June 15, 2014

A new college class has graduated, and succeeding ones may have a different racial composition. Law professor Sheryll Cashin says if affirmative action is out, then use a college applicant’s social status to determine admissions. If a conservative stopped listening to Fox News, would she change her views? No, says political scientist John Hibbing, who contends our politics are knitted into our DNA. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

  • Jun. 15, 2014 Jun. 15, 2014 Cashin on replacing affirmative action … Hibbing on the genetic basis of politics … and Bill Press with his guest, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.
  • Sheryll Cashin Sheryll Cashin Sheryll Cashin is an African-American law professor at Georgetown University. She makes the case in a new book that it is “place, not race” that should be used in determining college admissions.
  • John Hibbing John Hibbing Professor John Hibbing has studied politics and people’s brains. He says people can sometimes change their views based on evidence, but mostly we voters are responding, in part, to genetics – how we are programmed to see the world.
  • John Yarmuth John Yarmuth Bill Press and his guest, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The NRA ducks a shot of common sense.

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November 3, 2013

It is three years until the next presidential election, but not too early to start handicapping it. Could it be the year for a woman president? Author Marianne Schnall thinks so. Democratic analyst Elaine Kamarck has some advice for Republicans – start speaking to a majority of the American people. And Bill Press interviews Eleanor Smeal, president of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.

  • Nov. 3, 2013 Nov. 3, 2013 Is it time for a woman president? Feminist author Marianne Schnall thinks so. How permanent is the House GOP majority? Not very, says Democratic strategist Elaine Kamarck. And Ellie Smeal talks about women’s issues at the state level.
  • Marianne Schnall Marianne Schnall A feminist author, Marianne Schnall, interviewed hundreds of women to find out what obstacles stand in the way of a female becoming president. The answer? Nothing.
  • Elaine Kamarck Elaine Kamarck A year from the midterm congressional elections, Democratic analyst Elaine Kamarck notes that there is nothing permanent about a majority in the House in the face of large demographic trends.
  • Eleanor Smeal Eleanor Smeal Bill Press and his guest, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Cruzing the White House?

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September 29, 2013

Erica Seifert is a public opinion analyst who helped draws up a “women’s economic agenda” and it’s based primarily on economics. Progressive scholar and author Eric Liu wants to build the economy from the middle class out and explains how to do it. And Bill Press talks with Jim Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union.

  • September 29, 2013 September 29, 2013 Public opinion analyst Erica Seifert proposes a new economic agenda for women, and author Eric Liu proposes building the economy from the middle class out. And some union history from Jim Hoffa.
  • Erica Seifert Erica Seifert Public opinion analyst Erica Seifert says the key political issues for women are pay, education and reproductive freedom. And those issues may pave the way for congressional gains next year – IF women turn out at the polls.
  • Eric Liu Eric Liu Author Eric Liu says restoring the ideal of opportunity for all Americans can be accomplished by adopting “middle out economics.” The result would be more money in the hands of consumers to buy more products.
  • Jim Hoffa Jim Hoffa Bill Press and his guest, Teamsters Union president Jim Hoffa.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Ryan rants, and a new voice of morality responds.

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August 4, 2013

President Obama has renewed his campaign to fix the American economy by strengthening the middle class. Today, we talk with author Eric Liu, who coined the phrase “middle-out” economics. And political analyst Erica Seifert explains how a new “women’s economic agenda” can help Democrats regain the House, keep the Senate and retain the presidency in the years ahead. And Bill Press talks with John Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, about the NSA.

  • August 4, 2013 August 4, 2013 Hear the creators of two new progressive ideas -- Eric Liu on “middle-out” economics and Erica Seifert on a women’s economic agenda.
  • Eric Liu Eric Liu Author Eric Liu coined the phrase “middle-out economics,” which President Obama has adopted. What does it mean? Simply that jobs are created not by business tycoons but by a middle class prosperous enough to demand more consumer goods.
  • Erica Seifert Erica Seifert It isn’t just pay equity that’s important to women, says political analyst Erica Seifert. It’s their actual pay. She explains how a women’s economic agenda of higher pay, fairness to pregnant workers and child care are even more important than Medicare to the Democrats’ electoral base.
  • John Conyers John Conyers Bill Press talks with John Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, about the NSA.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Message to Robert Rubin: Please go away.

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