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Trump & Brexit: DD Guttenplan; Elon Musk & Mars: Katha Pollitt; Plus: Rashida Tlaib w/Nichols
Jun 20 • 55 min
For most Americans, the question “Which is worse: Trump or Brexit?” has an easy answer: of course it’s Trump! But D. D. Guttenplan, The Nation’s new Editor, says it’s more complicated than that: for starters, Americans can get rid of Trump in next…
Bernie on Socialism w/Meyerson; The Dems in CA w/David Dayen; The Indivisible Pledge w/Ezra Levin
Jun 13 • 57 min
During Bernie’s speech in Washington yesterday he defined democratic socialism as: “Requiring and achieving political and economic freedom in every community in this country.” He also proposed a 21st century economic bill of rights — for comment we turn…
Andrew Bacevich: The Middle East Conflicts Memorial; plus Katha Pollitt on Abortion & Men
Jun 6 • 56 min
Over 8,000 names are engraved on the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, and each year, more are added. The wall is unlike any other war memorial in the US — particularly because of its location: not in Washington DC but in Marseilles, Illinois, a small…
Why Does the New York Times Hate Bernie? Amy Wilentz; plus Secrecy and the Mueller Report
May 30 • 26 min
May 22, 3:00 PM Bernie is back on Page One of the New York Times, but their report last weekend was not about his new plan to save public schools–the most progressive education program in modern American history–or his proposal to end all subsidies for…
Joe Biden has One Thing in Common with Donald Trump: Harold Meyerson; plus Laila Lalalami
May 23 • 30 min
Joe Biden has one thing in common with Donald Trump: a campaign promising “restoration” of a lost past, rather than the kind of transformation we need to deal with our current problems—that’s what Harold Meyerson says. Of course, the past Biden wants to…
Bill McKibben: Fear & Hope about Climate Change, plus Amy Wilentz on the Other Ruined Notre Dame
May 16 • 33 min
The ‘debate’ over global warming was always phony. Bill McKibben says the fossil fuel industry knew everything there was to know about climate change back in the 1980s. And they believed what their scientists were telling them. Exxon started building all…
Is Joe Biden Necessary? Joan Walsh, plus Joshua Holland on Impeachment
May 9 • 40 min
When Joe Biden finally declared his candidacy, he immediately pulled way out in front in the polls of Democratic candidates. The polls also show him the one most likely to beat Trump. Joan Walsh points to some of the problems with Biden—a centrist who is…
John Nichols: The Lies of William Barr; Plus Michael Walzer on “Political Action”
May 2 • 42 min
Today, the AG is defying the House of Representatives — after a day of lies and deception with the Senate Judiciairy Committee yesterday. we turn to John Nichols for comment. Plus, Michael Walzer on his seminal how-to guide for political activists:…
SCOTUS & the Census w/ Meyerson; Stacey Abrams on Leading; Plus: Joan Walsh on Gillibrand
Apr 25 • 58 min
New York v. US Dep’t of Commerce, the challenge to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, was heard on Tuesday — would such a question be unconstitutional? Harold Meyerson comments —Also, Joe Biden announced his campaign for the presidency—he…
The Mueller Report w/ Nichols; Our Climate Moment w/McKibben; Plus: Gary Stewart on Girl Groups
Apr 18 • 57 min
The Mueller Report—we have the evidence, especially on obstruction; now Congress needs to do its part. John Nichols reports. Plus: Our Climate Moment: we talk with Bill McKibben about balancing fear and hope in the face of the grim realities of climate…
Israeli Election w/ Meyerson; Eric Foner on Reconstruction; Plus: Laurie Winer on Stephen Miller
Apr 11 • 57 min
Israel’s 2019 election results are in, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to serve a record fifth term — what does this mean for the United States and American Jews? Harold Meyerson comments Next, “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War”…
Republicans and Socialism w/Nichols; Zoë Carpenter on Plastic; Ben Ehrenreich on Climate & Commerce
Apr 4 • 58 min
Democrats, Republicans and ‘Socialism’ — John Nichols talks about Milwaukee, America’s socialist city for 50 years. Also: Plastics and Petrochemicals: An estimated 8 tons of plastic end up in the oceans per year. But the real problem is the manufacturing…
The Mueller Report w/ Meyerson; 50th Anniv. of the Bed-In for Peace; Jane Mayer on Mike Pence
Mar 28 • 58 min
The Mueller Report: a three page summary of the 300-plus page report has been released — that’s less than one percent of Mueller’s findings — Harold Meyerson reports. Today marks the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace at the…
The Trouble with Beto: Harold Meyerson; College Scandal w/Wilentz; Adam Hochschild on Trump
Mar 21 • 57 min
The Democrats’ candidates who are not progressives, from Beto to Biden — Harold Meyerson on the alternatives to Bernie and Elizabeth Warren. Plus Amy Wilentz on the college admissions scandal. Also: What if Trump got his way with dissenters, critics and…
Bill McKibben: Climate Victories—and Setbacks; plus Harm Reduction and the Opioid Epidemic
Mar 14 • 29 min
To replace coal and oil, do we need nuclear power? Is switching from coal powered electric plants to natural gas a step in the right direction? And what lessons can we draw from the recent victories—and setbacks—for the climate movement in California?…
Michelle Goldberg: Trump marks the end of the Reagan era; plus Zornick: Warren & Walzer: Organizing
