This Week

Who runs America? This week’s guests – author Joel Kotkin and Professor Janine Wedel — say it is an elite that is sometimes progressive and sometimes corporate, but in either case unaccountable to the public. And Bill Press talks with Joe Romm, a climate expert, about the U.S.-China agreement to cut carbon emissions.

  • November 16, 2014 November 16, 2014 Kotkin on the liberal elites that run America but lose elections, Wedel on the unseen institutional elites that run America. And Bill Press talks with climate expert Joe Romm.
  • Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin Author Joel Kotkin describes the growing power of a Democratic Party elite composed of bureaucrats, professors and media whose ideology thrills people in Manhattan and Malibu but is out of touch with the rest of America.
  • Janine Wedel Janine Wedel All those talking heads on TV? Who are they? Anthropologist Janine Wedel tells us. They are elitists in politics, the military, academia and nonprofits who have hidden agendas and are unaccountable to the public.
  • Joe Romm Joe Romm Bill Press and his guest, climate expert Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits.

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July 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has just struck another blow against unions, and economist Gordon Lafer traces the Republican war on workers. Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book about FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and how they propelled us through the Depression and World War II. But he says Democrats have let them fall into disuse. And Bill Press talks with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, about the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.

 

  • Jul. 6, 2014 Jul. 6, 2014 Economist Gordon Lafer on the GOP and the Supreme Court’s war on workers … author Harvey Kaye on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” ... and Bill Press with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard.
  • Gordon Lafer Gordon Lafer Professor Gordon Lafer says the Republican war on workers is most intense in battleground states where the Koch Brothers are spending money and are targeting government employees, just like the Supreme Court.
  • Harvey Kaye Harvey Kaye Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and says we need a march on Washington to demand their fulfillment.
  • Leo Gerard Leo Gerard Bill Press talks with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, about the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Time for "We the People" to re-declare our independence.

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June 29, 2014

What went wrong in Iraq? Former diplomat Peter Galbraith says it was the Bush fantasy that we could establish a national army where there was no nation. What’s the meaning of the Declaration of Independence? Professor Danielle Allen explains it is the explicit link between liberty and equality. And Bill Press talks with Jonathan Allen about Hillary Clinton.

  • Jun. 29, 2014 Jun. 29, 2014 Diplomat Peter Galbraith says Obama is on the right course in Iraq. Professor Danielle Allen explains the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. And Bill Press interviews author Jonathan Allen about Hillary Clinton’s wealth.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith Diplomat Peter Galbraith says there is nothing we can do to put Iraq back together again.
  • Danielle Allen Danielle Allen Professor Danielle Allen has written a book about our most sacred political document, the Declaration of Independence, which intertwines both liberty AND equality.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Allen discuss Hillary Clinton and more.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The deep goofiness of Speaker Boehner.

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June 22, 2014

How has the shrinking of the middle class changed the American Dream? Professor Sandra Hanson says the dream is now more spiritual than material. Economic analyst Mike Konczal points out that when conservatives say we should go back to before the New Deal when private sector charity took care of the poor, they are misinformed. It was never that way. And Bill Press talks about House Republicans and LGBT issues with Representative Mark Pocan.

  • Jun. 22, 2014 Jun. 22, 2014 Sandra Hanson on the American Dream … Mike Konczal on the fallacy of voluntarism …and Bill Press with his guest, Congressman Mark Pocan.
  • Sandra Hanson Sandra Hanson Catholic University Professor Sandra Hanson has been looking into the American Dream, and as we approach the annual celebration of American independence, she says we need that dream even more when times are tough.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal When Republicans talk about the good old days when voluntary organizations, like churches and charities, took care of the poor, they are fantasizing about a society that never existed. Roosevelt Institute research fellow Mike Konczal explains the fallacy of voluntarism.
  • Mark Pocan Mark Pocan Bill Press and Congressman Mark Pocan discuss House Republicans and LGBT issues.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The militarization of "Officer Friendly."

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