This Week

High school seniors are waiting to see what college they will get into, and Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier says true merit admissions should be based on how well a student will contribute to society. Sociologist Caroline Lee explains the movement toward “public engagement,” a form of activism that brings diverse stakeholders together. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Larson about the future of Social Security.

  • March 22, 2015 March 22, 2015 Lani Guinier on merit in college admissions, Caroline Lee on the public engagement industry, and Bill Press with Congressman John Larson on Social Security.
  • Lani Guinier Lani Guinier Lani Guinier is a Harvard Law professor with some thoughts on how to introduce true merit into the college admissions process, which she says now privileges only the wealthy.
  • Caroline Lee Caroline Lee Professor Caroline Lee tells us about the concept of “public engagement,” which tries to avoid professional activism in solving both corporate and community problems.
  • John Larson John Larson Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Larson.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Obama resorts to government by sucker punch.

 

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March 15, 2015

With Selma, Oklahoma and Ferguson in the news, former LBJ aide Joe Califano says that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, the rollback of civil rights is an outrage. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton examines the tragedy of a major American manufacturer moving to Mexico and blames it on NAFTA. And Bill Press talks with union leader Lee Saunders about Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working people.
 

  • March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 Joe Califano remembers the Great Society … sociologist Chad Broughton remembers NAFTA … and Bill Press interviews municipal employees’ union president Lee Saunders.
  • Joe Califano Joe Califano Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. He talks with us today about the monumental legislative achievements of the Great Society -- and about the outrage of Republicans rolling back civil rights gains.
  • 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.
  • Lee Saunders Lee Saunders Bill Press and his guest. Lee Saunders, president of the the American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The isolated splendor of the superrich.


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March 8, 2015

Author Jonathan Allen says the Hillary Clinton organization has a number of “blind spots.” Is her use of private email for government business one of them? Former Obama economic adviser Jared Bernstein urges the Fed to be patient about raising interest rates. And Bill Press talks with journalist and author April Ryan about the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri.

  • March 8, 2015 March 8, 2015 Jonathan Allen on Hillary Clinton’s blind spots … Jared Bernstein on economic recovery … and Bill Press with guest April Ryan on the Ferguson report.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says it remains to be seen how much the email controversy will haunt Clinton, but it is an example of why it made sense for her to delay announcing for president.
  • Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein Why are Democrats and Wall Street so cozy? Economist Jared Bernstein says it’s because investors see politics as just another market to invest in.
  • April Ryan April Ryan Bill Press and author April Ryan discuss the Ferguson report.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The GOP gang of Supremes go after Obamacare.


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March 1, 2015

Economist Barry Eichengreen says Obama deserves a B-plus in his economic recovery course. Sociologist Isaac Martin outlines the history of a radical activist group. We call them “the rich.” And Bill Press talks with Democratic whip Steny Hoyer about the dysfunctional GOP holding Homeland Security hostage.

  • March 1, 2015 March 1, 2015 Obama gets a B-plus on recovery efforts … the radical rich borrow tactics from the radical poor … and Bill Press and Rep. Steny Hoyer discuss the GOP refusing to fund Homeland Security.
  • Barry Eichengreen Barry Eichengreen Economist Barry Eichengreen analyzes the current fiscal crisis in Europe and says the euro currency is like the Hotel California. You can check out, but you can never leave.
  • Isaac Martin Isaac Martin How did the rich get so many breaks from the government? Professor Isaac Martin explains that they used the tactics of social progressives and radicals to get their way.
  • Steny Hoyer Steny Hoyer Bill Press and his guest, Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip, discuss the dysfunctional GOP in the House not funding Homeland Security.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The secret corporate congress inside the U.S. Congress.


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