Mar 7 • 41 min
The time is right for a Green New Deal, says New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg. Trump’s presidency is not the end of Democracy, as some of our friends have suggested. Instead we are seeing the end of a political cycle, the one that began in 1980…
Naomi Klein: The Politics of the Green New Deal, plus Dahlia Lithwick on Trump’s ‘Emergency’
Feb 28 • 28 min
Naomi Klein says the Green New Deal needs to follow the example of the New Deal of the 1930s, when nothing would have happened without “massive pressure from social movements” that “changed the calculus of what was possible.” Naomi is a contributing…
The Case for Universal Child Care: Katha Pollitt; plus David Klion on Bernie’s New Foreign Policy
Feb 21 • 30 min
Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college tuition, a $15 minimum wage – and now it’s time to add Child care for all to the Progressive agenda. That’s Katha Pollitt’s proposal—she argues it will help huge numbers of people. (And Elizabeth Warren…
The Green New Deal in California: David Dayen; Plus, Isabel Wilkerson on ‘The Warmth of Other Suns’
Feb 14 • 43 min
The Green New Deal in California: bad news is that the governor seems to be pessimistic about high-speed rail; meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the mayor had good news about stopping natural gas plants - David Dayen reports. Next up, February is Black History…
Trump’s SOTU: Harold Meyerson; CA vs. Trump: Manuel Pastor; Trump & Climate: Elizabeth Kolbert
Feb 7 • 57 min
The State of the Union is not good — Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect on the president’s speech Tuesday night — and whether “socialism” is as big a negative for Americans as Trump thinks it is. Also: as of October, 2018, California had filed 44…
Trump & China: Jeff Wasserstrom; After the Shutdown/Harold Meyerson; Trump’s Travel Ban/Abramsky
Jan 31 • 58 min
As trade talks with China continue, the DOJ has charged telecom giant Huawei with Iran sanctions violations, bank fraud and more; meanwhle, a million Uyghur Muslims are being interned at Chinese ‘re-education camps’. We talk with Jeff Wasserstrom, a UCI…
Fred Trump and the KKK: Linda Gordon; the Right’s Stealth Plan for America: Nancy MacLean
Jan 24 • 37 min
We take a step back from all the Trump headlines to look at how we got here. Later in the show, historian Nancy MacLean talks about the roots of the right’s stealth plan for America, bringing together the Koch Brothers and their libertarian economic…
The LA Teachers Strike Tests the Democrats; Trump’s Shutdown w/ Nichols; Viet Nguyen on Refugees
Jan 17 • 56 min
Today is day four of the LA teachers’ strike. “This bitter conflict is also a fight about the meaning of progressive politics”—that’s what Nelson Lichtenstein says — he’s professor of history and director of The Center for the Study of Work, Labor and…
Russiagate in Review; plus Jane Mayer: Would Pence Be Worse?
Jan 10 • 58 min
Russiagate is basically a political corruption scandal, says David Klion. The basic facts have been obvious for a long time—and they should bring down Trump’s presidency. Also: we ask Jane Mayer of the New Yorker what may be the most important question of…
Now it’s the Democrats’ Turn: Harold Meyerson; Plus, Amy Wilentz on Amos Oz & Alex Press on Amazon
Jan 3 • 58 min
The 116th Congress convened today — the Democrats took over the House, there were many firsts and a few surprises: Harold Meyerson has the report. Next, Amos Oz, Israeli author and peace advocate passed away last week; former Jerusalem correspondent for…
Progressive Heroes of 2018: John Nichols; Gustavo Arellano: the OC, & David Cay Johnston on Trump
Dec 27, 2018 • 50 min
2018 was a big year for progressives — John Nichols with the Progressive Honor Roll names some names on our year in review show. Next, we talk with Gustavo Arellano about the biggest change in California politics in decades: how the OC turned blue.…
David Dayen on Drug Prices; Tom Frank: From Trump to Obama; Sean Wilentz: Bob Dylan’s Xmas
Dec 20, 2018 • 58 min
Prescription drug prices are on the rise and two Senators are taking on the problem. Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill advancing generics; and last Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren introduced her own bill, promoting drug manufacture by the government. David…
From George Bush 41 to Donald Trump: Harold Meyerson, plus Eric Foner on Frederick Douglass—and Us
Dec 13, 2018 • 27 min
George H. W. Bush paved the way for today’s Republican party with his racist Willy Horton campaign. He also nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and pardoned the Iran-Contra conspirator whose trial would have exposed his own abuse of power.…
The Missing Politics in Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’: Amy Wilentz, plus Kai Wright on the Midterms
Dec 6, 2018 • 34 min
Michelle Obama declares in her new memoir, “I am not a political person, so I’m not going to attempt to offer an analysis” of Trump’s victory. That’s her stance in the rest of the book as well. It seems strange for the person the New York Times called…
Katha Pollitt on White Women Voters; Plus, Michael Koncewicz on Nixon & Trump; Remembering Ricky Jay
Nov 29, 2018 • 58 min
Fifty-three per cent of white women voters, according to exit polls in 2016, voted for Trump. Why? And, will their minds be changed? We turn to Katha Pollitt for comment. Next up: Republicans who stood up to the president’s abuses of power in the early…
