November 30, 2014

Social Security expert Nancy Altman argues that the program is not only solvent but ought to be expanded. In this holiday season, religious philosopher James Skillen reflects on the connection between faith and politics in America. And law professor William Forbath says the Constitution is not only a legal charter but a political AND economic document, as well.

  • November 30, 2014 November 30, 2014 Altman says Social Security should be expanded, Skillen reflects on faith and politics, and Forbath talks about the liberal foundations of Constitutional originalism.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman is an expert on Social Security, and she argues in a new book that not only is the system solvent, it can and should be expanded.
  • James Skillen James Skillen Not many people these days have a high opinion of politics, but religious philosopher James Skillen says there is a strong link in American history between faith and the higher principles of governing.
  • William Forbath William Forbath When we think of constitutional “originalism,” we tend to think of the Scalia wing of the Supreme Court. But law professor William Forbath tells us that the first originalists were liberals.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local.

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November 16, 2014

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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October 5, 2014

It’s been half a century since the Great Society, and historian Gary Donaldson takes a look at how Lyndon Johnson, working with President Eisenhower, accumulated the political clout to change America. Professor Karen Piper foresees a world that will be fighting wars about water, which, of course, is abundant – but severely maldistributed. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings about the Secret Service mess.

  • Oct. 5, 2014 Oct. 5, 2014 Gary Donaldson on the LBJ alliance with Eisenhower. Karen Piper on how corporations control the world’s water. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.
  • Gary Donaldson Gary Donaldson Fifty years after the high point of Lyndon Johnson’s power, historian Gary Donaldson talks about how he had previously reached an accommodation with President Eisenhower to keep the country on a middle road of prosperity.
  • Karen Piper Karen Piper With the American Southwest facing water shortages, professor Karen Piper offers us a more global outlook on water distribution, which she says is largely a matter of corporate control.
  • Elijah Cummings Elijah Cummings Bill Press and his guest, Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Congressman and ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower GOP boo-boo reveals secret corporate donors.

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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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