March 29, 2015

As we approach the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., two historians of the civil rights movement assess his legacy. Professor Julian Zelizer reviews the complicated relationship between King and LBJ, and he also has some thoughts on current presidential politics. Historian David Chappell reassesses the civil rights movement, noting that after King, a false trajectory developed. And Latina activist Eileen Truax tells us about her book featuring young immigrant DREAMers. 

 

  • March 29, 2015 March 29, 2015 Historians Julian Zelizer and David Chappell reflect on the civil rights movement after Martin Luther King Jr. … and Latina activist Eileen Truax looks forward to immigration reform.
  • Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer is a Princeton scholar of Lyndon Johnson as well as the civil rights movement. He says civil rights activism is no longer as organized or coherent as it was when it sought, and won, passage of the Voting Rights Act.
  • David Chappell David Chappell Historian David Chappell explains the post-Martin Luther King Jr. trajectory of the civil rights movement, which he says may have been only a historical artifact with King as the central figure.
  • Eileen Truax Eileen Truax Latina activist and author Eileen Truax says immigration reform should not be a political issue because it is really a human rights issue. She tells us about her new book about young immigrant DREAMers.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Cruz is running for President of What?


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March 15, 2015

With Selma, Oklahoma and Ferguson in the news, former LBJ aide Joe Califano says that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, the rollback of civil rights is an outrage. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton examines the tragedy of a major American manufacturer moving to Mexico and blames it on NAFTA. And Bill Press talks with union leader Lee Saunders about Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working people.
 

  • March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 Joe Califano remembers the Great Society … sociologist Chad Broughton remembers NAFTA … and Bill Press interviews municipal employees’ union president Lee Saunders.
  • Joe Califano Joe Califano Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. He talks with us today about the monumental legislative achievements of the Great Society -- and about the outrage of Republicans rolling back civil rights gains.
  • Chad Broughton Chad Broughton Labor sociologist Chad Broughton has done a case study on how NAFTA helped shift bargaining power away from unions to corporations.
  • Lee Saunders Lee Saunders Bill Press and his guest. Lee Saunders, president of the the American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The isolated splendor of the superrich.


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January 18, 2015

With President Obama easing travel and other restrictions against Cuba, former Congressman Mike Barnes, an expert on Latin America, says his actions will speed the country’s move toward democracy. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, human rights expert Eric Posner explains the importance of freedom of expression. And Bill Press talks about LBJ and MLK with historian Kent Germany.

  • January 18, 2015 January 18, 2015 Barnes says Obama’s moves will hasten democracy in Cuba … human rights expert Eric Posner names free speech as the number one right … and Bill Press talks with LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Mike Barnes Mike Barnes Latin America expert Mike Barnes says the opening to Cuba will be on history’s list of President Obama’s Top 10 hits.
  • Eric Posner Eric Posner Much is being debated about freedom of expression. Human rights expert Eric Posner says it is the most important right because it underpins all other rights.
  • Kent Germany Kent Germany Bill Press and his guest, LBJ archivist Kent Germany.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Inaugural galas for governors become influence-buying bazaars.


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January 11, 2015

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Mario Cuomo was a legend, and you might be surprised at who he thinks is a worthy successor to Cuomo as a “no-apologies progressive.” With controversy bubbling about the portrayal of LBJ in the movie “Selma,” civil rights historian David Chappell offers a nuanced view of both the president and Martin Luther King, Jr. And Bill Press talks 2016 politics with Burgess Everett of Politico.

  • January 11, 2015 January 11, 2015 Fred Rotondaro on the Cuomo legacy … historian David Chapell on the MLK-LBJ legacy … and Bill press interviews Poltico’s Burgess Everett on the new Congress.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro memorialized Mario Cuomo, as a giant, a legend. And says the closest person we have to him … a no apologies progressive -- is Elizabeth Warren.
  • David Chappell David Chappell What was the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King? Historian David Chappell said there was friction, that both alienated a lot of people, but that they did work together to get the landmark Voting Rights Act passed.
  • Burgess Everett Burgess Everett Bill Press and his guest, Politico’s Burgess Everett, discuss the new Congress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A corporate power grab is underway, so where's the media?


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