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Ryan Grim, "We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement" (Strong Arm Press, 2019)

June 17, 2019

We've Got People

Ryan Grim
Hosted by Bill Scher

The modern progressive movement is rising in influence, intensity and numbers. Just where did it come from and where is it going? Ryan Grim, D.C burea…

Aram Gousouzian, "The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America" (UNC Press, 2019)

May 14, 2019

The Men and the Moment

Aram Goudsouzian
Hosted by Bill Scher

The endlessly fascinating 1968 presidential race transformed American politics in ways that are still being felt. Aram Goudsouzian explores the charac…

Peter Daou, "Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far-Right Menace" (Melville House, 2019)

May 6, 2019

Digital Civil War

Peter Daou
Hosted by Bill Scher

Democratic political adviser Peter Daou has long toggled between the world of presidential campaigns and online activism. He worked for the presidenti…

Michael A. Cohen, "Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans" (Yale UP, 2019)

May 2, 2019

Clear and Present Safety

Michael A. Cohen
Hosted by Bill Scher

We are fed a steady stream of doom and gloom—terrorist attacks, erosion of democracy, robots taking our jobs. But Michael A. Cohen and his co-author M…

Pat Garofalo, "The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs" (Thomas Dunne, 2019)

March 13, 2019

The Billionaire Boondoggle

Pat Garofalo
Hosted by Bill Scher

Politicians love to woo entertainment corporations to their states and cities through subsidies and tax cities. But Pat Garofalo argues that such ince…

Jon Ward, "Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party" (Twelve, 2019)

February 8, 2019

Camelot’s End

Jon Ward
Hosted by Bill Scher

Yahoo! News Senior Political Correspondent Jon Ward delves into to the oft-forgotten yet starkly dramatic 1980 Democratic presidential primary between…

David Dayen, "Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story" (Strong Arm Press, 2018)

January 14, 2019

Fat Cat

Rebecca Burns and David Dayen
Hosted by Bill Scher

How did a Wall Street executive and “foreclosure king” like Steve Mnuchin become the Treasury Secretary for a populist like Donald Trump, and what is …

George Lakey, "How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning" (Melville House, 2018)

December 26, 2018

How We Win

George Lakey
Hosted by Bill Scher

“One-off” protests don’t change the world; sustained direct action campaigns do. That’s one of the many insights from George Lakey in his new book, Ho…

Patricia O'Toole, "The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made" (Simon and Schuster, 2018)

December 10, 2018

The Moralist

Patricia O'Toole
Hosted by Bill Scher

Whether you love him or hate him, it is indisputable that few, if any, other 20th-century American presidents were as historically consequential as Wo…

Greg Sargent, "An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics" (Custom House, 2018)

October 25, 2018

An Uncivil War

Greg Sargent
Hosted by Bill Scher

With many Americas fearing that democracy itself is in trouble, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explores remedies to reserve the democratic decline…

David Pietrusza, "TR's Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy" (Lyons Press, 2018)

October 17, 2018

TR's Last War

David Pietrusza
Hosted by Bill Scher

Teddy Roosevelt had one of the most colorful lives in the American history, but few have deeply explored his final years. Historian David Pietrusza do…

Steve Kornacki, "The Red and The Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism" (Ecco, 2018)

October 16, 2018

The Red and The Blue

Steve Kornacki
Hosted by Bill Scher

How did American politics become so polarized? MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki points to clash of two larger-than-life characters in the 1990s, Bill Clinton an…

Michael Koncewicz, "They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power" (U California Press, 2018)

October 11, 2018

They Said No to Nixon

Michael Koncewicz
Hosted by Bill Scher

Is it possible for a president’s political appointees to rein in a president with a penchant for abusing power? Yes. Michael Koncewicz, who listened t…

Brian Abrams, "Obama: An Oral History, 2009-2017" (Little A, 2018)

August 21, 2018


Brian Abrams
Hosted by Bill Scher

Brian Abrams interviewed more than 100 people – Democrats, Republicans, cabinet officials, White House aides, campaign operatives, congresspeople and …

Ron Fein, "The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump" (Melville House, 2018)

August 15, 2018

The Constitution Demands It

Ron Fein
Hosted by Bill Scher

Is there a case for the impeachment of Donald Trump? Constitutional attorney Ron Fein says not only is there a case, but also that the case exists reg…

Annie Lowrey, "Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World" (Crown, 2018)

August 8, 2018

Give People Money

Annie Lowrey
Hosted by Bill Scher

How can we end the scourge of poverty? How we can sustain ourselves once robots eliminate the need for many jobs? Annie Lowrey offers an answer in the…

Onnesha Roychoudhuri, "The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America" (Melville House, 2018)

July 13, 2018

The Marginalized Majority

Onnesha Roychoudhuri
Hosted by Bill Scher

The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America (Melville House, 2018) offers a roadmap to reeling progressives, delivers a sear…

Michael A. Cohen, "American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division" (Oxford UP, 2016)

June 22, 2018

American Maelstrom

Michael A. Cohen
Hosted by Bill Scher

In American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Oxford University Press, 2016), Michael A. Cohen shows how the 1968 American pr…

Thomas B. Reston, "Soul of a Democrat: The Seven Core Ideals That Made Our Party and Our Country Great" (All Points Books, 2018)

June 18, 2018

Soul of a Democrat

Thomas B. Reston
Hosted by Bill Scher

Democrats need to stop their “monomania” over Donald Trump and reconnect with their party’s core ideals to reclaim political power, argues Thomas B. R…

David Neiwert, "Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump" (Verso, 2017)

June 5, 2018


David Neiwert
Hosted by Bill Scher

Investigative journalist and Northwest correspondent for the Southern Poverty Law Center, David Neiwert has been covering the radical right-wing for d…

David Faris, "It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics" (Melville House, 2018)

May 30, 2018

It’s Time to Fight Dirty

David Faris
Hosted by Bill Scher

Roosevelt University political science professor David Faris counsels Democrats to disregard procedural precedents and niceties, and pugnaciously wiel…

Roderick P. Hart, "Civic Hope: How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

May 24, 2018

Civic Hope

Roderick P. Hart
Hosted by Bill Scher

To find out what Americans really think about their government, University of Texas-Austin Professor Roderick P. Hart read and analyzed approximately …

Salena Zito and Brad Todd, "The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics" (Crown Forum, 2018)

May 18, 2018

The Great Revolt

Salena Zito and Brad Todd
Hosted by Bill Scher

During the 2016, journalist Salena Zito, who is based in Western Pennsylvania, sensed a brewing conservative populist in the white working-class when …

Amanda Carpenter, "Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us" (Broadside, 2018)

May 16, 2018

Gaslighting America

Amanda Carpenter
Hosted by Bill Scher

CNN commentator Amanda Carpenter was an early conservative critic of Donald Trump when she was targeted in a smear campaign falsely accusing her of an…