America's Democrats

de Jen Petty

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

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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. 

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

#534 : The limits of bipartisanship in today’s politics

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The limits of bipartisanship in today’s politics, and an opening for moral leadership. Plus Bill Press on Donald Trump’s mounting legal problems.

 

Veteran political insider John Lawrence on how reaching across the aisle can come at a cost for the Biden agenda. Historian Daniel Rodgers on why presidential moral leadership is more imperative than ever. And Bill Press with Washington Post reporter David Farenthold on what to read into investigations of Donald Trump and his businesses.

John Lawrence

After GOP senators blocked the creation of a January 6 Commission, some Democrats are questioning the value of a bipartisan strategy to advance  Biden’s legislative agenda. John Lawrence has written extensively about Congress and American politics. He says that the political climate needed to make bipartisanship work is evaporating.

Daniel Rodgers

Times of profound crises call for presidents to step in with a moral vision that can inspire the nation. Historian Daniel T. Rodgers calls on President Biden to seize this moment of crisis and assert a vision that goes far beyond it.

David Fahrenthold

Bill Press with Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold on the state of play with Donald Trump’s growing legal jeopardy. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Let’s Create a Bank System That Serves People, Instead of Bankers

 

Corporate ideologues never cease blathering that government programs should be run like a business.

 

Really – what businesses would they choose? Pharmaceutical profiteers? Big Oil? Wall Street money manipulators? High tech billionaires? Airline price gougers?

#533 : Millennial politics comes into its own.

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Millennial politics comes into its own. The untold history of citizenship stripping in America. Plus Bill Press on where the Republican Party goes from here.

 

Author David Freedlander on the AOC generation and its political evolution. Author Amanda Frost on citizen stripping from Dred Scott to the dreamers. Plus Bill Press with former Northern Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock on why the GOP needs to distance itself from Trump. 

David Freedlander

The Trump presidency continues to reshape the political landscape, and that includes a resurgent young left. That’s the subject of a new book from David Freedlander, and at its center is the rise of Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. 

Amanda Frost

In her newest book, author Amanda Frost takes us into the little-known story of when and why our government has made the choice to revoke citizenship. It’s a practice that expresses the history of racism and xenophobia in America and remains all too present today.

Barbara Comstock

And now, Bill Press with former Northern Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock on why the GOP is better off without Trump. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Banker Greed That Would Even Shock Woody Guthrie

 

Woody Guthrie had a lot to say about the greed of bankers who made crop loans at usurious interest rates to hardscrabble farmers, then foreclosed on them when they couldn’t pay off the loans, leaving thousands of farm families homeless. Woody mocked them with a sarcastic anthem, singing “I’m a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.” He also penned a stinging verse about their thievery: “Some’ll rob with a six gun/ some with a fountain pen.”

But even this populist poet of the people would be astonished by the shameless grabbiness of today’s farm lenders.

#532 : Moving toward a racial justice agenda.

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Moving toward a racial justice agenda. Transforming policing from the ground up. Why history matters.  Plus Bill Press with journalist Ron Brownstein.

 

Civil rights leader Ben Jealous on why cities and states have to take the lead in reimagining public safety. Scholar Sheryll Cashin on why it's critical to confront government’s role in creating racial inequity if we want to undo it. Plus Bill Press with journalist Ron Brownstein on the year a cultural shift in LA turned into a sea change for politics across the nation.

Ben Jealous

Ben Jealous welcomes efforts at the federal level to rein in abusive policing, but says they won't go far enough unless they are matched by transformative reform at the local level. 

Sheryll Cashin

Scholar Sheryll Cashin’s latest book explores the history of government’s role in expanding segregation in housing. She says that a shared understanding of this racist past is key to uniting the nation on a racial justice agenda going forward.

Ron Brownstein

Bill Press with journalist and author Ron Brownstein on the long reach of 1970s pop culture on the politics of today. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

What Floats Jeff Bezos Boat?

 

Not only are the rich different from you and me – they’re getting more different than ever.

 

I’m not referring to mere millionaires, but to the billionaire bunch. In the past year, while ordinary Americans have lost jobs, businesses, and homes due to the pandemic economic crash, America’s 664 billionaires have found themselves nearly 40 percent richer than before COVID!

 



#531 : What we get wrong about saving the planet.

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What we get wrong about saving the planet. Why the Green New Deal needs to be a jobs program. Plus Bill Press on what drives Nancy Pelosi.

 

Author Jenny Price on getting environmentalism right before it’s too late. Activist Wallace Mazon on why the Sunrise Movement is fighting for good jobs. Plus Bill Press with journalist Susan Page on her new book, Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and The Lessons of Power.

