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Historian and LBJ expert Julian Zelizer says Hollywood missed an opportunity with the movie “Selma.” Former Congressman Mike Barnes calls Vladimir Putin “a KGB thug” but says he has lost his swagger. And Bill Press talks with Erica Sagrans, head of the group trying to draft Elizabeth Warren.

  • February 22, 2015 February 22, 2015 The buzz about the movie “Selma” from historian Julian Zelizer … Mike Barnes on Putin, the thug … and Bill Press interviews Elizabeth Warren backer Erica Sagrans.
  • Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer is an expert on Lyndon Johnson and the civil rights movement. He is disappointed that “Selma,” which he thinks is a “phenomenal movie,” missed a chance to get history exactly right.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Former Congressman Mike Barnes takes a look at Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and says President Obama has handled him brilliantly.
  • Erica Sagrans Erica Sagrans Bill Press and his guest, Erica Sagrans, who is trying to get Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Turning human misery into corporate profits.

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February 15, 2015

With the Oscars coming up, former Lyndon Johnson aide Joe Califano unloads on “Best Picture” nominee “Selma” for being “totally false.” Author Jonathan Darman has written a book comparing LBJ with Ronald Reagan, an odd couple who were the last two “outsized” presidents. And Bill Press talks with Jonathan Allen, co-author of a book about Hillary Clinton.

  • February 15, 2015 February 15, 2015 Califano on the movie “Selma,” author Darman on how LBJ and Reagan were alike, and Bill Press interviews Hillary biographer Jonathan Allen.
  • Joe Califano Joe Califano Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. Today he blasts the movie “Selma” for a totally false portrayal of his former boss.
  • Jonathan Darman Jonathan Darman What did Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan have in common? Author Jonathan Darman says they were the last consequential presidents because they had a vision of real change.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and his guest, Jonathan Allen, co-author of a book about Hillary Clinton.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The KBParty of plutocratic rule.

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February 8, 2015

Thomas Geoghegan has written a book called “Only One Thing Can Save Us.” What is that one thing? Re-invent the labor movement. Political scientist Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans own Congress but Democrats own the White House. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Donna Edwards about the Obama legislative agenda.

  • February 8, 2015 February 8, 2015 Re-inventing the labor movement with Thomas Geoghan… moving toward third-world status with Thomas Schaller … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Donna Edwards.
  • Thomas Geoghegan Thomas Geoghegan Labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan says everyone in the Democratic Party has a stake in re-energizing the labor movement, and that unions need to refocus and re-invent themselves.
  • Thomas Schaller Thomas Schaller Professor Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans dominate Congress but will have to fill an inside straight to win the White House.
  • Donna Edwards Donna Edwards Bill Press and his guest, Donna Edwards, Congresswoman from Maryland.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Super Bowl enriches NFL, stiffs host city.

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January 18, 2015

With President Obama easing travel and other restrictions against Cuba, former Congressman Mike Barnes, an expert on Latin America, says his actions will speed the country’s move toward democracy. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, human rights expert Eric Posner explains the importance of freedom of expression. And Bill Press talks about LBJ and MLK with historian Kent Germany.

  • January 18, 2015 January 18, 2015 Barnes says Obama’s moves will hasten democracy in Cuba … human rights expert Eric Posner names free speech as the number one right … and Bill Press talks with LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Latin America expert Mike Barnes says the opening to Cuba will be on history’s list of President Obama’s Top 10 hits.
  • Eric Posner Eric Posner Much is being debated about freedom of expression. Human rights expert Eric Posner says it is the most important right because it underpins all other rights.
  • Kent Germany Kent Germany Bill Press and his guest, LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Inaugural galas for governors become influence-buying bazaars.

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