December 29, 2013

Legal historian Mary Dudziak says NSA surveillance is but part of the larger story of an America permanently at war. The Republican effort to slice the food stamp program is the proverbial canary in the coal mine, says regular commentator Catherine Poe. And Professor Dan Zuberi has studied the Canadian and U.S. hospital systems and says patients are at risk from the outsourcing of labor.

 

  • Dec. 29, 2013 Dec. 29, 2013 The NSA’s wide surveillance net is just part of America’s permanent state of war. The social safety net is being shredded by Republican cuts in food stamps. And medical safety is being compromised by hospitals outsourcing their labor force.
  • Mary Dudziak Mary Dudziak Historian Mary Dudziak asks the question of how we can “unbuild” the NSA surveillance apparatus. She also explains how waving the flag helps the American people ignore a very warlike foreign policy.
  • Catherine Poe Catherine Poe Regular commentator Catherine Poe is worried that the Republican assault on food stamps is just a canary in the coal mine warning about further social service cuts.
  • Dan Zuberi Dan Zuberi Health analyst Dan Zuberi has studied labor practices in both Canadian and U.S. hospitals and has found that outsourcing many of the routine jobs can have fatal consequences for patients.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement

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December 1, 2013

Former Democratic Senate leader Alan Dixon says his party better start fixing Obamacare right away. Fabio Rojas, an expert on social media, says he can predict congressional elections by monitoring Twitter. And David Bergeron, a higher-education policymaker, has a series of student loan reforms in mind.

  • Dec. 1, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Politics this week -- former Senator Alan Dixon on Obamacare, Professor Fabio Rojas on Twitter as a predictor of elections, and education expert David Bergeron on the politics of student loans.
  • Alan Dixon Alan Dixon Alan Dixon was a senator from Illinois for two terms and was chief deputy whip for the Democrats. Well known as a moderate, he has some harsh words for both parties and calls on congressional Democrats to fix Obamacare.
  • Fabio Rojas Fabio Rojas Indiana University professor Fabio Rojas studies politics and social media. And he believes that Twitter activity can predict the outcome of close House elections.
  • David Bergeron David Bergeron Finally, higher education expert David Bergeron of the Center for American Progress has a plan to firm up the national student loan program. The place to start is choosing where to go to college in the first place.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Coke's Conspiracy against tap water.

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November 10, 2013

Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a lot to say about Obamacare and tea party extremism, and she advises members of Congress from both parties to just try to be “normal human beings.” A Veterans Week reflection by law professor Mary Dudziak on how America has come to be in a permanent state of war. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, about the NSA and Syria.

  • Nov. 10, 2013 Nov. 10, 2013 Democratic Party Chair on Obamacare and the Virginia election. A Veterans Week reflection on our state of war, and a peace activist says the U.S. intelligence apparatus is out of control.
  • D. Wasserman Schultz D. Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic Party and a congresswoman from Florida, says if you don’t like the way your kitchen was remodeled, don’t burn down the house – take the counter out and re-do the cabinet knobs. Her point? The Affordable Care Act needs minor revisions, not arson.
  • Mary Dudziak Mary Dudziak If you just look at all the campaign ribbons and medals handed out by the U.S. military, you can see that this nation has been in pretty much a permanent state of war for a long time. Author Mary Dudziak says Americans are not called upon for any real sacrifice to support wars, such as public engagement about foreign policy.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Congress critters kiss Wall Street butt for cash.

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September 15, 2013

Five years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers set off the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Economist James Galbraith analyzes what we have learned since then. At a time when the gap between rich and poor is at a 100-year high, demographer Phillip Longman finds a direct link between an American’s income and health. And Bill Press talks with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

  • September 15, 2013 September 15, 2013 Five years after Lehman Brothers, economist James Galbraith says the financial sector is dysfunctional. And a demographer says your ZIP code determines your health.
  • James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith says that five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the economy is starting to slowly come around.
  • Phillip Longman Phillip Longman Health expert Phillip Longman has found that where you live – and how much you make – directly correlates to your health status.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz Bill Press and his guest, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Finding the money to fund higher education for all.

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