 

Jenny Price

In her new book, author Jenny Price writes about how environmentalists view and talk about their movement. And all too often she writes, they become part of the problem.

 

Wallace Mazon

With the nation facing an economic crisis and a climate crisis at the same time, the Sunrise Movement has launched a new campaign to tackle both. Activist Wallace Mazon says the fight for good jobs has to go hand in hand with the  fight against climate change.

 

Susan Page

Bill Press with journalist and author Susan Page on her new political biography about our nation’s first female Speaker of the House. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Can Corporate Profit and Morality Be Compatible?

 

Is “corporate ethics” an oxymoron? Do you have to be a jerk to be a successful CEO? Is exploitation the only path to profit?

 

The good news is that many companies, big and small, in the food economy are blazing a different path through Wall Street’s jungle of greed, demonstrating that money and morality can be compatible.

#530 : The fascism Trump left behind.

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The fascism Trump left behind. Avoiding the next power grid disaster. Plus Bill Press on redefining infrastructure in the American Jobs Plan.

 

Jason Stanley on his latest book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Julie Kohn on lessons learned from the Texas power grid failure. Plus Bill Press with White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein.

Jason Stanley

In his newest book, Jason Stanley makes the case that nations don’t have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics. He says that even with Trump gone, his authoritarian attack on democracy is still being embraced by Republicans.

Julie Kohn

After a historic winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark and without heat, energy experts are looking for ways to stop it from happening again.  Julie Kohn says that means rethinking the state's isolation from the nation's power grid.

Jared Berstein

Bill Press with White House economic adviser Jared Berstein on the limits of trickle down economics and why Biden’s big infrastructure plan is the right response. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Are CEOs Really “Worth” Millions of Dollars?

 

These days, the haughty rich in our country have developed such an arrogant sense of self-entitlement that they’ve gone from being merely irritating to infuriating.

 

Unsurprisingly, their plutocratic greed and rigging of the system has generated a political backlash, including a widely-popular push to tax the massive stashes of wealth the upper-upper class has amassed by stiffing the middle class and poor. Alarmed by this uprising, the rich have launched a major effort to defuse public anger – not by altering their own behavior, but by a semantical twist.

#529 : The price we pay for corporate consolidation.

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The price we pay for corporate consolidation. How the rich hide their wealth. Plus Bill Press with a view from Congress of the chances of passing the American Jobs Act.

 

Pat Garofalo on an antitrust agenda for working people. Chuck Collins on his newest book The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Spend Millions to Hide Trillions. Plus Bill Press with Congressman John Yarmuth, chair of the House Budget Committee on what it will take to pass Biden’s infrastructure plan. 

Pat Garofalo

In a recent report, the Economic Liberties Project offers a roadmap to how the Biden Administration can reverse a corporate concentration crisis.  Pat Garafola says there is a growing sense across the political divide that this is an issue lawmakers need to confront. 

Chuck Collins

In his newest book, Chuck Collins explores how the richest Americans are able to hide their wealth and pay next to no taxes, and how this is deepening our nation’s economic divide. 

John Yarmuth

Bill Press with Representative John Yarmuth, head of the House Budget Committee,  on the necessity of passing Biden’s infrastructure plan. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Should Water Be A Wet Dream for Wall Street Speculators

 

Oh great – here comes a new stealth attack on the fragile, life-sustaining natural resources of Planet Earth. This assault is by Wall Street alchemists who’re out to redefine one of our most basic resources: Water.

 

Everyone knows that water is “invaluable” – it’s literally life, requiring a constant intake by each of us… or we quickly die. But the Wizards of Wall Street want to reduce potable H2O from its environmental, humanitarian, and spiritual essence to just another perishable economic good that they can market-price and sell to the highest bidder.

#528 : The powerful influence of Lady Bird Johnson.

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The powerful influence of Lady Bird Johnson. Confronting the myths about poverty in America. Plus, Bill Press with a behind the scenes account of Joe Biden’s election campaign.

 

Julia Sweig on her newest book Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight. Mark Rank on his newest book Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty. Plus Bill Press with journalists Johnthan Allen and Amie Parnes on how Joe Biden barely won the presidency.

Julia Sweig

In her new biography of Lady Bird Johnson, Julia Sweig reveals the unappreciated impact of a remarkable first lady during a historic turning point in American  politics.

