#385 : Economic Populism … from ideas to action.

Economic Populism … from ideas to action. How states are fighting for economic justice. How ballot measures affect everything progressives fight for. Plus Bill Press on how unions are fighting for workers rights on the global stage.

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Author Christopher Witko on his new book about how states are taking the lead against economic inequality. Advocate Kellie Dupree on how voters are making a powerful impact with ballot measures. And Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton of the International Transport Workers Federation on the global impact of labor unions.


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Christopher Witko

Christopher Witko is a scholar who studies the politics and policies of job creation and economic fairness.  He says states have picked up the fight where the federal government has failed.

Kellie Dupree

Kellie Dupree has made a career advocating for progressive change. Now, she is helping citizens use the power of ballot measures to fight for social justice.

Steve Cotton

Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the Transport Workers Federation.

Jim Hightower

The Koch Coup


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#383 : Fighting for economic justice, from the bottom up and the top down.

Fighting for economic justice, from the bottom up and the top down. A new report on the massive pay gap between CEOs and the average worker. Plus reviving Martin Luther King’s poverty campaign fifty years later. And Bill Press talks with Stu Eizenstat for a definitive history of the Carter Administration.

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This week, Brandon Rees of the AFL CIO reports that executive earnings are now 61 times that of the average employee, and we all pay. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis reports from the frontlines of a new movement to fight poverty and redefine our moral agenda. And Bill Press talks with author Stu Eizenstat about his new book “President Carter: The White House Years”.


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Brandon Rees

Brandon Rees tracks executive pay for the AFL CIO and says the gap between CEO and worker pay is growing at unprecedented levels and driving inequality in America.

Liz Theoharis

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis has spent decades fighting poverty.  In a new movement inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she says poor people are rising up and demanding justice.

Stu Eizenstat

Bill Press talks with author Stu Eizenstat for a first hand history of the Carter Administration and why he calls him the most accomplished one-term president ever.

Jim Hightower

How bad public policy happens


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#382 : Why early childhood education is a progressive economic issue.

Why early childhood education is a progressive economic issue and how voters can make an impact. Plus, a life in politics fighting for progressive ideals. And Bill Press talks with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball about presidential pardons, the latest news at the ballot box and a look ahead to mid-term elections.

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Early childhood advocate Simon Workman explains about why progressive democrats should pay more attention to early childhood. Veteran politician Joseph Tydings talks about his new book “My Life in Progressive Politics: Against the Grain.” And Bill Press gets a “political reading” from Kyle Kondik, Managing Director of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.


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Simon Workman

Simon Workman works on policy solutions that will improve the lives of children. It’s an issue, he says, that affects all Americans and tells us how voters can make politicians accountable.

Joseph Tydings

Joseph Tydings spent his entire life in politics fighting corruption and promoting progressive ideals. It’s a career that began over fifty years ago when he took a bold stand against segregation.  

Kyle Kondik

Bill Press talks  with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball on the state of play in electoral politics

Jim Hightower

How low can the barons of high finance go?


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#381 : The inseparable tie between identity politics and economic justice.

The inseparable tie between identity politics and economic justice. The troubling tie between charter schools and segregation. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

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Author Raynard Sanders explains how charter schools are bringing back racial segregation. Political scientist Eric Schickler calls on progressive democrats to embrace racial justice. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer about his battle to legalize marijuana. (D-OR).


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Raynard Sanders

Scholar and author Raynard Sanders has committed his career to equity in education.  In a new book, he explains how that vision is being set back and why charter schools are to blame.

Eric Schickler

Eric Schickler is a political scientist who writes about party politics.  He says that racial justice energized the democratic party in the past and can do so again today.

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on his prediction that marijuana will become legal in the United States .

Jim Hightower

Doctor Trump Prescribes a Sugar-Coated Nothing Pill


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