This Week

Sean Wilentz on the value of political partisanship … James Fallows on the legacy of Jimmy Carter … and Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Karen Finney.

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz makes the case FOR partisanship in politics as a way to create effective change. Journalist James Fallows reflects on the legacy of Jimmy Carter 40 years after he became the Democratic presidential nominee. And Bill Press talks with Democratic strategist Karen Finney

Sean Wilentz

Everyone seems to think partisanship is a bad idea, but historian Sean Wilentz documents how, when used effectively, it can lead to great social change.

James Fallows

Jimmy Carter was an “outsider” who won the Democratic presidential nomination 40 years ago. His former speechwriter, James Fallows, says that an outsider can win the White House if the public feels there is a crisis – but then it becomes very hard to actually govern.

Karen Finny

Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Karen Finny, about the party conventions.

Jim Hightower

Brand New Congress

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July 17, 2016

Former Republican Senator Larry Pressler announces for Hillary. Political prognosticator Kyle Kondick predicts a win for Hillary. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.

Former Senator Larry Pressler was a Republican, now an independent, and he heartily supports Hillary Clinton for president. Kyle Kondik forecasts elections. He has Hillary Clinton with a solid electoral majority. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.

Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler is a hunter and a combat veteran. He served three terms as a Republican senator from South Dakota. Now he supports Hillary Clinton, partly for her views on gun safety.

Kyle Kondick

University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondick says everything now points to a big win for Hillary Clinton. And, he says, pay attention to Arizona and Georgia.

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Bill Press interviews Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson about relations between police forces and the community.

Jim Hightower

Winning even when losing.

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July 3, 2016

Conservative economist Clyde Prestowitz says the era of free trade is over. Social essayist Thomas Frank says the Clintons and Obama have enacted a Republican agenda. And Bill Press interviews Politico’s Elena Schneider.

Republican trade expert Clyde Prestowitz says the winners in free trade are the 1 per cent and the losers are everyone else. Progressive author Thomas Frank asks “What the hell happened to Barack Obama?” The question is part of his belief that too many Harvard grads are making a mess of things. And Bill Press talks with Politico’s Elena Schneider about Senate elections.

Clyde Prestowitz

Clyde Prestowitz is a labor economist who served in the Reagan and Clinton Administrations. He gives us a pretty good explanation of what free trade is all about. Hint: It isn’t about trade, it’s about investment.

Thomas Frank

What’s gone wrong with the Democratic Party of the New Deal? Author Thomas Frank says the party has become identified with the affluent professional class, not the middle class.

Elena Schneider

Bill Press interviews political reporter Elena Schneider of Politico.

Jim Hightower

Why was the “Brexit” vote so shocking to global elites?

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June 26, 2016

Dirty politics week! David Daley reveals how Republicans have screwed Democrats through gerrymandering and Andrew Gumbel explains how Republicans suppress votes.

Salon editor David Daley has written a new book provocatively titled “Rat-Effed,” about how Republicans openly manipulated the political process to take control of Congress. Journalist Andrew Gumbel is an expert on dirty elections. He says the Democrats have many problems, including choosing to live too close to other Democrats. And Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show interviews reporter David Fahrenthold about Donald Trump’s phony charities.

David Daley

David Daley, the author of an acclaimed new book called “Rat-Effed,” accuses the Republicans of a conspiracy to take over the government – except they did it openly right under the noses of the Democrats.

Andrew Gumbel

The Democrats routinely get more votes across the country in elections for Congress. But Republicans are in charge. Journalist Andrew Gumbel says it’s due to gerrymandering and suppressing Democratic votes.

David Fahrenthold

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, on the Bill Press Show, exposes Donald Trump’s phony charitable donations.

Jim Hightower

Paul Ryan has some snake oil for you.

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