This Week

This Thanksgiving and campaign season, historian Ron Formisano talks about how income inequality hampers economic growth for all. Political scientist Arthur Lupia explains why otherwise intelligent people can be so ignorant on political issues. And Bill Press interviews New York Daily News reporter Cameron Joseph about how the NRA supports terrorism.

  • November 22, 2015 November 22, 2015 Thanksgiving reflection – America’s income inequality is worse than Pakistan’s says Ron Formisano. Voters often don’t bother to consider reality, says Arthur Lupia. And Bill Press interviews Cameron Joseph about the NRA and terrorism.
  • Ron Formisano Ron Formisano Noted historian Ron Formisano compares income distribution and inequality in America to Pakistan, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Guyana and Venezuela – and the comparison is not good.
  • Arthur Lupia Arthur Lupia Professor Arthur Lupia examines the behavior of American voters, who are often ignorant about the issues facing them. He says when we have simple choices, you don’t HAVE to know anything.
  • Cameron Joseph Cameron Joseph Bill Press interviews Cameron Joseph of the New York Daily News.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What honeybees, humans, and art have in common.

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November 8, 2015

Political scientist and Congress-watcher Lee Drutman assesses the House Republicans under new Speaker Paul Ryan. Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the Republicans’ biggest problem is that they are looking for brutally simplistic answers to complicated issues. And Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page on a new book about George H.W. Bush … and his son.

  • November 8, 2015 November 8, 2015 Lee Drutman says Paul Ryan may be in for a surprise … Fred Rotondaro says the Republican presidential candidates are looking for answers that are too simplistic … and Bill Press interviews Susan Page about the new book on the Bushes.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Political scientist Lee Drutman wonders how long it will take for Paul Ryan to come to the same conclusion as John Boehner – that the Freedom Caucus is made up of “crazy people” who he will not listen to.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro surveys the presidential field and says Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a great shot and that Trump and Carson are taking advantage of their party’s need for honesty.
  • Susan Page Susan Page Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page about the Presidents Bush.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Warning: Pink ribbons don’t cure breast cancer.

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November 1, 2015

Fred Harris is the last surviving member of the 1968 Kerner Commission on civil disorders. He says race relations and poverty have regressed since the Reagan administration. Journalist Ari Berman has a new book about how Republicans are imposing voting restrictions, and he tells us how Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz kept blacks from voting in the tainted 2000 presidential election. And the Bill Press show features an interview by Igor Volsky of journalist Amanda Terkel about Bernie Sanders and pot.

  • November 1, 2015 November 1, 2015 Fred Harris on the fruits of the Kerner Commission … Ari Berman on Republican attempts to keep Democrats from voting … and a Bill Press Show interview with Amanda Terkel about Bernie Sanders and pot.
  • Fred Harris Fred Harris Former Senator Fred Harris served on the Kerner Commission on civil disorders almost half a century ago. Now he says the progress that was made in race relations and fighting poverty stopped in the Reagan administration.
  • Ari Berman Ari Berman Journalist Ari Berman has written a book called “Give Us the Ballot.” He details for us the long, sordid record of Republicans – including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and John Roberts – in preventing minorities from voting.
  • Amanda Terkel Amanda Terkel Igor Volsky interviews journalist Amanda Terkel on the Bill Press Show about Bernie Sanders and his position on marijuana.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What's the price on Jeb Bush's "integrity"?

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October 18, 2015

Historian Ron Formisano explains what plutocracy is and how we are currently governed by it. Constitutional expert Garrett Epps reviews voting rights and the missing voice of Congress in foreign policy. And Bill Press talks with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown about the Trans Pacific Partnership and the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race.

  • October 18, 2015 October 18, 2015 Historian Ron Formisano describes plutocracy … legal expert Garrett Epps explains the loss of voting rights … and Bill Press interviews Senator Sherrod Brown on the TPP.
  • Ron Formisano Ron Formisano Distinguished historian Ron Formisano has written a book about plutocracy and says we are in a new “gilded age” when the state and federal governments are up for sale.
  • Garrett Epps Garrett Epps Garrett Epps teaches law, and he says Republicans are now committed to suppressing the vote and ignoring the congressional role in national security.
  • Sherrod Brown Sherrod Brown Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Ryan bitten on the butt by his own mad dogs.

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