#527 : Standing up in Congress for working people.

Standing up in Congress for working people. Standing up in court to fight voter suppression. Plus, Bill Press with Congressman Julian Castro

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Representative Tom Suozzi on the newly formed Labor Caucus and its promise to prioritize working families and unions. Caleb Jackson on the legal case against voter suppression. Plus Bill Press with Julian Castro on what’s really going on at the border.


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Tom Suozzi

Congressman Tom Suozzi says the idea of getting behind working people should be something that unites every Democrat, and now is the time to get past our differences to do that.

Caleb Jackson

The battle to protect voting rights is playing out in courtrooms and legislative halls across the country right now.  Attorney Caleb Jackson says that even when the courts don’t side with voters, the fight is far from over.

Julian Castro

Bill Press with Julian Castro on our nation’s border crisis, what should be done now, and what should be done in the future. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Is America big enough to Go Big again?

It’s time for America to go back to the future – a future of true greatness created by a people united to build a strong nation for the Common Good.

From the start of our United States, Americans have backed leaders who dared to do big public projects – Jefferson, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, and LBJ all dared to achieve bold goals.


#526 : How Joe Biden barely won the Presidency.

How Joe Biden barely won the Presidency. The battle on Capitol Hill to win back our democracy.  Plus, Bill Press with Congressman Jamie Raskin.

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Jonathan Allen with a behind-the-scenes look at Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. Fred Wertheimer on why now is the time for a historic overhaul of how we do elections. Plus Bill Press with Congressman Jaime Raskin on the state of play in Congress and why it’s time to get rid of the filibuster 


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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen’s newest book, co-authored with Amy Parnes, takes a deep dive into Joe Biden’s narrow victory that put him in the White House. It’s a story in part about how progressives Democrats, faced with the possibility of another four years of Trump, were able to coalesce behind a centrist candidate.

Fred Wertheimer

As Congress prepares for a showdown over a massive voting rights bill, democracy advocate Fred Wertheimer says passing the For the People Act is  essential to make sure America does not return to the days of Jim Crow politics.

Jamie Raskin

Bill Press with Congressman Jamie Raskin on the fight to enact progressive reforms in Congress, and why he supports a full abolition of the filibuster. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Hey Washington: Follow The People

“Those in the know” say that We the People should forget any progressive fantasy that – at long last – Washington might finally produce the kind of bold FDR-style agenda that America needs. They smugly lecture us that recalcitrant Republicans in Congress, not to mention a swarm of corporate lobbyists, are opposed to progressive change, so who could get it passed?

Here’s an idea: Try the people themselves.


#525 : The way we work isn’t working.

The way we work isn’t working. How employers exploit our good will and how to fight back. Division and gridlock in American politics and how to fix it. Plus, Bill Press with John Yang on stopping anti Asian American hate.

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Sarah Jaffe on how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted, and alone. Katherine Gehl on America’s broken political system and why ranked choice voting is an answer. Plus Bill Press with John Yang on discrimination against Asian Americans and what can be done about it


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Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe’s newest book explores how “doing what you love” has become a recipe for exploitation. She says the time has come for an expanded labor movement that embraces all workers.

Katherine Gehl

Katherine Gehl is a businesswoman, author and political innovation activist. She says gridlock and partisan dysfunction is built into American politics, and that’s why ranked choice voting is a necessary reform.

John Yang

Bill Press with John Yang on the current climate of hate against Asian Americans and why it is too often invisible. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Can GOP Autocracy Outlaw American Democracy?

Ralph Waldo Emerson told of a dinner guest who went on and on about the virtue of honesty, offering his own life as a model of perfect rectitude. “The louder he talked of his honor,” said Emerson, “the faster we counted our spoons.”

That’s my reaction to the cacophony of phony piety arising from Republican governors and legislators who are trying to enact more than 250 new state laws to stop Black, Latino, Asian-American, Indigenous, and other non-Caucasian voters from casting ballots.


#524 : The intersection of faith and politics

Joe Biden as a Catholic president and what that means for a divided nation. How democratic renewal at home can redefine America’s role in the world. Plus, Bill Press with Norm Ornstein on fixing the filibuster.

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Massimo Faggioli on the intersection of faith and politics for America’s second Catholic President. James Traub on how restoring democratic principles in domestic policy can restore America’s legitimacy as a world leader. Plus Bill Press with Norm Ornstein how to break through GOP obstructionism and advance on Biden’s agenda. 


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Massimo Faggioli 

In his recent and timely book, historian and theologian Massimo Faggioli provides an insightful overview of Catholicism in US politics, and its place in the career of President Biden.  He says Biden’s public embrace of his faith offers a much needed opening to heal the division of the last four years. 

James Traub

As President Biden shapes his foreign policy,  journalist James Traub says

the threats to American democracy today come more from within than outside the nation, and that restoring democracy at home will go a long way to rebuild trust in American democracy abroad.

Norm Ornstein

Bill Press with Norm Ornstein, a long-time observer and scholar of Congress and politics, on why Biden’s agenda is in peril and why reforming  the filibuster is a necessary fix. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Now, Robots are Coming for White-Collar Jobs

In CorporateSpeak, there are no “job cuts.” Instead, firings are blandly referred to as “employment adjustments.”

Now, though, corporate wordsmiths will need a whole new thesaurus of euphemisms, for masses of job cuts are coming for employees in the higher echelons of the corporate structure. Don’t look now, but an unanticipated result of the ongoing pandemic is that it has given cover for CEOs to speed up the adoption of highly advanced RPAs (Robotic Process Automation) to replace employees once assumed to be immune from displacement.