#449 : Fighting for the working class.

Fighting for the working class.  A strategy to rebuild the power of labor unions.  Why Democrats need to take a stand for blue collar voters in 2020. Plus, the political ambitions of Michael Pence.

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Why the time has come for sectoral bargaining. Bill Press on how Democrats can win back working class voters. And a conversation with Tom LoBianco on his new biography of Vice President Mike Pence.


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Bill Press

One of the most pivotal issues for Democrats heading into 2020 is how to win back working class voters. For Bill Press, there’s a clear path that begins with economic justice and refuses to accept making a choice between race and class.

David Madland

Against the backdrop of declining membership, a different way of organizing workers is gaining support. Sectoral bargaining not only has the potential to rebuild union membership.  David Madland says it can lead to better working conditions for all workers and reduce economic inequality.

Tom LoBianco

Why Donald Trump and Michael Pence are joined at the hip.  Bill Press talks with Tom LoBianco, author of Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House, his new biography of the enigmatic Vice President. 

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Jim Hightower

The Gloppy mess of merger mania

#448 : The path to progressive change.

The path to progressive change. The transformative potential of intersectional politics. Why progressives must fight for the states. Plus Bill Press on the politics of impeachment.

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Why Democrats need to talk about race and class. Plus, how the path to progressive renewal runs through the states. And Bill Press catches up on the impeachment inquiry with Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. 


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Sherry Lee Linkon

Too often, the challenge for Democrats in this political moment  is framed as one that pits voters of color against the white working-class.  Sherry Lee Linkon argues for an intersectional politics that embraces the complexity of American voters and transcends the singular categories of race and class.  

Meaghan Winter

In her new book, journalist Meaghan Winter writes that Democrats have largely ceded control of state governments to the GOP, allowing them to rig our political system and undermine democracy itself. She says that winning state and local races is crucial now more than ever to repair the damage. 

Larry Sabato

Tracking the impeachment inquiry with one of the nation’s most respected political analysts.  Bill Press talks with Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics

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Jim Hightower

Kroger: Don’t Lose Local News

#447 : The erosion of democracy under Donald Trump

The erosion of democracy under Donald Trump, and how to reclaim America with a progressive populist agenda.  Plus Bill Press on the Trump kleptocracy.

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An extended conversation with Robert Kutner about his new book “The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy”. And Bill Press talks with David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post about President Trump’s history of profiting off his presidency. 


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Robert Kuttner Pt. 1

In his latest book, Robert Kuttner makes the case that Donald Trump has brought American democracy perilously close to the brink, and that it will only get worse if he wins a second term.  He argues for a revival of New Deal-era populism to bring us back from the edge and begin to repair the damage.

Robert Kuttner Pt. 2

We continue our conversation with Robert Kuttner, author of “The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy” about Democrats pursuit of an all-out progressive economic agenda.  

David Farenthold 

What we need to know about Trump’s money.  Bill Press talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Farenthold of The Washington Post.

Jim Hightower

Who’s behind the increasing suppression of your right to protest?

#446 : Wake Up Calls

Wake Up Calls. How right wing policies are killing the voters who support them.  Plus, the truth about the Koch Brothers and their powerful reach. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Mark Pocan.

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“Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland.” Plus, “Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America”. And Bill Press talks Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI),  Co- Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.


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Johnathan Metzl

Why are so many working-class white Americans  willing to support policies that are making them sick and may even lead to their death? That’s the question that led Johnathan Metzl to spend six years talking to Trump supporters. And what he found out tells an alarming story about the politics of race and its impact on public health.

Christopher Leonard

The phrase “Koch brothers” has become synonymous with the outsized influence of wealth and conservative ideology on American politics.  And for good reason. In his newest book, journalist Christopher Leonard tells the story of how the Koch brothers amassed their vast wealth and explores their enormous clout.

Mark Pocan

The progresive agenda on health care, climate change, trade and 2020.  Bill Press talks with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), Co- Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Jim Hightower

To make democracy work, we have to work it.