Frank Rich on Why the Democrats Won, plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Matt Whitaker & the Constitution
Nov 21, 2018 • 37 min
Frank Rich finds lessons for Democrats in the midterms: seeking “the political center,” as recommended by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff, running on “clean-government themes and promises of incremental improvement to the health care system…
Learning from the Midterms: John Nichols, Sasha Abramsky & Katha Pollitt
Nov 15, 2018 • 57 min
The 2018 Midterm Elections: What can we learn from what happened in the Midwest and the Rust Belt? John Nichols has the report on Pennsylvania, Michigan, and—of course—Wisconsin. Next, we talk with Sasha Abramsky for his take on the Southwestern states:…
The Jeff Sessions Firing w/Chemerisky & Ahilan; Plus Elections Analysis w/Meyerson
Nov 8, 2018 • 55 min
The terrible record of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: Ahilan Arulanantham, ACLU SoCal Senior Counsel, who argued in the 9th circuit against Sessions’ policies — and won. Also: the latest on DACA. Also, Harold Meyerson on the midterms: they deepened…
Midterm Countdown: John Nichols & David Dayen; Plus Sandi Tan on “Shirkers”
Nov 1, 2018 • 55 min
With under five days until the November 6, Midterm elections, we have two political updates: John Nichols comments on national matters and David Dayen reports on the California situation. Plus: Singapore-born film-maker Sandi Tan, joins us in-studio to…
The Mail Bombs and the Midterms: Harold Meyerson; plus Guerilla Theater in LA
Oct 26, 2018 • 36 min
From the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, to Trump’s efforts to distract voters with stories about migrants on the march in Mexico — Harold Meyerson analyzes the state of the midterm elections, now less than 2 weeks away. Also: pop-up Guerilla…
Voting Rights in 2018: Sasha Abramsky on Florida, plus Rebecca Traister on women’s anger
Oct 18, 2018 • 33 min
The most important voting rights issue on the ballot in 2018 is restoring the voting rights of 1.4 million ex-felons in Florida—and it seems likely to pass. An initiative on the ballot there would repeal one of country’s worst Jim Crow laws. Sasha…
Impeach Kavanaugh? John Nichols, plus D.D. Guttenplan on Mobilizing a New Radical Majority
Oct 11, 2018 • 32 min
What the Democrats can do about newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when they win the House in November and take control of the Judiciary Committee in January: John Nichols talks about investigations that could lead to the filing of…
Kavanaugh & Women: Amy Wilentz; plus John Nichols on the Senate & Erwin Chemerinsky on Supreme Court
Oct 4, 2018 • 38 min
Amy Wilentz of The Nation talks about Kavanaugh, Trump, and women —the women in the hearings, in Kavanaugh’s past, and in America. Also: John Nichols on politics and the Senate—and how Mitch McConnell is killing the senate. Plus: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean…
Christine Blasey Ford vs. Brett Kavanaugh: Rick Perlstein & Sarah Posner
Sep 27, 2018 • 22 min
The facade has been ripped off: Christine Blasey Ford faced the Senate Judiciary Committee today, followed by a raging Brett Kavanaugh. Moments after the hearing adjourned, we turned to historian Rick Perlstein and journalist Sarah Posner for their…
Sex, Lies & Kavanaugh — Amy Wilentz Reports; Plus, Michael Moore on Trump
Sep 20, 2018 • 54 min
Did Trump’s Supreme Court nominee try to rape a 15-year-old girl when he was 17-years old, 36 years ago? Was he telling the truth when he said he did not, and how much should it matter now? For comment we turn to Amy Wilentz. Next, Michael Moore’s new…
Politics everywhere w/ Meyerson; Keith Ellison w/ Dayen & Guns in Schools w/Weingarten
Sep 13, 2018 • 57 min
Republican Senate candidate and current Florida Gov, Rick Scott challenged Trump today on Puerto Rico casualty figures; SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct, and, measuring the Blue Wave now that Obama has joined the campaign —…
John Nichols: The Resistance to Kavanaugh; Miriam Pawel: Jerry Brown; Amy Wilentz: Melania
Sep 6, 2018 • 57 min
In a dramatic showdown on the floor of the Senate, the third day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. released documents deemed ‘committee confidential’ — and, last Tuesday, Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley…
Surveillance Capitalism: Judith Coburn; John Nichols on Florida & Gary Younge on How Dems Can Win
Aug 30, 2018 • 57 min
After 40 years as an investigative journalist, Judith Coburn became a private investigator. We talk with her about Surveillance Capitalism in the Age of Trump. Next, Florida’s general election for governor will feature two candidates who could not be more…
Trump in Trouble w/ Harold Meyerson; Katha Pollitt on Motherhood; Farah Griffin on Aretha
Aug 23, 2018 • 58 min
Trump’s attorney Micheal Cohen has pled guilty to many crimes of bank fraud and tax fraud but there were two really significant ones: payments of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels (real name, Stephanie Clifford) and Playboy model Karen McDougal — on…
Is Trump Crazy? Would Pence Be Worse? Amy Wilentz & Jane Mayer; plus EJ Dionne: America After Trump
Aug 16, 2018 • 45 min
Amy Wilentz comments on the mental and emotional status of the president, as analyzed by 27 psychiatrists in ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,’ a book edited by Bandy X. Lee. The book was number four on the New York Times bestseller list. Also: Would…
Left Politics Can Win Everywhere in November: Mike Lux; plus Katha Pollitt: Is Trumpism Fascism?
