January 4, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee, says the party needs to talk to voters about issues they care about. Professor Gary Donaldson recalls an era when the two titans of their parties – Lyndon Johnson and President Eisenhower – worked together for the good of the country. And Nancy Altman, one of the country’s top experts on Social Security, says the program can and should be expanded.

  • January 4, 2015 January 4, 2015 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Democratic strategy … Gary Donaldson on LBJ and Ike … and Nancy Altman on the future of Social Security.
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the mayor of Baltimore and an up-and-coming force in the Democratic Party. She says the party’s dismal showing in 2014 resulted from not talking about issues Democrats are strong on.
  • Gary Donaldson Gary Donaldson There was once a time when Republicans and Democrats could compromise and get legislation passed for the good of the country. Historian Gary Donaldson recalls how President Eisenhower and Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon Johnson needed each other to accomplish their partisan aims.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman, a leading expert on Social Security, says expanding benefits is affordable and is, ultimately, a political, not an economic, issue.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The corporate hustle of college bowl games.


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October 26, 2014

What did Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan have in common – besides their landslide victories? Author Jonathan Darman says they had the same political hero. With women potentially a decisive voting bloc in the midterm elections, law professor Deborah Rhode explains why a vast majority of Americans agree with feminist principles, but don’t identify as feminists. And Bill Press talks about Ebola with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch.

  • October 26, 2014 October 26, 2014 Darman on the similarities between LBJ and Reagan … Rhode on what women want … and Bill Press talks ebola with Congressman Peter Welch.
  • Jonathan Darman Jonathan Darman Lyndon Johnson was as big-government Democrat as we have seen in our lifetime. Ronald Reagan ushered in the era of small government. But author Jonathan Darman talks with us about their similarities.
  • Deborah Rhode Deborah Rhode Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode says America ranks 78th in the world in the proportion of women in political leadership – and that’s behind Saudi Arabia. She has some ideas on how to change that.
  • Peter Welch Peter Welch Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The corporate purchase of America's political discourse.

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October 5, 2014

It’s been half a century since the Great Society, and historian Gary Donaldson takes a look at how Lyndon Johnson, working with President Eisenhower, accumulated the political clout to change America. Professor Karen Piper foresees a world that will be fighting wars about water, which, of course, is abundant – but severely maldistributed. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings about the Secret Service mess.

  • Oct. 5, 2014 Oct. 5, 2014 Gary Donaldson on the LBJ alliance with Eisenhower. Karen Piper on how corporations control the world’s water. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.
  • Gary Donaldson Gary Donaldson Fifty years after the high point of Lyndon Johnson’s power, historian Gary Donaldson talks about how he had previously reached an accommodation with President Eisenhower to keep the country on a middle road of prosperity.
  • Karen Piper Karen Piper With the American Southwest facing water shortages, professor Karen Piper offers us a more global outlook on water distribution, which she says is largely a matter of corporate control.
  • Elijah Cummings Elijah Cummings Bill Press and his guest, Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Congressman and ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower GOP boo-boo reveals secret corporate donors.

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