November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving, a time for giving thanks – and for eating and drinking. This week, Professor Courtney Thomas says our food safety system is woefully antiquated. Professor Karen Piper warns that the world is on the brink of water wars – and that can affect our food supply. And Bill Press talks with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy about Republican obstruction on protecting Americans’ privacy.

  • November 23, 2014 November 23, 2014 ‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. But what is in our food? Who controls our water? Professor Courtney Thomas says our food is not safe enough, and Professor Karen Piper says we are facing a water shortage. And Bill Press interviews Senator Patrick Leahy.
  • Courtney Thomas Courtney Thomas As we sit down to holiday meals, Professor Courtney Thomas tells us about the corporate power and governmental inefficiency that has rendered our food safety programs a century behind the times.
  • Karen Piper Karen Piper Three quarters of the Earth’s surface is water, but why are there shortages in the U.S. and around the world? Professor Karen Piper tells us – and describes looming water wars and “the price of thirst.”
  • Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy Bill Press and his guest, Senator Patrick Leahy, discuss the Senate’s refusal to take up a bipartisan bill to protect against government snooping.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street speculators are walling off young farmers.

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June 23, 2013

This year is the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve Board. What does it do? What has it done? Is it still necessary? Former Fed official Stephen Axilrod explains it all.

Any large political coalition is always going to be hard to hold together, and that presents problems for Democratic congressional and presidential candidates in 2014 and 2016. Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos explores potential backlash to the Obama electoral coalition.

And Bill Press interviews Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the perils of privacy invasion.

  • June 23, 2013 June 23, 2013 The Fed is 100 years old. Does it still have a future? The Obama political coalition is going on six years old. Does it have a future?
  • Stephen Axilrod Stephen Axilrod Economist Stephen Axilrod is now an international monetary consultant, but before that he spent more than 30 years as a top official of the Federal Reserve Board. He says the Fed may have had some responsibility for the 2008 fiscal crisis … but also played a crucial role in preventing a full-scale meltdown.
  • Ryan Enos Ryan Enos It’s going to be hard for the Obama electoral coalition to stay together in 2014 and 2016, says Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos. He has done studies on voting behavior of whites, blacks and Latinos in some of America’s biggest cities. And he says Democrats will have to figure out how to prevent cracks in the coalition.
  • Bobby Scott Bobby Scott Bill Press interviews Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the perils of privacy invasion.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A new home for poverty in America.

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June 16, 2013

At a time when many progressives are quarreling with President Obama’s penchant for compromise, a historian reminds us that Franklin D. Roosevelt made unpleasant compromises to achieve larger goals of economic and political freedom.
Progressive commentator Catherine Poe comments on political characters, and says Michele Bachmann isn’t really gone.
And Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison about government snooping.

  • June 16, 2013 June 16, 2013 The perils of compromise, al a FDR … Chris Christie finds out that government works … Congressman outraged at NSA.
  • Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson Columbia University Professor Ira Katznelson has a new book out contending that Franklin D. Roosevelt compromised – collaborated if you will – with southern racists in Congress but he did so to help establish farther reaching economic and racial justice.
  • Catherine Poe Catherine Poe Michele Bachmann? Chris Christie? Hillary Clinton? Our regular commentator Catherine Poe has some sharp insights into all of them.
  • Keith Ellison Keith Ellison Bill Press and his guest, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The biggest shock of NSA's secret domestic spying.

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