#363 : The Difference a Year Makes.

How a war on regulation sets back our health and safety. How a war on legal marijuana sets back racial justice. And Bill Press talks with Democratic Strategist Karen Finney about how 2018 could be the year that Democrats win back our country.

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Matt Rozsa on why Democrats should take a stand on legalizing marijuana. Author David Cay Johnston on why a year of President Trump is worse than we think. And Bill Press interviews Democratic Strategist Karen Finney on grassroots activists, women candidates and the possibility of a mid term blue wave.


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Matthew Rozsa

Jeff Sessions’ plan for a federal crackdown on states that legalize marijuana may be seen as an unwelcome escalation in the war on drugs. Journalist Matthew Rozsa sees something else … a moment of opportunity for Democrats

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston is an award winning journalist who once revealed President Trumps “true net worth.”  Now, he’s revealing the President’s true impact on American lives.

Karen Finney

Bill Press talks with Democratic Strategist and former Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney about how progressive Democrats can turn grassroots energy into electoral victory.

Jim Hightower

Are job incentive programs good for communities?

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#362 : The safety net erodes

Refugees fleeing foreign disasters facing deportation. Families in extreme poverty facing ever more obstacles to finding help. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Dan Kildee about what to read into the talk about a possible run for the White House by Oprah Winfrey.

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This week, Donald Kerwin of the Center for Migration Studies on why everyone loses as Donald Trump pulls the plug on Temporary Protected Status. Author and poverty researcher Kathryn Edin on what poor people lose when politicians do welfare reform. And Bill Press interviews Representative Dan Kildee of Michigan.


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Donald Kerwin

Donald Trump’s recent despicable and  racist comments about immigrants came as a response to an effort to maintain TPS … Temporary Protected Status.  Donald Kerwin is a national authority on immigration who says the end of TPS will only lead to suffering for our most vulnerable immigrants who are  hard working, legal and playing an important role in our nation’s economy.

Kathryn Edin

Scholar and author Kathryn Edin documents the lives of people who live on almost no cash income and says much of what we think we know about those lives is wrong.

 

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan.

 

Jim Hightower

What’s killing America’s middle class?

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#361 : How the for profit bail system leaves poor people languishing in jail.

Profit Over People. How the for profit bail system leaves poor people languishing in jail. How media monopolies leave little room for the public interest.

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This week, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains how the justice system punishes the poor and rewards the rich. Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says pending media mergers will give big business even more influence on what we see and hear.


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Peter Edelman

Just before the end of the year, Attorney General Jeff sessions revoked an Obama-era administration guideline that advised local courts against imposing excessive fines and fees on poor people.  The issue attracted wide attention after an investigation into the practice  in Ferguson, MIssouri raised concerns of a “modern day debtors’ prison.”  It also attracted the attention of Georgetown University law professor Peter Edelman who wrote a book about the issue titled, “Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America”.

Michael J. Copps

Michael J. Copps was an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 and currently heads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause.

 

Jim Hightower

How America’s middle class rose… and fell.

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#360 : “In their own words.” Some of our best interviews from 2017.

On race and crime in America. On tyranny and how to fight it. Plus, a remembrance of commentator Fred Rotondaro and his final conversation with this podcast.

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Law professor James Forman Jr. puts truth to the lie that African Americans don’t care about crime. Author Tim Snyder says Trump’s America is not a tyranny …. yet. But could we slip into one? And our remembrance of Fred Rotondaro.


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James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. is a law professor at Yale, a former public defender,  and the author of  Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.  Last July,  he spoke with us about how America’s  aggressive “war on crime” drew support from many African American leaders …. with devastating consequences.  

Timothy Snyder

Yale historian Timothy Snyder has spent decades studying the rise of fascism and authoritarianism  in Europe, and is the author of  On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century, In an interview last July, he called on us to learn from that horrific past if we want to avoid repeating it.

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro passed away in June at the age of 78.  Born into a coal mining family in Pennsylvania, Fred’s path led him to a PhD in American Studies from NYU and a career in journalism, teaching, anti-poverty work  and civil rights advocacy.  Following his retirement, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  Fred was a fierce opponent of programs and policies that promoted economic inequality, and we are grateful to have had him as a regular commentator on this podcast.  This is Fred Rotondaro …. in a final interview with us last April about what he really thought about President Trump.

 

Jim Hightower

Hard times (still) in the fields.

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