Aug 8, 2018 • 26 min
Left politics can win all over the country, not just in New York City and Chicago and LA – that’s what Mike Lux says, he’s a longtime strategist for the progressive movement and Democratic candidates, and his new book is “How to Democrat in the Age of…
Trump’s 1968—and Ours w/Todd Gitlin: Plus John Nichols on Journalism in the Age of Trump
Aug 2, 2018 • 37 min
August 1968, 50 years ago: fighting the police outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, while the whole world was watching: it was the culmination of an overwhelming year for the anti-war movement. But where was young Donald Trump? Activist,…
Harold Meyerson Remembers Jonathan Gold; Tom Frank: Obama & Trump; Bob Zaugh: LA Draft Resistance
Jul 26, 2018 • 57 min
Pulitzer prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold died July 21; Harold Meyerson talks about how he taught readers in LA about the new immigrant city around them—by exploring immigrant neighborhoods and their restaurants. Harold also reviews Trump…
Trump & Putin & Kavanaugh & Trump: Harold Meyerson & Erwin Chemerinsky; plus David Graeber: BS Jobs
Jul 19, 2018 • 55 min
Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect analyzes Trump’s tumultuous post-Putin week, perhaps a turning point for Republicans—at least some Republicans. Also: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the Law School at UC Berkeley, talks about the worst things about…
The World Cup—and World Politics; What Trump Doesn’t Know about China; Protests in Haiti
Jul 12, 2018 • 56 min
Laurent Dubois, author of “The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer,” and Alan Minsky, KPFK Program Director, and founding member of the People’s Game Football Collective, join guest-host Amy Wilentz to explore the world of the World Cup. Plus:…
Trump’s Supreme Court & Abortion: Katha Pollitt; David Cole on Voting Rights; Amy Wilentz: Trump Now
Jul 5, 2018 • 57 min
The Supreme Court gave the green light to anti-abortion ‘pregnancy crisis centers’ in California, and the campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade is under way — we talk with Katha Pollitt about the future of abortion rights with Trump’s Supreme Court. Next up,…
Flipping A District in Calif; Sonia Nazario on Migrant Children; Harold Meyerson on SCOTUS
Jun 28, 2018 • 57 min
The only Republican in the House from LA County, Steve Knight, is facing a strong challenge from first-time Democrat Katie Hill. He’s against Obamacare; she’s for Medicare for All — and her chances look good. Dana Goodyear of the New Yorker reports. Plus:…
Trump’s political disaster: Harold Meyerson; Inside a Border Patrol detention center for children
Jun 21, 2018 • 58 min
Over 11,000 immigrant children are being held in detention centers across the US: Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect comments on the political disaster for Trump of his family separation policy; Zoe Carpenter of The Nation reports on the inside of a…
‘We’ll Surivive Trump’: Seymour Hersh; ‘We Can Beat the GOP in November’: John Nichols
Jun 14, 2018 • 57 min
Seymour Hersh won a Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for his expose of the My Lai massacre—he was a 33-year-old freelancer at the time. Since then, he’s won pretty much every other journalism award. He’s worked as a staff writer for The New York Times and The New…
From 9-11 to Donald Trump: Tom Engelhardt; plus Wendy Pearlman on Trump and Syrian Refugees
Jun 7, 2018 • 25 min
Trump asked for, and got, a ten percent increase in defense spending this year – even though the American military is the most massive, the most technologically advanced, and the best-funded fighting force in the world. But in the last fifteen years of…
‘Trump Isn’t Stupid’: Yanis Varoufakis; plus Rachel Kushner on Women in Prison
May 31, 2018 • 28 min
After reviewing Trump’s growing confrontation with Europe, Yanis Varouvakis concludes that ‘Trump Isn’t Stupid.’ Yanis is a former finance minister of Greece who took office in 2015, after five years of debt crisis and economic and social decline had left…
Is Trump Crazy? The Psychiatrists Speak & Amy Wilentz Reports; plus George Zornick: Trump & the NRA
May 24, 2018 • 25 min
Is Trump crazy? Amy Wilentz talks about ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,’ a book edited by Bandy X. Lee, in which 27 psychiatrists and mental-health experts give their assessments of the president. The book was number four on the New York Times…
Trump v. Iran: There will be No Happy Ending—Michael Klare; plus DD Guttenplan: Trump & Texas
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
Trump’s plan on pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is to pressure Iran to restart negotiations on terms more favorable to the US—but that’s never going to happen, says Michael Klare. And Trump has no Plan B – except for war—which could quickly involve…
Peace in Korea; a Nobel for Trump? Bruce Cumings, plus David Cay Johnston on Trump’s financial fraud
May 10, 2018 • 38 min
The amazing news from Korea about the prospects for peace and de-nuclearization: historian Bruce Cumings of the University of Chicago comments, warning that the Washington consensus opposes a treaty. His books include “The Korean War: A History” and…
Harold Meyerson on Full Employment; Tom Frank on Trump 2020 & Bob Dreyfuss on Mueller’s Questions
May 3, 2018 • 59 min
Full Employment is emerging as a key component of Democratic platforms — Harold Meyerson talks about the history and the prospect of a new “Jobs for All” program. Plus, the Trump re-election nightmare could come true — Tom Frank talks about why (it’s the…
David Cole on the Muslim Ban; Elizabeth Drew on James Comey, and Mark Rudd on Columbia ‘68
Apr 26, 2018 • 56 min
on Wed. April 25 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Travel Ban 3.0 case (Trump v. Hawaii) — David Cole, National Legal Director of the ACLU, for comments. Plus, the legendary Washington political journalist and author of “Washington…
Viet Nguyen on Refugees; Harold Meyerson on CA v. Trump; Margaret Atwood on “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Apr 19, 2018 • 55 min
Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about being a refugee in the US—he has edited a new collection, “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives,” published by Abrams Books. Plus, Harold Meyerson on California v. Trump (29 lawsuits and counting), the teacher’s…
John Nichols on Paul Ryan; Adam Winkler on Corporations; Mark Hertsgaard on Cellphones & Cancer
Apr 12, 2018 • 57 min
Paul Ryan calls it quits: Why now? John Nichols comments. Plus, Adam Winkler on the civil rights of corporations, and what they mean in this time of Trump; his new book, “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights,” was published…
Guns in Trump’s America: Adam Hochschild plus Joshua Holland on Stormy Daniels & Tavis Smiley on MLK
Apr 5, 2018 • 57 min
Adam Hochschild talks about his visit to a gun show, the NRA, the Koch brothers, and gun laws in America — his new piece, “Bang for the Buck,” is in the latest issue of the New York Review of Books. Next, Trump made his first statement on Stormy Daniels…
Harold Meyerson: Trump v. Amazon; Amy Wilentz on Ivanka; Katha Pollitt on Russiagate
Mar 29, 2018 • 57 min
Harold Meyerson comments on Trump’s attack of Amazon, the prospect of a Trump re-election, the new model for unions after the Janus v. AFSCME case, and much more — his new article, “What Now for Unions” is out now in The American Prospect. Next, we ask…
John Nichols: Voting Rights win; Chris Hayes on Crime; Rebecca Solnit on “Men Explain Things to Me”
Mar 22, 2018 • 57 min
John Nichols with Breaking News from Wisconsin: trade policy, tech, and a victory for voting rights — you can read more in, “Scott Walker Is Ordered to Stop Blocking Special Elections,” his new piece published today, in the Nation. Also today: the 10th…
David Corn on Trump & Putin; Peter Dreier on Disney workers; The Man who Stopped the My Lai massacre
Mar 15, 2018 • 58 min
David Corn on Trump, Putin and his new book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.” Plus: Is Disneyland really the happiest place on earth? Peter Dreier says, “Not if you work there.” Dreier,…
How Those Parkland Kids are Changing Gun Politics: George Zornick, plus Jane McAlevey on Unions
Mar 8, 2018 • 30 min
The mass shooting at that high school in Parkland, Florida is still in the news, because of the brilliant political work being done by the students who survived. George Zornick analyzes the big picture: the decline of the gun industry, the growth in…
Is it time to break up Amazon? Stacy Mitchell, plus Bryce Covert on low wage workers
Mar 1, 2018 • 29 min
Amazon is a radically new kind of monopoly that seeks to control all of online commerce. Stacy Mitchell says it’s time for anti-trust action to separate the Amazon Marketplace from Amazon’s own retail operations. Also: Why have wages stagnated since the…
Elizabeth Warren on Monopoly Power in America: George Zornick, plus David Dayen on Warren Buffett
Feb 22, 2018 • 29 min
Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to make the fight against monopoly power in America a key part of the Democrats’ agenda; George Zornick reports on his interview with her for the magazine’s special issue on the topic. Also, Warren Buffett’s secret: “The…
Here Comes the Next Financial Crisis: Nomi Prins, plus Ann Jones on Norwegians and Trump
Feb 15, 2018 • 26 min
Here comes the next financial crisis: maybe not this week, but eventually—and Republican deregulation, undermining the institutions designed to protect us, will make it much worse. Nomi Prins explains. Plus: Remember when Trump said we should get fewer…
The whiteness of Trump’s working class supporters: Gary Younge; plus Amy Wilentz on Ivana
Feb 9, 2018 • 23 min
Gary Younge traveled from Maine to Mississippi interviewing Trump’s white working-class supporters. He found anxiety, pain, and a loss of hope. For many, he concludes, “Whiteness is all they’ve got.” Plus, Amy Wilentz talks about Ivana Trump’s new memoir,…
Women Run Against Trump: John Nichols, plus Alfred McCoy on Fortress America
Feb 1, 2018 • 32 min
Trump’s not on the ballot this year, but that’s not stopping Democratic women from running against him in races across the country. John Nichols reports on recent Democratic victories where female candidates in special elections in state races flipped…
How Trump Revived Feminism: Katha Pollitt; plus David Bromwich on Trump’s Ruling Passions
Jan 25, 2018 • 28 min
Since Trump took office a year ago, Katha Pollitt says, women have been unleashing decades of pent-up anger: starting with the Women’s March, then in some amazing political victories, and in the #MeToo movement. But Trump has also shown how terrible the…
California Fights Trump: Harold Meyerson; plus Father Greg Boyle on Working with Ex-Gang Members
Jan 18, 2018 • 30 min
Trump has targeted California, the biggest blue state, with his tax and immigration policies, but the state has been resisting—and some vulnerable Republican House members have been withdrawing from their reelection races. Harold Meyerson of The American…
The Trump Family and the KKK-Linda Gordon, plus the Right’s Stealth Plan for America-Nancy MacLean
Jan 11, 2018 • 36 min
Historian Linda Gordon talks about the KKK of the 1920s, and the arrest of Fred Trump, father of the president, at a Klan march in New York City in 1927. her new book is “The Second Coming of the KKK.” Also, historian Nancy MacLean talks about the roots…
Katha Pollitt: #MeToo, the Year in Review; plus Howell Raines on Alabama in 2017
Jan 4, 2018 • 26 min
Our year-in-review show starts with Katha Pollitt on #MeToo, from Bill O’Reilly to Al Franken. Katha of course is a columnist for The Nation. Also: Alabama was the state with the most remarkable political year. Howell Raines, the legendary Alabama…
Gary Younge on the whiteness of Trump’s working class supporters—plus Amy Wilentz on Ivana
Dec 28, 2017 • 23 min
Gary Younge traveled from Maine to Mississippi interviewing Trump’s white working-class supporters. He found anxiety, pain, and a loss of hope. For many, he concludes, “Whiteness is all they’ve got.” Plus, Amy Wilentz talks about Ivana Trump’s new memoir,…
The Resistance in 2017: Our Progressive Honor Roll w/John Nichols
Dec 21, 2017 • 12 min
For our year-in-review show, we turn to John Nichols, The Nation magazine’s National Affairs Correspondent, who highlights the Resistance in 2017. His Progressive Honor Roll for the year appears at TheNation.com.
