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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April 21, 2013

Economist Mark Blyth explains exactly why austerity is the worst medicine for the economy – tighter belts work only if we all wear the same pants.

TIME magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald makes the case that the Keystone pipeline isn’t the worst thing that could happen to the environment.

And Thomas Frank, the author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas,” says Kansas “is still messed up.” And he says Democrats don’t care enough about gun safety legislation.

  • Apr. 21, 2013 Apr. 21, 2013 Economist Mark Blyth explains the economy in terms of men’s clothing. Journalist Michael Grunwald says the Keystone pipeline isn’t that bad. And the “What’s the Matter with Kansas” author says “Kansas is still messed up.”
  • Mark Blyth Mark Blyth Mark Blyth is a professor of international economy at Brown University, and he succinctly explains what’s wrong with austerity as a cure for an ailing economy: “Tighter belts,” he says, “only work if we all wear the same pants.”
  • Michael Grunwald Michael Grunwald TIME magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald says the Keystone pipeline is not the worst thing that could happen to the environment, but that if President Obama approves it, he will deserve whatever blowback he gets from his green supporters.
  • Thomas Frank Thomas Frank Thomas Frank says the NRA will always stop meaningful gun safety legislation because Democrats just don’t have their heart in the debate.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Putting your neck on the line.

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