December 27, 2015

One of the past year’s biggest religious stories was the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and lay Catholic commentator Fred Rotondaro assesses his message. Political analyst Lee Drutman tells us what’s wrong with our political system … partly the quality of the candidates. And Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus about President Obama’s year.


  • December 27, 2015 December 27, 2015 Fred Rotondaro assesses Pope Francis and Paul Ryan … Lee Drutman answers the question of what kind of person runs for president … and Bill Press talks with Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro, a regular commentator here, and chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, says Pope Francis is setting a standard that Catholic progressives, and the Church hierarchy, have to follow up on.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Political scientist Lee Drutman analyzes what’s wrong with our political system and asks the question: “Who wants to run for president?” The answer? “Only crazy people.”
  • Paul Brandus Paul Brandus Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Turning human misery into corporate profits.


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June 14, 2015

Some tough words for progressives from former Congressman Barney Frank: Don’t just march – start doing the dirty work of getting Democrats elected. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is doomed. And Bill Press interviews Sister Simone Campbell about the Pope’s upcoming encyclical on climate change.


  • June 14, 2015 June 14, 2015 Barney Frank with a message for progressives … Fred Rotondaro on TPP and the 2016 campaign … and Bill Press with Sister Simone Campbell, of Nuns on the Bus.
  • Barney Frank  Barney Frank Barney Frank says progressives have to do more dirty work, and less shouting, to get people voting -- and voting Democratic.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro says the Trans-Pacific Partnership protects only corporations, not workers, and he has some predictions about the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Bill Press and his guest, Sister Simone Campbell.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Stop Postal executives from destroying our Postal Service.


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July 13, 2014

With all the furor over the Supreme Court’s injection of religion into public policy, we hear from theologian James Skillen about the true nature of this country’s spiritual foundation. And activist nun Simone Campbell reveals what she would ask Pope Francis, if she could. Finally, Bill Press interviews Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hobby Lobby and impeachment.

  • Jul. 13, 2014 Jul. 13, 2014 Religion is on the menu today with theologian James Skillen, activist nun Simone Campbell and a Bill Press interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the Hobby Lobby case.
  • James Skillen James Skillen The Supreme Court’s exemption for Hobby Lobby from Obamacare and the Justices' incredible decision about contraception makes this is a good time to hear from an actual theologian – Professor James Skillen – about the true role of faith in American politics.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Activist nun Simone Campbell says the Catholic movement for economic justice is well within the teachings of the church. And she reveals what she would ask Pope Francis.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz Bill Press interviews DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hobby Lobby and impeachment.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Lifting America up by raising the wage floor.

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May 18, 2014

A harsh critic of Republican budget-cutting, Sister Simone Campbell says the GOP spending proposals “fail the moral test.” Foreign policy scholar and former congressman Mike Barnes says if McCain had been elected president, “we’d be in a new war every three weeks.” And Bill Press interviews Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania about energy, the economy and politics.

  • May 18, 2014 May 18, 2014 Sister Simone Campbell says GOP budget proposals fail the moral test, former Congressman Mike Barnes says Republicans would have us in a war every three weeks, and Senator Bob Casey tells how the Republicans are killing an energy bill.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Sister Simone Campbell made a national splash a couple of years ago with her “nuns on the bus” campaign against Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. Today, the Republican proposals are even worse, she says, because “we are not taking care of the people Jesus cares about.”
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Former Congressman Mike Barnes, a foreign policy expert, says it is less important how the United States or China reacts to Russia’s aggression than how Europe reacts.
  • Bob Casey Bob Casey Bill Press and his guest, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower In Oklahoma, "conservative" means serving corporate power.

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