This week

President Obama tweaked Russia in his State of the Union address, and Russian affairs expert Mark Katz confirms that Vladimir Putin is no longer riding high. Cary Nelson, a progressive leader in higher education, denounces those who would academically boycott Israel. And Bill Press talks with Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes.

  • January 25, 2015 January 25, 2015 Russia expert Mark Katz says Putin is in trouble. Professor Cary Nelson opposes boycotting Israeli universities. And Bill Press and Congressman John Sarbanes discuss the State of the Union, Citizens United.
  • Mark Katz Mark Katz Russia expert Mark Katz tells us that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are working.
  • Cary Nelson Cary Nelson Professor Cary Nelson says the role of progressives in academia ought to be encouraging dialogue on international issues, not boycotting Israel.
  • John Sarbanes John Sarbanes Bill Press and Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland discuss the State of the Union, Citizens United.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower J.P. Morgan – the man and the bank.

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January 18, 2015

With President Obama easing travel and other restrictions against Cuba, former Congressman Mike Barnes, an expert on Latin America, says his actions will speed the country’s move toward democracy. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, human rights expert Eric Posner explains the importance of freedom of expression. And Bill Press talks about LBJ and MLK with historian Kent Germany.

  • January 18, 2015 January 18, 2015 Barnes says Obama’s moves will hasten democracy in Cuba … human rights expert Eric Posner names free speech as the number one right … and Bill Press talks with LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Latin America expert Mike Barnes says the opening to Cuba will be on history’s list of President Obama’s Top 10 hits.
  • Eric Posner Eric Posner Much is being debated about freedom of expression. Human rights expert Eric Posner says it is the most important right because it underpins all other rights.
  • Kent Germany Kent Germany Bill Press and his guest, LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Inaugural galas for governors become influence-buying bazaars.

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November 16, 2014

Who runs America? This week’s guests – author Joel Kotkin and Professor Janine Wedel — say it is an elite that is sometimes progressive and sometimes corporate, but in either case unaccountable to the public. And Bill Press talks with Joe Romm, a climate expert, about the U.S.-China agreement to cut carbon emissions.

  • November 16, 2014 November 16, 2014 Kotkin on the liberal elites that run America but lose elections, Wedel on the unseen institutional elites that run America. And Bill Press talks with climate expert Joe Romm.
  • Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin Author Joel Kotkin describes the growing power of a Democratic Party elite composed of bureaucrats, professors and media whose ideology thrills people in Manhattan and Malibu but is out of touch with the rest of America.
  • Janine Wedel Janine Wedel All those talking heads on TV? Who are they? Anthropologist Janine Wedel tells us. They are elitists in politics, the military, academia and nonprofits who have hidden agendas and are unaccountable to the public.
  • Joe Romm Joe Romm Bill Press and his guest, climate expert Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits.

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November 9, 2014

What went so wrong in the midterm elections, and what can Democrats do about it? Party strategist Celinda Lake says get an economic message. As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, former ambassador and Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats says foreign policy has to be bipartisan. And Bill Press talks with Zeke Miller of Time Magazine.

  • November 9, 2014 November 9, 2014 Celinda Lake on the Democrats’ drubbing, former diplomat Robert Hormats on bipartisanship in foreign policy, and Bill Press interviews Zeke Miller of Time Magazine.
  • Celinda Lake Celinda Lake The midterm elections did not produce the outcomes progressives worked for, but Democratic strategist Celinda Lake has some thoughts on how the party can recover the next time around.
  • Robert Hormats Robert Hormats Foreign policy is too important to be caught up in partisan politics, says former Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats. He also has some thoughts about what went wrong in Iraq.
  • Zeke Miller Zeke Miller Bill Press and his guest, Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller.
  • Hightower Hightower Surrealistic rule in the Silicon Valley.

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