Mark Rank

In his newest book, Mark Rank explores what we don’t understand about who gets poor and why, and how long-standing myths have damaged our ability to respond to the deepening crisis of inequality in America

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

And now, Bill Press with journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes on Joe Biden’s nail-biting campaign to take the White House, and how luck won out in the end. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Monopoly Is What’s For Dinner

 

No longer just a parlor game, monopoly is what’s for dinner. Practically every commodity and every step in producing our families’ most essential consumer purchase is in the tight grip of four or fewer global conglomerates:

 

Four chemical giants control more than two-thirds of the world market for commercial

#527 : Standing up in Congress for working people.

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Standing up in Congress for working people. Standing up in court to fight voter suppression. Plus, Bill Press with Congressman Julian Castro

 

Representative Tom Suozzi on the newly formed Labor Caucus and its promise to prioritize working families and unions. Caleb Jackson on the legal case against voter suppression. Plus Bill Press with Julian Castro on what’s really going on at the border.

 

Tom Suozzi

Congressman Tom Suozzi says the idea of getting behind working people should be something that unites every Democrat, and now is the time to get past our differences to do that.

 

Caleb Jackson

The battle to protect voting rights is playing out in courtrooms and legislative halls across the country right now.  Attorney Caleb Jackson says that even when the courts don’t side with voters, the fight is far from over.

 

Julian Castro

Bill Press with Julian Castro on our nation’s border crisis, what should be done now, and what should be done in the future. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

 

Is America big enough to Go Big again?

 

It’s time for America to go back to the future – a future of true greatness created by a people united to build a strong nation for the Common Good.

 

From the start of our United States, Americans have backed leaders who dared to do big public projects – Jefferson, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, and LBJ all dared to achieve bold goals.

#526 : How Joe Biden barely won the Presidency.

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How Joe Biden barely won the Presidency. The battle on Capitol Hill to win back our democracy.  Plus, Bill Press with Congressman Jamie Raskin.

 

Jonathan Allen with a behind-the-scenes look at Joe Biden's 2020 campaign. Fred Wertheimer on why now is the time for a historic overhaul of how we do elections. Plus Bill Press with Congressman Jaime Raskin on the state of play in Congress and why it’s time to get rid of the filibuster 

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen’s newest book, co-authored with Amy Parnes, takes a deep dive into Joe Biden’s narrow victory that put him in the White House. It’s a story in part about how progressives Democrats, faced with the possibility of another four years of Trump, were able to coalesce behind a centrist candidate.

Fred Wertheimer

As Congress prepares for a showdown over a massive voting rights bill, democracy advocate Fred Wertheimer says passing the For the People Act is  essential to make sure America does not return to the days of Jim Crow politics.

Jamie Raskin

Bill Press with Congressman Jamie Raskin on the fight to enact progressive reforms in Congress, and why he supports a full abolition of the filibuster. 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.

#525 : The way we work isn’t working.

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The way we work isn’t working. How employers exploit our good will and how to fight back. Division and gridlock in American politics and how to fix it. Plus, Bill Press with John Yang on stopping anti Asian American hate.

 

Sarah Jaffe on how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted, and alone. Katherine Gehl on America’s broken political system and why ranked choice voting is an answer. Plus Bill Press with John Yang on discrimination against Asian Americans and what can be done about it

 

Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe’s newest book explores how "doing what you love" has become a recipe for exploitation. She says the time has come for an expanded labor movement that embraces all workers.

 

Katherine Gehl

Katherine Gehl is a businesswoman, author and political innovation activist. She says gridlock and partisan dysfunction is built into American politics, and that’s why ranked choice voting is a necessary reform.

 

John Yang

Bill Press with John Yang on the current climate of hate against Asian Americans and why it is too often invisible. 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.

#524 : The intersection of faith and politics

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Joe Biden as a Catholic president and what that means for a divided nation. How democratic renewal at home can redefine America’s role in the world. Plus, Bill Press with Norm Ornstein on fixing the filibuster.

 

Massimo Faggioli on the intersection of faith and politics for America’s second Catholic President. James Traub on how restoring democratic principles in domestic policy can restore America’s legitimacy as a world leader. Plus Bill Press with Norm Ornstein how to break through GOP obstructionism and advance on Biden’s agenda. 

Massimo Faggioli 

In his recent and timely book, historian and theologian Massimo Faggioli provides an insightful overview of Catholicism in US politics, and its place in the career of President Biden.  He says Biden’s public embrace of his faith offers a much needed opening to heal the division of the last four years. 

James Traub

As President Biden shapes his foreign policy,  journalist James Traub says

the threats to American democracy today come more from within than outside the nation, and that restoring democracy at home will go a long way to rebuild trust in American democracy abroad.

Norm Ornstein

Bill Press with Norm Ornstein, a long-time observer and scholar of Congress and politics, on why Biden’s agenda is in peril and why reforming  the filibuster is a necessary fix. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Now, Robots are Coming for White-Collar Jobs

 

In CorporateSpeak, there are no “job cuts.” Instead, firings are blandly referred to as “employment adjustments.”

