April 5, 2015

It’s April already. Is this the month Hillary Clinton declares for president? Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says, after she announces, she will have to move to the left, but not too fast. Political scientist Thomas Schaller thinks the Republican Party is going to be hurt by the loosening of campaign spending rules because it means outside forces will seize power from party leaders. And Bill Press talks Chicago politics and the mayoral campaign with political reporter Lynn Sweet.


  • April 5, 2015 April 5, 2015 Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen on her campaign prospects … Professor Thomas Schaller on problems facing House Republicans … and Bill Press talks Chicago politics with Lynn Sweet.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen, now the chief political correspondent for vox.com, has written extensively about Hillary Clinton. He says one problem facing her likely presidential run is the history of infighting among her staff.
  • Thomas Schaller Thomas Schaller Political scientist Thomas Schaller says the polarization in Congress is so great that all Republicans are farther to the right than any single Democrat. Another way of putting it is that the most conservative Democrat is still to the left of the most liberal Republican.
  • Lynn Sweet Lynn Sweet Bill Press interviews Chicago political reporter Lynn Sweet.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower 2016 presidential candidates address inequality (sort of).

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April 6, 2014

Now that the Supreme Court has opened the political money floodgates, progressive activist Madison Paige says we can fight it by organizing at the extremely local level. Things could get nasty between the United States and Russia, according to former Ambassador Michael Ussery. And Bill Press interviews Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Pocan about the Supreme Court and unemployment insurance.

  • April 6, 2014 April 6, 2014 Activist Madison Paige says fighting big money in politics requires micropolitics. Former Ambassador Michael Ussery says things could get nasty in relations between the U.S. and Russia. And Bill Press talks with Bernie Sanders.
  • Madison Paige Madison Paige Madison Paige is an advocate of what she calls micropolitics – winning progressive battles at the state, local and neighborhood levels. And that, she says, may be how to fight big money.
  • Michael Ussery Michael Ussery Former Ambassador Michael Ussery says the United States has a strong interest in what happens in Russia and that relations could get nasty and dangerous.
  • Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Bill Press and his guests, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Mark Pocan.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Freaky Stories from April Fool's Day.

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March 9, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and historian Terry Golway tells us how the Irish political machine known as Tammany Hall became the forerunner of the New Deal. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro compares President Obama to a couple of Republicans – Teddy Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes about big money in Washington.


  • Mar. 9, 2014 Mar. 9, 2014 Terry Golway reconsiders Tammany Hall … Fred Rotondaro says Obama’s foreign policy is strong … and Bill Press interviews Congressman John Sarbanes.
  • Terry Golway Terry Golway Tammany Hall no longer exists, but when it did, the New York political machine created a social safety net at the neighborhood level long before government programs came along. Author Terry Golway thinks we still need strong political organizations like that.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Analyst Fred Rotondaro says Republicans blame President Obama for everything that goes wrong in the world, but his foreign policy is actually strong – speaking softly and carrying a big stick.
  • John Sarbanes John Sarbanes Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower California's Water Crisis is Becoming a Beer Crisis.

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