July 5, 2015

America celebrated its 239th birthday, and David Madland of the Center for American Progress reminds us that the United States was founded as a middle-class country. Bernie Sanders is pulling big crowds and wowing progressives, but political scientist John Halpin says that while progressivism IS the defining element of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton still looks pretty solid. And Bill Press celebrates the 10th anniversary of his radio and TV show by interviewing Senator Amy Klobuchar.


  • Jul. 5, 2015 Jul. 5, 2015 David Madland says America was founded as a middle-class country. John Halpin says Hillary looks pretty solid … and Bill Press celebrates 10 years on the air with Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • David Madland David Madland Author David Madland has just written a book about “the hollowing out of the middle class.” Yet he reminds us that America was founded 239 years ago AS a middle-class country.
  • John Halpin John Halpin Political scientist John Halpin says that while Bernie Sanders is wowing the masses, and that while progressivism IS the defining element of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton remains a pretty solid favorite to win the presidential nomination.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his 10th anniversary program guest Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What moved marriage equality from taboo to justice?


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May 10, 2015

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says the Baltimore riots highlight the need for improving police procedures and systemic conditions of poor health, bad education and hopelessness. Former ambassador Peter Galbraith reveals that President George W. Bush squandered the possibility for a good agreement to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. And Bill Press interviews journalist Jonathan Allen about the Republican presidential field … and Hillary Clinton.

 

  • May 10, 2015 May 10, 2015 Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on the troubles in Baltimore … former Ambassador Peter Galbraith on trusting Iran – or not … and Bill Press interviews political commentator Jonathan Allen.
  • Brian Frosh Brian Frosh Most police officers in Baltimore, and elsewhere, are fine public servants, but Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh says the troubles in that city point out the need to improve police procedures.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith The U.S. could have had a good nuclear deal with Iran back in 2003, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith, but the George W. Bush administration squandered the opportunity.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and his guest, journalist Jonathan Allen.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Stop postal execs from destroying our Postal Service.


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April 26, 2015

Democratic analyst John Halpin says Hillary Clinton will not campaign as a raging populist but also is not going to propose rolling back Dodd-Frank. Union lawyer and activist Thomas Geoghegan says the Democratic Party is living in a fantasy world if it doesn’t recognize that its future depends on reviving the labor movement. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Barbara Lee on drone attacks.

 

  • April 26, 2015 April 26, 2015 John Halpin on Hillary Clinton and income inequality … Thomas Geoghegan on the Democratic Party’s need to revive organized labor … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
  • John Halpin John Halpin The big issue of income inequality does not interest most Americans, says public opinion expert John Halpin. But the issue will work for Democrats if they talk about the specific components of inequality – such as wages, education and taxes.
  • Thomas Geoghegan Thomas Geoghegan Longtime union lawyer and activist Thomas Geoghegan says labor will not come back as a political force without militancy, disruption and educating the Democratic Party elite that its future depends on unions.
  • Barbara Lee Barbara Lee Bill Press and his guest California Congresswoman Barbara Lee discuss drone attacks.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A cluster bomb to obliterate our sovereignty.


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April 5, 2015

It’s April already. Is this the month Hillary Clinton declares for president? Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen says, after she announces, she will have to move to the left, but not too fast. Political scientist Thomas Schaller thinks the Republican Party is going to be hurt by the loosening of campaign spending rules because it means outside forces will seize power from party leaders. And Bill Press talks Chicago politics and the mayoral campaign with political reporter Lynn Sweet.

 

  • April 5, 2015 April 5, 2015 Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen on her campaign prospects … Professor Thomas Schaller on problems facing House Republicans … and Bill Press talks Chicago politics with Lynn Sweet.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen, now the chief political correspondent for vox.com, has written extensively about Hillary Clinton. He says one problem facing her likely presidential run is the history of infighting among her staff.
  • Thomas Schaller Thomas Schaller Political scientist Thomas Schaller says the polarization in Congress is so great that all Republicans are farther to the right than any single Democrat. Another way of putting it is that the most conservative Democrat is still to the left of the most liberal Republican.
  • Lynn Sweet Lynn Sweet Bill Press interviews Chicago political reporter Lynn Sweet.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower 2016 presidential candidates address inequality (sort of).


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