November 1, 2015

Fred Harris is the last surviving member of the 1968 Kerner Commission on civil disorders. He says race relations and poverty have regressed since the Reagan administration. Journalist Ari Berman has a new book about how Republicans are imposing voting restrictions, and he tells us how Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz kept blacks from voting in the tainted 2000 presidential election. And the Bill Press show features an interview by Igor Volsky of journalist Amanda Terkel about Bernie Sanders and pot.


  • November 1, 2015 November 1, 2015 Fred Harris on the fruits of the Kerner Commission … Ari Berman on Republican attempts to keep Democrats from voting … and a Bill Press Show interview with Amanda Terkel about Bernie Sanders and pot.
  • Fred Harris Fred Harris Former Senator Fred Harris served on the Kerner Commission on civil disorders almost half a century ago. Now he says the progress that was made in race relations and fighting poverty stopped in the Reagan administration.
  • Ari Berman Ari Berman Journalist Ari Berman has written a book called “Give Us the Ballot.” He details for us the long, sordid record of Republicans – including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and John Roberts – in preventing minorities from voting.
  • Amanda Terkel Amanda Terkel Igor Volsky interviews journalist Amanda Terkel on the Bill Press Show about Bernie Sanders and his position on marijuana.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower What's the price on Jeb Bush's "integrity"?


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October 18, 2015

Historian Ron Formisano explains what plutocracy is and how we are currently governed by it. Constitutional expert Garrett Epps reviews voting rights and the missing voice of Congress in foreign policy. And Bill Press talks with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown about the Trans Pacific Partnership and the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race.


  • October 18, 2015 October 18, 2015 Historian Ron Formisano describes plutocracy … legal expert Garrett Epps explains the loss of voting rights … and Bill Press interviews Senator Sherrod Brown on the TPP.
  • Ron Formisano Ron Formisano Distinguished historian Ron Formisano has written a book about plutocracy and says we are in a new “gilded age” when the state and federal governments are up for sale.
  • Garrett Epps Garrett Epps Garrett Epps teaches law, and he says Republicans are now committed to suppressing the vote and ignoring the congressional role in national security.
  • Sherrod Brown Sherrod Brown Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Ryan bitten on the butt by his own mad dogs.


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August 2, 2015

With Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders railing against privilege in America, sociologist Isaac Martin reviews how the rich have organized themselves into a powerful lobby. Another sociologist, Caroline Lee, explains the concept of “do-it-yourself democracy” and how it might help with relations between police and civilians. And Bill Press interviews Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn.

 

  • Aug. 2, 2015 Aug. 2, 2015 Isaac Martin on rich peoples’ movements, Caroline Lee on “do-it-yourself democracy” and Bill Press with Congressman Jim Clyburn.
  • Isaac Martin Isaac Martin Professor Isaac Martin has studied one particular economic trend in American history and tells us about that, and the topic of his book “The Rich People’s Movements.”
  • Caroline Lee Caroline Lee Sociologist Caroline Lee thinks that the idea of public engagement, or do-it-yourself democracy, can bring people together to transform basic relationships, such as between police and the community.
  • Jim Clyburn Jim Clyburn Bill Press and his guest, Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Don't TPP on me.


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March 15, 2015

With Selma, Oklahoma and Ferguson in the news, former LBJ aide Joe Califano says that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, the rollback of civil rights is an outrage. Labor sociologist Chad Broughton examines the tragedy of a major American manufacturer moving to Mexico and blames it on NAFTA. And Bill Press talks with union leader Lee Saunders about Governor Scott Walker’s assault on working people.
 

  • March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 Joe Califano remembers the Great Society … sociologist Chad Broughton remembers NAFTA … and Bill Press interviews municipal employees’ union president Lee Saunders.
  • Joe Califano Joe Califano Joe Califano was Lyndon Johnson’s top domestic adviser. He talks with us today about the monumental legislative achievements of the Great Society -- and about the outrage of Republicans rolling back civil rights gains.
  • Chad Broughton Chad Broughton Labor sociologist Chad Broughton has done a case study on how NAFTA helped shift bargaining power away from unions to corporations.
  • Lee Saunders Lee Saunders Bill Press and his guest. Lee Saunders, president of the the American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The isolated splendor of the superrich.


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