March 22, 2015

High school seniors are waiting to see what college they will get into, and Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier says true merit admissions should be based on how well a student will contribute to society. Sociologist Caroline Lee explains the movement toward “public engagement,” a form of activism that brings diverse stakeholders together. And Bill Press talks with Congressman John Larson about the future of Social Security.

  • March 22, 2015 March 22, 2015 Lani Guinier on merit in college admissions, Caroline Lee on the public engagement industry, and Bill Press with Congressman John Larson on Social Security.
  • Lani Guinier Lani Guinier Lani Guinier is a Harvard Law professor with some thoughts on how to introduce true merit into the college admissions process, which she says now privileges only the wealthy.
  • Caroline Lee Caroline Lee Professor Caroline Lee tells us about the concept of “public engagement,” which tries to avoid professional activism in solving both corporate and community problems.
  • John Larson John Larson Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Larson.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Obama resorts to government by sucker punch.

 

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January 4, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee, says the party needs to talk to voters about issues they care about. Professor Gary Donaldson recalls an era when the two titans of their parties – Lyndon Johnson and President Eisenhower – worked together for the good of the country. And Nancy Altman, one of the country’s top experts on Social Security, says the program can and should be expanded.

  • January 4, 2015 January 4, 2015 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Democratic strategy … Gary Donaldson on LBJ and Ike … and Nancy Altman on the future of Social Security.
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the mayor of Baltimore and an up-and-coming force in the Democratic Party. She says the party’s dismal showing in 2014 resulted from not talking about issues Democrats are strong on.
  • Gary Donaldson Gary Donaldson There was once a time when Republicans and Democrats could compromise and get legislation passed for the good of the country. Historian Gary Donaldson recalls how President Eisenhower and Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon Johnson needed each other to accomplish their partisan aims.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman, a leading expert on Social Security, says expanding benefits is affordable and is, ultimately, a political, not an economic, issue.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The corporate hustle of college bowl games.


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November 30, 2014

Social Security expert Nancy Altman argues that the program is not only solvent but ought to be expanded. In this holiday season, religious philosopher James Skillen reflects on the connection between faith and politics in America. And law professor William Forbath says the Constitution is not only a legal charter but a political AND economic document, as well.

  • November 30, 2014 November 30, 2014 Altman says Social Security should be expanded, Skillen reflects on faith and politics, and Forbath talks about the liberal foundations of Constitutional originalism.
  • Nancy Altman Nancy Altman Nancy Altman is an expert on Social Security, and she argues in a new book that not only is the system solvent, it can and should be expanded.
  • James Skillen James Skillen Not many people these days have a high opinion of politics, but religious philosopher James Skillen says there is a strong link in American history between faith and the higher principles of governing.
  • William Forbath William Forbath When we think of constitutional “originalism,” we tend to think of the Scalia wing of the Supreme Court. But law professor William Forbath tells us that the first originalists were liberals.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Avoid Amazon's "Cyber Monday," and buy local.

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