September 29, 2013

Erica Seifert is a public opinion analyst who helped draws up a “women’s economic agenda” and it’s based primarily on economics. Progressive scholar and author Eric Liu wants to build the economy from the middle class out and explains how to do it. And Bill Press talks with Jim Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union.

  • September 29, 2013 September 29, 2013 Public opinion analyst Erica Seifert proposes a new economic agenda for women, and author Eric Liu proposes building the economy from the middle class out. And some union history from Jim Hoffa.
  • Erica Seifert Erica Seifert Public opinion analyst Erica Seifert says the key political issues for women are pay, education and reproductive freedom. And those issues may pave the way for congressional gains next year – IF women turn out at the polls.
  • Eric Liu Eric Liu Author Eric Liu says restoring the ideal of opportunity for all Americans can be accomplished by adopting “middle out economics.” The result would be more money in the hands of consumers to buy more products.
  • Jim Hoffa Jim Hoffa Bill Press and his guest, Teamsters Union president Jim Hoffa.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Ryan rants, and a new voice of morality responds.

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September 1, 2013

Labor Day 2013 finds much of the nation finally focused on income disparities and the plight of minimum wage workers. Our guests today speak directly to those issues. Long-time union leader Paul Booth says the fight progressives must make is not only about good wages, but good wedges — framing our concerns in terms of winning wedge issues. Economist John Schmitt takes us through the history of the minimum wage fight. And Bill Press talks with the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato about that state’s race for governor.

  • September 1, 2013 September 1, 2013 Reflections on the plight of organized labor, with union leader Paul Booth and economist John Schmitt on how to fight the Republican assault on working people.
  • Paul Booth Paul Booth Labor Day commemorates the contributions of America’s working men and women, and a leader of the government workers union, Paul Booth, says that just being right on issues isn’t enough – you have to use language to win the message war.
  • John Schmitt John Schmitt Economist John Schmitt explains how the productivity of American workers has gone up since World War II, and how steeply wages have fallen in comparison. He answers the question of where in the world the McDonald’s worker does better.
  • Larry Sabato Larry Sabato Bill Press talks with the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato about that state’s race for governor.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Where Labor Day came from, and where it’s going.

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August 25, 2013

Labor Day is coming up, and this week we hear from three experts on the challenges facing working people in America. Best-selling author George Packer talks with us about his book “The Unwinding,” and how, since the Reagan administration, we have become “a society of winners and losers.” And labor advocate and former House Democratic Whip David Bonior says this is the worst moment for organized labor in his lifetime.

  • Aug. 25, 2013 Aug. 25, 2013 Labor Day is approaching, and guests George Packer, Andrew Levison, and David Bonior analyze how things have gotten so tough for working men and women.
  • George Packer George Packer George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written a best-selling book about America’s “unwinding.” He says it was caused by what leaders and elites could get away with. It turns out to have been plenty, and now the American worker is in a race to the bottom.
  • Andrew Levison Andrew Levison Where are Democrats going to get the votes to improve their standing in Congress next year? Analyst Andrew Levison argues that the party is doomed unless it can make electoral inroads among the white working class, which he says no longer feels part of the Democratic coalition.
  • David Bonior David Bonior Finally, David Bonior join us. Mr. Bonior, of Michigan, was the longest serving Democratic whip in the House of Representatives and now heads an organization dedicated to advancing the goals of organized labor. Unfortunately, things are at a low point right now, he says.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Police destroy "The Garden of Eden".

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June 30, 2013

As we celebrate another year of independence, Americans are asking what happened to the Fourth Amendment protections of privacy and the Fifteenth Amendment guarantee of voting rights.

Law Professor Michael Greenberger, a homeland security expert, explains what the leak of national security secrets may mean. Law Professor Michael Higginbotham reflects on changes in affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act.

And Bill Press interviews the acting secretary of labor, Seth Harris.

  • June 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 On America’s 237th birthday, we discuss the state of our freedoms. Two law professors reflect on the controversies over privacy rights and voting rights.
  • Michael Greenberger Michael Greenberger Law Professor Michael Greenberger, an expert on homeland security, warns that the National Security Agency’s sweep of phone numbers and emails is, indeed, “a serious Fourth Amendment question.”
  • Michael Higginbotham Michael Higginbotham Civil rights law expert Michael Higginbotham says it was a “sad and tragic week” at the Supreme Court. He warns that educational opportunity for minorities will be limited, and tremendous discrimination at the ballot box is going to go unchecked.
  • Seth Harris Seth Harris Bill Press and his guest, Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Serve bankers or serve the poor? Congress reinterprets Jesus.

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