 

Now, though, corporate wordsmiths will need a whole new thesaurus of euphemisms, for masses of job cuts are coming for employees in the higher echelons of the corporate structure. Don’t look now, but an unanticipated result of the ongoing pandemic is that it has given cover for CEOs to speed up the adoption of highly advanced RPAs (Robotic Process Automation) to replace employees once assumed to be immune from displacement.

#523 : The fight to hold Donald Trump liable

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Inside the NAACP lawsuit against Trump for inciting the Capitol riot. How government segregated America and at what cost to Black Americans. Plus, Bill Press with Ari Berman on why voting rights are under attack.

 

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson on why the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 is being used today in a lawsuit against Trump. Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute on the endurance of housing segregation in America and the disastrous consequences. Plus Bill Press with Mother Jones Senior Reporter Ari Berman on a new wave of voter suppression across the country driven by the GOP

 

Derrick Johnson

The fight to hold Donald Trump liable for his role in January 6 insurrection is far from over. Derrick Johnson explains why a law enacted in 1871 to counter white supremacists is central to that effort.

 

Richard Rothstein

Racial segregation in housing in Ameica underlies many of our most serious social problems.  In turning that around, Richard Rothstein says we have to acknowledge the role of government in making it happen.

 

Ari Berman

Bill Press with reporter Ari Berman on why the GOP is working so hard to restrict the right to vote  and why democracy is in danger. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

 

Jim Hightower

A Question of Nature

 

When corporate executives are absurdly hypocritical, yet so obtuse that they don’t even realize it, is it still hypocrisy… or are they just dimwitted?

 

Consider the histrionics emanating from corporate bunkers over rising public approval for the idea that nature be given legal rights that are enforceable in courts. The Rights of Nature movement argues that if, say, a mining conglomerate decapitates a mountain, that injured citizen of our natural world ought to have its day in court.

#522 : Overcoming political division during the pandemic.

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A new era.  Overcoming political division during the pandemic. Bringing back government ethics and integrity after Trump.  Plus, Bill Press  with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the new normal after the pandemic.

 

Greg Sargent on how Biden’s COVID policy can restore a sense of national purpose.  Daniel Farber on how President Biden can make government accountable again.  Plus a pandemic update and look ahead with Bill Press and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. 

Greg Sargent

President Biden’s Covid policy includes a significant focus on rural America. Greg Sargent says it’s an excellent example of how Biden’s policy agenda can unify a divided America. 

Daniel Farber

Donald Trump was nothing less than a disaster for ethics and integrity in government. Daniel Farber says President Biden now faces an enormous challenge to undo the damage. 

Sanjay Gupta

Bill Press with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on how the pandemic is slowing down, and how it has changed life as we know it. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

What Makes Ted Cruz So Despicable?

 

In February, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ran off to a luxury resort in sunny Cancún, Mexico, during the deep freeze that devastated millions of his constituents. But I wasn’t mad that Ted fled; what upset me was that the government let him back into our country.

 

Cruz is, after all, the two-legged, self-aggrandizing ego that arrogantly and illegally tried to cancel the ballots of millions of voters in last year’s presidential election.

#521 : A progressive response to the COVID crisis.

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A progressive response to the COVID crisis.  A labor movement game plan for the Biden administration.  Plus, Bill Press on the GOP’s bleak future as the party of Trump.

 

Richard Eskow on what he sees missing in the progressive response to the coronavirus pandemic and how to change that. Jeff Schuhrke on what the Biden administration needs to do to deliver for the working class. Plus Bill Press with Charlie Sykes on Donald Trump’s grip on the GOP. 

Richard Eskow

The coronavirus pandemic is revealing long-term systemic failures in American politics and culture.  Richard Eskow calls on progressives to recognize the enormity of the challenge and respond with uncompromising vision. 

Jeff Schuhrke

On the campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to be the “best friend labor has ever had in the White House.” Now that he’s there, Jeff Schuhrke says labor leaders aren’t taking anything for granted in their  fight to hold the new administration accountable to the needs of working Americans 

Charlie Sykes

Bill Press with Charlie Sykes, one of the original “Never Trumpers,” on the GOP’s continued and dangerous embrace of Donald Trump. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

What the Texas Deep Freeze Revealed

#520 : The new climate war and how to fight it.

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The new climate war and how to fight it. What we are learning about race, gender, and political representation. Plus, Bill Press with the latest on the GOP plan to thwart democracy.

