September 27, 2015

Why is it that our opponents so steadfastly ignore the truth? Political scientist Arthur Lupia is an expert on ignorance, and he says it’s because people care more about values than about facts. With Scott Walker out of the presidential race and polls showing stronger support for unions, labor leader David Rolf is optimistic about a number of trends, including raising the minimum wage. And journalist Alex Seitz-Wald talks with Bill Press about U.S.-Chinese relations.


  • September 27, 2015 September 27, 2015 Arthur Lupia on the pull of political ignorance … David Rolf on workers’ rights in the new economy … and Bill Press interviews journalist Alex Seitz-Wald.
  • Arthur Lupia Arthur Lupia Professor Arthur Lupia explains why facts don’t matter in political discussions. He says if progressives don’t speak to voters about values, it is unlikely they will listen.
  • David Rolf  David Rolf West Coast union leader David Rolf is optimistic that Congress will eventually follow all the states that are tired of waiting and are raising the minimum wage on their own.
  • Alex Seitz-Wald Alex Seitz-Wald Bill Press and his guest, journalist Alex Seitz-Wald.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A flagrant liar for president?


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December 22, 2013

With states and cities now debating raising the minimum wage, economist John Schmitt says the issue is more about inequality than about jobs. Professor Jonathan Zimmerman explains why he wants to repeal the 22nd Amendment and let presidents serve as many terms as the voters want them to. And Bill Press interviews Ginger Gibson, Politico’s budget expert.

  • Dec. 22, 2013 Dec. 22, 2013 Economist John Schmitt on the minimum wage … Professor Jonathan Zimmerman on the 22nd Amendment … and Politico’s Ginger Gibson on the budget deal.
  • John Schmitt John Schmitt All of a sudden, lawmakers in cities and states are talking about raising the minimum wage locally. Economist John Schmitt says it is a popular idea but won’t happen at the federal level as long as Republicans hold the House of Representatives.
  • Jonathan Zimmerman Jonathan Zimmerman Professor Jonathan Zimmerman says that the Constitution’s two-term limit weakens the presidency, weakens the voters and weakens democracy. He wants to repeal it.
  • Ginger Gibson Ginger Gibson Bill Press and his guest, Ginger Gibson, of Politico.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Christmas: War!

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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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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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