July 29, 2012

What role will Latinos play in 2012? Why can’t we all get along? How did Senate Democrats put Republicans on the spot?

 

 

Raul Grijalva

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Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona says the upcoming election will critical in determining what this country will look like in the future.

http://grijalva.house.gov/

 

Jonathan Haidt

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Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains what liberals can teach conservatives and what conservatives can teach liberals. He says different notions of morality both bind us and blind us.

http://people.virginia.edu/~jdh6n/

 

Dick Durbin

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Bill Press talks with Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin about the politics of taxes and sequestration.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://durbin.senate.gov/public/

July 22, 2012

The role of corporations is looming large in the presidential campaign. Today, we learn about the history of corporations from author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, who says since the Middle Ages, corporations have tried to prevent the rise of a middle class. A historian who writes about FDR links him to President Obama in terms of the paranoid hatred that both engendered among Republican extremists. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and the National Journal’s Major Garrett about “sequestration” and the “fiscal cliff.”

 

 

Douglas Rushkoff

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Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has written a book called, “Life, Incorporated.” In it he explains how corporations that arose in the Middle Ages have, through today, acted against the interests of the middle class.

http://www.rushkoff.com/

 

Sally Denton

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Historian Sally Denton traces “the paranoid style” in American politics from FDR straight through to President Obama. While things were worse in the Thirties, she says, Obama was slow to recognize the depth of hatred emanating from his political opponents.

http://www.sallydenton.com/

 

Peter Welch

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Bill Press talks with Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and the National Journal’s Major Garrett about “sequestration” and the “fiscal cliff.”

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http://welch.house.gov/

July 8, 2012

Reflections on Woody Guthrie from Pete Seeger and former Senator Fred Harris … and a nun tells why the Republican budget contradicts the gospel.

 

Pete Seeger

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Our first guest today is a truly great American, perhaps the leading progressive icon of our times. In honor of the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, Pete has some fun telling stories on Woody, and revealing the history of the anthem “This Land is Your Land.”

http://www.peteseegermusic.com/

http://www.woodyguthrie.org/

 

Fred Harris

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Fred Harris was a populist when he was the U.S. senator from Oklahoma. He still is, as a professor at the University of New Mexico. He talks with us about the legacy of Woody Guthrie and the lessons we have learned from the Dust Bowl Era of American history.

http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/harris.htm

 

Sister Simone Campbell

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Bill Press talks with the leader of the “Nuns on a Bus” movement of progressive Catholics, who point out the immorality of the Republican’s proposed budget.

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http://www.networklobby.org/

July 1, 2012

Immigration ruling an opportunity for Democrats. Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians still arguing. And in politics, things are worse than they look.

Raul Grijalva

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Mitt Romney says Arizona’s discredited immigration restriction was model legislation. But now that the Supreme Court thinks otherwise, what is Romney’s backup plan? Nothing, says Congressman Raul Grijalva. He says the Supreme Court decision gives Democrats an opportunity to force Republicans into truly bipartisan moves to reform federal immigration policy.

http://grijalva.house.gov/

Michael Lind

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Historian Michael Lind goes back into American history and explains how Americans contradict themselves. The political fault line is not really liberal versus conservative but Jeffersonian versus Hamiltonian. He says Americans are Jeffersonian in belief but Hamiltonian in practice.

http://newamerica.net/user/91

Norm Ornstein

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Bill Press talks with political scientist Norm Ornstein about the historic level of vitriol and lying – mostly by Republicans – that is now paralyzing national problem-solving.

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http://www.aei.org/scholar/norman-j-ornstein/