August 30, 2015

New numbers show a strengthening economy, but why does it skip so many American workers? We talk today with two experts about middle-class values and the value of the middle class. Union president David Rolf notes the irony that this is one of the best times to be a consumer and the worst time to be an employee. Economic analyst David Madland shows that trickle-down economics has failed and that ultimately facts will trump special interests and ideology. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Bill Press about her new book.


  • August 30, 2015 August 30, 2015 With Labor Day coming up, union president David Rolf and economic analyst David Madland explain how a strong economy relies on the middle class. And Bill Press interviews Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • David Rolf David Rolf Union leader David Rolf says even Republicans can be persuaded that America will be better off with a strong middle class. But it’s the plutocrats and their hired guns standing in the way.
  • David Madland David Madland Economic expert and author David Madland says it’s a strong middle class that makes democracy work and even Republicans can be persuaded of that.
  • Amy Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar Bill Press and his guest, Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower


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July 12, 2015

With President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement still showing signs of life in Congress, Ira Shapiro, a former Clinton administration trade official, says an agreement will let the United States, not China, set labor and environmental regulations. Anthropologist Richard Perry denounces the pseudo-science of biological determinism – the idea that genes determine the outcomes of your life. And Bill Press interviews fellow radio host and humorist Stephanie Miller.

 

  • Jul. 12, 2015 Jul. 12, 2015 Ira Shapiro in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Richard Perry on racism as a social disease … and Bill Press with humorist Stephanie Miller.
  • Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro was a trade official in the Clinton Administration, and he says the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a good deal for America and that failure would be great for China.
  • Richard Perry Richard Perry Anthropologist Richard Perry looks at the political motives of those who think that genes, and race, determine how humans behave. If you think people can’t change, he says, it’s a good argument for opposing change.
  • Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller Bill Press and his guest, progressive radio host Stephanie Miller.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Chris Christie: A constantly-lying "truth teller".

 

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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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December 14, 2014

What has happened to the middle class? Author Joel Kotkin says the issue of class itself eats at the fabric of America. Sociologist Chad Broughton offers a case study of how NAFTA helped destroy middle class jobs in manufacturing. And Bill Press talks with progressive strategist Brad Woodhouse about 2016.

  • December 14, 2014 December 14, 2014 Joel Kotkin on the issue of class in America … Chad Broughton on the loss of middle class jobs … and Bill Press with political strategist Brad Woodhouse.
  • Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He says the issue of class – and the widening income gap – is destroying the American economy.
  • Chad Broughton Chad Broughton How did America lose one-third of its manufacturing jobs in just 10 years? Sociologist Chad Broughton uses the move of a huge Maytag plant to Mexico as an example of NAFTA helping to wreck the lower middle class.
  • Brad Woodhouse Brad Woodhouse Bill Press and his guest, political strategist Brad Woodhouse.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Why won't the CIA even say the word "torture"?

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