August 30, 2015

New numbers show a strengthening economy, but why does it skip so many American workers? We talk today with two experts about middle-class values and the value of the middle class. Union president David Rolf notes the irony that this is one of the best times to be a consumer and the worst time to be an employee. Economic analyst David Madland shows that trickle-down economics has failed and that ultimately facts will trump special interests and ideology. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Bill Press about her new book.

  • August 30, 2015 August 30, 2015 With Labor Day coming up, union president David Rolf and economic analyst David Madland explain how a strong economy relies on the middle class. And Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • David Rolf David Rolf Union leader David Rolf says even Republicans can be persuaded that America will be better off with a strong middle class. But it’s the plutocrats and their hired guns standing in the way.
  • David Madland David Madland Economic expert and author David Madland says it’s a strong middle class that makes democracy work and even Republicans can be persuaded of that.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his guest, Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower

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May 3, 2015

Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser takes the Supreme Court apart and, in light of the arguments over same-sex marriage, says no one wants a world where business can discriminate because you’re gay. With the latest numbers showing the economy flattening out, former Obama adviser Jared Bernstein says this was not a tremendous recovery because politics got in the way. And Bill Press interviews independent senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.


  • May 3, 2015 May 3, 2015 Ian Millhiser explains what’s wrong – or far right – with the Supreme Court. Jared Bernstein says politics got in the way of a fuller economic recovery. And Bill Press interviews Bernie Sanders.
  • Ian Millhiser Ian Millhiser For most of its history, the Supreme Court has sided with America’s aristocracy. Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser says that’s because Justices have no connection with the common people.
  • Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein Former Obama economist Jared Bernstein says we know how to fix the economy – the Fed should show patience with interest rates, and Congress must stop doing fiscal harm.
  • Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Bill Press and his guest independent senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower An epidemic of CNE syndrome strikes Wisconsin.

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April 19, 2015

Harvard professor Robert Putnam, of “Bowling Alone” fame, talks with us about his new book about saving our children from the effects of a growing opportunity gap. Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen explains how the power of money in shaping public policy has put the American economic system at risk. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Cheri Bustos about equal pay for women.

  • April 19, 2015 April 19, 2015 Robert Putnam on the growing opportunity gap, Barry Eichengreen on watching out for the banking industry … and Bill Press with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
  • Robert Putnam Robert Putnam Harvard Professor Robert Putnam says it isn’t income inequality so much that we should be worried about but “opportunity inequality” – the economic and cultural class segregation that violates the core of America’s identity.
  • Barry Eichengreen Barry Eichengreen Some fairly weak new regulations on the banking industry after the Great Recession might limit future booms and busts, but Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen says achieving financial stability is still a long way off.
  • Cheri Bustos Cheri Bustos Bill Press and his guest Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Message to TPP elites: Secret government is Un-American.


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March 8, 2015

Author Jonathan Allen says the Hillary Clinton organization has a number of “blind spots.” Is her use of private email for government business one of them? Former Obama economic adviser Jared Bernstein urges the Fed to be patient about raising interest rates. And Bill Press talks with journalist and author April Ryan about the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri.

  • March 8, 2015 March 8, 2015 Jonathan Allen on Hillary Clinton’s blind spots … Jared Bernstein on economic recovery … and Bill Press with guest April Ryan on the Ferguson report.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says it remains to be seen how much the email controversy will haunt Clinton, but it is an example of why it made sense for her to delay announcing for president.
  • Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein Why are Democrats and Wall Street so cozy? Economist Jared Bernstein says it’s because investors see politics as just another market to invest in.
  • April Ryan April Ryan Bill Press and author April Ryan discuss the Ferguson report.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The GOP gang of Supremes go after Obamacare.

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