June 22, 2014

How has the shrinking of the middle class changed the American Dream? Professor Sandra Hanson says the dream is now more spiritual than material. Economic analyst Mike Konczal points out that when conservatives say we should go back to before the New Deal when private sector charity took care of the poor, they are misinformed. It was never that way. And Bill Press talks about House Republicans and LGBT issues with Representative Mark Pocan.

  • Jun. 22, 2014 Jun. 22, 2014 Sandra Hanson on the American Dream … Mike Konczal on the fallacy of voluntarism …and Bill Press with his guest, Congressman Mark Pocan.
  • Sandra Hanson Sandra Hanson Catholic University Professor Sandra Hanson has been looking into the American Dream, and as we approach the annual celebration of American independence, she says we need that dream even more when times are tough.
  • Mike Konczal Mike Konczal When Republicans talk about the good old days when voluntary organizations, like churches and charities, took care of the poor, they are fantasizing about a society that never existed. Roosevelt Institute research fellow Mike Konczal explains the fallacy of voluntarism.
  • Mark Pocan Mark Pocan Bill Press and Congressman Mark Pocan discuss House Republicans and LGBT issues.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The militarization of "Officer Friendly."

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February 17, 2013

Why is there so much dysfunction in Congress? Constitutional scholar Ian Millhiser says, simply, it is “deeply baked into the legislative system.”

Author and demographer Phillip Longman has some surprising data about how your job determines how long you live, and how winning an Oscar affects health in Hollywood.

And Bill Press talks with Brendon Ayanbadejo of the world champion Baltimore Ravens about safety on the gridiron — and gay rights.

  • Feb. 17, 2013 Feb. 17, 2013 Which house of Congress better represents the people? And how does winning an Oscar affect your health? Some surprising answers today.
  • Ian Millhiser Ian Millhiser Constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser says the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court may not lead to more Republicans, but it will lead to worse Democrats. He also says because of gerrymandering, the so-called “upper House,” the Senate, is actually more representative of the American people than the “people’s house.”
  • Phillip Longman Phillip Longman Do race and class matter in health care? Absolutely, says demographer Phillip Longman. It is not only the level of socioeconomic status, it is the disparity between the races and income levels that kills people.
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo Brendon Ayanbadejo Bill Press and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo talk gay rights.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Do more than the minimum on minimum wage.

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