April 19, 2015

Harvard professor Robert Putnam, of “Bowling Alone” fame, talks with us about his new book about saving our children from the effects of a growing opportunity gap. Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen explains how the power of money in shaping public policy has put the American economic system at risk. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Cheri Bustos about equal pay for women.

  • April 19, 2015 April 19, 2015 Robert Putnam on the growing opportunity gap, Barry Eichengreen on watching out for the banking industry … and Bill Press with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
  • Robert Putnam Robert Putnam Harvard Professor Robert Putnam says it isn’t income inequality so much that we should be worried about but “opportunity inequality” – the economic and cultural class segregation that violates the core of America’s identity.
  • Barry Eichengreen Barry Eichengreen Some fairly weak new regulations on the banking industry after the Great Recession might limit future booms and busts, but Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen says achieving financial stability is still a long way off.
  • Cheri Bustos Cheri Bustos Bill Press and his guest Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Message to TPP elites: Secret government is Un-American.


 

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April 12, 2015

Peter Galbraith is a former ambassador and expert on the Middle East. He answers questions about the value of the administration’s deal with Iran. Richard Heinberg is an environmental and energy expert. He warns we are on the brink of extinction as a civilization. And Bill Press interviews the Reverend Barry Lynn about recent assaults on civil liberties.

  • April 12, 2015 April 12, 2015 Former diplomat Peter Galbraith asks what’s the alternative to a deal with Iran. Environmental author Richard Heinberg says we may be facing the end of civilization. And Bill Press interviews church & state expert Barry Lynn.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith The recent agreement between the United States and Iran was a good one, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith because there is no better alternative.
  • Richard Heinberg Richard Heinberg Author Richard Heinberg says the fossil fuel industry is so powerful that it is writing America a prescription for environmental disaster.
  • Barry Lynn Barry Lynn Bill Press and his guest the Reverend Barry Lynn.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Oil refinery workers on strike over explosive issue.


 

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April 5, 2015

It’s April already. Is this the month Hillary Clinton declares for president? Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says, after she announces, she will have to move to the left, but not too fast. Political scientist Thomas Schaller thinks the Republican Party is going to be hurt by the loosening of campaign spending rules because it means outside forces will seize power from party leaders. And Bill Press talks Chicago politics and the mayoral campaign with political reporter Lynn Sweet.

 

  • April 5, 2015 April 5, 2015 Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen on her campaign prospects … Professor Thomas Schaller on problems facing House Republicans … and Bill Press talks Chicago politics with Lynn Sweet.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen, now the chief political correspondent for vox.com, has written extensively about Hillary Clinton. He says one problem facing her likely presidential run is the history of infighting among her staff.
  • Thomas Schaller Thomas Schaller Political scientist Thomas Schaller says the polarization in Congress is so great that all Republicans are farther to the right than any single Democrat. Another way of putting it is that the most conservative Democrat is still to the left of the most liberal Republican.
  • Lynn Sweet Lynn Sweet Bill Press interviews Chicago political reporter Lynn Sweet.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower 2016 presidential candidates address inequality (sort of).


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March 29, 2015

As we approach the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., two historians of the civil rights movement assess his legacy. Professor Julian Zelizer reviews the complicated relationship between King and LBJ, and he also has some thoughts on current presidential politics. Historian David Chappell reassesses the civil rights movement, noting that after King, a false trajectory developed. And Latina activist Eileen Truax tells us about her book featuring young immigrant DREAMers. 

 

  • March 29, 2015 March 29, 2015 Historians Julian Zelizer and David Chappell reflect on the civil rights movement after Martin Luther King Jr. … and Latina activist Eileen Truax looks forward to immigration reform.
  • Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer is a Princeton scholar of Lyndon Johnson as well as the civil rights movement. He says civil rights activism is no longer as organized or coherent as it was when it sought, and won, passage of the Voting Rights Act.
  • David Chappell David Chappell Historian David Chappell explains the post-Martin Luther King Jr. trajectory of the civil rights movement, which he says may have been only a historical artifact with King as the central figure.
  • Eileen Truax Eileen Truax Latina activist and author Eileen Truax says immigration reform should not be a political issue because it is really a human rights issue. She tells us about her new book about young immigrant DREAMers.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Cruz is running for President of What?


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