This Week

Sean Wilentz on the value of political partisanship … James Fallows on the legacy of Jimmy Carter … and Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Karen Finney.

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz makes the case FOR partisanship in politics as a way to create effective change. Journalist James Fallows reflects on the legacy of Jimmy Carter 40 years after he became the Democratic presidential nominee. And Bill Press talks with Democratic strategist Karen Finney

Sean Wilentz

Everyone seems to think partisanship is a bad idea, but historian Sean Wilentz documents how, when used effectively, it can lead to great social change.

James Fallows

Jimmy Carter was an “outsider” who won the Democratic presidential nomination 40 years ago. His former speechwriter, James Fallows, says that an outsider can win the White House if the public feels there is a crisis – but then it becomes very hard to actually govern.

Karen Finny

Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Karen Finny, about the party conventions.

Jim Hightower

Brand New Congress

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July 17, 2016

Former Republican Senator Larry Pressler announces for Hillary. Political prognosticator Kyle Kondick predicts a win for Hillary. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.

Former Senator Larry Pressler was a Republican, now an independent, and he heartily supports Hillary Clinton for president. Kyle Kondik forecasts elections. He has Hillary Clinton with a solid electoral majority. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.

Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler is a hunter and a combat veteran. He served three terms as a Republican senator from South Dakota. Now he supports Hillary Clinton, partly for her views on gun safety.

Kyle Kondick

University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondick says everything now points to a big win for Hillary Clinton. And, he says, pay attention to Arizona and Georgia.

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Bill Press interviews Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson about relations between police forces and the community.

Jim Hightower

Winning even when losing.

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July 10, 2016

Commentator Fred Rotondaro says Trump is a threat to democracy. Professor Jacob Hacker says you can’t have prosperity without a strong government. And Bill Press interviews Sanders backer Joseph Zogby.

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Hillary’s campaign is hampered by Bill’s and her tendency to say dumb things but Donald Trump’s campaign is a threat to democracy. Yale Professor Jacob Hacker makes the case for strong government to make markets work and ensure prosperity. And Bill Press talks with Joseph Zogby, a Sanders member of the Democratic platform committee.

Fred Rotondaro

Progressive commentator Fred Rotondaro says despite Hillary Clinton’s recent problems, she will have the campaign organization and the entire Democratic Party behind her to launch her into the White House.

Jacob Hacker

The fact that so many people are hostile to government is a reminder of what Yale Professor Jacob Hacker calls “American Amnesia” about how regulation brought scientific advances and ensured prosperity.

Joseph Zogby

Bill Press interviews Joseph Zogby, a Sanders representative to the Democratic platform committee.

Jim Hightower

What does it mean to “gig” American workers?

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July 3, 2016

Conservative economist Clyde Prestowitz says the era of free trade is over. Social essayist Thomas Frank says the Clintons and Obama have enacted a Republican agenda. And Bill Press interviews Politico’s Elena Schneider.

Republican trade expert Clyde Prestowitz says the winners in free trade are the 1 per cent and the losers are everyone else. Progressive author Thomas Frank asks “What the hell happened to Barack Obama?” The question is part of his belief that too many Harvard grads are making a mess of things. And Bill Press talks with Politico’s Elena Schneider about Senate elections.

Clyde Prestowitz

Clyde Prestowitz is a labor economist who served in the Reagan and Clinton Administrations. He gives us a pretty good explanation of what free trade is all about. Hint: It isn’t about trade, it’s about investment.

Thomas Frank

What’s gone wrong with the Democratic Party of the New Deal? Author Thomas Frank says the party has become identified with the affluent professional class, not the middle class.

Elena Schneider

Bill Press interviews political reporter Elena Schneider of Politico.

Jim Hightower

Why was the “Brexit” vote so shocking to global elites?

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