This Week

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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August 2, 2015

With Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders railing against privilege in America, sociologist Isaac Martin reviews how the rich have organized themselves into a powerful lobby. Another sociologist, Caroline Lee, explains the concept of “do-it-yourself democracy” and how it might help with relations between police and civilians. And Bill Press interviews Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn.

 

  • Aug. 2, 2015 Aug. 2, 2015 Isaac Martin on rich peoples’ movements, Caroline Lee on “do-it-yourself democracy” and Bill Press with Congressman Jim Clyburn.
  • Isaac Martin Isaac Martin Professor Isaac Martin has studied one particular economic trend in American history and tells us about that, and the topic of his book “The Rich People’s Movements.”
  • Caroline Lee Caroline Lee Sociologist Caroline Lee thinks that the idea of public engagement, or do-it-yourself democracy, can bring people together to transform basic relationships, such as between police and the community.
  • Jim Clyburn Jim Clyburn Bill Press and his guest, Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Don't TPP on me.


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July 12, 2015

With President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement still showing signs of life in Congress, Ira Shapiro, a former Clinton administration trade official, says an agreement will let the United States, not China, set labor and environmental regulations. Anthropologist Richard Perry denounces the pseudo-science of biological determinism – the idea that genes determine the outcomes of your life. And Bill Press interviews fellow radio host and humorist Stephanie Miller.

 

  • Jul. 12, 2015 Jul. 12, 2015 Ira Shapiro in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Richard Perry on racism as a social disease … and Bill Press with humorist Stephanie Miller.
  • Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro was a trade official in the Clinton Administration, and he says the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a good deal for America and that failure would be great for China.
  • Richard Perry Richard Perry Anthropologist Richard Perry looks at the political motives of those who think that genes, and race, determine how humans behave. If you think people can’t change, he says, it’s a good argument for opposing change.
  • Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller Bill Press and his guest, progressive radio host Stephanie Miller.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Chris Christie: A constantly-lying "truth teller".

 

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June 28, 2015

On the anniversary of American independence, journalist and First Amendment expert David Shipler says there is a mixed picture of free speech. Legally, you can say anything you want, but there are sometimes invisible cultural limits. Political reform advocate Lee Drutman says the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is not helping corporations run Congress as much as old-fashioned lobbying is. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko, an opponent of TPP.




  • Jun. 28, 2015 Jun. 28, 2015 David Shipler on the state of the First Amendment, Lee Drutman on corporate influence peddling, and Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko on TPP.
  • David Shipler David Shipler Free speech expert David Shipler gives us an Independence Day review of free speech, a free press in the Internet era, and the merits of whistle-blowing by Edward Snowden.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Lee Drutman studies the role of influence-peddling in government and says that corporations spend 34 times as much as issue advocacy groups. And that, he concludes, is just not a fair fight.
  • Paul Tonko Paul Tonko Bill Press and his guest. TPP opponent Congressman Paul Tonko.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "The Donald Show"


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