November 24, 2013

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, professor Robert Paarlberg summarizes the politics of food in a country where obesity may be more of a problem than hunger. This year, Thanksgiving coincides with Hanukkah — and the role of God and religion in our civic life is the subject of a provocative interview with Sean Faircloth, a former legislator from Maine and an advocate of strict separation of church and state. And Bill Press interviews California Congressman Sam Farr.

  • Nov. 24, 2013 Nov. 24, 2013 Thanksgiving reflections on America’s food supply and the theocracy that one author says governs the “land of our pilgrims’ pride.”
  • Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg is an expert on food. In addition to summarizing the science and politics of food production, he notes that the biggest health threat from American agriculture is not on the farm or in the labs of Monsanto but in our own kitchens.
  • Sean Faircloth Sean Faircloth Church and state expert Sean Faircloth – he wants to separate them – reminds us on Thanksgiving that despite the prayers we might offer privately, the only reference to religion in the Constitution is its exclusion.
  • Sam Farr Sam Farr Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Sam Farr, who represents California’s Central Coast.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Billionaires reap a cornucopia of farm subsidy cash.

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October 27, 2013

Sean Faircloth is a former state legislator and now an advocate for separation of church and state. He says that the intrusion of religion into government can have deadly consequences. Economist George Tyler tells us what went wrong with the American economy. One short answer, he says, is “stock options.” And Bill Press interviews Danny Kanner of the Democratic Governors Association about how the Virginia race could be a bellwether for Democratic gains next year.

  • Oct. 27, 2013 Oct. 27, 2013 The rise of a theocratic America … the decline of the American economy … and a preview of the 2014 gubernatorial races.
  • Sean Faircloth Sean Faircloth Washington, Adams and Jefferson could not be elected president today because they didn’t profess a belief in God, says secularist Sean Faircloth. And, says the former state legislator, religion intrusion into policy can cause the death of children.
  • George Tyler George Tyler What caused the Great Recession? Former World Bank economist George Tyler has a few answers for us, but mainly he says it was the development of stock options for management – making the goal a spike in quarterly profits.
  • Danny Kanner Danny Kanner Bill Press and his guest, Danny Kanner of the Democratic Governors Association.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The Ignoble Prize For Agriculture.

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May 5, 2013

A former Republican ambassador warns that anti-Americanism and fundamentalism is growing in the Muslim world. He also says it is not certain that the Boston bombing will actually help our relations with Russia.

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says despite legislative setbacks on gun safety legislation, the NRA will be revealed as a paper tiger.

And Bill Press talks with Emily’s List communications director Jess McIntosh about the drive to elect a woman president.

  • May 5th, 2013 May 5th, 2013 Former ambassador Mike Ussery on the Boston bombing and Islam, Fred Rotondaro calls the NRA a paper tiger, and Jess McIntosh on the drive to elect a woman president.
  • Mike Ussery Mike Ussery Mike Ussery was ambassador to Morocco in Republican administrations, and in the wake of the Boston bombing, he cautions about rising anti-Americanism in Muslim countries. He says things could go either way in dealing with Russia in the fight against terrorism.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fighting the NRA may take a long time, but the gun lobby is going to be revealed as a paper tiger, says regular commentator Fred Rotondaro.
  • Jess McIntosh Jess McIntosh Bill Press and his guest Jess McIntosh of Emily’s List on the drive to elect a woman president.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The cold calculation of clothing corporations.

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April 14, 2013

An expert on nuclear weapons says don’t panic about North Korea. The threats of using missiles against the United States are just empty bluster.

A theologian calls out Catholic lawmakers by name to explain that putting reasonable restrictions on firearms is the pro-life position.

And Bill Press talks with Chicago Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, who predicts eventual passage of gun safety legislation.

  • Apr. 14, 2013 Apr. 14, 2013 Don’t worry about Kim Jong Un, says a leading nuke expert. Catholic theologian puts Boehner and Ryan on the spot about what pro-life really means. And Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on prospects for gun safety legislation.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione is president of the Ploughshares Fund and an expert on nuclear nonproliferation. He says don’t worry about the empty bluster coming from North Korea. Its missiles can’t hit anything. The only problem is the possibility of North Korea blundering into a conventional war.
  • Tobias Winright Tobias Winright Professor Tobias Winright of St. Louis University says the Catholic Church’s consistent pro-life position should be extended to sensible gun control legislation, and he puts the Speaker of the House and a couple of Democratic senators on the spot.
  • Jan Schakowsky Jan Schakowsky Bill Press guest U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky predicts the eventual passage of gun safety legislation.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Where's the cop on the Wall Street beat?

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