January 4, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee, says the party needs to talk to voters about issues they care about. Professor Gary Donaldson recalls an era when the two titans of their parties – Lyndon Johnson and President Eisenhower – worked together for the good of the country. And Nancy Altman, one of the country’s top experts on Social Security, says the program can and should be expanded.

  • January 4, 2015 January 4, 2015 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Democratic strategy … Gary Donaldson on LBJ and Ike … and Nancy Altman on the future of Social Security.
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the mayor of Baltimore and an up-and-coming force in the Democratic Party. She says the party’s dismal showing in 2014 resulted from not talking about issues Democrats are strong on.
  • Gary Donaldson Gary Donaldson There was once a time when Republicans and Democrats could compromise and get legislation passed for the good of the country. Historian Gary Donaldson recalls how President Eisenhower and Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon Johnson needed each other to accomplish their partisan aims.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman, a leading expert on Social Security, says expanding benefits is affordable and is, ultimately, a political, not an economic, issue.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The corporate hustle of college bowl games.

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December 28, 2014

Food safety expert Courtney Thomas talks about peanut butter, GMOs and the connection between chocolate and genocide. Cary Nelson, a prominent professor, denounces the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli universities. And Bill Press talks 2016 politics with Steven Shepard of Politico.

  • December 28, 2014 December 28, 2014 Food expert Courtney Thomas on GMOs … academic freedom expert Cary Nelson on the BDS movement … and Bill Press with Politico’s Steven Shepard.
  • Courtney Thomas Courtney Thomas Our food safety system is 100 years old and broken, says Professor Courtney Thomas. And, she says, it’s crazy because selling salmonella-infected peanut butter is not against the law.
  • Cary Nelson Cary Nelson The move by certain academics to boycott Israeli universities is really about opposing Israel as a Jewish state, says prominent professor Cary Nelson.
  • Steven Shepard Steven Shepard Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Steven Shepard.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Pity the poor stressed-out rich.

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December 21, 2014

Human rights expert Eric Posner talks about torture. Political analyst Celinda Lake says Republicans now have to show they can govern. And Bill Press talks with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich about the Cuba embargo and ISIS.

  • December 21, 2014 December 21, 2014 Posner on human rights … Lake on the midterm elections… and Bill Press with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • Eric Posner Eric Posner Professor Eric Posner has written a book basically saying that human rights interventions usually don’t work. And he explains when torture and other extreme measures work, and when they don’t.
  • Celinda Lake Celinda Lake Political strategist Celinda Lake says 2014 was a wave election, and now it is the Republicans who have to prove they can govern.
  • Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich Bill Press and his guest, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street And Congress perform legislative acrobatics.

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December 14, 2014

What has happened to the middle class? Author Joel Kotkin says the issue of class itself eats at the fabric of America. Sociologist Chad Broughton offers a case study of how NAFTA helped destroy middle class jobs in manufacturing. And Bill Press talks with progressive strategist Brad Woodhouse about 2016.

  • December 14, 2014 December 14, 2014 Joel Kotkin on the issue of class in America … Chad Broughton on the loss of middle class jobs … and Bill Press with political strategist Brad Woodhouse.
  • Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He says the issue of class – and the widening income gap – is destroying the American economy.
  • Chad Broughton Chad Broughton How did America lose one-third of its manufacturing jobs in just 10 years? Sociologist Chad Broughton uses the move of a huge Maytag plant to Mexico as an example of NAFTA helping to wreck the lower middle class.
  • Brad Woodhouse Brad Woodhouse Bill Press and his guest, political strategist Brad Woodhouse.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Why won't the CIA even say the word "torture"?

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