This Week

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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August 23, 2015

Distinguished presidential historian Michael Genovese explains what it takes to be a good president, and he says Donald Trump would not be an effective one. Voting analyst Daniel McGraw says there is a death gap between the two parties, with many more Republican voters checking out than Democrats. And sociologist Andrew Cherlin says only people with decent combined incomes are getting married these days.


  • August 23, 2015 August 23, 2015 Prominent historian Michael Genovese on why Trump would be a terrible president … voting expert Daniel McGraw says Republican voters are dying faster than Democrats … and sociologist Andrew Cherlin links marriage to income.
  • Michael Genovese Michael Genovese One of America’s most distinguished historians, Michael Genovese, describes the powers and limitations of the presidency … and says Donald Trump would find that barking orders is not going to work.
  • Daniel McGraw Daniel McGraw Journalist and voting expert Daniel McGraw says Republicans have an actuarial problem because so many of their voters are older than Democrats. But, he warns, if the Republicans concentrate on economic issues, they may get younger voters to listen to them.
  • Andrew Cherlin Andrew Cherlin Sociologist Andrew Cherlin says there is a marriage gap, with only those couples with the prospect of decent incomes actually legalizing their union.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Government of, by, and for Big Money.


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August 16, 2015

Fifty years after the Watts riots, we talk today about race as a cultural, not a genetic, artifact and about the history of community organizing to achieve power. Anthropologist Richard Perry tells us there is an upsurge in discredited theories that genes determine how we act. And professor Aaron Schutz reminds us how both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were disciples of the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. And Bill Press interviews Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the Iran nuclear deal.


  • August 16, 2015 August 16, 2015 Fifty years after the Watts riot, we talk about race and power, with anthropologist Richard Perry and community organizing expert Aaron Schutz. In addition, Bill Press interview Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Richard Perry Richard Perry Anthropologist Richard Perry won’t even use the word “race” without quotation marks because it is not a biologically valid category. We are who we are, he says, because of what we have learned.
  • Aaron Schutz Aaron Schutz Professor Aaron Schutz explains the history of community organizing, from its founding father Saul Alinsky through Barack Obama, whom he suggests wanted people to be engaged but then got annoyed when they did.
  • Ernest Moniz Ernest Moniz Bill Press and his guest, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower You, too, can be part of Scott Walker's inner circle.


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August 9, 2015

Seventy years after the first and only military use of atomic bombs, historian David Kennedy says they proved not to be a useful weapon. And, he says, today’s biggest threat is not nuclear war but climate change. Climate change is on the mind of energy expert Michael Levi, who says that the benefits of President Obama’s new plan to restrict carbon emissions will exceed the costs. And Bill Press interviews North Carolina Congressman David Price on the Iran nuclear agreement.

  • August 9, 2015 August 9, 2015 Climate change -- historian David Kennedy says it is the biggest national security threat, and energy guru Michael Levi says renewable energy will not solve the whole problem.
  • David Kennedy David Kennedy Historian David Kennedy says the biggest threat to national security is not terrorism, cyberwarfare or nuclear weapons … rather, it is climate change.
  • Michael Levi Michael Levi Michael Levi, an expert on the effects of carbon emissions on climate change, says he doesn’t think the use of renewable energy will solve the whole problem.
  • David Price David Price Bill Press and North Carolina Congressman David Price discuss the Iran deal.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "Non-candidate" campaigns dominate 2016 presidential race.


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