 

Michael Mann says it’s a new day in the climate battle that can only be fought by believing we can still make a difference. Kerry L. Haynie on the record number of women of color in elected office and why it matters. Plus Bill Press with the Brennan Center’s  Eliza Sweren-Becker, on the surge in GOP-led efforts to suppress voting.

Michael Mann

Climate scientist Michael Mann has achieved fame for his work in proving climate change is happening. He says that even as we move past climate denialism, the battle over how to take action against global warming is as urgent as ever.

Kerry L. Haynie

In his newest book, political scientist Kerry L. Haynie,  along with his co-authors, explores the intersection of race and gender in today’s political arena.  He says with more women of color in Congress than ever before, expect them to make a difference in important ways. 

Eliza Sweren-Becker

And now, Bill Press with Eliza Sweren-Becker, counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice on what’s next in the GOP’s unprecedented campaign to restrict voting rights. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

A wealth of riches, a poverty of morals.

#519 : Progressive priorities for the Biden administration.

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Progressive priorities for the Biden administration. Making the case for immigration reform and raising the minimum wage. Plus Bill Press with Representative Tim Ryan.

 

David Cooper on what a $15 minimum wage would really mean for America’s workers. Philip E. Wolgin on building an immigration system that lives up to American values. Plus Bill Press with Congressman Tim Ryan on why Biden needs to go big with a stimulus relief package.

 

David Cooper

Progressive Democrats have made raising the minimum wage a priority for the new administration. And for good reason.  David Cooper says a $15 minimum wage would lift pay for tens of millions of workers and help reverse decades of growing pay inequality.

 

Philip E. Wolgin

One of the first actions of the Biden administration was to put a pause on deportation for some undocumented immigrants. Philip E. Wolgin says it’s only the first step toward a fair, humane, and workable immigration policy that must move forward.

 

Tim Ryan

Bill Press with Representative Tim Ryan on why President Biden needs to hold the line on his $1.9 trillion Covid relief package, and what needs to happen after that. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

The People’s Department.

#518 : What’s next in the battle for free and fair elections?

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What’s next in the battle for free and fair elections? What will it take to achieve equity in education? Plus Bill Press on the year in hate.

David Daley on how Republicans are trying to tighten their grip on minority rule, and who is fighting back. Kimberly Jenkins Robinson on why it’s time to guarantee a federal right to education. Plus Bill Press on a new report about the new landscape of hate in America.

David Daley

In his newest book, David Daley tells important stories about activists who are winning crucial battles for voting rights. And as they do, Daley says Republicans continue to rig the rules in their favor and put democracy at risk.

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson

Racial and economic disparities in educational opportunity are deep and persistent in the United States.  Legal Scholar Kimberly Jenkins Robinson says the time is long past due to guarantee a federal right to education for all children. 

Michael Edison Hayden

Bill Press with Michael Edison Hayden of the Southern Poverty Law Center on their new report on Hate in America 2020. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Why Billionaires Are Detested

#517 : The politics of geography.

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The politics of geography. Where Trump lost voters and why.  

 

How Nebraska became a Republican stronghold. Plus Bill Press with former Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. 

 

Ross Benes

In his newest book, author Ross Benes explores Nebraska’s political shift to the right. He says that if Democrats want to turn that around, they need to better understand the legitimate pain being felt in rural America today.

 

Dante Chinni

Recent analysis of the 2020 election from the America’s Communities Project reveals how Trump lost ground in places long considered key GOP strongholds.  Dante Chinni says Trump’s failure to perform better in the middle suburbs was key to his defeat.

 

Tom Perez

Bill Press with former DNC chair Tom Perez on a new era in American politics and the path to 2022 for Democrats. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Hey Democrats – be democrats!

#516 : Why it matters to have a Native American cabinet secretary.

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Why it matters to have a Native American cabinet secretary. The recurring crises of American democracy and why this time it’s different. Plus,  Bill Press on what President Biden can actually do in his first 100 days.

 

Julian Brave NoiseCat on the significance of Representative Deb Haaland's nomination as Secretary of the Interior. Suzanne Mettler on the unprecedented danger threatening our democracy. Plus, Bill Press talks with two Politico Reporters who have been covering the Biden transition.

 

Julian Brave NoiseCat

President Biden has nominated Congresswoman Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, she will become the first Native American cabinet secretary. Julian Brave NoiseCat says it’s a rare opportunity for the Biden Administration to restore trust with Native people and prioritize their concerns.

 

Suzanne Mettler

In her newest book, co written with Robert C. Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler explores four threats that weaken democracy. And what is alarming about this American moment is that never before have they come together at the same time.

