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#514 : The Democrats' working class problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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I think this is a great podcast to listen to. Even though I am a Republican and I don’t agree on everything he says it’s great to hear the other side to get the full picture of whatever story is being talked about. I think the problem with a lot of stuff happening right now is not knowing the full picture and not getting all the information. It would be great to listen to both sides. If you will start listening to both sides I would suggest Ben Shapiro. He’s great to listen to and has some good points as well as this podcast. Warning: Ben talks pretty fast😂
Called America’s Democrats. Has Democrats talking. Why the one stars? Isn’t that what you expected?
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