This Week

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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March 22, 2015

High school seniors are waiting to see what college they will get into, and Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier says true merit admissions should be based on how well a student will contribute to society. Sociologist Caroline Lee explains the movement toward “public engagement,” a form of activism that brings diverse stakeholders together. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Larson about the future of Social Security.

  • March 22, 2015 March 22, 2015 Lani Guinier on merit in college admissions, Caroline Lee on the public engagement industry, and Bill Press with Congressman John Larson on Social Security.
  • Lani Guinier Lani Guinier Lani Guinier is a Harvard Law professor with some thoughts on how to introduce true merit into the college admissions process, which she says now privileges only the wealthy.
  • Caroline Lee Caroline Lee Professor Caroline Lee tells us about the concept of “public engagement,” which tries to avoid professional activism in solving both corporate and community problems.
  • John Larson John Larson Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Larson.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Obama resorts to government by sucker punch.

 

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