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How important is our DNA in determining our politics? A lot, says professor John Hibbing. It even determines who we marry. Political scientist Edward Caudill notes the hypocrisy of American lawmakers who decry the country’s relatively low standing in science education but who pass laws requiring the teaching of creationism. And Bill Press interviews Katie McGinty.

  • Apr. 20, 2014 Apr. 20, 2014 Political scientist John Hibbing says political beliefs are part of our DNA from an evolutionary point of view. Professor Edward Caudill says a large portion of the American public doesn’t even believe in evolution. And Bill Press interviews Katie McGinty.
  • John Hibbing John Hibbing Can conservatives moderate their views if only they had more correct information? Nope, says professor John Hibbing, who explains that our political opinions are largely a result of our DNA.
  • Edward Caudill Edward Caudill If we are ever going to make headway against the belief in creationism, progressives are going to have to engage the public in serious science education, says professor Edward Caudill.
  • Katie McGinty Katie McGinty Bill Press and his guest Katie McGinty discuss her run for Governor of Pennsylvania.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Spy agents turned into peeping Toms.

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August 11, 2013

Today we go back into history to discuss with two presidential scholars perhaps the greatest president of all time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and some of the worst, or most forgotten, gentlemen to occupy the White House. And Bill Press talks with Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.

  • Aug. 11, 2013 Aug. 11, 2013 One historian examines the political skills of Franklin D. Roosevelt … another tells us who the worst president in history was.
  • Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to make some unsavory political compromises to establish the New Deal. Historian Ira Katznelson tells us about that, and he calls for progressives to become more imaginative and galvanize a new New Deal.
  • Michael Gerhardt Michael Gerhardt Americans disagree about who was the greatest U.S. president, but we pay little attention to the worst. Presidential historian Michael Gerhardt's book “The Forgotten Presidents" takes a look at the least among them.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Motorcycling an anti-woman agenda into law.

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June 30, 2013

As we celebrate another year of independence, Americans are asking what happened to the Fourth Amendment protections of privacy and the Fifteenth Amendment guarantee of voting rights.

Law Professor Michael Greenberger, a homeland security expert, explains what the leak of national security secrets may mean. Law Professor Michael Higginbotham reflects on changes in affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act.

And Bill Press interviews the acting secretary of labor, Seth Harris.

  • June 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 On America’s 237th birthday, we discuss the state of our freedoms. Two law professors reflect on the controversies over privacy rights and voting rights.
  • Michael Greenberger Michael Greenberger Law Professor Michael Greenberger, an expert on homeland security, warns that the National Security Agency’s sweep of phone numbers and emails is, indeed, “a serious Fourth Amendment question.”
  • Michael Higginbotham Michael Higginbotham Civil rights law expert Michael Higginbotham says it was a “sad and tragic week” at the Supreme Court. He warns that educational opportunity for minorities will be limited, and tremendous discrimination at the ballot box is going to go unchecked.
  • Seth Harris Seth Harris Bill Press and his guest, Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Serve bankers or serve the poor? Congress reinterprets Jesus.

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