October 18, 2015

Historian Ron Formisano explains what plutocracy is and how we are currently governed by it. Constitutional expert Garrett Epps reviews voting rights and the missing voice of Congress in foreign policy. And Bill Press talks with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown about the Trans Pacific Partnership and the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race.

  • October 18, 2015 October 18, 2015 Historian Ron Formisano describes plutocracy … legal expert Garrett Epps explains the loss of voting rights … and Bill Press interviews Senator Sherrod Brown on the TPP.
  • Ron Formisano Ron Formisano Distinguished historian Ron Formisano has written a book about plutocracy and says we are in a new “gilded age” when the state and federal governments are up for sale.
  • Garrett Epps Garrett Epps Garrett Epps teaches law, and he says Republicans are now committed to suppressing the vote and ignoring the congressional role in national security.
  • Sherrod Brown Sherrod Brown Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Ryan bitten on the butt by his own mad dogs.

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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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September 13, 2015

A Constitution Week interview with University of Baltimore professor Garrett Epps, who talks about “anchor babies,” “originalism” and the legacy of civil rights pioneer Julian Bond. Fifty years after the first of the urban riots, expert Andre Shashaty explains the link between government policy and discrimination in housing. And nuclear weapons expert Joe Cirincione, in an interview with Bill Press, updates us on the Iran deal.

  • September 13, 2015 September 13, 2015 Garrett Epps on Republican attempts to repeal the 14th Amendment; Andre Shashaty reflects on the 50 years since the Watts riot. And Bill Press interviews disarmament expert Joe Cirincione.
  • Garrett Epps Garrett Epps Law professor Garrett Epps tells Republicans who are concerned about “anchor babies” to get on with their lives because the Constitution guarantees citizenship to people born in the United States.
  • Andre Shashaty Andre Shashaty In the 50 years since the Watts riot, there was only a brief period of time when government actually tried to end housing discrimination. And one of those who tried to help was named Romney. Hear the story from housing expert Andre Shashaty.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, nuclear arms expert Joe Cirincione.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Battling the forces of inequality in Grand Rapids

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August 16, 2015

Fifty years after the Watts riots, we talk today about race as a cultural, not a genetic, artifact and about the history of community organizing to achieve power. Anthropologist Richard Perry tells us there is an upsurge in discredited theories that genes determine how we act. And professor Aaron Schutz reminds us how both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were disciples of the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. And Bill Press interviews Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the Iran nuclear deal.

  • August 16, 2015 August 16, 2015 Fifty years after the Watts riot, we talk about race and power, with anthropologist Richard Perry and community organizing expert Aaron Schutz. In addition, Bill Press interview Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Richard Perry Richard Perry Anthropologist Richard Perry won’t even use the word “race” without quotation marks because it is not a biologically valid category. We are who we are, he says, because of what we have learned.
  • Aaron Schutz Aaron Schutz Professor Aaron Schutz explains the history of community organizing, from its founding father Saul Alinsky through Barack Obama, whom he suggests wanted people to be engaged but then got annoyed when they did.
  • Ernest Moniz Ernest Moniz Bill Press and his guest, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower You, too, can be part of Scott Walker's inner circle.

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