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#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

#385 - June 24, 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

#382 - June 3, 2018

6/3/2018
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Why early childhood is a progressive economic issue and how voters can make an impact. Plus, a life in politics fighting for progressive ideals. And Bill Press talks with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball about presidential pardons, the latest news at the ballot box and a look ahead to mid-term elections. This week, early childhood advocate Simon Workman explains about why progressive democrats should pay more attention to early childhood. Veteran politician Joseph Tydings talks...

Duration:00:58:16

#381 - May 27, 2018

5/27/2018
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The inseparable tie between identity politics and economic justice. The troubling tie between charter schools and segregation. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). Author Raynard Sanders explains how charter schools are bringing back racial segregation. Political scientist Eric Schickler calls on progressive democrats to embrace racial justice. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Earl Blumenauer about his battle to legalize marijuana. (D-OR). Raynard...

Duration:01:08:25

#380 - May 20, 2018

5/19/2018
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Progressive change is not a spectator sport. How teachers are leading the way for a comeback of organized labor. Plus, the art of powerful citizenship. And Bill Press talks with Jeff Weaver about his new book “How Bernie Won: Inside the revolution That’s Taking Back our Country”. This week, Scholar Pedro Noguera explains why teachers strikes matter to our democracy. Author Eric Liu calls on all of us to find our power to fight for change. And Bill Press talks with Bernie Sanders...

Duration:01:06:55

#379 - May 13, 2018

5/13/2018
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What doesn’t work about work requirements for public assistance. What does work about teachers unions. Plus, Bill Press talks with former Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro for primaries update. Author William Ayers debunks the myth that teachers unions are bad for public education. Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center on Law and Social Policy explains what’s wrong with Donald Trump’s approach to welfare reform. And Bill Press talks with Democratic strategist and former Ohio State Senator...

Duration:00:57:24

#378 - May 6, 2018

5/6/2018
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Donald Trump is making millions as President, and Americans are footing the bill. Plus a report card on Jeff Sessions first year as Attorney General. And Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show talks with Alayna Treene of Axios on Marco Rubio’s confession that the GOP tax cuts are failing the American worker. ------------------------------------- Support the Show Had enough of Fox News, the House Freedom Caucus, and Donald Trump? If you want the facts that you won’t get from them or from...

Duration:01:06:11

#377 - April 29, 2018

4/29/2018
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The Power of Resistance. How movements for social and economic justice are flourishing, even under Donald Trump. ------------------------------------- Support the Show Had enough of Fox News, the House Freedom Caucus, and Donald Trump? If you want the facts that you won’t get from them or from the fake news sites of the alt-right … then stay tuned! . Our sponsor, 21st Century Democrats, works hard to get everyday Democrats involved in returning our party to its roots... and to...

Duration:00:47:58