May 17, 2015

Barney Frank says that a repeal of the Wall Street reform act that bears his name will never happen as long as a Democrat is president. Professor Lee Drutman has written a book about the power of lobbyists, and he says Congress is merely a farm league for K Street. And Bill Press interviews 4th-ranking House Democrat Xavier Becerra about the Trans Pacific Partnership … and his own Senate aspirations.

 

  • May 17, 2015 May 17, 2015 Barney Frank says his Wall Street reforms are working … Lee Drutman says Congress is a farm league for K Street. And Bill Press gets Congressman Xavier Becerra to consider a Senate run.
  • Barney Frank Barney Frank How has the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act worked out? Very well, says co-author Barney Frank, who also has some thoughts about the situation in Baltimore, the lack of affordable housing … and police unions.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Corporate lobbyists spend 34 times as much money trying to influence Congress as does the combination of organized labor and public interest groups. And professor Lee Drutman says that means corporations have every seat at every table.
  • Xavier Becerra Xavier Becerra And now Bill Press and his guest, California congressman Xavier Becerra.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The secret coalition pushing the secretive TPP scam.


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May 10, 2015

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says the Baltimore riots highlight the need for improving police procedures and systemic conditions of poor health, bad education and hopelessness. Former ambassador Peter Galbraith reveals that President George W. Bush squandered the possibility for a good agreement to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And Bill Press interviews journalist Jonathan Allen about the Republican presidential field … and Hillary Clinton.

 

  • May 10, 2015 May 10, 2015 Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on the troubles in Baltimore … former Ambassador Peter Galbraith on trusting Iran – or not … and Bill Press interviews political commentator Jonathan Allen.
  • Brian Frosh Brian Frosh Most police officers in Baltimore, and elsewhere, are fine public servants, but Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh says the troubles in that city point out the need to improve police procedures.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith The U.S. could have had a good nuclear deal with Iran back in 2003, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith, but the George W. Bush administration squandered the opportunity.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and his guest, journalist Jonathan Allen.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Stop postal execs from destroying our Postal Service.


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May 3, 2015

Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser takes the Supreme Court apart and, in light of the arguments over same-sex marriage, says no one wants a world where business can discriminate because you’re gay. With the latest numbers showing the economy flattening out, former Obama adviser Jared Bernstein says this was not a tremendous recovery because politics got in the way. And Bill Press interviews independent senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

 

  • May 3, 2015 May 3, 2015 Ian Millhiser explains what’s wrong – or far right – with the Supreme Court. Jared Bernstein says politics got in the way of a fuller economic recovery. And Bill Press interviews Bernie Sanders.
  • Ian Millhiser Ian Millhiser For most of its history, the Supreme Court has sided with America’s aristocracy. Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser says that’s because Justices have no connection with the common people.
  • Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein Former Obama economist Jared Bernstein says we know how to fix the economy – the Fed should show patience with interest rates, and Congress must stop doing fiscal harm.
  • Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Bill Press and his guest independent senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower An epidemic of CNE syndrome strikes Wisconsin.


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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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