September 20, 2015

Following the Republican debates, we hear from Michael Genovese, a prominent presidential historian who says we are in an era of leadership by intellectual and moral dwarfs. David Grusky, a Stanford sociologist, reveals that half of a child’s future economic success depends on where the stork drops her. And House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer tells Bill Press about the outlook for another government shutdown.

  • September 20, 2015 September 20, 2015 Historian Michael Genovese bemoans the lack of strong leaders … sociologist David Grusky says America is not as upwardly mobile as we think … and Bill Press interviews Steny Hoyer about another government shutdown.
  • Michael Genovese Michael Genovese Professor Michael Genovese is a prominent presidential scholar, and he says President Obama’s recent use of executive power is a result, in part, of a weak Congress better suited to the 18th century than the 21st.
  • David Grusky David Grusky America has always prided itself on social mobility, but a new book by sociologist David Grusky says we are less upwardly mobile than most other well-off countries, and he says it is because some children might have chosen the wrong parents!
  • Steny Hoyer Steny Hoyer Bill Press and House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer discuss the outlook on another government shutdown.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "Non-candidate" campaigns dominate 2016 presidential race

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September 13, 2015

A Constitution Week interview with University of Baltimore professor Garrett Epps, who talks about “anchor babies,” “originalism” and the legacy of civil rights pioneer Julian Bond. Fifty years after the first of the urban riots, expert Andre Shashaty explains the link between government policy and discrimination in housing. And nuclear weapons expert Joe Cirincione, in an interview with Bill Press, updates us on the Iran deal.

  • September 13, 2015 September 13, 2015 Garrett Epps on Republican attempts to repeal the 14th Amendment; Andre Shashaty reflects on the 50 years since the Watts riot. And Bill Press interviews disarmament expert Joe Cirincione.
  • Garrett Epps Garrett Epps Law professor Garrett Epps tells Republicans who are concerned about “anchor babies” to get on with their lives because the Constitution guarantees citizenship to people born in the United States.
  • Andre Shashaty Andre Shashaty In the 50 years since the Watts riot, there was only a brief period of time when government actually tried to end housing discrimination. And one of those who tried to help was named Romney. Hear the story from housing expert Andre Shashaty.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, nuclear arms expert Joe Cirincione.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Battling the forces of inequality in Grand Rapids

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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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