This Week

Another Labor Day, but what’s to celebrate? Professor Gordon Lafer says issues like the minimum wage, a living wage and paid sick days are winning issues politically and progressive candidates should call out big business – and win. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan calls out what he says is a corporate conspiracy, aided and abetted by Democrats, to trash the nation’s anti-monopoly laws. And Bill Press interviews Democratic strategist Erikka Knuti.

 

  • August 31, 2014 August 31, 2014 Professor Gordon Lafer reviews the corporate war against labor. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan reveals a corporate conspiracy to repeal the laws against monopolies. And Bill Press interviews Democratic consultant Erikka Knuti.
  • Gordon Lafer Gordon Lafer As we commemorate another Labor Day, professor Gordon Lafer reminds us that unions gave us the minimum wage, the 8-hour day, and child labor laws – all of which were opposed by the Chamber of Commerce, which continues to oppose what most working Americans demand.
  • Sandheep Vaheesan Sandheep Vaheesan Antitrust expert Sandheep Vaheesan reveals how a corporate conspiracy has turned consumers into opponents of government regulation and let monopolies run wild.
  • Erikka Knuti Erikka Knuti Bill Press and his guest, political analyst Erikka Knuti.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Labor Day lesson: there's no such thing as a "consumer".

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August 24, 2014

Another anniversary of the March on Washington comes amidst a crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Civil rights historian David Chappell reviews the legacy of the “I Have a Dream Speech.” Presidents always invoke God in their major speeches, but political scientist David O’Connell says it never really works in changing minds. And Bill Press interviews Jillien Meier about hunger in America.

  • Aug. 24, 2014 Aug. 24, 2014 David Chappell reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King. David O’Connell has surprising conclusions about presidents and religion. And Bill Press interviews Jillien Meier about hunger in America.
  • David Chappell David Chappell In this time of continued turmoil, civil rights historian David Chappell says that 41 years ago at the March on Wahsington, Martin Luther King was really not talking about hope but about sacrifice and struggle.
  • David O’Connell David O’Connell When presidents invoke religion and God, it is usually to promote a controversial policy, or because they are in the middle of a scandal. And historian David O’Connell says it never works.
  • Jillien Meier Jillien Meier Bill Press and his guest, Jillien Meier, with shocking statistics on hunger in America.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Texas Grand Jury Indicts a Ham Sandwich.

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August 3, 2014

With just 3 months left before the midterm elections, the outlook for Democrats depends on how the white working class votes, says Ruy Teixeira, a public opinion expert. Economic analyst Mike Konczal says Democrats have to defend the social safety net because the evidence says voluntary help to the poor never works. And Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a co-founder of 21st Century Democrats.

 

  • Aug. 3, 2014 Aug. 3, 2014 Ruy Teixeira on white working class voters … Mike Konczal on protecting the social safety net … and Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Ruy Teixeira Ruy Teixeira Noted Democratic political analyst Ruy Teixeira says Democrats have an uphill battle in the 2014 elections – and maybe in 2016 -- unless the white working class can be turned around.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal Whenever Republicans have tried to replace the social safety net with private support, it has failed. Economic analyst Mike Konczal offers a history of how Republicans want only the people they like to get government benefits.
  • Tom Harkin Tom Harkin Bill Press and his guest, retiring Senator Tom Harkin, the founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Perry goes from callous to disgusting.

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July 27, 2014

Former Congressman and foreign policy expert Mike Barnes offers his thoughts on Ukraine, Western Europe and Florida politics. Economic researcher Tom Malleson makes the case for economic democracy in the workplace. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the border crisis.

 

  • July 27, 2014 July 27, 2014 Mike Barnes on trouble in Ukraine … Tom Malleson on trouble in the economy and Bill Press with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on trouble at the border.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Foreign policy expert and former Congressman Mike Barnes offers his assessment of Vladimir Putin and the struggle in Ukraine.
  • Tom Malleson Tom Malleson The Occupy Wall Street movement failed because it didn’t spell out concrete alternatives to the current economy, says researcher Tom Malleson – who lays out his alternative – economic democracy in the workplace.
  • Rosa DeLauro Rosa DeLauro Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut discuss the trouble on the border.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What job creation numbers don’t tell us.

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