 

Bill Press

Bill Press with two Politico reporters who have been covering the Biden transition. What should we expect from the President’s first 100 days? If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

The Plasticization of Planet Earth

#515 : Political Reckonings.

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Political Reckonings. Confronting the threat of right wing extremism.  Plus. GOP loyalty put to the test. And Bill Press with Congressman David Cicilline, co-author of the article of impeachment against Trump.

 

Alexandra Minna Stern on the changing face of America’s far right. Michael Koncewicz on why Trump’s impeachment is a different kind of challenge for Republicans than Nixon’s. Plus Congressman David Cicilline tells Bill Press  why he made the decision to file an article of impeachment against Trump.

 

Alexandra Minna Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern’s research takes her deep into the dark matter of America’s far right. She says it’s a movement in transition, and an ever growing threat to our democracy.

 

Michael Koncewicz

Michael Koncewicz’s most recent book on Republicans who defied Richard Nixon carries new relevance to the present day with Trump’s impeachment. Koncewicz (KON seh witzs) says what makes today different is a greater fear among Republicans that challenging this President will be at their political expense.

 

David Cicilline

Bill Press with Congressman David Cicilline on why it is necessary to impeach Trump, even after he leaves office. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit BillPressPods.com.

  

Jim Hightower

Who’s really behind the desecration of our Capitol?

#514 : The Democrats' working class problem.

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The Democrats' working class problem. Plus, How corporate monopolies have changed our lives. And Bill Press on the right wing media Trump is watching now.

 

Joan Williams says Democrats still have to figure out how to connect with the working class.  David Dayen says it's time for a grassroots movement to challenge monopolies. Plus Bill Press speaks with Matt Gertz about the shifting landscape of right wing media.

 

Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams has written extensively about America’s working class.  And she says it’s a world that Democrats still have to understand.

 

David Dayen

David Dayen’s most recent book explores the power of concentrated economic power on daily life.  He says monopolies pervade almost every aspect of our lives, often when we don’t even know it.

 

Matt Gertz

The right wing media networks that are worse than Fox, and why Trump is a fan.  Bill Press with Matt Gertz, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

What America can learn from the Animal kingdom.

#513 : Progressive politics at a turning point.

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Progressive politics at a turning point. Trump’s weaponization of the national security state. Plus Bill with Madeleine Albright.

 

Theda Skocpol on the right wing coalition that brought us Donald Trump, and what progressives should do now. Melvin Goodman on how Trump politicized the government to advance his personal agenda, and how to undo it. Plus, Madeleine Albright tells Bill Press about how to repair the damage done from Trump’s foreign policy.

 

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol’s most recent book explores citizen activism in the US from the Tea Party to the anti-Trump resistance and how they are transforming American politics.  It documents the elite and grassroots  interests that are pushing the GOP to the right, and what progressives can learn to advance their agenda in a Biden administration.

 

Melvin Goodman

Melvin Goodman’s 42-year government career includes service at the CIA, Department of State, Department of Defense, and the US Army. He says Trump has weaponized the national security state in unprecedented ways.

 

Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the state of U.S. foreign policy after four years of Trump, and what Biden can do to restore America’s role in the world. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

The People’s Department

#512 : What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence.

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What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence. Plus Bill Press with Susan Rice, incoming Direction of the Domestic Policy Council

 

An extended conversation with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate.  Plus, Bill Press with an archive interview from 2019 with Susan Rice on the publication of her memoir.

 

Brian Levin - Pt. 1

In the lead up to the November election, there was significant concern about right wing inspired political violence, encouraged by Trump's incendiary rhetoric. As we approach the inauguration, those concerns remain as Trump continues to make unprecedented attacks on  the electoral process. Just before the election, we spoke with one of the most trusted voices on hate and extremism in America about how the landscape of political violence has changed under the Trump administration, and why a major election creates a moment of even greater risk.

 

Brian Levin - Pt. 2

We’re speaking with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino.

 

Susan Rice

Bill Press with Susan Rice,  President elect Biden’s choice to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, and author of Tough Love: My Story of Things Worth Fighting For. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPresspods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

Is more technology the answer to too much technology?

#511 : The change we have to have.

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The change we have to have. How to make America work again for all Americans. Plus, Don Fowler, in his own words. 

 

Jim Hightower and Senator Sherrod Brown on why this is a pivotal moment for progressive politics in America.  Plus, we remember a progressive hero, Don Fowler. 

 

Jim Hightower and Sherrod Brown - Pt. 1

Every other Tuesday, A 21st Century Democrats co founder Jim Hightower sits down with a new quest for his own podcast titled Hightower Chat n Chew.  His most recent guest was Senator Sherrod Brown. And together they took on how progressives can get the most from a Biden administration.

