#459 : Framing the Debate for America’s Future.

Framing the Debate for America’s Future.  Building the case for a wealth tax. Why Democrats need to talk about race and class.  Plus, Bill Press with Tom Friedman on saving American democracy. 

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Economist Emmanuael Saez on how America’s tax system is pushing us deeper into inequality.  Ian Haney Lopez on why the fight for racial justice will win elections. Plus Tom Friedman tells Bill Press why Trump must be impeached.


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Emmanuel Saez

Economist Emmanuel Saez studies wealth and income inequality around the world. His newest book argues that the American economy isn’t working for half of the nation and makes the case for a tax system that is truly progressive.

Ian Haney Lopez

In his newest book, critical race theorist Ian Haney Lopez offers a roadmap to progressive political victory.  To get there, he argues we need to reframe the way we think about race and class.

Tom Friedman

Bill Press talks to New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Friedman on why he believes Donald Trump must be impeached if America’s democracy is to remain intact. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPresspods.com.

Jim Hightower

America’s healthcare border raiders.

#458 : The past and future of race and democracy in America.

The past and future of race and democracy in America. How Reconstruction remade the Constitution. The centrality of racial justice in progressive politics today. Plus,  Bill Press takes stock of the Justice Department under Bill Barr.

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Historian Eric Foner on the ongoing battle over who is considered equal under the law.  Peniel Joseph on why the strength of the Democratic Party lies in its diversity. Plus, Bill Press talks about justice in the Trump Administration with Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at The Center for American Progress


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Eric Foner

Eric Foner is one of this country’s most prominent historians. His newest book tells how the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments altered the course of history and changed what it means to be an American.

Peniel Joseph

Peniel Joseph is a leading public scholar on race and democracy in America. Looking ahead to 2020, he says Democrats are ready for a more progressive Party,  but can only win if that includes a commitment to black voters and their interests.

Ed Chung

Bill Press talks to Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at The Center for American Progress. He follows the Barr Justice Department and says loyalty to Trump is replacing the “rule of law”.

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Jim Hightower

Can “powerless nobodies” fight the corporate powers?

#457 : Democracy Fights Back.

Democracy Fights Back. From outrage to activism, and why it’s not too late to take a stand for the America we want. Plus, Bill Press with Pulitzer prize winning author David Mariniss.

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Two authors take us inside the modern day movement for democracy in America and find hope.  Plus, author David Maraniss joins Bill Press to talk about his own family’s history with the Red Scare.


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Adam Eichen

In his newest book co-authored with Frances Moore Lappe, organizer and scholar Adam Eichen goes to the roots of the anti-democracy movement in America and answers the question, What do we do now?

Dana R. Fisher

Dana R. Fisher is one of the leading scholars of protest movements. Her newest book  tells the story of how a grassroots movement has grown into a full-fledged resistance in the era of Donald Trump.

David Maraniss

Bill Press interviews celebrated author David Maraniss whose newest book tells the story of his father who was targeted as a communist at the height of McCarthyism. If you’d like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Should Democrats be the party of small change?

#456 : Losing ground to corporate America.

Losing ground to corporate America. Expanding the space for reporting on poverty.  Plus Bill Press gives a failing grade to Republicans defending Donald Trump.

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Thomas Philippon on his new book The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets. Alissa Quart introduces us to the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.  Plus Bill Press explains why the Republican defense of Donald Trump is collapsing.


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Thomas Philippon

In his newest book, economist Thomas Philippon takes aim at the growing concentration of corporate power in America. He says American markets, once a model for the world, are giving up on healthy competition, and average Americans are paying the price.

Alissa Quart

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around poverty and economic hardship.  Executive Director Alissa Quart explains how the project amplifies the voices of people experiencing economic hardship themselves.

Bill Press

Bill Press reviews the Republican defense of Donald Trump during the impeachment hearings and says it’s failed on every point.

Jim Hightower

How Trump’s poverty subsidy enriches the rich