoulis says the plan falls far short of that promise,  and a lot more work is needed for a NAFTA replacement to benefit working people and the planet.

Nancy Altman

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. It remains one of the most important pieces of legislation in American history. Few can  speak better to that than Nancy Altman. Countering the many myths used to discredit Social Security, she says it’s time to fight to increase, not cut, the program.

Tom Perez

Bill Press talks with DNC Chair Tom Perez about why he says Donald Trump is the most dangerous President in history.

Jim Hightower

How ridiculous is Trump’s border stand?