 

Jim Hightower and Sherrod Brown - Pt. 2 

We continue with a conversation with Jim Hightower and Senator Sherrod Brown originally posted to the podcast Hightower Chat n Chew. We pick up on a discussion about how progressive democrats can connect with voters in fly over country.

 

Don Fowler

In his memory, our conversation with Don Fowler, in the aftermath of the 2010 election.

 

Last week, we lost a dear friend  of 21st Century Democrats — and of progressive populist Democrats everywhere, but particularly in the South. Don Fowler, who served on our Advisory Board, passed away at the age of 85. As Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and then as Democratic National Committee, he worked relentlessly to bring African Americans and whites together in the party to improve the lives of working people. Not surprisingly, he’s also the person who first introduced President-elect Biden and South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn to each other.

 

Back in 2010, Don Fowler was one of the very first guests on this podcast. And during that interview, he offered an analysis of Democratic messaging that is as insightful now as it was then.

 

Jim Hightower

Where is AI driving us?

#510 : Moving ahead on a racial justice agenda in a Biden administration.

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Moving ahead on a racial justice agenda in a Biden administration. Plus Bill Press on America’s deepening political divide and the future of Trumpism. 

 

An extended conversation with political economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux on the hard work ahead for Democrats  to confront racial inequality. And Bill Press with political journalist Ron Brownstein on the future of both parties as the Red-Blue divide gets deeper.

Julianne Malveaux - Part 1

Following his apparent victory in the November election, Joe Biden was quick to acknowledge the groundswell of support he received from Black voters. Dr. Julianne Malveaux says now is the time to make good on the support by taking on the hard lift of closing the racial wealth gap. 

Julianne Malveaux - Part 2

We continue our conversation with Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and talk about why she says Joe Biden needs a new cabinet level position focused on racial equity.  

Ron Brownstein

The lasting appeal of Trumpism in American politics,  and what Democrats can do about it.  Bill Press talks with Ron Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. 

Jim Hightower

Corporations are playing with our food – and our heads

#509 : Tracking corporate ties in the Biden administration.

por Jen Petty

Tracking corporate ties in the Biden administration. Keeping up the fight against voter suppression. Plus, the case for prosecuting Trump after he leaves office.

 

Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project on why he’s concerned about corporate influence in the Biden Administration.  Jorge Vasquez, Jr. on why he will continue to fight against voter suppression. And Congressman Bill Pascrell tells Bill Press why he wants to see Trump investigated and Rudy Giuliani disbarred.

Jeff Hauser

Jeff Hauser is a leader in the fight against corporate power in politics. He says that even as we come to the end of the most corrupt presidency in history, there are already concerns about corporate ties in the Biden Administration.

Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr.

 Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. is a long time advocate for voting rights. He says that even with record turn out  in  the November election, there is still a long way to go before voter suppression is a thing of the past.

Bill Pascrell

Can Trump be held responsible for crimes committed as President, after he leaves office, and should he be? Bill Press with Congressman Bill Pascrell. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Who cares who the Secretary of Agriculture is?

#508 : The evolving peril of Democratic centrism.

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The evolving peril of Democratic centrism. Plus, where voters said yes to progressive ballot measures. And Bill Press with Biden economic transition adviser Jared Bernstein.

Author and journalist Thomas Frank on centrist Democrats and the rise of Trumpism.  Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, Executive Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, on why progressive ballot measures win. And Bill Press with Jared Bernstein on what it will take to tackle  income inequality.

Thomas Frank 

Progressive historian Thomas Frank says a shift to Democratic centrism paved the way for Trump’s presidency. And to defeat Trumpism now, Democrats need to get back to being a party that takes a stand for working people. 

Chris Melody Fields Figueredo

Across the country, in red states and blue, voters gave their support to progressive ballot measures. Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, says ballot measures speak powerfully to what matters to voters, and are often the unsung heroes of the progressive movement. 

Jared Bernstein

Bill Press with Jared Bernstein who served as Biden’s chief economist and economic adviser under the Obama administration. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

Which food future will you choose?



#507 : What we are learning about how Biden won...

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What we are learning about how Biden won, and why Trump’s loss wasn’t worse. Plus, the central role of education in the American experiment.  And Bill Press looks ahead to  Georgia's upcoming Senate run-off elections.

 

Leading Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg reads the exit polls for what they tell us about both parties moving forward. Author Derek Black on why an assault on public education is an assault on democracy itself. And Bill Press with Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson on the battle for control of the Senate.

