This Week

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry. But what is in our food? Who controls our water? This week, professor Courtney Thomas says our food safety system is woefully antiquated. Professor Karen Piper warns that the world is on the brink of water wars – and that can affect our food supply. And Bill Press talks with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy about Republican obstruction on protecting Americans’ privacy.

  • November 23, 2014 November 23, 2014 Thanksgiving – a time for eating and drinking. But professor Courtney Thomas says our food is not safe enough and professor Karen Piper says we are facing a water shortage. And Bill Press interviews Senator Patrick Leahy.
  • Courtney Thomas Courtney Thomas As we sit down to holiday meals, professor Courtney Thomas tells us about the corporate power and governmental inefficiency that has rendered our food safety programs a century behind the times.
  • Karen Piper Karen Piper Three quarters of the earth’s surface is water, but why are there shortages in the U.S. and around the world? Professor Karen Piper tells us – and describes looming water wars and “the price of thirst.”
  • Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy Bill Press and his guest, Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate’s refusal to take up a bipartisan bill to protect against government snooping.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street speculators are walling off young farmers.

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November 16, 2014

Who runs America? This week’s guests – author Joel Kotkin and Professor Janine Wedel — say it is an elite that is sometimes progressive and sometimes corporate, but in either case unaccountable to the public. And Bill Press talks with Joe Romm, a climate expert, about the U.S.-China agreement to cut carbon emissions.

  • November 16, 2014 November 16, 2014 Kotkin on the liberal elites that run America but lose elections, Wedel on the unseen institutional elites that run America. And Bill Press talks with climate expert Joe Romm.
  • Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin Author Joel Kotkin describes the growing power of a Democratic Party elite composed of bureaucrats, professors and media whose ideology thrills people in Manhattan and Malibu but is out of touch with the rest of America.
  • Janine Wedel Janine Wedel All those talking heads on TV? Who are they? Anthropologist Janine Wedel tells us. They are elitists in politics, the military, academia and nonprofits who have hidden agendas and are unaccountable to the public.
  • Joe Romm Joe Romm Bill Press and his guest, climate expert Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits.

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November 2, 2014

What role does God play in elections? Political scientist David O’Connell has some surprising findings. Or maybe not so surprising. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan explains how our economic system has fallen into the hands of monopolists, and it isn’t only Republicans to blame. And Bill Press talks with Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.

  • November 2, 2014 November 2, 2014 O’Connell on presidents and religion, Vaheesan on how corporations play monopoly with our money, and Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison.
  • David O’Connell David O’Connell The voters speak every two years, and some politicians say God speaks on the same timetable – to them or to the public. Professor David O’Connell has evidence that when presidents, at least, invoke religion to change public opinion, the higher authority turns out to be the voters themselves.
  • Sandeep Vaheesan Sandeep Vaheesan The Reagan Administration left behind a pro-monopoly business environment, enforced by activist conservative judges, that is helping to widen income inequality today. Antitrust expert Sandeep Vaheesan says Democrats share the blame.’
  • Keith Ellison Keith Ellison Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Keith Ellison.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Arms peddlers discover your town… and tax dollars.

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October 19, 2014

Ten years ago, Thomas Frank wrote the landmark book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Today, he says the same thing is still wrong in the Sunflower State – Governor Sam Brownback – and he is ripe for defeat. Constitutional law professor William Forbath explains how the concept of “originalism” works for progressives, too. And Bill Press interviews Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky, about the congressional response to ebola.

  • October 19, 2014 October 19, 2014 Thomas Frank reminds us what’s still the matter with Kansas. Professor William Forbath says the Constitution belongs to progressives. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Jan Schakowski about the response to ebola.
  • Thomas Frank Thomas Frank Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is ripe for defeat, says Thomas Frank, who predicts that in the long term, the Republican Party is doomed. The short-term presents some problems, however.
  • William Forbath William Forbath Law professor William Forbath says our Constitution was written to oppose oligarchy, to guarantee economic equality and to promote progressive ideals.
  • Jan Schakowsky Jan Schakowsky Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The scariest thing about political fearmongers.

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