Budget reconciliation and the future of health care.

Budget reconciliation and the future of health care.  The Black women who fought to vote. Plus, Bill Press on why the Justice Department should begin a criminal investigation of Donald Trump.

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Frederick Isasi of Families USA on why now is the time for Congress to take a stand on lowering health care costs. Historian Martha S. Jones on her new book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Plus Bill Press with legal analyst Barbara McQuade on holding Donald Trump responsible for his actions leading up to January 6.


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Frederick Isasi 

As Democrats’ reconciliation bill makes its way through Congress, health advocates will be closely watching. Frederick Isasi says this is an opportunity to make a critical and necessary investment in the health of every American.

Martha S. Jones

In her newest book, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones writes about the Black women who fought for the vote, even after the 19th Amendment was passed. It’s a little-known history but one that is essential to understanding the evolution of democracy in America.

Barbara McQuade

Coming up, Bill Press talks with former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade on why a failure to open a criminal investigation into Trump’s role in the January insurrection would undermine democracy. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com 

Jim Hightower

Let’s Create a Bank System That Serves People, Instead of Bankers

Corporate ideologues never cease blathering that government programs should be run like a business.

Really – what businesses would they choose? Pharmaceutical profiteers? Big Oil? Wall Street money manipulators? High tech billionaires? Airline price gougers?


The populist message progressive voters need to hear.

The populist message progressive voters need to hear. And Bill Press on holding Donald Trump accountable for his role in the January 6 insurrection.

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This week, pollster Vic Fingerhut on how progressive populism can win elections. Plus, Bill Press with a timeline of events leading up to January 6, and how they implicate Trump in the effort to overturn an election.


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Vic Fingerhut 

Vic Fingerhut has established an unmatched record of moving millions of votes to the progressive side of the political spectrum. Recently he lent his expertise to Canada’s New Democratic Party as they face a pivotal election.  

Ryan Goodman

Bill Press with the first of his three-part series, “Our Democracy in Peril”, with Ryan Goodman, founding co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

How About an Award for Sleaziest Corporate Profiteering?

We’ve got the Academy Awards, the Emmy’s, and GRAMMYs… but what should we call the award for the most extraordinary performance by a corporate profiteer? How about the “Sleazy,” with winners getting a solid gold sculpture of a middle finger? There were so many worthy contenders, but one corporation exhibited uncommon callousness, so the 2021 Sleazy goes to … Tyson Foods!

The meatpacking giant has regularly run roughshod over workers, farmers, communities, and the environment – not to mention the millions of animals it fattens and slaughters. But the coronavirus pulled out the worst in Tyson’s corporate ethic.


Who does our essential ‘dirty work’, and at what price?

Who does our essential ‘dirty work’, and at what price?  Why prison gerrymandering has to end.  Plus, Bill Press on why California Governor Gavin Newsom is likely to survive the effort to recall him.

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Eyal Press, author of Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America. Alec Kajstura on how the prison system distorts legislative redistricting. Plus, Bill Press looks ahead to California’s recall election with Carla Marinucci, Senior Writer for POLITICO’s California Playbook.


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Eyal Press

In his new book, Eyal Press talks about the overlooked jobs that are dangerous or morally compromising, but essential to our lives. He says it’s time to come to terms with the consequences of this work

 we pay other people to do.

Alecs Kajstura

As states begin the process of redistricting, our attention is drawn to the debate over where prisoners are counted as residents.  Alecs Kajstura explains how making the wrong decision can undermine democracy for all of us. 

Carla Marinucci

Bill Press talks with Carla Marinucci, Senior Writer for POLITICO’s California Playbook about California’s gubernatorial recall election and the issue that will decide its outcome. 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. Those in the know don’t seem to know it (or don’t want us to know it), but big majorities across grassroots America are strongly in favor of the fundamental changes that Washington elites are rejecting.


Why it’s time to build American health care back better.

How Biden’s plan for economic recovery could lead to more affordable health care for all Americans. Why humor matters in politics. Plus, Bill Press on what happens when science mixes with politics.

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Health care advocate Laura Packard on why it’s time to build American health care back better.  Former secretary of agriculture Dan Glickman on his new book Laughing at Myself.  Plus, Bill Press with Philip Bump, National Correspondent for the Washington Post, on pandemic politics.


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Laura Packard

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda includes critical provisions that would expand and improve health care. If the bill passes, health care activist Laura Packard says it will be a game-changer.

Dan Glickman 

In his new autobiography, Dan Glickman describes a long and successful career in public service that took him from the heartland of America to the halls of power in Washington, DC. He says that critical to his success has been a willingness to laugh at himself, work across the aisle, and compromise.

Philip Bump

Bill Press talks with Philip Bump, on how Donald Trump stoked the pandemic response into a  Republican partisan issue. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Where’s the “Dignity of Work” When Work Kills Workers?

Corporate acolytes and right-wing moralists constantly preach to laboring stiffs about the uplifting dignity of work.

Of course, that’s “dignity” as defined and controlled by corporate elites, not by workers, and the reward for it frequently includes on-the-job injuries… and death. Not that CEOs and well-heeled investors intend to sicken, maim, and kill thousands of laborers every year – but they certainly do put them in positions that assure such unhappy results.