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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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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June 8, 2014

President Obama is back from Europe, and former ambassador Peter Galbraith says he has had a successful foreign policy. Political science professor Jan Leighley explains why the rich vote in greater numbers than the poor, and what they vote for. And Bill Press talks with Senator Bernie Sanders about his new Veterans Affairs legislation.

  • Jun. 8, 2014 Jun. 8, 2014 Peter Galbraith on Obama’s foreign policy; Jan Leighley on why rich people vote; and Bill Press interviews Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith Diplomat Peter Galbraith says President Obama’s foreign policy has been successful – and that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will enter office with more foreign policy experience than anyone in American history.
  • Jan Leighley Jan Leighley Voting expert Jan Leighley has a warning for Democrats: It isn’t the rhetoric that will matter in defeating Republicans – it is the organizational efforts and door-to-door campaigning.
  • Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Bill Press and Bernie Sanders discuss the senator's newly introduced legislation to reform the Veterans Affairs Department.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A bold shift in America's minimum wage debate.

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June 1, 2014

Progressive economist James K. Galbraith offers his thoughts on the crisis in Ukraine and on how U.S. trade policy is a concession to corporate interests. Social scientist Tom Malleson talks about the groundbreaking work of Thomas Piketty and calls for economic democracy in the United States. And despite some recent primary setbacks by Tea Party candidates, Harvard professor Theda Skocpol says they aren’t dead yet!

 

  • Jun. 1, 2014 Jun. 1, 2014 Economist James K. Galbraith talks about trade policy … researcher Tom Malleson talks about the remarkable new book by Thomas Piketty … and Harvard’s Theda Skocpol warns that the Tea Party is not dead.
  • James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith Economist James K. Galbraith is optimistic that there will be no great effects on the world economy from the flare-up in Ukraine, and he has some strong thoughts about U.S. trade policy.
  • Tom Malleson Tom Malleson Tom Malleson is a research fellow at York University in Canada and he says the growing income inequality documented by French economist Thomas Piketty could be eased by a strong dose of economic democracy.
  • Theda Skocpol Theda Skocpol Despite some setbacks for the Tea Party in recent Republican primaries, Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol warns that the extremists will remain a huge influence on the GOP, and that, she says, is bad for America.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Moral Monday on the move.

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