September 20, 2015

Following the Republican debates, we hear from Michael Genovese, a prominent presidential historian who says we are in an era of leadership by intellectual and moral dwarfs. David Grusky, a Stanford sociologist, reveals that half of a child’s future economic success depends on where the stork drops her. And House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer tells Bill Press about the outlook for another government shutdown.


  • September 20, 2015 September 20, 2015 Historian Michael Genovese bemoans the lack of strong leaders … sociologist David Grusky says America is not as upwardly mobile as we think … and Bill Press interviews Steny Hoyer about another government shutdown.
  • Michael Genovese Michael Genovese Professor Michael Genovese is a prominent presidential scholar, and he says President Obama’s recent use of executive power is a result, in part, of a weak Congress better suited to the 18th century than the 21st.
  • David Grusky David Grusky America has always prided itself on social mobility, but a new book by sociologist David Grusky says we are less upwardly mobile than most other well-off countries, and he says it is because some children might have chosen the wrong parents!
  • Steny Hoyer Steny Hoyer Bill Press and House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer discuss the outlook on another government shutdown.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "Non-candidate" campaigns dominate 2016 presidential race


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August 9, 2015

Seventy years after the first and only military use of atomic bombs, historian David Kennedy says they proved not to be a useful weapon. And, he says, today’s biggest threat is not nuclear war but climate change. Climate change is on the mind of energy expert Michael Levi, who says that the benefits of President Obama’s new plan to restrict carbon emissions will exceed the costs. And Bill Press interviews North Carolina Congressman David Price on the Iran nuclear agreement.

  • August 9, 2015 August 9, 2015 Climate change -- historian David Kennedy says it is the biggest national security threat, and energy guru Michael Levi says renewable energy will not solve the whole problem.
  • David Kennedy David Kennedy Historian David Kennedy says the biggest threat to national security is not terrorism, cyberwarfare or nuclear weapons … rather, it is climate change.
  • Michael Levi Michael Levi Michael Levi, an expert on the effects of carbon emissions on climate change, says he doesn’t think the use of renewable energy will solve the whole problem.
  • David Price David Price Bill Press and North Carolina Congressman David Price discuss the Iran deal.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "Non-candidate" campaigns dominate 2016 presidential race.


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March 1, 2015

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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