#388 : Taking a stand for workers rights

How workers around the world are fighting for a living wage. Can America’s workers find justice under a renegotiated NAFTA? Plus, Bill Press on what Scott Pruitt left behind.

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Author Annelise Orleck takes us inside the global uprising against poverty wages. Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines a progressive agenda for renegotiating NAFTA. Plus, Bill Press with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones on the legacy of Scott Pruitt.


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Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck is a longtime historian of labor movements. Her newest book tracks the growing fight across the globe for workers rights and a living wage.

Dan Mauer

A new president in Mexico brings fresh uncertainty to the future of NAFTA. In an encore interview, Communications Workers of America’s Dan Mauer says trade policy under NAFTA benefits multinational corporations at the expense of American workers and calls for a new framework that puts workers’ rights first.

Rebecca Leber

Bill Press talks with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones about the EPA, post Scott Pruitt … and why we should expect more of the same.

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Babies On Trial


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#387 : A Nation More Divided.

A Nation More Divided. How policing and prison is dividing cities. How the GOP tax plan is widening the gap between rich and poor. Plus, how Democrats can unite around a message of progressive change.

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Author Dan Cooper on the devastating impact of a criminal justice system that targets poor neighborhoods. Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers International Union on the stock buyback bonanza fueled by the GOP tax plan. Plus, Bill Press with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.”


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Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper is a scholar and activist who fights for more equitable cities. He says  policies designed to keep our cities safe are only deepening the cycle of violence and poverty.

Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard is President of North America’s largest industrial union. He says  the plan to cut American’s taxes has been a windfall for corporate executives at the expense of American workers.

Mike Lux

Bill Press talks with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.”

Jim Hightower

The New York Times strikes out


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#386 : The egalitarian call of the Declaration of Independence.

Returning to our American roots. The egalitarian call of the Declaration of Independence. The American vision defined by immigrants. Plus, after a bruising week of politics, what Progressive Democrats need to do now.

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Donald Kerwin of the Center for Migration Studies on what America stands to gain by keeping the door open to refugees. Democracy theorist Danielle Allen on why equality is at the core of the American idea. Plus, Peter Ogburn sitting in for Bill Press, talks with Kaili Joy Gray of Shareblue Media on the week’s good news and bad news in politics, and why giving up is not an option.


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Donald Kerwin

Donald Kerwin is a national authority on immigration who says America and the world only stands to lose when refugees are turned away.

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is one of our nation’s leading democracy theorists. In an interview from our archives, she speaks to the lesson we still need to learn from the Declaration of Independence …  that equality is the essential partner of liberty.

Kaili Joy Gray

Peter Ogburn sitting in for Bill Press, talks with Kaili Joy Gray of Shareblue Media.

Jim Hightower

Why is Trump waging war on the poor?


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#385 : Economic Populism … from ideas to action.

Economic Populism … from ideas to action. How states are fighting for economic justice. How ballot measures affect everything progressives fight for. Plus Bill Press on how unions are fighting for workers rights on the global stage.

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Author Christopher Witko on his new book about how states are taking the lead against economic inequality. Advocate Kellie Dupree on how voters are making a powerful impact with ballot measures. And Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton of the International Transport Workers Federation on the global impact of labor unions.


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Christopher Witko

Christopher Witko is a scholar who studies the politics and policies of job creation and economic fairness.  He says states have picked up the fight where the federal government has failed.

Kellie Dupree

Kellie Dupree has made a career advocating for progressive change. Now, she is helping citizens use the power of ballot measures to fight for social justice.

Steve Cotton

Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the Transport Workers Federation.

Jim Hightower

The Koch Coup


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