#502 : Why we know he has to go.

Why we know he has to go. What Trump’s taxes say about his presidency. Plus, how Trump has taken lying to a dangerous new level.  And Bill Press on Trump vs. Biden and the political state of play.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston on what we learn from knowing more about Trump’s taxes. Author Eric Alterman on why presidents lie, and why Trump is worse. And Bill Press with Jonathan Martin,  National Political Correspondent for The New York Times.


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David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston has spent years reporting on Donald Trump’s business practices, and on the inequities of the U.S. tax code. He says recent reporting from the New York Times on Trump’s taxes offers greater proof of two tax systems, separate and unequal. 

Eric Alterman

In his newest book, journalist and author Eric Alterman explores the long trajectory of presidential lying.  And while most Presidents have lied, he says, in the case of Trump there’s no comparison.

Jonathan Martin

Bill Press with Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times, on the latest election polls and why 2020 is not 2016 If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

The virus that’s killing America

#501 : What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence

A perfect storm. What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence as election day draws near. Plus Bill Press on the latest presidential polls, the state of the race, and what’s still at play.

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An extended conversation with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino. And Bill Press with Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and Sabato’s Crystal Ball.


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Brian Levin – Pt 1

In the wake of the reported plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, attention has turned to what we know about the threat of violent extremism in our current political climate. Before that news broke, we spoke with one of the most trusted voices on hate and extremism in America about the nature of that threat, the role of white supremacy, and why a major election creates a moment of even greater risk.

Brian Levin – Pt 2

We’re speaking with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino.

And we turn the conversation to how to confront hate and extremism.

Larry Sabato

Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, tells Bill Press what he expects out of this unprecedented campaign season. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit Bill Presspods.com.

Jim Hightower

Meet a race-baiting ventriloquist

#500 : The true meaning of populism in America’s history.

The true meaning of populism in America’s history. A solidarity agenda for America’s future. Plus Bill Press on how Trump turned the presidency into a business.  

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Thomas Frank on why populism is the most important, and misunderstood, movement of our time. Roger Hickey on what solidarity means in this moment of crisis. And Bill Press digs into Trump’s taxes with Forbes Senior Editor Dan Alexander.


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Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank’s newest book reminds us that the true history of populism in America is one of an ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. He says reclaiming that history is essential for a more just and equitable future.

Roger Hickey

Solidarity is a powerful idea that calls on us to act in the common good over individual concerns. Roger Hickey outlines what that means as America envisions a post COVID future.

Dan Alexander

What Trump’s taxes tell us about Trump the businessman.  Bill Press talks with Dan Alexander, author of “ White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency.” If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Trump’s Rule of Lies

#499 : No Turning Back.

No Turning Back. Racial and economic justice for the coronavirus crisis and beyond.  Plus Bill Press on saving the Supreme Court from another Trump appointment.  

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Gene Sperling on the economic dignity that all workers deserve.  Manuel Pastor on why we need a solidarity economy now more than ever. And Bill Press with former Senator Byron Dorgan on why Democrats need to play hardball on Justice Ginsburg’s replacement.


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Gene Sperling

Gene Sperling’s newest book offers a powerful vision of America’s economic future. He says we must not lose sight of what economic policy is all about, which is allowing people to lead dignified lives.

Manuel Pastor

The disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color has been deep and devastating. That’s why Manuel Pastor calls for an economy focused on solidarity to recover from the pandemic and  build a more just and sustainable economic future.

Byron Dorgan

Bill Press with former Senator Byron Dorgan on how to stop the GOP from stealing another Supreme Court judgeship. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

What does “Small Government” buy us?