#348 : October 1, 2017

John Prados tells of ghosts of the CIA. Sylvia Allegretto says the minimum wage increase in Seattle is working well. And Bill Press interviews Salon’s David Daley about gerrymandering.

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How are the nation’s intelligence professionals going to react to Trump’s condemnation of them? CIA expert John Prados says the agency is headed for trouble. Seattle has raised the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, and labor economist Sylvia Allegretto says it is working. And Salon editor David Daley discusses gerrymandering with Bill Press.

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John Prados

National security author John Prados says the CIA is discrediting itself by failing to be accountable for its actions.


Sylvia Allegretto

Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist, studied the effect of raising the minimum wage in Seattle and says it is working there, without causing job losses.


David Daley

Bill Press interviews David Daley of Salon.


Jim Hightower

Should churches become Unholy Temples of Dark Money?

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October 11, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winning military historian David Kennedy talks about the politics of war and relations between the military and their civilian bosses. Bernie Sanders may be attracting a lot of young people, but government professor Jennifer Lawless says they generally show no interest in running for office themselves … EVER! And Bill Press interviews Keith Mestrich — a progressive, that’s right, a progressive banker!

  • October 11, 2015 October 11, 2015 Historian David Kennedy on military-civilian relations … professor Jennifer Lawless on why young people hate politics … and Bill Press interviews progressive banker Keith Mestrich.
  • David Kennedy David Kennedy Military historian David Kennedy says the military industrial complex isn’t what it used to be. And he advocates attaching a specific appropriation to any congressional authorization for the use of force.
  • Jennifer Lawless Jennifer Lawless How do we get high school and college students to harness their do-gooder spirit into elective politics? Professor Jennifer Lawless suggests – video games!
  • Keith Mestrich Keith Mestrich Bill Press and his guest, progressive banker Keith Mestrich.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "We are writing the rules." Who's "we"?

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August 16, 2015

Fifty years after the Watts riots, we talk today about race as a cultural, not a genetic, artifact and about the history of community organizing to achieve power. Anthropologist Richard Perry tells us there is an upsurge in discredited theories that genes determine how we act. And professor Aaron Schutz reminds us how both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were disciples of the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. And Bill Press interviews Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the Iran nuclear deal.

  • August 16, 2015 August 16, 2015 Fifty years after the Watts riot, we talk about race and power, with anthropologist Richard Perry and community organizing expert Aaron Schutz. In addition, Bill Press interview Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Richard Perry Richard Perry Anthropologist Richard Perry won’t even use the word “race” without quotation marks because it is not a biologically valid category. We are who we are, he says, because of what we have learned.
  • Aaron Schutz Aaron Schutz Professor Aaron Schutz explains the history of community organizing, from its founding father Saul Alinsky through Barack Obama, whom he suggests wanted people to be engaged but then got annoyed when they did.
  • Ernest Moniz Ernest Moniz Bill Press and his guest, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower You, too, can be part of Scott Walker's inner circle.

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June 21, 2015

Maryland’s new attorney general, Brian Frosh, talks about fracking, offshore drilling and gun control. Peace advocate Stephen Miles says if Republicans scuttle an agreement, the U.S. and Iran will be on a collision course to war. And Bill Press interviews Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

  • June 21, 2015 June 21, 2015 Maryland attorney general Frosh on fracking … peace advocate Stephen Miles on U.S. policy toward Iran … and Bill Press interviews Congressman John Yarmuth.
  • Brian Frosh Brian Frosh Maryland’s new Democratic attorney general, Brian Frosh, says he plans to be active on issues facing his and many states – fighting fracking, offshore drilling and guns.
  • Stephen Miles Stephen Miles Peace advocate and arms expert Stephen Miles says an agreement between the U.S. and Iran is the greatest opportunity to solve one of America’s biggest national security threats.
  • John Yarmuth John Yarmuth Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Yarmuth.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Jeb launches "Pickett's Charge" campaign.

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