How to Interview a Nazi: Gary Younge
Dec 14, 2017 • 13 min
Two ways to interview a Nazi: on the one hand, The New York Times recently did a profile of “the Nazi next door,” portraying him as an ordinary guy; on the other, Gary Younge confronted Richard Spencer, America’s leading white supremacist, on video. With…
Would Pence be worse? Jane Mayer reports
Dec 7, 2017 • 16 min
Jane Mayer of The New Yorker reports on Mike Pence’s family, his life, and his lifelong ambition to be president.
Amy Wilentz on Ivana’s “Raising Trump”; Harold Meyerson on Taxes; Linda Gordon: the 1920s KKK
Nov 30, 2017 • 59 min
“Raising Trump” is Ivana’s new book about Don Jr., Ivanka, Jared and little Eric—Amy Wilentz says it’s not your typical child-raising advice book. Plus: The GOP tax bill in the Senate: Harold Meyerson brings us the bad news. And historian Linda Gordon on…
The Alabam-ness of Alabama Politics: Howell Raines, plus Adam Shatz on Trump & the Bomb
Nov 22, 2017 • 27 min
The legendary journalist Howell Raines reports from Alabama on the continuing Republican support for Roy Moore, the Senate candidate accused of molesting a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent, the…
The Resistance Year One: David Cole; Meyerson on the GOP & Taxes; & Steve Ross— Hitler in LA
Nov 16, 2017 • 58 min
Trump Year One: the Resistance & the ACLU, David Cole reports—voting rights, the travel ban, and more. Plus: The GOP tax bill just got worse, Harold Meyerson explains what happened in the House; plus Your Minnesota Moment: Al Franken apologizes. Also:…
Harold Meyerson: the Virginia vote; Katha Pollitt: Anger Management; Mike Wallace: ‘Greater Gotham’
Nov 9, 2017 • 58 min
The Democratic triumph in Tuesday’s Virginia election and its implications for 2018—Harold Meyerson comments, also: what the Democrats should do on tax policy. Plus: Katha Pollitt on anger management, one year after Trump was elected; And: New York…
Amy Wilentz on the Trump family & the indictments; Plus, the Tax Bill, John Nichols comments
Nov 2, 2017 • 38 min
Amy Wilentz joins us live in-studio to talk about the Trump family troubles around the indictments; Plus, John Nichols talks about what’s in the House tax bill.
E.J. Dionne: America After Trump—plus Why are Trump voters so angry? Historian Steve Hahn
Oct 26, 2017 • 32 min
America After Trump: E.J. Dionne argues that Trump has mobilized progressive political forces that can transform America—and he reminds us that Trump never had a majority of voters, and is the most unpopular presidents in our history. E.J. is co-author of…
Ai Weiwei talks about the global refugee crisis: ‘Human Flow’—Plus Amy Wilentz on Ivanka
Oct 18, 2017 • 32 min
Ai WeiWei, the most famous political artist in the world, talks about his new documentary on global refugee crisis. It’s called “Human Flow” —it opens in LA Friday Oct 20. Plus: Amy Wilentz on ‘The Children’s Hour’: Ivanka, Jared, and Don Jr.
Is Trump Crazy? The Psychiatrists speak & Amy Wilentz Reports; George Zornick on the NRA & Las Vegas
Oct 12, 2017 • 29 min
Is Trump Crazy? The Psychiatrists speak in “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” by Bandy Lee, MD — Amy Wilentz comments: do psychiatrists have a “duty to warn”? Plus: Trump and the NRA after the Las Vegas shootings, George Zornick comments.
Trump and the Triumph of Fear: Sasha Abramsky—plus John Nichols on Trump’s Generals
Oct 5, 2017 • 47 min
Sasha Abramsky talks about Trump and the triumph of fear — his new book is “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.” Also: Pundits say the three former generals on Trump’s staff are “the adults in the room” who will…
Hillary’s ‘What Happened’, plus Paul Manafort’s Indictment and Ken Burns’s Vietnam
Sep 28, 2017 • 44 min
Sarah Leonard of The Nation says Hillary’s campaign memoir “What Happened” has its enjoyable parts, but fails to recognize the populist forces that explain what happened. plus Bob Dreyfuss on the Robert Mueller’s coming indictment of Trump campaign chief…
Hillary’s ‘What Happened’ DD Guttenplan Reports; David Dayen on DeVos & Harold Meyerson on Obamacare
Sep 21, 2017 • 58 min
Hillary’s book about what happened in her loss to Donald Trump – it’s called ‘What Happened,” and D.D. Guttenplan of The Nation says she really doesn’t understand what happened. Plus: the horrible Betsy DeVos – billionaire opponent of public schools, and…
Tom Frank on Hillary’s “What Happened” plus Joan Walsh on Pence & Harold Meyerson on Bernie
Sep 14, 2017 • 58 min
Hillary’s book about ‘What Happened’ has a clear message, Tom Frank says: “don’t blame me.” Also: Is Pence Worse? Do we really want Trump out? Joan Walsh says ‘yes’ to both. And Harold Meyerson comments on the Medicare-for-all bill introduced in Congress…
Trump’s 180 on Dreamers and DACA: Harold Meyerson; Nichols on Trump’s EPA & Dreyfuss on Facebook
Sep 7, 2017 • 58 min
Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect talks about Trump’s 180 on DACA and the Dreamers. Also: Hurricanes, Texas Toxics and Trump’s EPA: John Nichols comments. And Bob Dreyfuss explains what we now know about Facebook taking money from Russians for…
Robert Mueller’s Brilliant Tactics Against Trump: Watergate Veteran Elizabeth Holtzman Explains
Aug 31, 2017 • 49 min
Plus: What Trump’s people have been doing (or not) about the disaster in Texas. Elizabeth Holtzman, who served on the House Judiciary Committee that brought articles of impeachment against Nixon, reviews the case against Trump at this point — and what…
The Great Frank Rich on Trump’s Watergate
Aug 24, 2017 • 45 min
Plus: Trump & Golf, & an Abbie Hoffman anniversary Frank Rich has been “wallowing in Watergate,” as he put it, and found some fascinating stuff about Trump’s situation today and Nixon’s a year before his fall. Also: the ways Nixon was significantly…
The Real Story of Steve Bannon & Donald Trump: Joshua Green; Harold Meyerson: Bannon’s exit
Aug 17, 2017 • 59 min
Joshua Green talks about Steve Bannon’s relationship with Donald Trump —Green’s best-selling book is “Devi’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.” Plus: Bannon was fired because of his interview with The American…
Robert Mueller’s GOP Defenders: Bob Dreyfuss; plus News about Bernie & Katha Pollitt’s Advice
Aug 10, 2017 • 58 min
Trump has stopped hinting about firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating him and his campaign – - maybe because Mueller has a growing number of supporters among Republicans. Robert Dreyfuss reports — plus the news about the FBI raiding…
Could Trump pardon himself? David Cole; Nancy MacLean; & Bob Dreyfuss: the Russia investigations
Aug 3, 2017 • 58 min
David Cole, legal director of the ACLU, talks about different ways Trump could end the work of the special counsel — and what that would mean politically. plus Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth…
Trump Kids in Trouble: Amy Wilentz; plus Rick Wartzman on Jobs & Harold Meyerson on the Senate GOP
Jul 27, 2017 • 56 min
Amy Wilentz comments on Jared Kushner’s congressional testimony about that meeting with the Russian promising dirt on Hillary, and 6-year-old Arabella “interrupting” the NY Times interview with Trump in the Oval Office. Also: Rick Wartzman on the rise and…
Al Franken: Master of the Senate; Plus John Nichols on Jeff Sessions
Jul 20, 2017 • 44 min
John Nichols of The Nation opens the show with comment on Jeff Sessions’s past, present, and possible future—Sessions is featured in John’s forthcoming book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse.” And Al Franken talks about the dangers of humor in politics,…
Naomi Klein: No is Not Enough; plus Al Franken in 2003
Jul 14, 2017 • 39 min
It’s not enough to say “no” to Trump, Naomi Klein argues; we need to transform ourselves and our movement to bring about the change we need. And we revisit our 2003 interview with Al Franken about his number one bestseller, Lies and the Lying Liars Who…
Trump’s Voting Commission Fiasco-John Nichols; Our Dishonest President-Nick Goldberg, Sarah Leonard
Jul 6, 2017 • 57 min
45 out of 50 of the state governments are resisting Trump’s voting commission – even the red states. And the five others are not complying; they simply haven’t decided yet. It’s pretty amazing — John Nichols comments. Also: The LA Times series of…
Winning back the white working class: Harold Meyerson; plus George Zornick and Carol Sobel
Jun 29, 2017 • 57 min
Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect proposes concrete programs to win back white working class voters who switched from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. plus George Zornick of The Nation talks about the Senate healthcare fiasco— and legendary LA…
The Jared Report: Amy Wilentz—plus Harold Meyerson on Trumpcare, and John Nichols on impeachment.
Jun 22, 2017 • 58 min
Amy Wilentz comments on the latest news about Jared Kushner, the most trusted man in the Trump White House, as he arrives in Israel seeking peace in the mideast. Also Harold Meyerson comments on the Republicans’ impending fiasco in the Senate with…
Rick Perlstein: Another Bad Day for Donald Trump—plus Jonathan Lethem on Dylan & Larry Tye on RFK
Jun 15, 2017 • 57 min
Every day seems to be a bad news day for the President — today, yesterday, the day before… Rick Perlstein comments. plus Jonathan Lethem on Bob Dylan’s Nobel speech and “Great American Writing on Rock” and Larry Tye on “Bobby Kennedy: The making of a…
Trump is a Cornered Maniac: Sasha Abramsky
Jun 9, 2017 • 29 min
As things get worse for Donald Trump, he’s likely to become more irrational and dangerous, says Sasha Abramsky of The Nation. Also—Trump is NOT like Nixon—that’s what Rick Perlstein says. He wrote the classic “Nixonland.”
