August 18, 2013

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, law professor F. Michael Higginbotham tells us about the subject of his new book, “The Ghosts of Jim Crow.” And David Orentlicher says the presidency is too powerful. Therefore, he argues, we need two presidents. Then, Bill Press talks with the new president of Americans United for Change, Brad Woodhouse.

  • Aug. 18, 2013 Aug. 18, 2013 “The Ghosts of Jim Crow” still roam, says one black historian. And you don’t like the president? A political scientist says we need two of them.
  • F. Michael Higginbotham F. Michael Higginbotham It is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and we hear from African American law professor F. Michael Higginbotham about “the ghosts of Jim Crow.” He says there has been much progress, and that the destiny of today’s black men and women will be determined by how hard they work.
  • David Orentlicher David Orentlicher How can we end the political polarization gripping Washington? Professor David Orentlicher says the Constitution is to blame, and we need to have a co-presidency consisting of members of opposing parties. He says it would prevent bad decisionmaking, like Watergate and the invasion of Iraq.
  • Brad Woodhouse Brad Woodhouse Bill Press and his guest, Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Corporate powers steamroll Florida voters.

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August 11, 2013

Today we go back into history to discuss with two presidential scholars perhaps the greatest president of all time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and some of the worst, or most forgotten, gentlemen to occupy the White House. And Bill Press talks with Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.

  • Aug. 11, 2013 Aug. 11, 2013 One historian examines the political skills of Franklin D. Roosevelt … another tells us who the worst president in history was.
  • Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to make some unsavory political compromises to establish the New Deal. Historian Ira Katznelson tells us about that, and he calls for progressives to become more imaginative and galvanize a new New Deal.
  • Michael Gerhardt Michael Gerhardt Americans disagree about who was the greatest U.S. president, but we pay little attention to the worst. Presidential historian Michael Gerhardt's book “The Forgotten Presidents" takes a look at the least among them.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Motorcycling an anti-woman agenda into law.

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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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May 19, 2013

One of the world’s leading international economists destroys Republican claims that America’s debt will cause us to become like Greece or Italy or some other economic basket case. He says it’s like saying RG3’s injured knee means he will wind up in a nursing home.

There’s no chance Barack Obama will be forgotten to history, but what factors make a president forgettable? Government professor Michael Gerhardt gives us a rundown on the most forgotten of our chief executives.

And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Jackie Speier about sexual abuse in the U.S. military.

  • May 19, 2013 May 19, 2013 Adam Posen compares the economy to RG-3. Remember Millard Fillmore? Professor Michael Gerhardt does. Congresswoman Speier says get sex cases out of the military chain of command.
  • Adam Posen Adam Posen Adam Posen is president of the world’s leading independent economic think tank, and he says Repuiblicans are “fundamentally crazy” when they predict that the national debt will send the United States the way of Greece. Such a comparison “is beyond apples and oranges,” and he explains why.
  • Michael Gerhardt Michael Gerhardt While President Obama may be facing some issues he’d like to forget, there’s no chance he will be forgotten by history. Author Michael Gerhardt has studied and listed the most forgotten of American presidents … and explains how they got that way.
  • Jackie Speier Jackie Speier Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who demands that military rape cases be removed from the chain of command.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Cantor's con would steal workers' overtime pay.

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