January 3, 2016

Inequality is now on the agenda for the Republican Party, too, but labor lawyer and activist Tom Geoghegan says it is “baloney.” Political analyst Ed Kilgore says the fact that Marco Rubio is considered a moderate is about all anyone needs to know about the Republican Party. And Bill Press guest hosts Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner discuss presidential politics.


  • January 3, 2015 January 3, 2015 Labor expert Tom Geoghegan calls GOP interest in working people “baloney.” Progressive political analyst Ed Kilgore assesses Hillary Clinton’s prospects. And, sitting in for Bill Press, Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner review the year in politics.
  • Tom Geoghegan Tom Geoghegan Labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan thinks Republican “faux populism” is a good sign for Democrats … because we own the issue.
  • Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore Political analyst Ed Kilgore says despite some progressives’ disdain for Hillary Clinton, she is on course for the Democratic nomination, and the White House.
  • Meredith Shiner Meredith Shiner Bill Press guest hosts Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner review the year in politics.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Hello Congress: Meet your poverty-wage food servers.


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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 6, 2015

James Fallows was a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter. He reflects on the achievements of the 39th president. Political scientist Jennifer Lawless has surveyed 4,000 high school and college students and found that 9 out of 10 have no interest in ever running for office. She explains why. And Emma Roller of the National Journal talks presidential politics with Bill Press.


  • Sep. 6, 2015 Sep. 6, 2015 A former aide, James Fallows, reminisces about Jimmy Carter … Professor Jennifer Lawless examines why young people turn away from politics … and Bill Press talks politics with Emma Roller.
  • James Fallows James Fallows President Jimmy Carter should be remembered for many things, says his speechwriter James Fallows, not the least of which is deregulation, which paved the way for, among other things, microbreweries!
  • Jennifer Lawless  Jennifer Lawless Young people have no interest in running for office – ever. Political scientist Jennifer Lawless says it’s because they find politics dysfunctional and a waste of time.
  • Emma Roller Emma Roller Bill Press and his guest, Emma Roller of the National Journal.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower WHO SAYS AMERICA DOESN'T NEED UNIONS?


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August 30, 2015

New numbers show a strengthening economy, but why does it skip so many American workers? We talk today with two experts about middle-class values and the value of the middle class. Union president David Rolf notes the irony that this is one of the best times to be a consumer and the worst time to be an employee. Economic analyst David Madland shows that trickle-down economics has failed and that ultimately facts will trump special interests and ideology. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Bill Press about her new book.


  • August 30, 2015 August 30, 2015 With Labor Day coming up, union president David Rolf and economic analyst David Madland explain how a strong economy relies on the middle class. And Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • David Rolf David Rolf Union leader David Rolf says even Republicans can be persuaded that America will be better off with a strong middle class. But it’s the plutocrats and their hired guns standing in the way.
  • David Madland David Madland Economic expert and author David Madland says it’s a strong middle class that makes democracy work and even Republicans can be persuaded of that.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his guest, Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower


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