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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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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February 8, 2015

Thomas Geoghegan has written a book called “Only One Thing Can Save Us.” What is that one thing? Re-invent the labor movement. Political scientist Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans own Congress but Democrats own the White House. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Donna Edwards about the Obama legislative agenda.

  • February 8, 2015 February 8, 2015 Re-inventing the labor movement with Thomas Geoghan… moving toward third-world status with Thomas Schaller … and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Donna Edwards.
  • Thomas Geoghegan Thomas Geoghegan Labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan says everyone in the Democratic Party has a stake in re-energizing the labor movement, and that unions need to refocus and re-invent themselves.
  • Thomas Schaller Thomas Schaller Professor Thomas Schaller explains why Republicans dominate Congress but will have to fill an inside straight to win the White House.
  • Donna Edwards Donna Edwards Bill Press and his guest, Donna Edwards, Congresswoman from Maryland.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Super Bowl enriches NFL, stiffs host city.


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December 21, 2014

Human rights expert Eric Posner talks about torture. Political analyst Celinda Lake says Republicans now have to show they can govern. And Bill Press talks with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich about the Cuba embargo and ISIS.

  • December 21, 2014 December 21, 2014 Posner on human rights … Lake on the midterm elections… and Bill Press with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • Eric Posner Eric Posner Professor Eric Posner has written a book basically saying that human rights interventions usually don’t work. And he explains when torture and other extreme measures work, and when they don’t.
  • Celinda Lake Celinda Lake Political strategist Celinda Lake says 2014 was a wave election, and now it is the Republicans who have to prove they can govern.
  • Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich Bill Press and his guest, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Wall Street And Congress perform legislative acrobatics.

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