September 3, 2017

Sylvia Allegretto says a minimum wage boost is working in Seattle. Dante Chinni says the Electoral College stays unless someone is elected with a 6-million-vote deficit. And Bill Press interviews The Progressive’s John Nichols.

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The state of Missouri recently took away the pay of workers in St. Louis who had been getting a higher minimum wage. Labor economist Sylvia Allegretto says that in Seattle, the higher minimum wage has worked well, without throwing people out of work. Political expert Dante Chinni says maybe it takes a general to keep Trump in line, and predicts it will take a whole lot before he is removed from office. And John Nichols, of The Nation, talks with Bill Press about his new book, “Trumpocalypse.”

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Sylvia Allegretto

Republicans again are not letting facts get in the way of good policy. In Missouri, the state government cut the wages people of St. Louis were making, but labor economist Sylvia Allegretto makes the strong case why a 15-dollar-an-hour wage makes sense.

Dante Chinni

State politics expert Dante Chinni predicts that the Electoral College will remain in place until someone wins the popular vote by so much that denying the winner the White House will lead to changing the Constitution. Three million votes isn’t enough, he says. It needs to be five or six million.

John Nichols

Author John Nichols talks about his new book “Trumpocalypse” with Bill Press.

Jim Hightower

Amazon buys out Whole Foods: What’s it to us?

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February 21, 2016

Steven Hill exposes the problems of “the gig economy.” Professor Danielle Allen warns Democrats about complacency. And Bill Press interviews privacy expert Patrick Tucker about Apple versus the FBI.

Progressive author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation says the old New Deal economy and its safety net guarantees are crumbling for millions of U.S. workers. Government professor Danielle Allen says Marco Rubio is the most thoughtful of the GOP candidates and warns that Democrats cannot always take their current popularity among minorities and the young for granted. And Bill Press interviews Patrick Turner, a privacy expert with the publication “Defense One,” about the battle between the FBI and Apple.

Steven Hill

Steven Hill advocates for rights of all the millions of part-time workers in this “gig economy” but says Donald Trump is an economic populist who is articulate in his understanding of the undeserving rich.

Danielle Allen

Government professor Danielle Allen believes that fixing criminal violence and bad policing starts with ending the drug war.

Patrick Tucker

Bill Press interviews Patrick Tucker about the battle between Apple and the FBI.

Jim Hightower

Mitch’s squirrelly effort to rewrite our Constitution.

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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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