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#402 - November 11, 2018

11/11/2018
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Election Results. The President under the microscope. A still divided Congress … and a labor wave. With the midterms behind us, will the President finally be held accountable for his actions? And as over 800 union members get elected to office… what do they want? Plus, Bill Press on the historic wins for women. David Corn The midterm election was widely seen as a referendum on President Trump. Journalist David Corn says that if nothing else, this election makes is possible for...

Duration:00:56:49

#401 - November 4, 2018

11/4/2018
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The movement for economic justice in America, and the fight for everyone to have a say. This week, “good news” from the frontlines in the battle for voting rights. Plus … an agenda for change. Why progressive Democrats will not settle for just “stopping Trump.” And what women running for office are doing to be part of that change. Miles Rapoport Miles Rapoport has spent his career fighting for American democracy He says that as we face one of the most concentrated efforts in recent...

Duration:00:59:14

#400 - October 28 2018

10/28/2018
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Voting for our Future. Why climate change demands political change. plus how an education wave is fueling support for a blue wave. And Marc Morial of the National Urban League joins the Bill Press Show to talk about voter suppression what it will take to make sure every citizen has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. This week, science advocate Carolyn Weinberg charts a path to avoid climate catastrophe .. and it begins with a vote. Education advocate Jeff Bryant tells us...

Duration:00:58:04

#399 - October 21, 2018

10/21/2018
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Money and Politics Gone Wrong. Pulling back the curtain on the president’s tax fraud, and the destructive influence of “dark money” in campaign finance. Plus … why the GOP is to blame for a soaring deficit. Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston gives us his read of the New York Times report on the Trump’s family taxes. And filmmaker Kimberly Reed documents the truth on how American elections are bought and sold. Plus ...what will Republicans do about a ballooning budget deficit?...

Duration:01:17:16

#398 - October 14, 2018

10/14/2018
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One Party .. two futures? Between centralism and progressive populism, this election season lays bare a faultline in Democratic Party politics. Which path is more likely to win in November and reclaim our nation’s future? Plus … what to make of the Kanye West at the White House. The Third Way’s Jim Kessler argues for a broad path to victory that includes mainstream centrism. Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future on the grassroots movement for a progressive agenda that is...

Duration:00:51:56

#397 - October 7, 2018

10/7/2018
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Julie Koehler examines the political realignment of white women voters. Erik Loomis walks us through critical moments in our nation’s labor history and the strikes that defined them. And Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball gives us his latest political forecast. Julie Kohler Julie Kohler is a writer and social commentator who has been closely following the role of white women in electoral politics. She says that despite the fact that white women voters have leaned Republican for...

Duration:01:11:53

#396 - September 9, 2018

9/9/2018
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Our Watergate moment, and how we can survive it. Plus, inside the movement to elect the president by a national popular vote. And Bill Press on why organized labor matters now more than ever. Sam Berger of the Center for American Progress draws the parallels between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, and asks us to take a lesson from how the nation recovered from Watergate. Karen Hobert Flynn, the President of Common Cause, explains why a national popular vote is a better way to pick the...

Duration:01:23:00

#395 - September 2, 2018

9/2/2018
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A life-long Republican offers a ruthless takedown of President Trump. Our interview with GOP strategist Rick Wilson. Plus, Bill Press talks with NBC Political Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald about Andrew Gillum’s surprise win in Florida. Author Rick WIlson on his new book “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.” Plus, Bill Press with NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald on what’s next in Florida’s race for governor. Rick Wilson - Part 1 The...

Duration:01:12:43

#394 - August 26, 2018

8/26/2018
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The Fall of Wisconsin: How a once progressive state became a conservative stronghold, and what it means for progressive politics today. Plus, Evan McMorris-Santoro, filling in for Bill Press, talks with Vox reporter Dara Lind about the future of Jeff Session and Donald Trump. Dark money, gerrymandering and the failure of centrism in the Midwest. Author Dan Kaufman on his book “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”...

Duration:00:52:02

#393 - August 19, 2018

8/19/2018
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Building a progressive populist movement and what that means for rural and small town America. Plus, Bill Press digs into last week’s primary races with Adam Wollner from McClatchy News. Activist Adam Kruggel of People’s Action on building a powerful and progressive populist movement and why his organization is turning to rural and small town American to get it done. Plus Bill Press talks with McClatchy’s Adam Wollner on “making history” and biggest takeaways from the latest primary...

