#390 : The war on poverty is far from over. So what should we do now?

The war on poverty is far from over. So what should we do now? The fallacy of “work requirements” for the poor. The possibility of a maximum wage for the rich. Plus Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler, Washington Director of MoveOn.Org.

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Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy explains why work requirements don’t work for people receiving federal assistance. Author Sam “Pizzigati makes a case for a maximum wage. Plus, Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler of MoveOn.Org about the grassroots movement to elect progressive democrats.


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Elizabeth Lower-Basch

Despite a recent decision in Kentucky to block work requirements for Medicaid patients, the Trump Administration remains intent in pursuing the policy. Elizabeth Lower-Basch has a long history inside and outside of government figuring out the best ways to assist struggling families.  In this encore interview, she says that “work requirements” for people on public assistance is exactly not the way to help.

Sam Pizzigati

Income inequality in America is now at a rate we haven’t seen in close to 100 years.  In a new book, author Sam Pizzigati says it’s time to resurrect an idea once endorsed by President Franklin  D. Roosevelt … a maximum wage for our nation’s highest earners.

Ben Wikler

Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler on MoveOn.Org on why progressive ideas are winning elections.

Jim Hightower

Shame of Climate Change Deniers


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#389 : The Supreme Court is challenging our democracy.

The Supreme Court is challenging our democracy, and why we need to fight back. How a recent decision undermines the right to vote. Plus, the potential impact of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. And, Bill Press with Dan Kildee on the President’s performance in Helsinki and what he wants his Republican counterparts to do about it.

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Anisha Singh of the Center for American Progress reviews the disturbing record of Donald Trump’s newest Supreme Court nominee. The Nation’s John Nichols explains the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on voter purging. Plus, Bill Press with Congressman Dan Kildee on his reaction to President Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin.


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Anisha Singh

Anisha Singh works to engage young activists and leaders in the political process. She says Brett Kavanaugh is an alarming choice for the Supreme Court who could have an impact on their lives  for decades to come.

John Nichols

A recent Supreme Court decision gives a green light to the practice of voter purging. Journalist John Nichols says it’s  another blow to free and fair elections, and one that voters can resist.

Dan Kildee

Bill Press talks with Congressman Dan Kildee. In the wake of Helsinki, he says it’s time for the Republicans to step up.

Jim Hightower

Koch industries doesn’t just lobby government


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#388 : Taking a stand for workers rights

How workers around the world are fighting for a living wage. Can America’s workers find justice under a renegotiated NAFTA? Plus, Bill Press on what Scott Pruitt left behind.

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Author Annelise Orleck takes us inside the global uprising against poverty wages. Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines a progressive agenda for renegotiating NAFTA. Plus, Bill Press with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones on the legacy of Scott Pruitt.


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Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck is a longtime historian of labor movements. Her newest book tracks the growing fight across the globe for workers rights and a living wage.

Dan Mauer

A new president in Mexico brings fresh uncertainty to the future of NAFTA. In an encore interview, Communications Workers of America’s Dan Mauer says trade policy under NAFTA benefits multinational corporations at the expense of American workers and calls for a new framework that puts workers’ rights first.

Rebecca Leber

Bill Press talks with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones about the EPA, post Scott Pruitt … and why we should expect more of the same.

Jim Hightower

Babies On Trial


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#387 : A Nation More Divided.

A Nation More Divided. How policing and prison is dividing cities. How the GOP tax plan is widening the gap between rich and poor. Plus, how Democrats can unite around a message of progressive change.

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Author Dan Cooper on the devastating impact of a criminal justice system that targets poor neighborhoods. Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers International Union on the stock buyback bonanza fueled by the GOP tax plan. Plus, Bill Press with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.”


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Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper is a scholar and activist who fights for more equitable cities. He says  policies designed to keep our cities safe are only deepening the cycle of violence and poverty.

Leo Gerard

Leo Gerard is President of North America’s largest industrial union. He says  the plan to cut American’s taxes has been a windfall for corporate executives at the expense of American workers.

Mike Lux

Bill Press talks with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat in the Age of Trump.”

Jim Hightower

The New York Times strikes out


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