The Pentagon Papers at 50.

The Pentagon Papers at 50. The people who profit off of racism. Plus Bill Press with CNN’s Don Lemon. 

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Author Geoffrey Stone on his new book National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On. Author Jim Freemen on his new book, Rich Thanks to Racism. And Bill Press with Don Lemon, author of This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism. 


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Geoffrey Stone

The Pentagon Papers revealed decades of lies by the U.S. government about the Vietnam War, and confronted the nation on the dangers of putting government secrecy over the public’s right to know. Author Geoffrey Stone says it’s an issue still unresolved today. 

Jim Freeman

Coming to terms with racial inequality in America means coming to terms with why it persists.  Author Jim Freeman says that has to include understanding who stands to benefit the most from racism. 

Don Lemon

Bill Press with CNN’s Don Lemon on the need to fight complacency in the fight for a more equal nation. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Can GOP Autocracy Outlaw American Democracy?

Ralph Waldo Emerson told of a dinner guest who went on and on about the virtue of honesty, offering his own life as a model of perfect rectitude. “The louder he talked of his honor,” said Emerson, “the faster we counted our spoons.”

That’s my reaction to the cacophony of phony piety arising from Republican governors and legislators who are trying to enact more than 250 new state laws to stop Black, Latino, Asian-American, Indigenous, and other non-Caucasian voters from casting ballots.


Carol Anderson offers a critical new look at the evolution of the right to bear arms in American History.

Race and the history of gun rights in America. Why it’s time to expand Social Security. Plus Bill Press on the continuing threat of right-wing media.

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Historian Carol Anderson on her new book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. Nancy Altman on her new book Social Security Works For Everyone!: Protecting and Expanding America’s Most Popular Social Program.Plus Bill Press with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Fox News and its relentless grip on the Republican party.


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Carol Anderson

In her latest book, Carol Anderson offers a critical new look at the evolution of the right to bear arms in American History. It’s a story that begins with the nation’s founding and the desire to put down slave revolts.

Nancy Altman

Across the ideological divide, poll after poll shows Americans are united against any cuts to Social Security. Nancy Altman says it’s time to listen to the will of the people and go a step further by expanding the nation’s most popular social program. 

Brian Stelter

Bill Press with CNN’s Brian Stelter on the influence of Fox in a post-​Trump era. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Hey Washington: Follow The People

“Those in the know” say that We the People should forget any progressive fantasy that – at long last – Washington might finally produce the kind of bold FDR-style agenda that America needs. They smugly lecture us that recalcitrant Republicans in Congress, not to mention a swarm of corporate lobbyists, are opposed to progressive change, so who could get it passed?

Here’s an idea: Try the people themselves.


Dennis Kucinich on his historic fight against privatized public services.

A historic fight against privatized public services. The battle over how to talk about race in schools. Plus Bill Press on Donald Trump’s dangerous hold within the GOP.

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Former Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich on his battle to save the city’s public electric utility. Scholar Christopher Lehman on the conservative backlash against critical race theory. And Bill Press with conservative commentator Charlie Sykes on why it’s time to dump Trump.


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Dennis Kucinich

In his new memoir, Dennis Kucinich writes about how he took on powerful interests to save a public utility. That happened over forty years ago, but the story still carries critical relevance today.

Christopher Lehman

Republican-controlled legislatures across the country are advancing legislation to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Christopher Lehman says what will be lost is the full story of American history and what we can learn from it.

Charlie Sykes

Bill Press with Charlie Sykes on Donald Trump’s big lie and what he calls the “doom loop of crazy.”  If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and You. Which One Pays Taxes?

Here’s a thought-provoking bumper sticker: “The system is fixed. We must break it.”

This thought came into vivid focus recently when a news report by ProPublica revealed that a nest of preening multibillionaires – led by the likes of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Michael Bloomberg – have been playing America’s rigged tax system to dodge paying their share of upkeep for the society that so-lavishly enriches them.


#535 : A plan to cut child poverty in half.

A plan to cut child poverty in half. Artificial intelligence and the future of work. Plus Bill Press with an insider account of why Joe Biden won, and Hillary Clinton didn’t.

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Anti-poverty advocate Arohi Pathak on why a stimulus measure to cut child poverty should be made permanent. Economist Daron Acemoglu on redesigning artificial intelligence in the interest of workers. And Bill Press with Edward-Isaac Dovere, author of Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump.


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Arohi Pathak 

An expanded child tax credit signed into law in March is set to expire at the end of the year.  Arohi Pathak explains why making it permanent can lead to a transformational change in how our nation confronts child poverty.

Daron Acemoglu

Artificial Intelligence is already making a profound impact on the lives of American workers.  Daron Acemoglu says the choices we make now will determine whether AI deepens inequality or leads to shared prosperity

Edward-Isaac Dovere

Bill Press with journalist and author Edward-Isaac Dovere on his new book, Battle for the Soul Inside-The Democrats’ Campaigns To Defeat Trump. If you’d like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Your Dog Knows Better Than To Let The GOP “Fix” Our Postal System

When Donald Trump declared he would fix the US Postal Service, he was using the word “fix” the same way veterinarians do when you bring in your dog.

Trump wasted an inordinate amount of his presidential power and prestige in a failed attempt to neuter an agency that literally delivers for the people.