December 13, 2015

Immigration … refugees … religious tests. Cornell Professor Maria Cristina Garcia examines the history of an America that has not always been a welcoming place for those seeking freedom. Harvard Professor Danielle Allen sees a future of fragmented presidential politics based on smaller constituencies whipped up by outsiders with limited appeal. Is the answer multiple parties? And Bill Press interviews freshman Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego.


  • December 13, 2015 December 13, 2015 Immigration historian Maria Cristina Garcia says the current uproar over refugees is not new … Harvard Professor Danielle Allen reflects on the fragmentation of American politics … and Bill Press interviews Congressman Ruben Gallegos.
  • Maria Cristina Garcia Maria Cristina Garcia Immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says that for anyone trying to enter the country to engage in terrorism, the refugee program is the hardest way.
  • Danielle Allen Danielle Allen Danielle Allen, a government professor and MacArthur “genius,” thinks we should be moving in the direction of multiple political parties.
  • Ruben Gallego Ruben Gallego Bill Press interviews Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The sleaze, guilt, and punishment of Don Blankenship.


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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.

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June 9, 2013

It’s time for a true progressive to run the nation’s largest city, and New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, endorsed by 21st Century Democrats, plans to be just the one to do it. Foreign policy expert Professor Mark Katz says Russia can still play a key role in resolving the crisis in Syria. And Bill Press interviews Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

  • June 9, 2013 June 9, 2013 Bill de Blasio says it takes a progressive to run New York City. Professor Mark Katz looks to Russia to help stop the slaughter in Syria.
  • Bill de Blasio Bill de Blasio Bill de Blasio is the elected public advocate of New York City, and he is running for mayor. He says it’s time for more profoundly progressive policies in the Big Apple, and 21st Century Democrats agrees.
  • Mark Katz Mark Katz America’s hesitancy about taking action in Syria leaves plenty of room for the Russians to get involved. That’s the view of foreign policy Professor Mark Katz, who says the best America might be able to do on its own is to “contain” Syria.
  • John Yarmuth John Yarmuth Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky, on military sexual assaults, and the president's new national security and judicial appointments.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Seeing things at the Jersey Shore.

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June 2, 2013

Foreign policy issues remain troubling this week. Former ambassador Mike Ussery, who served in Republican administrations, analyzes the U.S. options in Syria and the rest of the Arab world.
And anti-nuclear activist Joe Cirincione says don’t worry about North Korea – its missiles don’t even work.
And Bill Press interviews Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of Nuns on the Bus, who are mobilizing again – this time in support of immigration reform.

  • June 2, 2013 June 2, 2013 Former diplomat warns against being over-reactive in Syria; nuclear expert says North Korea’s missiles don’t work. Nuns on the bus rolling again.
  • Mike Ussery Mike Ussery Mike Ussery, a former ambassador, says drawing lines in the sand in Syria, or elsewhere, is effective only as part of a larger, overarching strategy.
  • Joe Cirinicione Joe Cirinicione Joe Cirinicione is head of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization dedicated to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He is optimistic in the long run, but in the short run he is disappointed in the President’s response to a possible threat from North Korea.
  • Simone Campbell Simone Campbell Bill Press and his guest, Sister Simone Campbell, the leader of Nuns on the Bus.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Political fronts posing as charities.

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