Tricky Dick and Donald: Harold Meyerson; plus Frances Fitzgerald on Evangelicals and Politics
Jun 1, 2017 • 26 min
Harold Meyerson traces parallels—and differences—between Nixon’s efforts to stop the FBI from investigating him, and Trump’s efforts to accomplish the same thing. Nixon’s efforts led to impeachment; will Trump’s? Also: Evangelicals and politics: Frances…
Amy Wilentz: The Trouble with Trump’s Tweets
May 25, 2017 • 35 min
Amy Wilentz follows Donald Trump on Twitter — we ask her what that’s like, and why she does it. Also, she has a modest proposal: somebody should stop him. Plus: Harold Meyerson on the Trump impeachment scenario: lessons from the Democrats’ successful…
The Special Counsel & the Impeachment Scenario: John Nichols — plus Ari Berman on Voting Rights
May 18, 2017 • 29 min
John Nichols comments on the appointment of Robert Mueller as special prosecutor, and its significance for the impeachment scenario. and Ari Berman reports on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the North Carolina voting rights case, and on Trump’s “election…
Harold Meyerson: How the Comey Firing Takes Us toward Impeachment
May 11, 2017 • 33 min
(1) Harold Meyerson on the politics around Trump firing FBI Director James Comey — and the 2018 elections (2) Laura Poitras on her film about Julian Assange, “Risk”
John Nichols: The House GOP Vote on Obamacare is Indefensible
May 4, 2017 • 57 min
John Nichols on the House vote on Obamacare—and The Democrats’ obligation to resist. Plus Margaret Atwood on the shocking relevance of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu; and Katha Pollitt says “It’s not McCarthyism to demand an investigation of Trump.”
Why We Were Wrong about Trump: Rick Perlstein
Apr 27, 2017 • 57 min
RICK PERLSTEIN says “I thought I understood the American right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” And the great BILL McKIBBEN talks about the People’s Climate March, coming up in Washington this Saturday. We’ll have a rundown of all the sister marches in southern…
The Fall of O’Reilly and the Rise of Goldman Sachs
Apr 20, 2017 • 58 min
(1) Tom Frank has been on the road in the Red States – we’ll ask him whether he thinks Bernie could have beaten Trump. (2) JOHN NICHOLS comments on Fox News firing the horrible Bill O’Reilly—and on Democratic candidates for the House in Georgia and…
Trump reverses course on Russia, China, & Steve Bannon
Apr 13, 2017 • 56 min
Trump seems to have changed his mind about a lot of things in the last day or two –it seems like Putin is no longer his number one friend, China is no longer his number one enemy, and Steve Bannon is no longer his number one “chief strategist.” Harold…
Katha Pollitt: How Trump Made Feminism Cool
Apr 6, 2017 • 59 min
Katha Pollitt on how Trump is bringing back Feminism; Chris Hayes on Trump’s defeats and disasters; and John Nichols on the Gorsuch filibuster and what comes next — at the Court, and in the Senate.
The Secretive Hedge-Fund Billionaire Behind Trump: Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer
Mar 30, 2017 • 34 min
The hedge-fund magnate Robert Mercer was probably the most important backer of Trump for president. Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has the first in-depth report on this little-known figure and former Breitbart News funder. Also: Is Trump like Nixon? Both…
The GOP Repeal-and-Replace Fiasco
Mar 23, 2017 • 58 min
The House GOP postponed its vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with TrumpCare, I mean RyanCare. On ”Trump Watch” we have comment from John Nichols of The Nation. Also: Why do many white workers who voted for Trump still support him? The Nation sent…
LA County’s Progressive Alternative to Trump: Sheila Kuehl Explains
Mar 16, 2017 • 58 min
Sheila Kuehl talks about all the ways Los Angeles county has taken a stand against Trump. LA County is bigger than 44 states; Sheila is one of five elected members of the Board of Supervisors. Also: The endless war in Afghanistan: now it’s Trump’s. Andrew…
The first Dreamer goes to Court; TrumpCare goes to the House
Mar 9, 2017 • 56 min
Congressman Ted Lieu of Los Angeles talks about TrumpCare, the new Muslim Travel Ban, and the call to investigate wiretapping of Trump Tower. Also: “High Noon” was the 1952 Western where Gary Cooper has to face the bad guys alone, because the local…
Dark Money and Donald Trump
Mar 2, 2017 • 30 min
The Koch brothers, the GOP’s biggest donors, didn’t support Trump for president—but he’s supporting their pro-business and anti-environmental agenda now. Jane Mayer of The New Yorker explains; her book Dark Money is out now in paperback. plus: Who’s the…
Will Ivanka Save Us?
Feb 23, 2017 • 28 min
Amy Wilentz reviews recent reports that Ivanka has checked her father’s worst impulses — Amy’s cover story about Ivanka appeared in The Nation last week. And John Nichols reviews Trump’s first month — and answers the question, ‘What is Trump’s biggest…
“The leaks were real but the stories are fake”
Feb 16, 2017 • 29 min
Trump’s 2/16 press conference: John Nichols of The Nation talks about the chaotic blizzard of news on Day 28. Trump was asked about the revelations that his National Security advisor Mike Flynn had talked with the Russian ambassador before Trump took…
Our Insane Clown President
Feb 9, 2017 • 25 min
Matt Taibbi says “Trump made idiots of us all.” He covered the campaign for Rolling Stone—and his new book is “Insane Clown President.” Also: suing the president: it’s not easy. But Erwin Chemerinsky has found a way to do it—under the Emoluments Clause of…
Ivanka, the Koch Brothers, and Trump’s effort to recruit the construction unions
Feb 2, 2017 • 58 min
Harold Meyerson on Trump’s effort to recruit labor unions — a “Faustian bargain” especially for the mostly-Latino Laborers Union. plus: “Dark Money and Donald Trump”: Jane Mayer of The New Yorker comments on Trump’s emerging ties to the Koch Brothers,…
Trump and the Women’s March: Harold Meyerson and Katha Pollitt: 1/26/17
Jan 30, 2017 • 57 min
KATHA POLLITT talks about the Women’s March last Saturday, and why it was so great — starting with the Pussy Hats. And Harold Meyerson reviews the situation in Washington –Trump’s first week has been a lively one. Harold of course is Executive Editor of…