April 13, 2014

It’s income tax time, and the inequality of income in America has never been a bigger issue. Economist James K. Galbraith says it is a sign of economic instability. Economic inequality also manifests itself at the ballot box, where the rich vote more than the poor — and vote their self-interest, says political scientist Jan Leighley. And Bill Press interviews Rep. Jim Clyburn about the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Apr. 13, 2014 Apr. 13, 2014 Income inequality: It destabilizes the economy, says James K. Galbraith, and it affects election outcomes, says political scientist Jan Leighley. And Bill Press interviews South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn.
  • James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith is one of America’s foremost progressive economists. He tells us that rising income inequality is a sign of the country’s overall economic instability.
  • Jan Leighley Jan Leighley Political scientist Jan Leighley has studied the effect of income on voter turnout. And, not surprisingly, poor people are less likely to vote – partly because they don’t see any point to it, since the rich vote more frequently in their own economic interest than do the poor.
  • Jim Clyburn Jim Clyburn Bill Press and his guest South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn discuss the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Fast food chains stealing from low-wage workers.

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June 30, 2013

As we celebrate another year of independence, Americans are asking what happened to the Fourth Amendment protections of privacy and the Fifteenth Amendment guarantee of voting rights.

Law Professor Michael Greenberger, a homeland security expert, explains what the leak of national security secrets may mean. Law Professor Michael Higginbotham reflects on changes in affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act.

And Bill Press interviews the acting secretary of labor, Seth Harris.

  • June 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 On America’s 237th birthday, we discuss the state of our freedoms. Two law professors reflect on the controversies over privacy rights and voting rights.
  • Michael Greenberger Michael Greenberger Law Professor Michael Greenberger, an expert on homeland security, warns that the National Security Agency’s sweep of phone numbers and emails is, indeed, “a serious Fourth Amendment question.”
  • Michael Higginbotham Michael Higginbotham Civil rights law expert Michael Higginbotham says it was a “sad and tragic week” at the Supreme Court. He warns that educational opportunity for minorities will be limited, and tremendous discrimination at the ballot box is going to go unchecked.
  • Seth Harris Seth Harris Bill Press and his guest, Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Serve bankers or serve the poor? Congress reinterprets Jesus.

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