 

Stanley Greenberg 

Pollster Stanley Greenberg has just begun to dig into the numbers on Election 2020 and what they tell us about a changing American electorate. Even with Biden’s win, Greenberg sees an unfinished battle over politics and the issue of race in America.

 

Derek W. Black

Derek W. Black is a legal scholar and outspoken advocate of the importance of public education. His newest book explores how a constitutional right to education forever changed the trajectory of our democracy, and what it means when it comes under attack.

 

Hank Johnson

Why one Georgia Congressman believes Democrats can turn the Senate to their advantage in Georgia’s upcoming runoffs. Bill Press with Congressman Hank Johnson who represents Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

When and where was the first Thanksgiving Feast?

#506 : Republican redistricting and what that could mean in 2022.

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Republicans tighten their control of redistricting and what that could mean in 2022. The economic toll of  the coronavirus pandemic on people of color.  Plus what to expect from Trump’s election lawsuits.

 

David Daley on the Republican’s growing advantage in redrawing the political map.  Janelle Jones on how the coronavirus pandemic is deepening America's racial wealth gap and how to turn that around. And Bill Press with Lanny Davis on Trump’s losing strategy to deny electoral defeat.

 

David Daly

GOP wins in state legislatures means they will control a majority of redistricting efforts across the country. Journalist and voting rights advocate David Daley says that without significant reforms,  Republicans will continue to rig the system to their advantage.

 

Janelle Jones

As an economist, Janelle Jones has focused her work on labor markets and racial inequalities. She says that systemic racism going into the pandemic is making America’s racial economic divide even worse,  and only decisive policy action will reverse that. 

 

Lanny Davis

Why Trump’s claims of voter fraud will fail to keep him in the White House.  Bill Press interviews Lanny Davis, a former White House Special Counsel in the Clinton Administration. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPresspods.com.

 

Jim Hightower

The amazing fall of Donald Trump’s wall

#505 : Election 2020 and the future of Democratic party politics.

por Jen Petty

Election 2020 and the future of Democratic party politics.  A post-vote deep dive with pollster Vic Fingerhut.

 

Veteran progressive pollster Vic Fingerhut says if there’s one thing to take away from this election, it’s that Democrats have to change course and take a stronger stand for the working class.

 

Vic Fingerhut

Vic Fingerhut is a pioneer among Democratic polling and media consultants who has consistently argued for a progressive populist message. He says that if Democrats want to move past its narrow victories in 2020,  they have to re-establish themselves as the party for working class Americans.

 

Jim Hightower

What progressives won this year

#504 : A progressive Congressman’s plan to govern from the inside.

por Jen Petty

A progressive Congressman’s plan to govern from the inside. Which party is better for the economy?  And Bill Press with the backstory on Trump’s  dangerous mental state.

 

Congressman Raul Grijalva outlines a plan to carry through a progressive agenda in a Biden presidency. Small business expert Jere Glover proves that Democrats are better for the economy. And Bill Press with Dr. Mary Trump on why she calls her uncle the world’s most dangerous man.

 

Raul Grijalva

Looking ahead to Democratic wins up and down the ballot, Congressman Raul Grijalva looks forward to a powerful opening for progressives to advocate their agenda from the inside, and not just rally on the outside.

 

Jere Glover

Jere Glover has been collecting data for decades comparing national economic performance under Democratic and Republican administrations.  He says that unlike our current president, the numbers do not lie. Democrats run the economy better.

 

Mary Trump 

Why the man called the most powerful person in the free world is also one of our greatest threats. Bill Press interviews Dr. Mary Trump, author of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

  

Jim Hightower

To find some gems to vote for, go down-ballot

#503 : The progressive potential of a Biden presidency.

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The progressive potential of a Biden presidency. A solidarity agenda for a more just America.  And Bill Press on the home stretch to November 3.

 

D.D. Guttenplan on how a Biden presidency can be pressured into a more progressive agenda than his campaign platform. Eddie Glaude on what it will take to finally realize a multiracial democracy. And Bill Press with Dan Balz,  chief correspondent at The Washington Post, on where things stand in campaign 2020.

D.D. Guttenplan

In his newest book, D.D. Guttenplan explores the potential for a progressive resurgence in American politics. He says America is “on the move”  but has not yet coalesced into a movement. And that’s what it will take to push the nation in the direction it needs to go.

Eddie Glaude

Eddie Glaude is a long time scholar of the black experience in America. In his most recent book, he turns to the words of James Baldwin to better understand this moment of racial reckoning and begin again to write a new American story.

Dan Balz

Dan Balz, chief correspondent at The Washington Post, tells Bill Press why he can’t write off a Trump victory on November 3. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com.

Jim Hightower

A wealth of riches, a poverty of morals.