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AmericasDemocrat.org Netcast - June 12th, 2016

America's Democrats

Release Date: 06/11/2016

Echoes from the Camelot era of American politics. show art Echoes from the Camelot era of American politics.

America's Democrats

Lessons we learned from the Kennedys, and what they can teach us about today’s political climate. Richard Kahlenberg Robert Kennedy ran an economically populist campaign that reached across America’s deep racial divide. Richard Kahlenberg says his legacy matters now more than ever. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend In one of our first interviews recorded for this show, we interviewed Kathleen Kennedy Townsend about an article she wrote for the Washington Post about how her uncle, John F Kennedy, reconciled his public service and his Catholic faith without compromising either. Jim Hightower Should...

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The New Left and the progressive movement show art The New Left and the progressive movement

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The past, present and future of progressives in the Senate. Senator Sherrod Brown on his book Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America. 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. Todd Gitlin Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin, a long-time chronicler of progressive politics, urges the left to nail down a simple program that appeals to the general public. Jim Hightower   A Rube...

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Raise the minimum wage. show art Raise the minimum wage.

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Raise the minimum wage.   Revisiting some of the conversations we have had about raising the minimum wage. David Cooper Progressive Democrats have made raising the minimum wage a priority for the new administration. And for a 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. Janelle Jones Economic analyst Janelle Jones says a higher minimum wage is a crucial tool in bridging our nation’s widening income inequality gap  And in the face of federal inaction, cities and states are...

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The religious right’s rise to political power show art The religious right’s rise to political power

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The religious right’s rise to political power   We take a look back at how the religious right and the white nationalist movement took over the Republican party. Katherine Stewart Katherine Stewart’s explores the rise of the religious right in America and its vast reach into American politics. She warns that the end result is fundamentally anti-democratic, and it is dangerously anti-science. Damon Berry Religion professor Damon Berry says real Christians want nothing to do with the white nationalist movement, which he says is growing. Jim Hightower   The Sunshine State’s Dark...

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The one thing Trump manufactured successfully… “Former Republicans” show art The one thing Trump manufactured successfully… “Former Republicans”

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The one thing Trump manufactured successfully… “Former Republicans”   Revisiting our interview with Author Rick WIlson on his book “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.”   Rick Wilson The presidency of Donald Trump has brought discord to a party known for its political discipline as critics within the GOP take aim at a President they feel is destroying their party. Among them is Rick Wilson.  Never one to mince words, his book is a scathing critique of Donald Trump. Jim Hightower   Beware: The GOP Has...

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The legacy of Woody Guthrie show art The legacy of Woody Guthrie

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The legacy of Woody Guthrie   Ten years later, we revisit a show celebrating the Centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie with interviews from Pete Seeger and former Senator Fred Harris. Pete Seeger Our first guest today was a truly great American, perhaps the leading progressive icon of our times. In honor of the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, Pete had some fun telling stories on Woody, and revealing the history of the anthem “This Land is Your Land.”  http://www.peteseegermusic.com/  http://www.woodyguthrie.org/   Fred Harris Fred Harris was a populist when...

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Confronting Climate and Economic disaster head-on. show art Confronting Climate and Economic disaster head-on.

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Environmental initiatives are often smeared as being anti-labor, while unions are often painted as anti-clean energy. Neither is necessarily true—in fact, the fights for climate and economic justice are deeply intertwined. Wallace Mazon Activist Wallace Mazon says the fight for good jobs has to go hand in hand with the fight against climate change. Joseph B. Uehlein Joseph B. Uehlein works at the forefront of building union support for the effort to confront climate change.  He says the Green New Deal has the potential to rebuild the labor movement and unite the working...

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Protecting America’s Future. show art Protecting America’s Future.

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Protecting America’s Future.   Children are not allowed to vote, but they have the most vested interest in America’s future. Today we hear from experts about how the way complex political fights affect minors and what can be done about them. Simon Workman Simon Workman works on policy solutions that will improve the lives of children. It’s an issue, he says, that affects all Americans and tells us how voters can make politicians accountable. Danielle Allen Danielle Allen tells the story of her cousin, a young man who was tried as an adult at age 15 for attempted carjacking. ...

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The trap of poverty wages. show art The trap of poverty wages.

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The trap of poverty wages. According to researchers, the number of Americans living at or near the poverty line has risen sharply since the beginning of the pandemic. This week, we hear from experts about the plight of poverty-wage workers around the world and the best strategies for combatting those conditions at home. Annelise Orleck Historian Annelise Orleck traveled the world to write a book about  workers who live on poverty wages. What she found gave her a renewed sense of hope and possibility. Elizabeth Lower-Basch Elizabeth Lower-Basch has a long history inside and outside of...

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Rebuilding our nation’s manufacturing muscle. show art Rebuilding our nation’s manufacturing muscle.

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Rebuilding our nation’s manufacturing muscle.   The supply chain is in the news lately, with most stories about it focusing on the end results for consumers. But how can government look out for the interests of American manufacturing workers in a way that protects their rights while strengthening domestic manufacturing? This week, we talk to two experts about how to achieve those goals.  John Pouland John Pouland explains a study that details how the conventional political wisdom has completely missed the biggest electoral earthquake of the last decade, specifically highlighting...

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Jennifer Lawless

Political scientist and feminist Jennifer Lawless says the polarization of politics has helped women candidates because voters now look at party affiliation and not gender.

Website: www.american.edu/wpi

 

Fred Rotondaro

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says Hillary Clinton has plenty of work to do to bring Bernie Sanders supporters into her camp and Sander will not do anything to allow Trump to win the White House.

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Bill Press interviews Michigan Congressman Sandy Levin on Paul Ryan’s latest anti-poverty scheme.

 

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