#436 : Sounding the alarm.

Sounding the alarm. Military spending nears historic highs, and climate change as a public health emergency.

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Why 74 medical and health groups are calling climate change the   “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.” How cutting the Pentagon budget will make the country stronger.  And Bill Press goes deep on religious freedom with Rachel Laser, CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


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Lindsay Koshgarian

President Trump and the Republican led Senate is pushing a bill that would increase military spending to over 750 billion dollars. Lindsay Koshgarian says the Pentagon’s budget is already near an historic high,  and cutting it down is the best path to real American security

Barbara Gottlieb

Dozens of the United States’ most prominent health organizations have come together to sound the alarm over climate change as one of the greatest threats to public health our nation has ever faced. Barbara Gottlieb says the time is running out to take action.

Rachel Laser

Bill Press talks with Rachel Laser, CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State about white evangelical support for Donald Trump and why Democrats need to talk more about religion.

Jim Hightower

America’s healthcare border raiders.

#435 : Building an economy that works for everyone, and how to pay for it.

Building an economy that works for everyone, and how to pay for it. Plus, the decline of diplomacy under Donald Trump.

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A moral budget to end poverty in America.  The massive failure of the GOP tax plan. And a conversation with Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal.


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Shailly Gupta Barnes

In June, the Poor People’s Campaign, along with the Institute for Policy Studies released a “Moral Budget” to end poverty in America. Shailly Gupta Barnes is one of its authors and she says it’s a necessary response to the needs of all Americans.

Frank Clemente

President Trump’s tax cut plan is proving to be a huge give away for corporations and the wealthy.  Frank Clemente offers a progressive plan for tax reform that can bring fairness to the American economy.

Wendy Sherman

Bill Press talks with Ambassador Wendy Sherman on the possibility of war with Iran and the narrowing space for diplomacy under Donald Trump.

Jim Hightower

How to get Congress to reform our broken healthcare system.

#434 : America on edge.

America on Edge. The growing threat of an unnecessary war. Plus, undermining democracy tweet by tweet. And Bill Press’ take on the Democrats’ debate.

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A failing foreign policy and the path to military confrontation. Plus, the President on Twitter and the damage it does. And a Bill Press review of the second night of the Democratic debates.


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Joseph Ciricione

Joseph Ciricione is nuclear expert and a respected voice on American foreign policy. He says a President inept at foreign policy and a national security team focused on domination could lead to disaster

Brian Ott

Brian Ott is a communications scholar whose most recent book is a deep dive into Donald Trump’s  tweets. He says what the President says on twitter and the way he does it is an assault on democracy and decency. 

Bill Press

A Bill Press review of the second night of the Democratic debates.

Jim Hightower

Why a 70% tax rate on the super rich would be good for America

#433 : Expanding the reach of progressive populism.

Expanding the reach of progressive populism.  How Democrats can win again in small towns and rural communities with a populist message. Reclaiming democratic populism as the American project. Plus, new answers to the deepening crisis of economic inequality in America.

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The progressive populist issues that resonate with rural voters. The potential of populism to rebuild democracy.  And Bill Press takes a deep dive into income inequality with Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


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Matt Hildreth

Matt Hildreth is an organizer working in small town and rural America. He says it’s time for progressive Democrats to reshape their message to rural Americans with a populist agenda, and begin by letting go of stereotypes.

Harry C. Boyte

Harry C. Boyte is an activist and scholar who focuses on the power of citizen engagement to connect to the common good. He says that democratic populism has the potential to reignite civic agency in America with a history that includes his own work with Martin Luther King Junior.

Jared Bernstein

Bill Press talks with economist Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities about the nation’s growing wealth gap and how progressive democrats should respond.  If you want to hear more of this interview, visit the Bill Press podcast at billpressshow.com

Jim Hightower

The unnatural disasters pushing farmers off the land