#385 : Economic Populism … from ideas to action.

Economic Populism … from ideas to action. How states are fighting for economic justice. How ballot measures affect everything progressives fight for. Plus Bill Press on how unions are fighting for workers rights on the global stage.

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Author Christopher Witko on his new book about how states are taking the lead against economic inequality. Advocate Kellie Dupree on how voters are making a powerful impact with ballot measures. And Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton of the International Transport Workers Federation on the global impact of labor unions.


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Christopher Witko

Christopher Witko is a scholar who studies the politics and policies of job creation and economic fairness.  He says states have picked up the fight where the federal government has failed.

Kellie Dupree

Kellie Dupree has made a career advocating for progressive change. Now, she is helping citizens use the power of ballot measures to fight for social justice.

Steve Cotton

Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the Transport Workers Federation.

Jim Hightower

The Koch Coup


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February 21, 2016

Steven Hill exposes the problems of “the gig economy.” Professor Danielle Allen warns Democrats about complacency. And Bill Press interviews privacy expert Patrick Tucker about Apple versus the FBI.

Progressive author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation says the old New Deal economy and its safety net guarantees are crumbling for millions of U.S. workers. Government professor Danielle Allen says Marco Rubio is the most thoughtful of the GOP candidates and warns that Democrats cannot always take their current popularity among minorities and the young for granted. And Bill Press interviews Patrick Turner, a privacy expert with the publication “Defense One,” about the battle between the FBI and Apple.

Steven Hill

Steven Hill advocates for rights of all the millions of part-time workers in this “gig economy” but says Donald Trump is an economic populist who is articulate in his understanding of the undeserving rich.

Danielle Allen

Government professor Danielle Allen believes that fixing criminal violence and bad policing starts with ending the drug war.

Patrick Tucker

Bill Press interviews Patrick Tucker about the battle between Apple and the FBI.

Jim Hightower

Mitch’s squirrelly effort to rewrite our Constitution.

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January 24, 2016

Business expert Jere Glover has the numbers to prove that Democrats are better at running the economy than Republicans. Americans have always been ambivalent about admitting refugees, explains professor Maria Cristina Garcia. And, with the Supreme Court about to take up the president’s immigration powers, Bill Press interviews Huffington Post’s Elise Foley.


  • January 24, 2016 January 24, 2016 Jere Glover proves that Democrats are better for the economy … immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been wary about admitting refugees … and Bill Press interviews Elise Foley of Huffington Post.
  • Jere Glover  Jere Glover Jere Glover has been collecting data for decades and has the numbers to prove that under Democratic presidents, the economy does much better than under Republicans.
  • Maria Cristina Garcia Maria Cristina Garcia Historian Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been ambivalent about refugees – sympathetic but not necessarily accepting.
  • Elise Foley Elise Foley Bill Press interviews Elise Foley about the Supreme Court taking up President Obama’s immigration actions.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The real story of Ted Cruz's "heroic" daddy.


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September 27, 2015

Why is it that our opponents so steadfastly ignore the truth? Political scientist Arthur Lupia is an expert on ignorance, and he says it’s because people care more about values than about facts. With Scott Walker out of the presidential race and polls showing stronger support for unions, labor leader David Rolf is optimistic about a number of trends, including raising the minimum wage. And journalist Alex Seitz-Wald talks with Bill Press about U.S.-Chinese relations.


  • September 27, 2015 September 27, 2015 Arthur Lupia on the pull of political ignorance … David Rolf on workers’ rights in the new economy … and Bill Press interviews journalist Alex Seitz-Wald.
  • Arthur Lupia Arthur Lupia Professor Arthur Lupia explains why facts don’t matter in political discussions. He says if progressives don’t speak to voters about values, it is unlikely they will listen.
  • David Rolf  David Rolf West Coast union leader David Rolf is optimistic that Congress will eventually follow all the states that are tired of waiting and are raising the minimum wage on their own.
  • Alex Seitz-Wald Alex Seitz-Wald Bill Press and his guest, journalist Alex Seitz-Wald.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A flagrant liar for president?


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