America's Democrats

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Who does our essential ‘dirty work’, and at what price?  Why prison gerrymandering has to end.  Plus, Bill Press on why California Governor Gavin Newsom is likely to survive the effort to recall him.   Eyal Press, author of Dirty Work: Essentia
How Biden’s plan for economic recovery could lead to more affordable health care for all Americans. Why humor matters in politics. Plus, Bill Press on what happens when science mixes with politics.   Health care advocate Laura Packard on why it
A powerful history of workers’ strikes in America. How unions will shape the future of democracy. Plus Bill Press on the staying power of Trump with the GOP.     Historian Erik Loomis on his book A History of America in Ten Strikes. Author and
How the rich rig the tax code and the millionaires who want it to stop. How the battle for marriage equality was won. Plus Bill Press on how to confront a "code red" for our planet. Erica Payne on her new book Tax the Rich!: How Lies, Loopholes
The looming threat of Republican gerrymandering. Why America needs a Tech New Deal. Plus Bill Press with a harrowing look at Trump's final year.   David Daley on why time is running out to stop Republican gerrymandering. Nicol Turner Lee on wha
The state of Black America in 2021. A new chapter in progressive politics and how we got here. Plus Bill Press with Dana Milbank, op-ed columnist for The Washington Post.   Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League with a call to acti
A democracy test in Texas and the future of voting rights in America. Why it’s time for government to “go big” again. Plus Bill Press with Joe Trippi on what it will take to defeat Trumpism.   Texas State Representative Richard Peña Raymond on
What’s next for Amazon workers? What we can learn from a century of U.S. public health emergencies? Plus Bill Press looks ahead to 2022 with Larry Sabato, the founder of Sabato’s Crystal Ball.   Nelson Lichtenstein on the link between antitrust
Can America be united again? Making the case for Medicaid expansion. Plus Bill Press on Biden’s most difficult foreign policy challenges.  George Packer on his new book Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal. Eliot Fishman on how Medicai
The price we pay if we don’t trust elections. Why we all should care about health disparities. Plus Bill Press on the defining theme of the Trump era.    David Becker on the myth of voter fraud and its damage to democracy. Dr. Lisa Cooper on wh
What the data says about how Democrats can win in 2022. The progressive case for canceling student debt. Plus Bill Press on why one journalist chose to walk from DC to New York City.    Data scientist David Shor and on why Democrats need to con
  The Pentagon Papers at 50. The people who profit off of racism. Plus Bill Press with CNN’s Don Lemon.    Author Geoffrey Stone on his new book National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On. Author Jim F
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 Ameri
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 p
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
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
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 A
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 reimagini
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 wh
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 lesso
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
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
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 fami
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
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 d
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