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Historian and LBJ expert Julian Zelizer says Hollywood missed an opportunity with the movie “Selma.” Former Congressman Mike Barnes calls Vladimir Putin “a KGB thug” but says he has lost his swagger. And Bill Press talks with Erica Sagrans, head of the group trying to draft Elizabeth Warren.

  • February 22, 2015 February 22, 2015 The buzz about the movie “Selma” from historian Julian Zelizer … Mike Barnes on Putin, the thug … and Bill Press interviews Elizabeth Warren backer Erica Sagrans.
  • Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer is an expert on Lyndon Johnson and the civil rights movement. He is disappointed that “Selma,” which he thinks is a “phenomenal movie,” missed a chance to get history exactly right.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Former Congressman Mike Barnes takes a look at Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and says President Obama has handled him brilliantly.
  • Erica Sagrans Erica Sagrans Bill Press and his guest, Erica Sagrans, who is trying to get Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Turning human misery into corporate profits.

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February 15, 2015

With the Oscars coming up, former Lyndon Johnson aide Joe Califano unloads on “Best Picture” nominee “Selma” for being “totally false.” Author Jonathan Darman has written a book comparing LBJ with Ronald Reagan, an odd couple who were the last two “outsized” presidents. And Bill Press talks with Jonathan Allen, co-author of a book about Hillary Clinton.

  • February 15, 2015 February 15, 2015 Califano on the movie “Selma,” author Darman on how LBJ and Reagan were alike, and Bill Press interviews Hillary biographer Jonathan Allen.
  • Joe Califano Joe Califano Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. Today he blasts the movie “Selma” for a totally false portrayal of his former boss.
  • Jonathan Darman Jonathan Darman What did Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan have in common? Author Jonathan Darman says they were the last consequential presidents because they had a vision of real change.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and his guest, Jonathan Allen, co-author of a book about Hillary Clinton.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The KBParty of plutocratic rule.

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February 8, 2015

Thomas Geoghegan has written a book called “Only One Thing Can Save Us.” What is that one thing? Re-invent the labor movement. Political scientist Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans own Congress but Democrats own the White House. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Donna Edwards about the Obama legislative agenda.

  • February 8, 2015 February 8, 2015 Re-inventing the labor movement with Thomas Geoghan… moving toward third-world status with Thomas Schaller … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Donna Edwards.
  • Thomas Geoghegan Thomas Geoghegan Labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan says everyone in the Democratic Party has a stake in re-energizing the labor movement, and that unions need to refocus and re-invent themselves.
  • Thomas Schaller Thomas Schaller Professor Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans dominate Congress but will have to fill an inside straight to win the White House.
  • Donna Edwards Donna Edwards Bill Press and his guest, Donna Edwards, Congresswoman from Maryland.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Super Bowl enriches NFL, stiffs host city.

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February 1, 2015

With high school students mulling over which college to attend next fall, prominent legal scholar and educator Lani Guinier says the admissions testing system is all wrong. Progressives are up in arms about new trade agreements on the table. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton tells us what NAFTA did to a once-thriving Midwestern town. And Bill Press talks with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch about Cuba.

  • February 1, 2015 February 1, 2015 Lani Guinier on what’s wrong with the college “testocracy.” Chad Broughton on how NAFTA killed a major manufacturer. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Peter Welch.
  • Lani Guinier Lani Guinier Legal scholar Lani Guinier says the SAT and other college admissions tests are simply a proxy for wealth and that universities, thus, do not train people to contribute to society.
  • Chad Broughton Chad Broughton Labor sociologist Chad Broughton has done a case study on how NAFTA helped shift bargaining power away from unions to corporations.
  • Peter Welch Peter Welch Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Shoveling America's wealth to the top.

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