December 27, 2015

One of the past year’s biggest religious stories was the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and lay Catholic commentator Fred Rotondaro assesses his message. Political analyst Lee Drutman tells us what’s wrong with our political system … partly the quality of the candidates. And Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus about President Obama’s year.


  • December 27, 2015 December 27, 2015 Fred Rotondaro assesses Pope Francis and Paul Ryan … Lee Drutman answers the question of what kind of person runs for president … and Bill Press talks with Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro, a regular commentator here, and chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, says Pope Francis is setting a standard that Catholic progressives, and the Church hierarchy, have to follow up on.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Political scientist Lee Drutman analyzes what’s wrong with our political system and asks the question: “Who wants to run for president?” The answer? “Only crazy people.”
  • Paul Brandus Paul Brandus Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Turning human misery into corporate profits.


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December 20, 2015

Republican debate craziness should help the Democrats, says Brookings scholar Elaine Kamarck. FDR scholar Richard Moe compares the plight of Syrian refugees with that of Jews denied entry into the United States in the 1930s. And Bill Press interviews Morris Pearl, a businessman who wants the rich to pay more in taxes.


  • December 20, 2015 December 20, 2015 Elaine Kamarck on those wacky Republicans … Richard Moe on refugees … and Bill Press with Morris Pearl, a patriotic millionaire.
  • Elaine Kamarck Elaine Kamarck Public affairs scholar Elaine Kamarck thinks the wackiness of the entire Republican presidential field can only help the Democratic nominee.
  • Richard Moe Richard Moe A scholar who has studied Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration says FDR could have done more to save European Jews and that America should now take in Syrian refugees.
  • Morris Pearl Morris Pearl Bill Press interviews Morris Pearl, the head of Patriotic Millionaires.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Merry Christmas, right-wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus.


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December 13, 2015

Immigration … refugees … religious tests. Cornell Professor Maria Cristina Garcia examines the history of an America that has not always been a welcoming place for those seeking freedom. Harvard Professor Danielle Allen sees a future of fragmented presidential politics based on smaller constituencies whipped up by outsiders with limited appeal. Is the answer multiple parties? And Bill Press interviews freshman Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego.


  • December 13, 2015 December 13, 2015 Immigration historian Maria Cristina Garcia says the current uproar over refugees is not new … Harvard Professor Danielle Allen reflects on the fragmentation of American politics … and Bill Press interviews Congressman Ruben Gallegos.
  • Maria Cristina Garcia Maria Cristina Garcia Immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says that for anyone trying to enter the country to engage in terrorism, the refugee program is the hardest way.
  • Danielle Allen Danielle Allen Danielle Allen, a government professor and MacArthur “genius,” thinks we should be moving in the direction of multiple political parties.
  • Ruben Gallego Ruben Gallego Bill Press interviews Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The sleaze, guilt, and punishment of Don Blankenship.


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December 6, 2015

A trial in Baltimore, a political crisis in Chicago, and a nation focused on police and community relations. Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says just because police have a difficult job to do doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable when things go wrong. Political analyst Ed Kilgore says the Black Lives Matter movement will help solidify minority voters and their allegiance to the Democratic Party. And Bill Press interviews climate change expert Joe Romm.


  • December 6, 2015 December 6, 2015 Baltimore law professor Michael Higginbotham and political columnist Ed Kilgore analyze the Black Lives Matter movement … and Bill Press interviews Joe Romm about global warming.
  • Michael Higginbotham Michael Higginbotham Law professor and civil rights historian Michael Higginbotham says he is hopeful about progress in police and community relations but that cops should not get a pass just because they have such a difficult job.
  • Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore Columnist Ed Kilgore says the Black Lives Matter movement eventually will help solidify the relationship between minority voters and the Democratic Party.
  • Joe Romm Joe Romm Bill Press interviews climate change expert Joe Romm about the recent international conference in Paris.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Rafael and Ted Cruz: Like father, like son.


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