November 30, 2014

Social Security expert Nancy Altman argues that the program is not only solvent but ought to be expanded. In this holiday season, religious philosopher James Skillen reflects on the connection between faith and politics in America. And law professor William Forbath says the Constitution is not only a legal charter but a political AND economic document, as well.

  • November 30, 2014 November 30, 2014 Altman says Social Security should be expanded, Skillen reflects on faith and politics, and Forbath talks about the liberal foundations of Constitutional originalism.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman is an expert on Social Security, and she argues in a new book that not only is the system solvent, it can and should be expanded.
  • James Skillen James Skillen Not many people these days have a high opinion of politics, but religious philosopher James Skillen says there is a strong link in American history between faith and the higher principles of governing.
  • William Forbath William Forbath When we think of constitutional “originalism,” we tend to think of the Scalia wing of the Supreme Court. But law professor William Forbath tells us that the first originalists were liberals.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local.

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October 19, 2014

Ten years ago, Thomas Frank wrote the landmark book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Today, he says the same thing is still wrong in the Sunflower State – Governor Sam Brownback – and he is ripe for defeat. Constitutional law professor William Forbath explains how the concept of “originalism” works for progressives, too. And Bill Press interviews Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky, about the congressional response to Ebola.

  • October 19, 2014 October 19, 2014 Thomas Frank reminds us what’s still the matter with Kansas. Professor William Forbath says the Constitution belongs to progressives. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Jan Schakowski about the response to ebola.
  • Thomas Frank Thomas Frank Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is ripe for defeat, says Thomas Frank, who predicts that in the long term, the Republican Party is doomed. The short-term presents some problems, however.
  • William Forbath William Forbath Law professor William Forbath says our Constitution was written to oppose oligarchy, to guarantee economic equality and to promote progressive ideals.
  • Jan Schakowsky Jan Schakowsky Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The scariest thing about political fearmongers.

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September 14, 2014

As the nation marks Constitution Day this week, legal scholar Jack Balkin of Yale University says conservative judges keep making up things that aren’t IN the Constitution and imagine a country that never existed. Antitrust expert Lina Khan tells us how the courts have taken away Americans’ right to sue corporations. And Bill Press interviews anti-war Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

 

  • September 14, 2014 September 14, 2014 Is Chief Justice John Roberts crazy? Why can’t we take corporations to court? The answers to these dilemmas come from constitutional scholar Jack Balkin and antitrust expert Lina Khan. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
  • Jack Balkin Jack Balkin Law professor Jack Balkin, on the anniversary of the Constitution’s ratification, says the opinion of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts allowing unlimited political donations is “just crazy”
  • Lina Khan Lina Khan Antitrust expert Lina Khan says the right to sue should be a fundamental conservative idea … but with help from Democrats, conservatives have virtually guaranteed that consumers can’t even go to court when corporations steamroll them.
  • Barbara Lee Barbara Lee Bill Press and his guest, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What job creation numbers don’t tell us.

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August 17, 2014

It’s been 80-some years, but the New Deal is still on our radar screens. Conservatives want to repeal it and progressives need to remind people about what FDR really wanted out of it. Law professor Jack Balkin explains how progressives can also use the Constitution’s original language to fight conservative attempts to roll back the New Deal. Historian Harvey Kaye reminds us of FDR’s Four Freedoms speech and the legacy that remains unfulfilled. And micropolitics activist Madison Paige focuses on the need for more people to run for office at the very local level.

 

  • Aug. 17, 2014 Aug. 17, 2014 Law professor Jack Balkin says we have to reclaim the Constitution, historian Harvey Kaye says we have to reclaim the Four Freedoms ,and Madison Paige explains “micropolitics.”
  • Jack Balkin Jack Balkin We all get a little exasperated when conservatives talk forever about the “original” meaning of the Constitution. But law professor Jack Balkin says progressives have just as much right to the original wording – for example, free speech, equal protection of the law and voting rights.
  • Harvey Kaye Harvey Kaye New Deal historian Harvey Kaye says President Reagan turned FDR upside down and inside out and progressives have to reclaim his legacy.
  • Madison Paige Madison Paige Did you know that half of all state legislature candidates have no opponent? Micropolitics activist Madison Paige does and she wants people to start challenging them.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The lesson from Ferguson, Missouri.

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