July 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has just struck another blow against unions, and economist Gordon Lafer traces the Republican war on workers. Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book about FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and how they propelled us through the Depression and World War II. But he says Democrats have let them fall into disuse. And Bill Press talks with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, about the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.

 

  • Jul. 6, 2014 Jul. 6, 2014 Economist Gordon Lafer on the GOP and the Supreme Court’s war on workers … author Harvey Kaye on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” ... and Bill Press with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard.
  • Gordon Lafer Gordon Lafer Professor Gordon Lafer says the Republican war on workers is most intense in battleground states where the Koch Brothers are spending money and are targeting government employees, just like the Supreme Court.
  • Harvey Kaye Harvey Kaye Historian Harvey Kaye has written a book on the legacy of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” and says we need a march on Washington to demand their fulfillment.
  • Leo Gerard Leo Gerard Bill Press talks with the president of the Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, about the Supreme Court’s “baloney” decision encouraging workers to freeload off of unions.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Time for "We the People" to re-declare our independence.

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June 22, 2014

How has the shrinking of the middle class changed the American Dream? Professor Sandra Hanson says the dream is now more spiritual than material. Economic analyst Mike Konczal points out that when conservatives say we should go back to before the New Deal when private sector charity took care of the poor, they are misinformed. It was never that way. And Bill Press talks about House Republicans and LGBT issues with Representative Mark Pocan.

  • Jun. 22, 2014 Jun. 22, 2014 Sandra Hanson on the American Dream … Mike Konczal on the fallacy of voluntarism …and Bill Press with his guest, Congressman Mark Pocan.
  • Sandra Hanson Sandra Hanson Catholic University Professor Sandra Hanson has been looking into the American Dream, and as we approach the annual celebration of American independence, she says we need that dream even more when times are tough.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal When Republicans talk about the good old days when voluntary organizations, like churches and charities, took care of the poor, they are fantasizing about a society that never existed. Roosevelt Institute research fellow Mike Konczal explains the fallacy of voluntarism.
  • Mark Pocan Mark Pocan Bill Press and Congressman Mark Pocan discuss House Republicans and LGBT issues.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The militarization of "Officer Friendly."

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May 18, 2014

A harsh critic of Republican budget-cutting, Sister Simone Campbell says the GOP spending proposals “fail the moral test.” Foreign policy scholar and former congressman Mike Barnes says if McCain had been elected president, “we’d be in a new war every three weeks.” And Bill Press interviews Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania about energy, the economy and politics.

  • May 18, 2014 May 18, 2014 Sister Simone Campbell says GOP budget proposals fail the moral test, former Congressman Mike Barnes says Republicans would have us in a war every three weeks, and Senator Bob Casey tells how the Republicans are killing an energy bill.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Sister Simone Campbell made a national splash a couple of years ago with her “nuns on the bus” campaign against Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. Today, the Republican proposals are even worse, she says, because “we are not taking care of the people Jesus cares about.”
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Former Congressman Mike Barnes, a foreign policy expert, says it is less important how the United States or China reacts to Russia’s aggression than how Europe reacts.
  • Bob Casey Bob Casey Bill Press and his guest, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower In Oklahoma, "conservative" means serving corporate power.

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May 11, 2014

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, a perhaps surprising take on affirmative action from Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin. With the V.A. under attack, Aneesh Chopra, the government’s first chief technology officer, tells how the administration actually cleared up a backlog of claims and used information technology to empower veterans. And Bill Press interviews one-time death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth.

  • May 11, 2014 May 11, 2014 College admissions should be about place, not race, says professor Sheryll Cashin. Government must work with business to create innovative ways of delivering services, says technology expert Aneesh Chopra. And Bill Press interviews an innocent man who was on death row.
  • Sheryll Cashin Sheryll Cashin It’s 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and Georgetown Law professor Sheryll Cashin says it’s time for college admissions to be about place, not race.
  • Aneesh Chopra Aneesh Chopra Innovator Aneesh Chopra, the government’s first chief technology officer, talks about how innovation can better deliver services to the public, and uses the V.A. as an example of how to do it.
  • Kirk Bloodsworth Kirk Bloodsworth Bill Press and his guest, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The GOP's minimum wage nuttiness.

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