November 24, 2013

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, professor Robert Paarlberg summarizes the politics of food in a country where obesity may be more of a problem than hunger. This year, Thanksgiving coincides with Hanukkah — and the role of God and religion in our civic life is the subject of a provocative interview with Sean Faircloth, a former legislator from Maine and an advocate of strict separation of church and state. And Bill Press interviews California Congressman Sam Farr.

  • Nov. 24, 2013 Nov. 24, 2013 Thanksgiving reflections on America’s food supply and the theocracy that one author says governs the “land of our pilgrims’ pride.”
  • Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg is an expert on food. In addition to summarizing the science and politics of food production, he notes that the biggest health threat from American agriculture is not on the farm or in the labs of Monsanto but in our own kitchens.
  • Sean Faircloth Sean Faircloth Church and state expert Sean Faircloth – he wants to separate them – reminds us on Thanksgiving that despite the prayers we might offer privately, the only reference to religion in the Constitution is its exclusion.
  • Sam Farr Sam Farr Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Sam Farr, who represents California’s Central Coast.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Billionaires reap a cornucopia of farm subsidy cash.

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June 2, 2013

Foreign policy issues remain troubling this week. Former ambassador Mike Ussery, who served in Republican administrations, analyzes the U.S. options in Syria and the rest of the Arab world.
And anti-nuclear activist Joe Cirincione says don’t worry about North Korea – its missiles don’t even work.
And Bill Press interviews Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of Nuns on the Bus, who are mobilizing again – this time in support of immigration reform.

  • June 2, 2013 June 2, 2013 Former diplomat warns against being over-reactive in Syria; nuclear expert says North Korea’s missiles don’t work. Nuns on the bus rolling again.
  • Mike Ussery Mike Ussery Mike Ussery, a former ambassador, says drawing lines in the sand in Syria, or elsewhere, is effective only as part of a larger, overarching strategy.
  • Joe Cirinicione Joe Cirinicione Joe Cirinicione is head of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization dedicated to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He is optimistic in the long run, but in the short run he is disappointed in the President’s response to a possible threat from North Korea.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Bill Press and his guest, Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of Nuns on the Bus.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Political fronts posing as charities.

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May 12, 2013

Harvard Professor Ryan Enos has studied what happens when racial or ethnic groups live and work in close proximity. The results are not always positive, and that’s a potential problem for maintaining the Obama voting coalition.

Former House Democratic whip David Bonior laments the decline of social justice and the ravaging of labor unions.

And Bill Press talks with Representative Rosa DeLauro about dinner with President Obama – jobs, immigration and gun safety.

  • May 12, 2013 May 12, 2013 Professor Ryan Enos says watch out for voter backlash. David Bonior wants more focus on social justice. And Rep. Rosa DeLauro discusses dinner with the president.
  • Ryan Enos Ryan Enos There is potential trouble for the Democratic coalition that re-elected President Obama, says Harvard Professor Ryan Enos. He reports on evidence that as people from different races or ethnic groups get together, they don’t always stay together.
  • David Bonior David Bonior David Bonior was the longest serving elected party whip in the history of the House of Representatives. Now long retired, he has some suggestions on how to improve the place – including a change of heart on term limits.
  • Rosa DeLauro Rosa DeLauro Bill Press and his guest Representative Rosa DeLauro talk about a meeting between President Obama and House Democrats.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Diverting shareholder funds into "dark money" politics.

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April 28, 2013

A leading economist says the Dodd-Frank bill is not enough reform, and the first order of business is to resist the forces trying to weaken regulation of Wall Street.

A labor leader says the 2014 mid-terms are going to be just as important to Democrats as the 2012 presidential election was.

And, Bill Press speaks with Dick Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate.

  • Apr. 28, 2013 Apr. 28, 2013 Former Fed executive Alan Blinder says watch out for attempts to gut Dodd-Frank … Union leader Paul Booth says progressives must pay attention to 2014. And Bill Press talks with assistant Senate majority leader Dick Durbin.
  • Alan Blinder Alan Blinder Dr. Alan Blinder is a former vice chairman of the Fed. He is warning that Wall Street reforms under the Dodd-Frank bill are not enough and that Democrats need to resist continuing attempts to let the big banks run wild again.
  • Paul Booth Paul Booth In the continuing battle for human rights, the focus has shifted from the federal courts to state legislatures, and that is not necessarily a bad thing says labor leader Paul Booth.
  • Dick Durbin Dick Durbin Bill Press and his guest, Dick Durbin, the assistant majority leader of the Senate.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower George W's $250-million can of whitewash.

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