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69 minutes | 4 days ago
#508 : The evolving peril of Democratic centrism.
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?
84 minutes | 11 days ago
#507 : What we are learning about how Biden won...
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?
66 minutes | 18 days ago
#506 : Republican redistricting and what that could mean in 2022.
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
47 minutes | 25 days ago
#505 : Election 2020 and the future of Democratic party politics.
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
63 minutes | a month ago
#504 : A progressive Congressman’s plan to govern from the inside.
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
66 minutes | a month ago
#503 : The progressive potential of a Biden presidency.
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.
67 minutes | a month ago
#502 : Why we know he has to go.
Why we know he has to go. What Trump’s taxes say about his presidency. Plus, how Trump has taken lying to a dangerous new level. And Bill Press on Trump vs. Biden and the political state of play. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston on what we learn from knowing more about Trump’s taxes. Author Eric Alterman on why presidents lie, and why Trump is worse. And Bill Press with Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times. David Cay Johnston David Cay Johnston has spent years reporting on Donald Trump’s business practices, and on the inequities of the U.S. tax code. He says recent reporting from the New York Times on Trump’s taxes offers greater proof of two tax systems, separate and unequal. Eric Alterman In his newest book, journalist and author Eric Alterman explores the long trajectory of presidential lying. And while most Presidents have lied, he says, in the case of Trump there’s no comparison. Jonathan Martin Bill Press with Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times, on the latest election polls and why 2020 is not 2016 If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower The virus that’s killing America
60 minutes | 2 months ago
#501 : What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence
A perfect storm. What we need to know about the threat of far right extremist violence as election day draws near. Plus Bill Press on the latest presidential polls, the state of the race, and what’s still at play. An extended conversation with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino. And Bill Press with Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Brian Levin - Pt 1 In the wake of the reported plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, attention has turned to what we know about the threat of violent extremism in our current political climate. Before that news broke, we spoke with one of the most trusted voices on hate and extremism in America about the nature of that threat, the role of white supremacy, 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. And we turn the conversation to how to confront hate and extremism. Larry Sabato Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, tells Bill Press what he expects out of this unprecedented campaign season. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit Bill Presspods.com. Jim Hightower Meet a race-baiting ventriloquist
64 minutes | 2 months ago
#500 : The true meaning of populism in America’s history.
The true meaning of populism in America’s history. A solidarity agenda for America’s future. Plus Bill Press on how Trump turned the presidency into a business. Thomas Frank on why populism is the most important, and misunderstood, movement of our time. Roger Hickey on what solidarity means in this moment of crisis. And Bill Press digs into Trump’s taxes with Forbes Senior Editor Dan Alexander. Thomas Frank Thomas Frank’s newest book reminds us that the true history of populism in America is one of an ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. He says reclaiming that history is essential for a more just and equitable future. Roger Hickey Solidarity is a powerful idea that calls on us to act in the common good over individual concerns. Roger Hickey outlines what that means as America envisions a post COVID future. Dan Alexander What Trump’s taxes tell us about Trump the businessman. Bill Press talks with Dan Alexander, author of “ White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency.” If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower Trump’s Rule of Lies
64 minutes | 2 months ago
#499 : No Turning Back.
No Turning Back. Racial and economic justice for the coronavirus crisis and beyond. Plus Bill Press on saving the Supreme Court from another Trump appointment. Gene Sperling on the economic dignity that all workers deserve. Manuel Pastor on why we need a solidarity economy now more than ever. And Bill Press with former Senator Byron Dorgan on why Democrats need to play hardball on Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. Gene Sperling Gene Sperling’s newest book offers a powerful vision of America's economic future. He says we must not lose sight of what economic policy is all about, which is allowing people to lead dignified lives. Manuel Pastor The disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color has been deep and devastating. That’s why Manuel Pastor calls for an economy focused on solidarity to recover from the pandemic and build a more just and sustainable economic future. Byron Dorgan Bill Press with former Senator Byron Dorgan on how to stop the GOP from stealing another Supreme Court judgeship. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower What does “Small Government” buy us?
54 minutes | 2 months ago
#498 : Better for All.
Better for All. Rebuilding the middle class with shared prosperity. Bringing racial and economic justice into the climate movement. Plus Bill Press breaks down a shocking Trump exposé. Jim Tankersley on the untold story of America’s middle class and why it matters now. Dr. Cecilia Martinez on the Equitable & Just National Climate Platform. And Bill Press with his take on Bob Woodward's latest book Rage. Jim Tankersley Jim Tankersley’s newest book reveals the crucial role women and minorities played in building the post-war middle class. He says it’s an untold story that offers an essential roadmap to reviving the Golden Era of America’s middle class by making it possible again for all workers to reach their full potential. Cecilia Martinez The disastrous impact of climate change has long been defined by class and race. Dr. Cecilia Martinez lays out a necessary vision for a climate agenda that includes racial and economic justice as core goals. Bill Press Bill Press on the most explosive takeaways from Bob Woodward’s latest book, Rage, on the Trump presidency. If you'd like to hear the entire reaction, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower When the world’s on fire, what should we do?
