This Week

Union executive David Rolf celebrates “The Fight for Fifteen” … law professor Nancy Maveety talks about partisanship in the history of Supreme Court nominations. And Bill Press interviews Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

David Rolf

A prominent union leader, David Rolf, has written a book on the history of “The Fight For Fifteen” – raising the minimum wage to at least that level. He says there is little hope that Congress will do it, but that states and localities are acting.

Nancy Maveety

Nancy Maveety, a law professor at Tulane, says, historically, the Supreme Court has not always been pro-business and reminds us that Citizens United was, in fact, only a 5-4 decision.

Jeff Merkley

Bill Press interviews Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

Jim Hightower

Who says crime doesn’t pay?

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April 17, 2016

The Guardian’s Andrew Gumbel and former Oregon secretary of state Phil Keisling differ sharply on whether we should be able to vote at home. And Bill Press talks with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer about legalizing pot.

This week, we talk about elections – turnout, dirty tricks, and voting from home. Journalist Andrew Gumbel, of The Guardian, says there is a solemnity in going to your local polling place, but former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says having to do so is the biggest form of voter suppression. And Bill Press talks with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer on a wide range of issues, from pot legalization to raising the gasoline tax.

Andrew Gumbel

Journalist Andrew Gumbel has written a book about the history of dirty elections in America. He says low turnout is caused by the two-party system, but he is skeptical of proposals to let people vote from home.

Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling is one of the leading advocates for voting from home, and he says the requirement to show up at an individual polling place is the single most effective voter suppression device.

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press covers a wide range of topics – from pot to gas taxes — with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Jim Hightower

Guess where the King of Coal is headed?

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April 10, 2016

Professor Alan Abramowitz predicts the presidential election … Todd Gitlin compares Donald Trump to George Wallace … and Bill Press interviews Amanda Terkel about DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Alan Abramowitz

Political science professor Alan Abramowitz says President Obama’s legacy is at stake in this election, but he does have a statistical model showing that, as of now, Hillary Clinton is the most likely to become the 45th president.

Todd Gitlin

Professor Todd Gitlin was an activist in the 1960s, and he sees parallels between George Wallace and Donald Trump, whom he characterizes as “a demagogue in search of a story.”

Amanda Terkel

Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz in trouble at the DNC? Journalist Amanda Terkel answers that question in an interview with Bill Press.

Jim Hightower

What happened to America’s train system?

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March 20, 2016

Jere Glover has the facts about Republican economic disasters … Robert Paarlberg explains the role of public policy on the obesity epidemic … and Bill Press interviews liberal author Thomas Frank.

Jere Glover has been studying national economic data for years, and, once again, the latest figures show that the economy thrives under Democrats and flops under Republicans. Robert Paarlberg is an expert on food, and he has some ideas about how to combat obesity by improving public policy. Progressive author Thomas Frank talks with Bill Press about his new book on liberal setbacks under President Obama.

Jere Glover

If you only listened to Republicans, you would have no idea that for the last 60 years or so, almost every measure of the economy does much better when a Democrat is president. Jere Glover runs down the evidence for us.

Robert Paarlberg

How do we get a handle on obesity … and poverty? Harvard professor Robert Paarlberg says sound public policy can help … including exempting sugary products from food stamp eligibility.

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank talks with Bill Press. They both have books out about disappointments for progressives under a Democratic president.

Jim Hightower

Will GOP lawmakers say “yes” to any Obama proposal?

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