This Week

Economist Barry Eichengreen says Obama deserves a B-plus in his economic recovery course. Sociologist Isaac Martin outlines the history of a radical activist group. We call them “the rich.” And Bill Press talks with Democratic whip Steny Hoyer about the dysfunctional GOP holding Homeland Security hostage.

  • March 1, 2015 March 1, 2015 Obama gets a B-plus on recovery efforts … the radical rich borrow tactics from the radical poor … and Bill Press and Rep. Steny Hoyer discuss the GOP refusing to fund Homeland Security.
  • Barry Eichengreen Barry Eichengreen Economist Barry Eichengreen analyzes the current fiscal crisis in Europe and says the euro currency is like the Hotel California. You can check out, but you can never leave.
  • Isaac Martin Isaac Martin How did the rich get so many breaks from the government? Professor Isaac Martin explains that they used the tactics of social progressives and radicals to get their way.
  • Steny Hoyer Steny Hoyer Bill Press and his guest, Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip, discuss the dysfunctional GOP in the House not funding Homeland Security.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The secret corporate congress inside the U.S. Congress.

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January 11, 2015

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Mario Cuomo was a legend, and you might be surprised at who he thinks is a worthy successor to Cuomo as a “no-apologies progressive.” With controversy bubbling about the portrayal of LBJ in the movie “Selma,” civil rights historian David Chappell offers a nuanced view of both the president and Martin Luther King, Jr. And Bill Press talks 2016 politics with Burgess Everett of Politico.

  • January 11, 2015 January 11, 2015 Fred Rotondaro on the Cuomo legacy … historian David Chapell on the MLK-LBJ legacy … and Bill press interviews Poltico’s Burgess Everett on the new Congress.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro memorialized Mario Cuomo, as a giant, a legend. And says the closest person we have to him … a no apologies progressive -- is Elizabeth Warren.
  • David Chappell David Chappell What was the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King? Historian David Chappell said there was friction, that both alienated a lot of people, but that they did work together to get the landmark Voting Rights Act passed.
  • Burgess Everett Burgess Everett Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Burgess Everett, discuss the new Congress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A corporate power grab is underway, so where's the media?

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December 21, 2014

Human rights expert Eric Posner talks about torture. Political analyst Celinda Lake says Republicans now have to show they can govern. And Bill Press talks with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich about the Cuba embargo and ISIS.

  • December 21, 2014 December 21, 2014 Posner on human rights … Lake on the midterm elections… and Bill Press with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • Eric Posner Eric Posner Professor Eric Posner has written a book basically saying that human rights interventions usually don’t work. And he explains when torture and other extreme measures work, and when they don’t.
  • Celinda Lake Celinda Lake Political strategist Celinda Lake says 2014 was a wave election, and now it is the Republicans who have to prove they can govern.
  • Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich Bill Press and his guest, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street And Congress perform legislative acrobatics.

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September 7, 2014

With Congress back in session and an election coming up, journalist Chuck McCutcheon is here to interpret political euphemisms, explaining why calling someone “my good friend” is usually a lie. Janine Wedel, author of a new book about political accountability says the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is an example of a new kind of corruption – violation of the public trust. And Bill Press interviews journalist Christina Bellantoni about Democratic prospects for retaining the Senate.

 

  • Sep. 7, 2014 Sep. 7, 2014 Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes Washington-speak … anthropologist Janine Wedel decodes the world of shadow lobbyists. And Bill Press interviews Christina Bellantoni, editor of Roll Call.
  • Chuck McCutcheon Chuck McCutcheon Political reporter Chuck McCutcheon has written a dictionary of Washington euphemisms … or dog whistles as he calls them … to help us understand the Kabuki theater of Congress and the election campaigns.
  • Janine Wedel Janine Wedel Anthropologist Janine Wedel says the widespread loss of faith in institutions in America resembles Eastern Europe under late-stage communism.
  • Christina Bellantoni Christina Bellantoni Bill Press and his guest, Christina Bellantoni, editor of Roll Call.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "Tough Texas" wimps out in Pentagon giveaway.

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