Duration:00:57:58

#392 - August 12, 2018

8/12/2018
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The promise of The American Dream for everyone. The inclusive populism of Robert Kennedy, and what leaders are doing today to make a better life possible for all. This week, Scholar Richard Kahlenberg on what progressive democrats can learn from Robert Kennedy about economic populism and race. Author Ben Hecht on what’s actually working to close America’s racial equity divide. Plus, Bill Press talks insider trading and politicians caught on tape with political reporter Mat...

Duration:01:13:21

#391 - August 5, 2018

8/5/2018
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Bringing truth back to politics. What the news media gets wrong about the labor movement. What politicians get wrong about science. Author Christopher Martin truth squads corporate media on unions. Caroline Weinberg of ”March for Science” says a vote for science is a vote for the common good. Plus, Bill Press talks with Kelly Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee. Caroline Weinberg The role of science in public policy has taken a back seat at best in the...

Duration:00:59:34

#390 - July 29, 2018

7/29/2018
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The war on poverty is far from over. So what should we do now? The fallacy of “work requirements” for the poor. The possibility of a maximum wage for the rich. Plus Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler, Washington Director of MoveOn.Org. Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy explains why work requirements don’t work for people receiving federal assistance. Author Sam “Pizzigati makes a case for a maximum wage. Plus, Bill Press talks with Ben Wikler of MoveOn.Org...

Duration:01:01:30

#389 - July 22, 2018

7/22/2018
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The Supreme Court is challenging our democracy, and why we need to fight back. How a recent decision undermines the right to vote. Plus, the potential impact of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. And, Bill Press with Dan Kildee on the President’s performance in Helsinki and what he wants his Republican counterparts to do about it. Anisha Singh of the Center for American Progress reviews the disturbing record of Donald Trump’s newest Supreme Court nominee. The Nation’s John Nichols explains...

Duration:01:08:26

#388 - July 15, 2018

7/15/2018
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Taking a stand for workers rights. How workers around the world are fighting for a living wage. Can America’s workers find justice under a renegotiated NAFTA? Plus, Bill Press on what Scott Pruitt left behind. This week, author Annelise Orleck takes us inside the global uprising against poverty wages. Dan Mauer of the Communications Workers of America outlines a progressive agenda for renegotiating NAFTA. Plus, Bill Press with Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones on the legacy of Scott...

Duration:01:11:25

#387 - July 8, 2018

7/8/2018
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A Nation More Divided. How policing and prison is dividing cities. How the GOP tax plan is widening the gap between rich and poor. Plus, how Democrats can unite around a message of progressive change. Author Dan Cooper on the devastating impact of a criminal justice system that targets poor neighborhoods. Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers International Union on the stock buyback bonanza fueled by the GOP tax plan. Plus, Bill Press with Mike Lux, author of “How to Democrat...

Duration:00:59:40

#386 - July 1, 2018

7/1/2018
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Returning to our American roots. The egalitarian call of the Declaration of Independence. The American vision defined by immigrants. Plus, after a bruising week of politics, what Progressive Democrats need to do now. Donald Kerwin of the Center for Migration Studies on what America stands to gain by keeping the door open to refugees. Democracy theorist Danielle Allen on why equality is at the core of the American idea. Plus, Peter Ogburn sitting in for Bill Press, talks with Kaili Joy...

Duration:01:05:42

#385 - June 24, 2018

6/24/2018
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Economic Populism … from ideas to action. How states are fighting for economic justice. How ballot measures affect everything progressives fight for. Plus Bill Press on how unions are fighting for workers rights on the global stage. Author Christopher Witko on his new book about how states are taking the lead against economic inequality. Advocate Kellie Dupree on how voters are making a powerful impact with ballot measures. And Bill Press talks with Steve Cotton of the International...

Duration:00:55:32

#384 - June 17, 2018

6/16/2018
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Rights Matter. A Supreme Court decision strikes a blow to workers rights. Plus, how denying the right to vote to felons strikes a blow to democracy. And Bill Press talks with Sam Baker from Axios about the GOP’s latest move on Affordable Healthcare and the threat to protections on pre-existing conditions. . Labor law scholar Alexander Colvin explains why a recent decision on arbitration will have far ranging impact for workers’ rights. Nicole Porter of the Sentencing Project tells us why...

Duration:00:52:13

#383 - June 10, 2018

6/10/2018
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Fighting for economic justice, from the bottom up and the top down. A new report on the massive pay gap between CEOs and the average worker. Plus reviving Martin Luther King’s poverty campaign fifty years later. And Bill Press talks with Stu Eizenstat for a definitive history of the Carter Administration. This week, Brandon Rees of the AFL CIO reports that executive earnings are now 61 times that of the average employee, and we all pay. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis reports from the frontlines...

Duration:01:09:59