How Republicans undermine government to help themselves.

How Republicans undermine government to help themselves.  Fighting for progressive power at the state level.  And Bill Press with California Congressman Adam Schiff on why no one should be above the law when it comes to January 6.

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Amy Fried, author of At War With Government: How Conservatives Weaponized Distrust from Goldwater to Trump. Gaby Goldstein on why building a progressive future begins with state legislatures. Bill Press with Adam Schiff on his new book “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could.”


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Amy Fried

Polling shows that Americans’ trust in government sits near a historic low. In her newest book, Amy Fried reveals that this is no accident, but rather a conservative political strategy that 

goes back decades. 

Gaby Goldstein

Republicans have made the control of state legislatures a priority, and it’s working.  Gaby Goldstein says it’s time for Democrats to catch up, and that’s why she co-founded a project to help them do just that.

Adam Schiff 

Bill Press talks with Congressman Adam Schiff on why we can’t ignore the crimes that happened on January 6. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

The Republican Supremes Are Defrocking Themselves

What is so supreme about the Supreme Court?

I mean besides being housed in an imposing marble building, being the final stop on America’s judicial train, and having its nine members look photogenically authoritarian in those full-body black robes. And, yes, its existence is written into the Constitution – but so is Congress, and no one thinks of it as anything supreme.


How redistricting reform is being co-opted.

How redistricting reform is being co-opted.  Why Democrats need to rethink their campaign ground game. And Bill Press on Republican support for Democratic candidates.

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David Daley on how independent redistricting commissions are being undermined by partisan pressures. Peter Fenn on why Democratic campaigning needs to move out of the past. Plus Bill Press with former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman on when it makes sense for Republican voters to back Democrats.


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David Daley

Discussions on gerrymandering often call for the creation of independent redistricting commissions to draw electoral maps and keep partisan politics out of the process. But as national gerrymandering expert David Daley explains, true independence is proving harder to achieve than expected. 

Peter Fenn

Peter Fenn has been helping Democrats win elections for decades. In a recent oped, he makes the case that changes in the media landscape demand a shift in focus from paid advertising to hardcore political organizing.

Christine Todd Whitman

Bill Press talks with former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman about why she believes electing moderate Democrats could be critical to saving the Republican Party, and democracy itself. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Working From Home – While Your Boss Watches You on Video

If you’re a corporate employee, you know that something unpleasant is afoot when top executives are suddenly issuing statements about how committed they are to their employees, making sure that all of them are treated with dignity and respect.


Why we should rethink voting rights.

Why we should rethink voting rights. An alternative history of the Constitution. Plus Bill Press on what’s in store in the newest Supreme Court term.

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Elections expert Amel Ahmed makes the case for voting as a positive right. Author John F. Kowal on how people have made our Constitution more democratic. Plus Bill Press with NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams.


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Amel Ahmed

The passage of H.R.1 would mark a necessary advance in defense of the right to vote.  But does that go far enough? Amel Ahmed says more can be done to go on the offense in the struggle over voting rights. 

John F. Kowal

In his new book, co-author John F. Kowal tells the story of how 200 years of constitutional amendments have made our founding document more inclusive and more democratic. It’s a history, he says, with great relevance for today.   

Pete Williams

Bill Press talks with Pete Williams of NBC News on what to expect as the Supreme Court opens its momentous new term. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Why Would We Let Wall Street “Care For” Our Pets?

Question: What does a packet of M&M’s and your local veterinarian have in common? Answer: Both are owned by Mars Inc., the global candy monopolist.

Since the 1980s, we’ve seen massive consolidations in industry after industry – from airlines to newspapers, the internet to candy. These monopolists run roughshod over consumers, workers, communities, suppliers, and our nation’s commitment to the Common Good.


Factory towns as political battlegrounds.

Factory towns as political battlegrounds. Growing Black women’s political power. Plus Bill Press on the meaning of “patriotic philanthropy”.

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John Pouland on a new report showing big losses for Democrats in factory towns, and why that matters. Glynda Carr on how to get more Black women elected to office. Plus Bill Press with billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein on what it means to give back to our nation.


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John Pouland 

John Pouland explains a study that details how the conventional political wisdom has completely missed the biggest electoral earthquake of the last decade, specifically highlighting how both Democratic and Republican parties have discounted and misjudged their appeals to voters in manufacturing-heavy working-class towns. 

Glynda Carr

A record number of Black women ran for Congress in 2020. Political strategist Glynda Carr says that record could be broken again in 2022.   And if Black women win, she says we all stand to gain. 

David Rubenstein

Bill Press talks with billionaire David Rubenstein on the limits and possibilities of philanthropy. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

America needs a quality child care system

Nearly every nation with an advanced economy (and some not so advanced) treats child care as a fundamental public good essential to nurturing children, families, and the whole society. But not our US of A.

Indeed, our so-called leaders relegate millions of working parents and 21 million kids under 5 to the tender mercies of a for-profit market, with child care facilities ranging from impossibly expensive to helter-skelter, unlicensed Kiddie Korrals.