November 10, 2013

Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a lot to say about Obamacare and tea party extremism, and she advises members of Congress from both parties to just try to be “normal human beings.” A Veterans Week reflection by law professor Mary Dudziak on how America has come to be in a permanent state of war. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, about the NSA and Syria.

  • Nov. 10, 2013 Nov. 10, 2013 Democratic Party Chair on Obamacare and the Virginia election. A Veterans Week reflection on our state of war, and a peace activist says the U.S. intelligence apparatus is out of control.
  • D. Wasserman Schultz D. Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic Party and a congresswoman from Florida, says if you don’t like the way your kitchen was remodeled, don’t burn down the house – take the counter out and re-do the cabinet knobs. Her point? The Affordable Care Act needs minor revisions, not arson.
  • Mary Dudziak Mary Dudziak If you just look at all the campaign ribbons and medals handed out by the U.S. military, you can see that this nation has been in pretty much a permanent state of war for a long time. Author Mary Dudziak says Americans are not called upon for any real sacrifice to support wars, such as public engagement about foreign policy.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Congress critters kiss Wall Street butt for cash.

Right-click to download
Full Show
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Mary Dudziak
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Joe Cirincione
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Jim Hightower
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

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.

Right-click to download
Full Show
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Michael Greenberger
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
F Michael Higginbotham
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Seth Harris
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Jim Hightower
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

June 23, 2013

This year is the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve Board. What does it do? What has it done? Is it still necessary? Former Fed official Stephen Axilrod explains it all.

Any large political coalition is always going to be hard to hold together, and that presents problems for Democratic congressional and presidential candidates in 2014 and 2016. Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos explores potential backlash to the Obama electoral coalition.

And Bill Press interviews Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the perils of privacy invasion.

  • June 23, 2013 June 23, 2013 The Fed is 100 years old. Does it still have a future? The Obama political coalition is going on six years old. Does it have a future?
  • Stephen Axilrod Stephen Axilrod Economist Stephen Axilrod is now an international monetary consultant, but before that he spent more than 30 years as a top official of the Federal Reserve Board. He says the Fed may have had some responsibility for the 2008 fiscal crisis … but also played a crucial role in preventing a full-scale meltdown.
  • Ryan Enos Ryan Enos It’s going to be hard for the Obama electoral coalition to stay together in 2014 and 2016, says Harvard political scientist Ryan Enos. He has done studies on voting behavior of whites, blacks and Latinos in some of America’s biggest cities. And he says Democrats will have to figure out how to prevent cracks in the coalition.
  • Bobby Scott Bobby Scott Bill Press interviews Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the perils of privacy invasion.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A new home for poverty in America.

Right-click to download
Full Show
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Stephen Axilrod
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Ryan Enos
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Bobby Scott
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Jim Hightower
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

June 16, 2013

At a time when many progressives are quarreling with President Obama’s penchant for compromise, a historian reminds us that Franklin D. Roosevelt made unpleasant compromises to achieve larger goals of economic and political freedom.
Progressive commentator Catherine Poe comments on political characters, and says Michele Bachmann isn’t really gone.
And Bill Press interviews Congressman Keith Ellison about government snooping.

  • June 16, 2013 June 16, 2013 The perils of compromise, al a FDR … Chris Christie finds out that government works … Congressman outraged at NSA.
  • Ira Katznelson Ira Katznelson Columbia University Professor Ira Katznelson has a new book out contending that Franklin D. Roosevelt compromised – collaborated if you will – with southern racists in Congress but he did so to help establish farther reaching economic and racial justice.
  • Catherine Poe Catherine Poe Michele Bachmann? Chris Christie? Hillary Clinton? Our regular commentator Catherine Poe has some sharp insights into all of them.
  • Keith Ellison Keith Ellison Bill Press and his guest, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The biggest shock of NSA's secret domestic spying.

Right-click to download
Full Show
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Ira Katznelson
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Catherine Poe
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Keith Ellison
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Jim Hightower
Update Required
To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.