56 minutes | 3 months ago
#497 : Reclaiming populism and rebuilding civic power in an era of crisis.
Reclaiming populism and rebuilding civic power in an era of crisis. Plus, Bill Press on the casualty of truth in the era of Trump. Rogers M. Smith on returning populism to its progressive roots. K. Sabeel Rahman on realizing an inclusive and responsive democracy for the future. Plus Bill Press with Brian Stelter on the toxic political mix of Donald Trump and Fox News. K. Sabeel Rahman Sabeel Rahman is a leading scholar of democracy, law, and inequality. In his newest book, co-authored with Hollie Russon Gilman, he calls for a transformative model for democracy reform that fundamentally redistributes power to citizens. And it couldn't come at a more critical time. Rogers M. Smith Rogers M. Smith’s newest book is a deep dive into what populism could and should mean in the future of American politics. It offers a road map to how progressives can build a populist movement that better reflects its inclusive values. Brian Stelter Why Trump’s unprecedented relationship with Fox New is a threat to democracy. Bill Press talks with Brian Stelter, author of Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower CEO tricksters cut their pay without bleeding.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
#496 : The past, present and future of progressives in the Senate.
The past, present and future of progressives in the Senate. A leading political forecaster on who will win in November. Plus, Bill Press with a progressive’s take on electing a moderate to the White House. Senator Sherrod Brown on his latest book Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America. Professor Allan Lichtman on why he’s calling 2020 for Biden. Plus, Bill Press with Representative Mark Pocan on promoting progressive values in a potential Biden Whitehouse. Sherrod Brown Senator Sherrod Brown’s most recent book offers a timely history of 20th-century American progressivism. Along the way he makes a compelling case to believe in the future of the Progressive idea in American politics. Allan Lichtman Allan Lichtman is a political historian renowned for predicting the outcome of presidential elections. The secret he says is to keep your eye on the big picture of the strength of the incumbent president’s party. Mark Pocan Bill Press with Representative Mark Pocan on why he believes progressives will support a Biden-Harris ticket. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower The Dow Jones v. The Doug Jones
71 minutes | 3 months ago
#495 : White rage and the political forces that drive it and benefit from it.
White rage and the political forces that drive it and benefit from it. Plus, Bill Press continues his series on the growing threat of Donald Trump’s mental state. An extended conversation with scholar and author Carol Anderson on the history of White rage against Black advancement and it’s continuation in Trump’s modern day politics of grievance. Plus, Bill Press on the impact of Donald Trump’s mental imbalance on the mental health of our nation. Carol Anderson - Part 1 Carol Anderson’s 2016 book on White rage remains a classic text in our national conversation about race. In a broad sweep of history, she demonstrates how any significant advance toward racial justice in US history has been met with powerful political backlash. Carol Anderson - Part 2 We continue our conversation with Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy and White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Bill Press Bill Presscontinues his series on Donald Trump’s mental health and what that has to do with the mental health of millions of Americans. If you'd like to hear the entire series, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower Where did the Republican Party go?
63 minutes | 3 months ago
#494 : Economic Justice and the forgotten history of the March on Washington.
Economic Justice and the forgotten history of the March on Washington. The origins of right wing populism and the future of the GOP. Plus, Bill Press continues his series on the growing threat of Donald Trump’s mental state. How Black unionists organized the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom. How Republicans used organized money and organized outrage to become the party of plutocrats. Plus, Bill Press on why psychiatrists are saying Trump is unfit to hold office and cannot change. William P. Jones William P. Jones has written extensively on the history of labor unions and race. In his highly acclaimed book on the 1963 March on Washington, he reminds us of the critical role of Black trade unionists in making that historic event happen. Jacob Hacker In his newest book, Jacob Hacker, and his co-author Paul Pierson, offer a groundbreaking account of the dangerous marriage of plutocratic economic priorities and right-wing populism, and how it threatens American democracy. Bill Press Bill Press with contributors to the New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump discuss the pathologies that control Donald Trump and put American democracy at risk. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower Trump’s bassackwards government
64 minutes | 4 months ago
#493 : At the crossroads of history.
