June 19, 2016

Historian Todd Gitlin on Donald Trump and George Wallace. Dr. Nina Agrawal on guns as a public health epidemic. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

Todd Gitlin, a historian of the Sixties, compares Donald Trump to George Wallace, but this time the racism won’t help the Republicans win the White House as it did in 1968. In light of the Orlando massacre, we reprise an interview with Dr. Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America. And Bill Press interviews Representative Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin was an activist in the 1960s and a historian of that turbulent political era. He compares Donald Trump to George Wallace … and says the Republicans have become “the party of frustrated male pride.”
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Nina Agrawal

In light of the massacre in Orlando, we revisit our interview with Dr. Nina Agrawal of Doctors for America. She explains how Republicans have barred federal research on gun violence – which she calls “a public health epidemic.”
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Mark Pocan

Bill Press interviews Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan.

Jim Hightower

How job cuts miraculously turn into job “creation”

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June 12, 2016

Jennifer Lawless and Fred Rotondaro analyze the current state of the presidential race. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Sandy Levin of Michigan.

As Hillary Clinton homes in on the Democratic presidential nomination, political science professor Jennifer Lawless says that voting for women is no longer a novelty for most people. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Bernie Sanders is not going to allow Donald Trump to win the White House, but Hillary still has to reassure his supporters. And Bill Press interviews Representative Sandy Levin of Michigan on the GOP anti-poverty plan.

Jennifer Lawless

Political scientist and feminist Jennifer Lawless says the polarization of politics has helped women candidates because voters now look at party affiliation and not gender.
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Fred Rotondaro

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Bernie Sanders will not do anything to allow Trump to win the White House, but Hillary Clinton has plenty of work to do to bring Sanders supporters into her camp,
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Sandy Levin

Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Sandy Levin on Paul Ryan’s latest anti-poverty scheme.

Jim Hightower

Donald Drumpf is deranged.

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June 5, 2016

Foreign policy on this week’s menu. Joseph Nye says the Middle East and China are the big issues for the next president. Jonathan Allen says Trump’s isolationism is not a sustainable position. And Bill Press talks with The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk II.

Harvard’s top foreign policy expert, Joseph Nye, looks at the global challenges facing the next president. Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says her experience may be a vulnerability, but also means she has an understanding of how to achieve consensus and make government work. And Bill Press interviews The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk II about Obamacare and voting rights for ex-felons.

Joseph Nye

Joseph Nye, a Harvard professor and one of the country’s most prominent foreign policy analysts, says the Middle East and China are the biggest issues facing the next president.
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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen, who is working on a second book about Hillary Clinton, says she might be seen in the presidential campaign as the hawk and Donald Trump as the dove. Her strength, though, may be simply that she knows how to work the levers of power at home and abroad.
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Vann Newkirk II

Bill Press interview The Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk about Obamacare and voting rights for ex-felons.

Jim Hightower

How Hillary has sent chills down my spine.

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May 29, 2016

Jacob Hacker reminds us that it was government that made America great. Alex Hertel-Fernandez says progressives need to focus on the states. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Sean Maloney.

 

Political scientist Jacob Hacker says Americans are amnesiacs. Many have forgotten what already made it great. The answer, he says, is government. Harvard scholar Alexander Hertel-Fernandez examines how and why Democrats have been throttled in state and local politics. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Sean Maloney about the House actually standing up for LGBT rights.

 

Jacob Hacker

Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker has written a book called “American Amnesia.” What have we forgotten? He documents that life is better – and America remains great – due to actions of government.
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Alex Hertel-Fernandez

If you want to get progressive values enacted across the country, Harvard scholar Alex Hertel-Fernandez says work at the state and local level – just the way conservatives have trounced liberals in the past.
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Sean Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Maloney tells Bill Press about how Republicans were shamed into supporting LGBT rights on the House floor.

Jim Hightower

How a foreign Beer pulled a coup on “America”

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