February 28, 2016

Phil Keisling on the merits of voting by mail … Theda Skocpol on how Democrats forgot about state politics … and Bill Press discusses the Supreme Court vacancy with Congressman David Cicilline.

What if you could vote by mail instead of trekking down to your precinct’s polling place? Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says it would dramatically increase turnout, especially among progressives. Professor Theda Skocpol explains how the Democrats ceded control of state government to Republicans. And Bill Press interviews Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline about the Supreme Court vacancy and guns.

Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling used to be the secretary of state for Oregon, one of three states that allows people to vote by mail. He said the practice increases turnout, especially among younger and more diverse voters.

Theda Skocpol

Government professor Theda Skocpol says Democrats think the presidency is the biggest political prize and, unfortunately, ignore politics at the state level.

David Cicilline

Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about the Supreme Court vacancy.

Jim Hightower

Who should pay Mitch McConnell’s salary?

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February 21, 2016

Steven Hill exposes the problems of “the gig economy.” Professor Danielle Allen warns Democrats about complacency. And Bill Press interviews privacy expert Patrick Tucker about Apple versus the FBI.

Progressive author Steven Hill of the New America Foundation says the old New Deal economy and its safety net guarantees are crumbling for millions of U.S. workers. Government professor Danielle Allen says Marco Rubio is the most thoughtful of the GOP candidates and warns that Democrats cannot always take their current popularity among minorities and the young for granted. And Bill Press interviews Patrick Turner, a privacy expert with the publication “Defense One,” about the battle between the FBI and Apple.

Steven Hill

Steven Hill advocates for rights of all the millions of part-time workers in this “gig economy” but says Donald Trump is an economic populist who is articulate in his understanding of the undeserving rich.

Danielle Allen

Government professor Danielle Allen believes that fixing criminal violence and bad policing starts with ending the drug war.

Patrick Tucker

Bill Press interviews Patrick Tucker about the battle between Apple and the FBI.

Jim Hightower

Mitch’s squirrelly effort to rewrite our Constitution.

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June 28, 2015

On the anniversary of American independence, journalist and First Amendment expert David Shipler says there is a mixed picture of free speech. Legally, you can say anything you want, but there are sometimes invisible cultural limits. Political reform advocate Lee Drutman says the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is not helping corporations run Congress as much as old-fashioned lobbying is. And Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko, an opponent of TPP.




  • Jun. 28, 2015 Jun. 28, 2015 David Shipler on the state of the First Amendment, Lee Drutman on corporate influence peddling, and Bill Press interviews New York Congressman Paul Tonko on TPP.
  • David Shipler David Shipler Free speech expert David Shipler gives us an Independence Day review of free speech, a free press in the Internet era, and the merits of whistle-blowing by Edward Snowden.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Lee Drutman studies the role of influence-peddling in government and says that corporations spend 34 times as much as issue advocacy groups. And that, he concludes, is just not a fair fight.
  • Paul Tonko Paul Tonko Bill Press and his guest. TPP opponent Congressman Paul Tonko.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "The Donald Show"


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June 7, 2015

A former NAFTA negotiator weighs in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Ira Shapiro argues it will benefit the American economy and put us in a better position to compete with China. With the Supreme Court ready to end its term with a flurry of important decisions, legal expert Ian Millhiser concludes that, historically, the Court has sided against the good guys. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Jackie Speier, an opponent of TPP.

 

  • June 7, 2015 June 7, 2015 Former trade negotiator Ira Shapiro says fears about the TPP are exaggerated … Judicial analyst Ian Millhiser indicts the Supreme Court. And Bill Press interviews TPP opponent Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
  • Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro Ira Shapiro negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement. He tells us why he thinks the very controversial Trans Pacific Partnership is necessary, and that it is not as bad as progressives have made it out to be.
  • Ian Millhiser Ian Millhiser Ian Millhiser has written extensively about the Supreme Court. As the nine Justices finish this term with important rulings, he says that, time and time again, the good guys lose in the highest court in the land.
  • Jackie Speier Jackie Speier Bill Press and his guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, discuss the TPP.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Feingold to Snowden to Paul: Curtailing the Patriot Act.

 

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