#511 : The change we have to have.

The change we have to have. How to make America work again for all Americans. Plus, Don Fowler, in his own words. 

Listen on Google PodcastsListen on iTunes

Jim Hightower and Senator Sherrod Brown on why this is a pivotal moment for progressive politics in America.  Plus, we remember a progressive hero, Don Fowler. 


Support the Show

Goal ThermometerHad enough of Fox News, the House Freedom Caucus, and Donald Trump? If you want the facts that you won’t get from them or from the fake news sites of the alt-right … then stay tuned!

Our sponsor, 21st Century Democrats, works hard to get everyday Democrats involved in returning our party to its roots… and to success at the ballot box.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight. And follow 21st Century Democrats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest progressive news.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight!


Jim Hightower and Sherrod Brown – Pt. 1

Every other Tuesday, A 21st Century Democrats co founder Jim Hightower sits down with a new quest for his own podcast titled Hightower Chat n Chew.  His most recent guest was Senator Sherrod Brown. And together they took on how progressives can get the most from a Biden administration.

Jim Hightower and Sherrod Brown – Pt. 2 

We continue with a conversation with Jim Hightower and Senator Sherrod Brown originally posted to the podcast Hightower Chat n Chew. We pick up on a discussion about how progressive democrats can connect with voters in fly over country.

Don Fowler

In his memory, our conversation with Don Fowler, in the aftermath of the 2010 election.

Last week, we lost a dear friend  of 21st Century Democrats — and of progressive populist Democrats everywhere, but particularly in the South. Don Fowler, who served on our Advisory Board, passed away at the age of 85. As Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and then as Democratic National Committee, he worked relentlessly to bring African Americans and whites together in the party to improve the lives of working people. Not surprisingly, he’s also the person who first introduced President-elect Biden and South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn to each other.

Back in 2010, Don Fowler was one of the very first guests on this podcast. And during that interview, he offered an analysis of Democratic messaging that is as insightful now as it was then.

Jim Hightower

Where is AI driving us?


#510 : Moving ahead on a racial justice agenda in a Biden administration.

Moving ahead on a racial justice agenda in a Biden administration. Plus Bill Press on America’s deepening political divide and the future of Trumpism. 

Listen on Google PodcastsListen on iTunes

An extended conversation with political economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux on the hard work ahead for Democrats to confront racial inequality. And Bill Press with political journalist Ron Brownstein on the future of both parties as the Red-Blue divide gets deeper.


Support the Show

Goal ThermometerHad enough of Fox News, the House Freedom Caucus, and Donald Trump? If you want the facts that you won’t get from them or from the fake news sites of the alt-right … then stay tuned!

Our sponsor, 21st Century Democrats, works hard to get everyday Democrats involved in returning our party to its roots… and to success at the ballot box.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight. And follow 21st Century Democrats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest progressive news.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight!


Julianne Malveaux – Part 1

Following his apparent victory in the November election, Joe Biden was quick to acknowledge the groundswell of support he received from Black voters. Dr. Julianne Malveaux says now is the time to make good on the support by taking on the hard lift of closing the racial wealth gap. 

Julianne Malveaux – Part 2

We continue our conversation with Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and talk about why she says Joe Biden needs a new cabinet level position focused on racial equity.  

Ron Brownstein

The lasting appeal of Trumpism in American politics,  and what Democrats can do about it.  Bill Press talks with Ron Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Corporations are playing with our food – and our heads


#509 : Tracking corporate ties in the Biden administration.

Tracking corporate ties in the Biden administration. Keeping up the fight against voter suppression. Plus, the case for prosecuting Trump after he leaves office.

Listen on Google PodcastsListen on iTunes

Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project on why he’s concerned about corporate influence in the Biden Administration.  Jorge Vasquez, Jr. on why he will continue to fight against voter suppression. And Congressman Bill Pascrell tells Bill Press why he wants to see Trump investigated and Rudy Giuliani disbarred.


Support the Show

Goal ThermometerHad enough of Fox News, the House Freedom Caucus, and Donald Trump? If you want the facts that you won’t get from them or from the fake news sites of the alt-right … then stay tuned!

Our sponsor, 21st Century Democrats, works hard to get everyday Democrats involved in returning our party to its roots… and to success at the ballot box.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight. And follow 21st Century Democrats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest progressive news.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight!


Jeff Hauser

Jeff Hauser is a leader in the fight against corporate power in politics. He says that even as we come to the end of the most corrupt presidency in history, there are already concerns about corporate ties in the Biden Administration.

Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr.

 Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. is a long time advocate for voting rights. He says that even with record turn out  in  the November election, there is still a long way to go before voter suppression is a thing of the past.

Bill Pascrell

Can Trump be held responsible for crimes committed as President, after he leaves office, and should he be? Bill Press with Congressman Bill Pascrell. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Who cares who the Secretary of Agriculture is?


#508 : The evolving peril of Democratic centrism.

The evolving peril of Democratic centrism. Plus, where voters said yes to progressive ballot measures. And Bill Press with Biden economic transition adviser Jared Bernstein.

Listen on Google PodcastsListen on iTunes

Author and journalist Thomas Frank on centrist Democrats and the rise of Trumpism.  Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, Executive Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, on why progressive ballot measures win. And Bill Press with Jared Bernstein on what it will take to tackle  income inequality.


Support the Show

Goal ThermometerHad enough of Fox News, the House Freedom Caucus, and Donald Trump? If you want the facts that you won’t get from them or from the fake news sites of the alt-right … then stay tuned!

Our sponsor, 21st Century Democrats, works hard to get everyday Democrats involved in returning our party to its roots… and to success at the ballot box.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight. And follow 21st Century Democrats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest progressive news.

Sit back and listen, then stand up and fight!


Thomas Frank 

Progressive historian Thomas Frank says a shift to Democratic centrism paved the way for Trump’s presidency. And to defeat Trumpism now, Democrats need to get back to being a party that takes a stand for working people. 

Chris Melody Fields Figueredo

Across the country, in red states and blue, voters gave their support to progressive ballot measures. Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, says ballot measures speak powerfully to what matters to voters, and are often the unsung heroes of the progressive movement. 

Jared Bernstein

Bill Press with Jared Bernstein who served as Biden’s chief economist and economic adviser under the Obama administration. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Which food future will you choose?