March 30, 2014

The Paul Ryan budget – the one that believes black men don’t have the culture to work – comes under attack from Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore. With Obamacare once again under fire at the Supreme Court and another sign-up deadline passing, health care analyst Phillip Longman talks about the policy challenges facing the Affordable Care Act. And law professor Stephen Griffin asks — and answers — how Congress can take a bigger role in decisions to go to war.

  • Mar. 30, 2014 Mar. 30, 2014 Ed Kilgore on the Ryan budget … Phil Longman on the challenges facing Obamacare … and Stephen Griffin on the role of Congress in deciding when to go to war.
  • Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore While Paul Ryan rants about black men being lazy, Democratic analyst Ed Kilgore says the congressman’s budget is a no-compromise holding pattern meant to kill, not just slow down, social programs.
  • Phillip Longman Phillip Longman Phillip Longman studies the U.S. health care system and recommends it be treated as a “common carrier,” like a utility, in which prices are openly set for specific procedures.
  • Stephen Griffin Stephen Griffin When Russia annexed Crimea, it once again raised questions about the role of Congress and the White House in establishing foreign and national defense policy. Law professor Stephen Griffin says Congress should centralize its own decision-making.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower School lunches vs. fat cat dinners.

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January 19, 2014

How can conservatives and progressives come together to reduce health care costs? Author Phillip Longman says, simply, join forces to oppose the monopoly pricing power of hospitals. Harvard professor Theda Skocpol says mainstream Republicans are riding on the back of the Tea Party tiger, and they may soon regret it. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison, who says progressives should remain optimistic.

  • Jan. 19, 2014 Jan. 19, 2014 Health expert Phil Longman says while Obama wants to reduce health care costs, he is not cracking down on hospital monopolies. Tea Party expert Theda Skocpol says the GOP is riding the back of a tiger. And Bill Press talks with Rep. Keith Ellison.
  • Phillip Longman Phillip Longman No matter how well Obamacare may work, the administration is doing very little to enforce antitrust laws against hospitals, which drive up the price of medical care, says author and health-care analyst Phillip Longman.
  • Theda Skocpol Theda Skocpol Theda Skocpol has studied the Tea Party’s death grip on the Republican Party, and the Harvard professor says it is a “pincers movement” applying pressure upward from the grassroots and downward from the big money interests.
  • Keith Ellison Keith Ellison Bill Press and his guest, Congressman and Progressive Caucus chair Keith Ellison of Minnesota.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The millionaires' Congress vs. the people.

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January 12, 2014

Republicans like Marco Rubio and Eric Cantor say the war on poverty, now 50 years in the waging, has been an utter failure. But analyst Chris Wimer says statistics show that without government programs, many more Americans would be poor today. Congress is back in session and Professor Alan Abramowitz says it’s unclear how much of a grip the Tea Party retains on Republican lawmakers. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan about the House agenda. Don’t expect much.


  • Jan. 12, 2014 Jan. 12, 2014 Republicans say the war on poverty has been a failure. Are they right? We have an expert who says no. Did the Tea Party weaken itself with the budget shutdown? We have an expert who says, “maybe.” And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan.
  • Christopher Wimer Christopher Wimer Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson announced the War on Poverty. Since then, the poverty rate has dropped from 26 percent to 16 percent. Social scientist Christopher Wimer says the evidence shows that the federal programs worked.
  • Alan Abramowitz Alan Abramowitz President Obama’s re-election drove the Tea Party crazy, says political science professor Alan Abramowitz. Now, he says, it is unclear whether the Tea Party agitators in Congress will continue to drive the Republican leadership crazy.
  • Tim Ryan Tim Ryan Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, discuss the House agenda.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Act 2 of the Ford & Radel Show.

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December 29, 2013

Legal historian Mary Dudziak says NSA surveillance is but part of the larger story of an America permanently at war. The Republican effort to slice the food stamp program is the proverbial canary in the coal mine, says regular commentator Catherine Poe. And Professor Dan Zuberi has studied the Canadian and U.S. hospital systems and says patients are at risk from the outsourcing of labor.


  • Dec. 29, 2013 Dec. 29, 2013 The NSA’s wide surveillance net is just part of America’s permanent state of war. The social safety net is being shredded by Republican cuts in food stamps. And medical safety is being compromised by hospitals outsourcing their labor force.
  • Mary Dudziak Mary Dudziak Historian Mary Dudziak asks the question of how we can “unbuild” the NSA surveillance apparatus. She also explains how waving the flag helps the American people ignore a very warlike foreign policy.
  • Catherine Poe Catherine Poe Regular commentator Catherine Poe is worried that the Republican assault on food stamps is just a canary in the coal mine warning about further social service cuts.
  • Dan Zuberi Dan Zuberi Health analyst Dan Zuberi has studied labor practices in both Canadian and U.S. hospitals and has found that outsourcing many of the routine jobs can have fatal consequences for patients.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement

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