At the crossroads of history. The political state of play and what Democrats have to do to turn an advantage into victory. Plus, Bill Press continues his series on the growing threat of Donald Trump’s mental state. Stanley Greenberg on the failing vision of the GOP. Ruy Teixeira on why Democrats need to build an even bigger tent. Plus, Bill Press on why psychiatrists are speaking out to say Trump is unfit to hold office. Stanley B. Greenberg Stanley B. Greenberg is a pollster who has worked for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Tony Blair, and Nelson Mandela. He says that even as polls failed to predict Trump’s victory in 2016, believe them now when they predict his defeat. Ruy Teixeira Ruy Teixeira specializes in the study of demographic change and its impact on elections. He says that even with demography on their side, Democrats still need to reach out beyond the ranks of its most supportive groups. Bill Press Bill Press talks with leading psychiatrists about why they are putting their careers on the line to warn us about Trump’s mental state. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit Bill Press pods dot com. Jim Hightower Save our Post Office… and our right to vote
59 minutes | 4 months ago
3492 : A defining moment for progressive politics in America.
A defining moment for progressive politics in America. Plus, another attempt to sabotage the census. And Bill Press on why Trump is more dangerous now than ever before. The enduring legacy of Henry Wallace's anti-fascist, anti-racist politics. Trump’s unconstitutional attempt to erase undocumented immigrants. Plus, Bill Press talks with leading psychiatrists about the growing threat of Donald Trump’s mental state. John Nichols Seventy five years ago, Vice President Henry Wallace was one of the most progressive Democrats of his time. In his newest book, journalist John Nichols follows the rise and fall of Wallace in Democratic Party politics and says it’s a story we cannot afford to forget. Dale Ho Donald Trump is not giving up in his fight to exclude noncitizens from the census. And Dale Ho is not giving up in his fight to stop Trump, and to ensure all communities are treated with dignity and respect. Bill Press Why leading psychiatrists are warning us about Trump’s mental state and why we need to reclaim reality. Bill Press with contributors to the New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower How intractable is CEO greed?
55 minutes | 4 months ago
#491 : Words Matter.
Words Matter. President Donald Trump’s increasingly dangerous rhetoric. Plus, trade wars as class wars. A new way of thinking about the global economy. And a seasoned political strategist offers a roadmap for Democratic victory in November. The dangerous effect of Trump’s toxic language and how to fight back. Why trade wars are a threat to the global economy and international peace, and what we can do about it. Plus, Bill Press talks with Paul Begala on his new book You're Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump. Helio Fred Garcia Author Helio Fred Garcia’s newest book focuses on the language President Trump uses that conditions his audience to accept, condone, and even commit violence. He says it’s up to all of us to name it for what it is, and hold him accountable for the consequences. Matthew Klein Matthew Klein’s newest book offers a provocative look at how today’s trade conflicts are caused by governments promoting the interests of elites at the expense of workers. He says it’s up to the United States to fix a broken trade system. Paul Begala Paul Begala, author of You're Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump, tells Bill Press what Democrats need to do to win the most important election he has seen in his lifetime. Jim Hightower Trump’s one-word re-election campaign
52 minutes | 4 months ago
#490 : A racial reckoning for America.
A racial reckoning for America. Will it be different this time? Plus, a new era of toxic politics and how it started. An extended conversation with Peniel E. Joseph on the still unfinished journey toward racial equality and true democracy in America. Plus, Bill Press with Julian Zelizer on how Newt Gingrich broke politics. Peniel E. Joseph - Pt. 1 Peniel E. Joseph is an American scholar, teacher, and leading public voice on race, democracy and civil rights. He says within this moment of national crisis is a generational opportunity to transform American democracy to one that is free of racial injustice. Peniel E. Joseph - Pt. 2 We’re speaking with Peniel E. Joseph, founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and author most recently of The Sword and The Shield:The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Julian Zelizer The roots of today's partisan warfare. Bill Press talks with Julian Zelizer, author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party. Jim Hightower The virus that’s killing America
72 minutes | 4 months ago
#489 : The political power of Black women.
The political power of Black women. The deepening crisis of America’s middle class. And, a recap of the latest Supreme Court term. Black women and their political pursuit for justice, fairness, and equity. Plus, with inequality soaring, America’s middle class is in retreat. How to turn it around. And a surprising term for the Supreme Court. Bill Press with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times. Melanie Campbell Melanie Campbell is known for her powerful ability to build diverse coalitions for the common good, and for advancing the political power of Black women. She says Black women are taking their political leadership to new levels that will be felt far beyond the ballot box. James Steele In 1992, James Steele and Donald Barlett wrote their groundbreaking book on the economic decline of the working middle class in America. Nearly thirty years later, James Steele says new policies are launching a fresh assault on the middle class. Adam Liptak New York Times correspondent Adam Liptak talks with Bill Press about the Supreme Court’s latest term and its tack to the center. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, visit BillPressPods.com. Jim Hightower Sneaking public dollars into private schools
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