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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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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