May 17, 2015

Barney Frank says that a repeal of the Wall Street reform act that bears his name will never happen as long as a Democrat is president. Professor Lee Drutman has written a book about the power of lobbyists, and he says Congress is merely a farm league for K Street. And Bill Press interviews 4th-ranking House Democrat Xavier Becerra about the Trans Pacific Partnership … and his own Senate aspirations.

 

  • May 17, 2015 May 17, 2015 Barney Frank says his Wall Street reforms are working … Lee Drutman says Congress is a farm league for K Street. And Bill Press gets Congressman Xavier Becerra to consider a Senate run.
  • Barney Frank Barney Frank How has the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act worked out? Very well, says co-author Barney Frank, who also has some thoughts about the situation in Baltimore, the lack of affordable housing … and police unions.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Corporate lobbyists spend 34 times as much money trying to influence Congress as does the combination of organized labor and public interest groups. And professor Lee Drutman says that means corporations have every seat at every table.
  • Xavier Becerra Xavier Becerra And now Bill Press and his guest, California congressman Xavier Becerra.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The secret coalition pushing the secretive TPP scam.


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May 10, 2015

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says the Baltimore riots highlight the need for improving police procedures and systemic conditions of poor health, bad education and hopelessness. Former ambassador Peter Galbraith reveals that President George W. Bush squandered the possibility for a good agreement to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And Bill Press interviews journalist Jonathan Allen about the Republican presidential field … and Hillary Clinton.

 

  • May 10, 2015 May 10, 2015 Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on the troubles in Baltimore … former Ambassador Peter Galbraith on trusting Iran – or not … and Bill Press interviews political commentator Jonathan Allen.
  • Brian Frosh Brian Frosh Most police officers in Baltimore, and elsewhere, are fine public servants, but Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh says the troubles in that city point out the need to improve police procedures.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith The U.S. could have had a good nuclear deal with Iran back in 2003, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith, but the George W. Bush administration squandered the opportunity.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and his guest, journalist Jonathan Allen.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Stop postal execs from destroying our Postal Service.


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May 3, 2015

Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser takes the Supreme Court apart and, in light of the arguments over same-sex marriage, says no one wants a world where business can discriminate because you’re gay. With the latest numbers showing the economy flattening out, former Obama adviser Jared Bernstein says this was not a tremendous recovery because politics got in the way. And Bill Press interviews independent senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

 

  • May 3, 2015 May 3, 2015 Ian Millhiser explains what’s wrong – or far right – with the Supreme Court. Jared Bernstein says politics got in the way of a fuller economic recovery. And Bill Press interviews Bernie Sanders.
  • Ian Millhiser Ian Millhiser For most of its history, the Supreme Court has sided with America’s aristocracy. Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser says that’s because Justices have no connection with the common people.
  • Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein Former Obama economist Jared Bernstein says we know how to fix the economy – the Fed should show patience with interest rates, and Congress must stop doing fiscal harm.
  • Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Bill Press and his guest independent senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower An epidemic of CNE syndrome strikes Wisconsin.


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March 22, 2015

High school seniors are waiting to see what college they will get into, and Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier says true merit admissions should be based on how well a student will contribute to society. Sociologist Caroline Lee explains the movement toward “public engagement,” a form of activism that brings diverse stakeholders together. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Larson about the future of Social Security.

  • March 22, 2015 March 22, 2015 Lani Guinier on merit in college admissions, Caroline Lee on the public engagement industry, and Bill Press with Congressman John Larson on Social Security.
  • Lani Guinier Lani Guinier Lani Guinier is a Harvard Law professor with some thoughts on how to introduce true merit into the college admissions process, which she says now privileges only the wealthy.
  • Caroline Lee Caroline Lee Professor Caroline Lee tells us about the concept of “public engagement,” which tries to avoid professional activism in solving both corporate and community problems.
  • John Larson John Larson Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Larson.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Obama resorts to government by sucker punch.

 

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