February 21, 2016

Steven Hill exposes the problems of “the gig economy.” Professor Danielle Allen warns Democrats about complacency. And Bill Press interviews privacy expert Patrick Tucker about Apple versus the FBI.

Progressive author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation says the old New Deal economy and its safety net guarantees are crumbling for millions of U.S. workers. Government professor Danielle Allen says Marco Rubio is the most thoughtful of the GOP candidates and warns that Democrats cannot always take their current popularity among minorities and the young for granted. And Bill Press interviews Patrick Turner, a privacy expert with the publication “Defense One,” about the battle between the FBI and Apple.

Steven Hill

Steven Hill advocates for rights of all the millions of part-time workers in this “gig economy” but says Donald Trump is an economic populist who is articulate in his understanding of the undeserving rich.

Danielle Allen

Government professor Danielle Allen believes that fixing criminal violence and bad policing starts with ending the drug war.

Patrick Tucker

Bill Press interviews Patrick Tucker about the battle between Apple and the FBI.

Jim Hightower

Mitch’s squirrelly effort to rewrite our Constitution.

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February 14, 2016

Richard Hasen on plutocrats in politics … Chuck McCutcheon on what the politicians really mean … and Bill Press interviews Charles Lechner of “People For Bernie.”

Law professor Richard Hasen is an expert on campaign finance law. He says the problem isn’t money in politics. The problem is BIG money in politics. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon has written a book essential to understanding the 2016 campaign: a dictionary of euphemisms politicians use to hide what they really mean. And Bill Press interviews Charles Lechner, an ex-Occupy Wall Streeter who now heads “People for Bernie.”

Richard Hasen

As Bernie Sanders denounces the effect of money in politics, campaign finance expert Richard Hasen says money doesn’t corrupt an office-seeker, but it does make a candidate viable.

Chuck McCutcheon

What does it mean when a politician says an idea is “counterproductive”? Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes this and all the other doubletalk of a political campaign.

Charles Lechner

Bill Press interviews the head of “People for Bernie,” Charles Lechner.

Jim Hightower

The inequality of TPP.

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January 17, 2016

Hispanic leader Cristobal Alex says the road to the White House will go through the Latino community, and right now Hillary Clinton is far ahead. Food expert Robert Paarlberg says low-income people do have access to healthy food, but they don’t have the time to fix meals. And Bill Press interviews Move-On leader Ben Wikler about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.


  • January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Cristobal Alex says Hillary Clinton pretty much has the Latino vote locked up … Why are so many poor people obese? Robert Paarlberg explains.… and Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On.
  • Cristobal Alex Cristobal Alex Cristobal Alex heads a new Latino political group, and he says his community will determine who the next president is.
  • Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg Contrary to common belief, low-income people in urban areas do have access to healthy food but they don’t have the time to prepare it, says professor Robert Paarlberg.
  • Ben Wikler Ben Wikler Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Why has nefarious corporate behavior become so commonplace?


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December 6, 2015

A trial in Baltimore, a political crisis in Chicago, and a nation focused on police and community relations. Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says just because police have a difficult job to do doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable when things go wrong. Political analyst Ed Kilgore says the Black Lives Matter movement will help solidify minority voters and their allegiance to the Democratic Party. And Bill Press interviews climate change expert Joe Romm.


  • December 6, 2015 December 6, 2015 Baltimore law professor Michael Higginbotham and political columnist Ed Kilgore analyze the Black Lives Matter movement … and Bill Press interviews Joe Romm about global warming.
  • Michael Higginbotham Michael Higginbotham Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says he is hopeful about progress in police and community relations but that cops should not get a pass just because they have such a difficult job.
  • Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore Columnist Ed Kilgore says the Black Lives Matter movement eventually will help solidify the relationship between minority voters and the Democratic Party.
  • Joe Romm Joe Romm Bill Press interviews climate change expert Joe Romm about the recent international conference in Paris.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Rafael and Ted Cruz: Like father, like son.


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