This Week

Who runs America? This week’s guests – author Joel Kotkin and Professor Janine Wedel — say it is an elite that is sometimes progressive and sometimes corporate, but in either case unaccountable to the public. And Bill Press talks with Joe Romm, a climate expert, about the U.S.-China agreement to cut carbon emissions.

  • November 16, 2014 November 16, 2014 Kotkin on the liberal elites that run America but lose elections, Wedel on the unseen institutional elites that run America. And Bill Press talks with climate expert Joe Romm.
  • Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin Author Joel Kotkin describes the growing power of a Democratic Party elite composed of bureaucrats, professors and media whose ideology thrills people in Manhattan and Malibu but is out of touch with the rest of America.
  • Janine Wedel Janine Wedel All those talking heads on TV? Who are they? Anthropologist Janine Wedel tells us. They are elitists in politics, the military, academia and nonprofits who have hidden agendas and are unaccountable to the public.
  • Joe Romm Joe Romm Bill Press and his guest, climate expert Joe Romm of the Center for American Progress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits.

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September 21, 2014

Essayist Thomas Frank has a three-point plan for Democrats to use in campaigns that he says will be massively popular. Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode has a new book out called “What Women Want.” And Bill Press interviews California Congressman John Garamendi, who voted against the President on authorizing U.S. involvement in Syria.

  • September 21, 2014 September 21, 2014 Author Thomas Frank tells Democratic candidates what to run on … Feminist law professor Deborah Rhode tells us what women want … and Bill Press interviews California Congressman John Garamendi.
  • Thomas Frank Thomas Frank Provocative essayist Thomas Frank says Democrats can win elections with a three-point platform that he says would be massively popular: 1) Enforce antitrust laws 2) hold Wall Street accountable and 3) do something about college tuition.
  • Deborah Rhode Deborah Rhode Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode says the feminist movement is in a bit of a valley and needs to do a better job of informing the electorate about the economic problems facing women.
  • John Garamendi John Garamendi Bill Press and his guest, California Congressman John Garamendi.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Trying to pervert consumer protection.

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August 3, 2014

With just 3 months left before the midterm elections, the outlook for Democrats depends on how the white working class votes, says Ruy Teixeira, a public opinion expert. Economic analyst Mike Konczal says Democrats have to defend the social safety net because the evidence says voluntary help to the poor never works. And Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a co-founder of 21st Century Democrats.

 

  • Aug. 3, 2014 Aug. 3, 2014 Ruy Teixeira on white working class voters … Mike Konczal on protecting the social safety net … and Bill Press interviews retiring Senator Tom Harkin, founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Ruy Teixeira Ruy Teixeira Noted Democratic political analyst Ruy Teixeira says Democrats have an uphill battle in the 2014 elections – and maybe in 2016 -- unless the white working class can be turned around.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal Whenever Republicans have tried to replace the social safety net with private support, it has failed. Economic analyst Mike Konczal offers a history of how Republicans want only the people they like to get government benefits.
  • Tom Harkin Tom Harkin Bill Press and his guest, retiring Senator Tom Harkin, the founder of 21st Century Democrats.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Perry goes from callous to disgusting.

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May 25, 2014

As the nation celebrates Memorial Day, Princeton Professor Danielle Allen examines the power of words in the Declaration of Independence to bring us liberty AND equality. Hillary Clinton. Will she or won’t she? Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the Democratic nomination is NOT hers for the asking, but it would be a big surprise if she doesn’t get it. And Bill Press talks with The Nation’s Zoe Carpenter about immigration reform and Republican politics.

  • May 25, 2014 May 25, 2014 A holiday treatise on the Declaration of Independence by Princeton Professor Danielle Allen … regular commentator Fred Rotondaro’s assessment of Hillary Clinton’s prospects … and Bill Press talks with the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter.
  • Danielle Allen Danielle Allen Political science professor and MacArthur genius Danielle Allen has written a book about the Declaration of Independence, and she says its powerful words about liberty AND equality are an example of how we, as individuals, can use words to achieve our political ends.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro of the Center for American Progress assesses domestic politics, including Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Zoe Carpenter Zoe Carpenter Bill Press talks with the Nation’s Zoe Carpenter about immigration reform and Republican politics.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower America's ongoing rebellion for fairness and justice.

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