#516 : Why it matters to have a Native American cabinet secretary.

Why it matters to have a Native American cabinet secretary. The recurring crises of American democracy and why this time it’s different. Plus,  Bill Press on what President Biden can actually do in his first 100 days.

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Julian Brave NoiseCat on the significance of Representative Deb Haaland’s nomination as Secretary of the Interior. Suzanne Mettler on the unprecedented danger threatening our democracy. Plus, Bill Press talks with two Politico Reporters who have been covering the Biden transition.


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Julian Brave NoiseCat

President Biden has nominated Congresswoman Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, she will become the first Native American cabinet secretary. Julian Brave NoiseCat says it’s a rare opportunity for the Biden Administration to restore trust with Native people and prioritize their concerns.

Suzanne Mettler

In her newest book, co written with Robert C. Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler explores four threats that weaken democracy. And what is alarming about this American moment is that never before have they come together at the same time.

Bill Press

Bill Press with two Politico reporters who have been covering the Biden transition. What should we expect from the President’s first 100 days? If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

The Plasticization of Planet Earth


#515 : Political Reckonings.

Political Reckonings. Confronting the threat of right wing extremism.  Plus. GOP loyalty put to the test. And Bill Press with Congressman David Cicilline, co-author of the article of impeachment against Trump.

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Alexandra Minna Stern on the changing face of America’s far right. Michael Koncewicz on why Trump’s impeachment is a different kind of challenge for Republicans than Nixon’s. Plus Congressman David Cicilline tells Bill Press why he made the decision to file an article of impeachment against Trump.


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Alexandra Minna Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern’s research takes her deep into the dark matter of America’s far right. She says it’s a movement in transition, and an ever growing threat to our democracy.

Michael Koncewicz

Michael Koncewicz’s most recent book on Republicans who defied Richard Nixon carries new relevance to the present day with Trump’s impeachment. Koncewicz (KON seh witzs) says what makes today different is a greater fear among Republicans that challenging this President will be at their political expense.

David Cicilline

Bill Press with Congressman David Cicilline on why it is necessary to impeach Trump, even after he leaves office. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Who’s really behind the desecration of our Capitol?


#514 : The Democrats’ working class problem.

The Democrats’ working class problem. Plus, How corporate monopolies have changed our lives. And Bill Press on the right wing media Trump is watching now.

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Joan Williams says Democrats still have to figure out how to connect with the working class.  David Dayen says it’s time for a grassroots movement to challenge monopolies. Plus Bill Press speaks with Matt Gertz about the shifting landscape of right wing media.


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Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams has written extensively about America’s working class.  And she says it’s a world that Democrats still have to understand.

David Dayen

David Dayen’s most recent book explores the power of concentrated economic power on daily life.  He says monopolies pervade almost every aspect of our lives, often when we don’t even know it.

Matt Gertz

The right wing media networks that are worse than Fox, and why Trump is a fan.  Bill Press with Matt Gertz, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

What America can learn from the Animal kingdom.


#513 : Progressive politics at a turning point.

Progressive politics at a turning point. Trump’s weaponization of the national security state. Plus Bill with Madeleine Albright.

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Theda Skocpol on the right wing coalition that brought us Donald Trump, and what progressives should do now. Melvin Goodman on how Trump politicized the government to advance his personal agenda, and how to undo it. Plus, Madeleine Albright tells Bill Press about how to repair the damage done from Trump’s foreign policy.


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Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol’s most recent book explores citizen activism in the US from the Tea Party to the anti-Trump resistance and how they are transforming American politics.  It documents the elite and grassroots  interests that are pushing the GOP to the right, and what progressives can learn to advance their agenda in a Biden administration.

Melvin Goodman

Melvin Goodman’s 42-year government career includes service at the CIA, Department of State, Department of Defense, and the US Army. He says Trump has weaponized the national security state in unprecedented ways.

Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the state of U.S. foreign policy after four years of Trump, and what Biden can do to restore America’s role in the world. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

The People’s Department