#497 : Reclaiming populism and rebuilding civic power in an era of crisis.

Reclaiming populism and rebuilding civic power in an era of crisis. Plus, Bill Press on the casualty of truth in the era of Trump.


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Rogers M. Smith on returning populism to its progressive roots.  K. Sabeel Rahman on realizing an inclusive and responsive democracy for the future. Plus Bill Press with Brian Stelter on the toxic political mix of Donald Trump and Fox News.


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K. Sabeel Rahman

K. Sabeel Rahman is a leading scholar of democracy, law, and inequality.  

In his newest book, co-authored with Hollie Russon Gilman, he calls for a transformative model for democracy reform that fundamentally redistributes power to citizens. And it couldn’t come at a more critical time.

Rogers M. Smith

Rogers M. Smith’s newest book is a deep dive into what populism could and should mean in the future of American politics. It offers a road map to how progressives can build a populist movement that better reflects its inclusive values.

Brian Stelter 

Why Trump’s unprecedented relationship with Fox New is a threat to democracy.  Bill Press talks with Brian Stelter,  author of Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

CEO tricksters cut their pay without bleeding.

#496 : The past, present and future of progressives in the Senate.

The past, present and future of progressives in the Senate.  A leading political forecaster on who will win in November. Plus, Bill Press with a progressive’s take on electing a moderate to the White House.

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Senator Sherrod Brown on his latest book Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America. Professor Allan Lichtman on why he’s calling 2020 for Biden. Plus, Bill Press with Representative Mark Pocan on promoting progressive values in a potential Biden Whitehouse.


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Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown’s most recent book offers a timely history of 20th-century American progressivism. Along the way he makes a compelling case to believe in the future of the Progressive idea in American politics.

Allan Lichtman

Allan Lichtman is a political historian renowned for predicting the outcome of presidential elections. The secret he says is to keep your eye on the big picture of the strength of the incumbent president’s party.

Mark Pocan

Bill Press  with  Representative Mark Pocan on why he believes progressives will support a Biden-Harris ticket. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

The Dow Jones v. The Doug Jones

#495 : White rage and the political forces that drive it and benefit from it.

White rage and the political forces that drive it and benefit from it. Plus, Bill Press continues his series on the growing threat of Donald Trump’s mental state.

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An extended conversation with scholar and author Carol Anderson on the history of White rage against Black advancement and it’s continuation in Trump’s modern day politics of grievance. Plus, Bill Press on the impact of Donald Trump’s mental imbalance on the mental health of our nation.


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Carol Anderson – Part 1

Carol Anderson’s 2016 book on White rage remains a classic text in our national conversation about race. In a broad sweep of history, she demonstrates how any significant advance toward racial justice in US history has been met with powerful political backlash.

Carol Anderson – Part 2

We continue our conversation with Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy and White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. 

Bill Press

Bill Presscontinues his series on Donald Trump’s mental health and what that has to do with the mental health of millions of Americans. If you’d like to hear the entire series, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Where did the Republican Party go?

#494 : Economic Justice and the forgotten history of the March on Washington.

Economic Justice and the forgotten history of the March on Washington. The origins of right wing populism and the future of the GOP. Plus, Bill Press continues his series on the growing threat of Donald Trump’s mental state.

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How Black unionists organized the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom.  How Republicans used organized money and organized outrage to become the party of plutocrats. Plus, Bill Press on why psychiatrists are saying Trump is unfit to hold office and cannot change.


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William P. Jones

William P. Jones has written extensively on the history of labor unions and race. In his highly acclaimed book on the 1963 March on Washington, he reminds us of the critical role of Black trade unionists in making that historic event happen.

Jacob Hacker

In his newest book, Jacob Hacker, and his co-author Paul Pierson, offer a groundbreaking account of the dangerous marriage of plutocratic economic priorities and right-wing populism, and how it threatens American democracy.

Bill Press

Bill Press with contributors to the New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump discuss the pathologies that control Donald Trump and put American democracy at risk. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Trump’s bassackwards government