June 28, 2015

On the anniversary of American independence, journalist and First Amendment expert David Shipler says there is a mixed picture of free speech. Legally, you can say anything you want, but there are sometimes invisible cultural limits. Political reform advocate Lee Drutman says the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is not helping corporations run Congress as much as old-fashioned lobbying is. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko, an opponent of TPP.




  • Jun. 28, 2015 Jun. 28, 2015 David Shipler on the state of the First Amendment, Lee Drutman on corporate influence peddling, and Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko on TPP.
  • David Shipler David Shipler Free speech expert David Shipler gives us an Independence Day review of free speech, a free press in the Internet era, and the merits of whistle-blowing by Edward Snowden.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Lee Drutman studies the role of influence-peddling in government and says that corporations spend 34 times as much as issue advocacy groups. And that, he concludes, is just not a fair fight.
  • Paul Tonko Paul Tonko Bill Press and his guest. TPP opponent Congressman Paul Tonko.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "The Donald Show"


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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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