May 27, 2016 – American Amnesia and Prosperity

My guest on this program is Paul Pierson. He is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and co-author with Jacob Hacker of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper.They explore how America’s prosperity has long rested on robust capitalist enterprise, supported, supplemented, and regulated by government. This “mixed economy” channeled the powerful but volatile engine of capitalism into broad-based growth and healthy social development. But the anti-government advocates have undermined this productive and necessary relationship.

May 8, 2015 – Media and Progressive Politics

My guest on this program is Robert McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. He specializes in the history and political economy of communication, and the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. He co-founded Free Press, a national media reform organization. Author of numerous books, we’ll be talking today about his most recent, Blowing the Roof off the 21st Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy. Continue reading

October 12, 2012 – Progressive Politics, A Conversation with George Lakoff

I’ll be talking with George Lakoff, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Lakoff has written numerous books on American politics, including his most recent The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic (with Elisabeth Wehling). “Voters cast their ballots for what they believe is right, for the things that make moral sense. Yet Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with Continue reading