This Week

It’s been 80-some years, but the New Deal is still on our radar screens. Conservatives want to repeal it and progressives need to remind people about what FDR really wanted out of it. Law professor Jack Balkin explains how progressives can also use the Constitution’s original language to fight conservative attempts to roll back the New Deal. Historian Harvey Kaye reminds us of FDR’s Four Freedoms speech and the legacy that remains unfulfilled. And micropolitics activist Madison Paige focuses on the need for more people to run for office at the very local level.

 

  • Aug. 17, 2014 Aug. 17, 2014 Law professor Jack Balkin says we have to reclaim the Constitution, historian Harvey Kaye says we have to reclaim the Four Freedoms ,and Madison Paige explains “micropolitics.”
  • Jack Balkin Jack Balkin We all get a little exasperated when conservatives talk forever about the “original” meaning of the Constitution. But law professor Jack Balkin says progressives have just as much right to the original wording – for example, free speech, equal protection of the law and voting rights.
  • Harvey Kaye Harvey Kaye New Deal historian Harvey Kaye says President Reagan turned FDR upside down and inside out and progressives have to reclaim his legacy.
  • Madison Paige Madison Paige Did you know that half of all state legislature candidates have no opponent? Micropolitics activist Madison Paige does and she wants people to start challenging them.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The lesson from Ferguson, Missouri.

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August 10, 2014

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the border crisis should be seen as a “pro-life” issue among Catholics, and others. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon
explains the secret language spoken inside the Beltway. And Bill Press interviews Michael Wager, running for Congress in Northeast Ohio.

 

  • Aug. 10, 2014 Aug. 10, 2014 Fred Rotondaro says the border crisis is a pro-life issue. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes Beltway blather. And Bill Press interviews Ohio Congressional candidate Michael Wager.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro With the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Jesuit Society pushing hard for a compassionate response to the influx of unaccompanied Central American children, commentator Fred Rotondaro says he would like to see Church leaders “turn the screws” on congressional Republicans.
  • Chuck McCutcheon Chuck McCutcheon What is the definition of “reasonable Republicans?” How about “adults in the room?” Sometimes they are one and the same, explains journalist Chuck McCutcheon, who has written a book about Washington jargon.
  • Michael Wager Michael Wager Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Michael Wager.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The damning nuttiness of the GOP's "hell no" faction.

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August 3, 2014

With just 3 months left before the midterm elections, the outlook for Democrats depends on how the white working class votes, says Ruy Teixeira, a public opinion expert. Economic analyst Mike Konczal says Democrats have to defend the social safety net because the evidence says voluntary help to the poor never works. And Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a co-founder of 21st Century Democrats.

 

  • Aug. 3, 2014 Aug. 3, 2014 Ruy Teixeira on white working class voters … Mike Konczal on protecting the social safety net … and Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Ruy Teixeira Ruy Teixeira Noted Democratic political analyst Ruy Teixeira says Democrats have an uphill battle in the 2014 elections – and maybe in 2016 -- unless the white working class can be turned around.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal Whenever Republicans have tried to replace the social safety net with private support, it has failed. Economic analyst Mike Konczal offers a history of how Republicans want only the people they like to get government benefits.
  • Tom Harkin Tom Harkin Bill Press and his guest, retiring Senator Tom Harkin, the founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Perry goes from callous to disgusting.

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July 27, 2014

Former Congressman and foreign policy expert Mike Barnes offers his thoughts on Ukraine, Western Europe and Florida politics. Economic researcher Tom Malleson makes the case for economic democracy in the workplace. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the border crisis.

 

  • July 27, 2014 July 27, 2014 Mike Barnes on trouble in Ukraine … Tom Malleson on trouble in the economy and Bill Press with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on trouble at the border.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Foreign policy expert and former Congressman Mike Barnes offers his assessment of Vladimir Putin and the struggle in Ukraine.
  • Tom Malleson Tom Malleson The Occupy Wall Street movement failed because it didn’t spell out concrete alternatives to the current economy, says researcher Tom Malleson – who lays out his alternative – economic democracy in the workplace.
  • Rosa DeLauro Rosa DeLauro Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut discuss the trouble on the border.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What job creation numbers don’t tell us.

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