March 29, 2015

As we approach the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., two historians of the civil rights movement assess his legacy. Professor Julian Zelizer reviews the complicated relationship between King and LBJ, and he also has some thoughts on current presidential politics. Historian David Chappell reassesses the civil rights movement, noting that after King, a false trajectory developed. And Latina activist Eileen Truax tells us about her book featuring young immigrant DREAMers. 

 

  • March 29, 2015 March 29, 2015 Historians Julian Zelizer and David Chappell reflect on the civil rights movement after Martin Luther King Jr. … and Latina activist Eileen Truax looks forward to immigration reform.
  • Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer is a Princeton scholar of Lyndon Johnson as well as the civil rights movement. He says civil rights activism is no longer as organized or coherent as it was when it sought, and won, passage of the Voting Rights Act.
  • David Chappell David Chappell Historian David Chappell explains the post-Martin Luther King Jr. trajectory of the civil rights movement, which he says may have been only a historical artifact with King as the central figure.
  • Eileen Truax Eileen Truax Latina activist and author Eileen Truax says immigration reform should not be a political issue because it is really a human rights issue. She tells us about her new book about young immigrant DREAMers.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Cruz is running for President of What?


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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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March 15, 2015

With Selma, Oklahoma and Ferguson in the news, former LBJ aide Joe Califano says that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, the rollback of civil rights is an outrage. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton examines the tragedy of a major American manufacturer moving to Mexico and blames it on NAFTA. And Bill Press talks with union leader Lee Saunders about Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working people.
 

  • March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 Joe Califano remembers the Great Society … sociologist Chad Broughton remembers NAFTA … and Bill Press interviews municipal employees’ union president Lee Saunders.
  • Joe Califano Joe Califano Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. He talks with us today about the monumental legislative achievements of the Great Society -- and about the outrage of Republicans rolling back civil rights gains.
  • Chad Broughton Chad Broughton Labor sociologist Chad Broughton has done a case study on how NAFTA helped shift bargaining power away from unions to corporations.
  • Lee Saunders Lee Saunders Bill Press and his guest. Lee Saunders, president of the the American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The isolated splendor of the superrich.


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March 8, 2015

Author Jonathan Allen says the Hillary Clinton organization has a number of “blind spots.” Is her use of private email for government business one of them? Former Obama economic adviser Jared Bernstein urges the Fed to be patient about raising interest rates. And Bill Press talks with journalist and author April Ryan about the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri.

  • March 8, 2015 March 8, 2015 Jonathan Allen on Hillary Clinton’s blind spots … Jared Bernstein on economic recovery … and Bill Press with guest April Ryan on the Ferguson report.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says it remains to be seen how much the email controversy will haunt Clinton, but it is an example of why it made sense for her to delay announcing for president.
  • Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein Why are Democrats and Wall Street so cozy? Economist Jared Bernstein says it’s because investors see politics as just another market to invest in.
  • April Ryan April Ryan Bill Press and author April Ryan discuss the Ferguson report.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The GOP gang of Supremes go after Obamacare.


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