August 30, 2015

New numbers show a strengthening economy, but why does it skip so many American workers? We talk today with two experts about middle-class values and the value of the middle class. Union president David Rolf notes the irony that this is one of the best times to be a consumer and the worst time to be an employee. Economic analyst David Madland shows that trickle-down economics has failed and that ultimately facts will trump special interests and ideology. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Bill Press about her new book.

  • August 30, 2015 August 30, 2015 With Labor Day coming up, union president David Rolf and economic analyst David Madland explain how a strong economy relies on the middle class. And Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • David Rolf David Rolf Union leader David Rolf says even Republicans can be persuaded that America will be better off with a strong middle class. But it’s the plutocrats and their hired guns standing in the way.
  • David Madland David Madland Economic expert and author David Madland says it’s a strong middle class that makes democracy work and even Republicans can be persuaded of that.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his guest, Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower

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July 12, 2015

With President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement still showing signs of life in Congress, Ira Shapiro, a former Clinton administration trade official, says an agreement will let the United States, not China, set labor and environmental regulations. Anthropologist Richard Perry denounces the pseudo-science of biological determinism – the idea that genes determine the outcomes of your life. And Bill Press interviews fellow radio host and humorist Stephanie Miller.


  • Jul. 12, 2015 Jul. 12, 2015 Ira Shapiro in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Richard Perry on racism as a social disease … and Bill Press with humorist Stephanie Miller.
  • Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro was a trade official in the Clinton Administration, and he says the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a good deal for America and that failure would be great for China.
  • Richard Perry Richard Perry Anthropologist Richard Perry looks at the political motives of those who think that genes, and race, determine how humans behave. If you think people can’t change, he says, it’s a good argument for opposing change.
  • Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller Bill Press and his guest, progressive radio host Stephanie Miller.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Chris Christie: A constantly-lying "truth teller".


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July 5, 2015

America celebrated its 239th birthday, and David Madland of the Center for American Progress reminds us that the United States was founded as a middle-class country. Bernie Sanders is pulling big crowds and wowing progressives, but political scientist John Halpin says that while progressivism IS the defining element of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton still looks pretty solid. And Bill Press celebrates the 10th anniversary of his radio and TV show by interviewing Senator Amy Klobuchar.

  • Jul. 5, 2015 Jul. 5, 2015 David Madland says America was founded as a middle-class country. John Halpin says Hillary looks pretty solid … and Bill Press celebrates 10 years on the air with Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • David Madland David Madland Author David Madland has just written a book about “the hollowing out of the middle class.” Yet he reminds us that America was founded 239 years ago AS a middle-class country.
  • John Halpin John Halpin Political scientist John Halpin says that while Bernie Sanders is wowing the masses, and that while progressivism IS the defining element of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton remains a pretty solid favorite to win the presidential nomination.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his 10th anniversary program guest Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What moved marriage equality from taboo to justice?

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May 31, 2015

“Bowling Alone” author Robert Putnam has a new book out in which he talks about two very separate American worlds – the rich world and the poor world. With the President’s immigration program held up in the courts, Latina activist Eileen Truax tells us who the Dreamers are and why they are so important. And Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page.


  • May 31, 2015 May 31, 2015 Author Robert Putnam on the rich world and the poor world … Latina activist Eileen Truax on immigration … and Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page
  • Robert Putnam Robert Putnam Harvard professor and bestselling author Robert Putnam says Democrats dropped the ball a long time ago by refusing to recognize that family structure and class – not race – was the main determinant of poverty.
  • Eileen Truax Eileen Truax Eileen Truax is a Latina journalist and activist who has written about the Dreamers. With President Obama’s immigration policy under attack in the courts, she says many immigrants come to America not just for economic reasons but to escape violence in their home countries.
  • Susan Page Susan Page Bill Press and his guest, Susan Page of USA Today.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Far from "liberalizing" global policies, TPP is corporatizing.

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