Episode 18: Looking For A Leader and A Message, Democrats Head For Showdown In Atlanta

Democrats will know this Saturday who is tapped as head of the party. But, will the party figure out what’s wrong with its pitch to voters? I talk with linguistics guru George Lakoff, who a decade ago began pushing the party to understand how voters’ brains really work.  And for those of you who want to dig deeper into what George and I talked about, check out his longer explanation here.

I also catch up with Christine Quinn, yet another high-profile former supporter of Hillary Clinton who has just endorsed Keith Ellison.

And after a crushing loss by unions trying to organize Boeing’s plant in South Carolina, we anoint the company’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, our Robber Baron of the week.

Episode 17: Get Sick and Die…Or Hug “Medicare For All”

Here’s what the political class offers the people as health care options: the Republican “who cares if you die as long as the free market lives” versus saving the Affordable Care Act which delivers huge new profits to the corrupt insurance industry. Seriously?

So, it’s a good time for us to go in-depth on the only real, moral and economically sane solution: single-payer, “Medicare for All”. I devote the whole podcast to a conversation with one of the nation’s long-time leading experts on single-payer. In the podcast, I refer to an article for CNN.com in which I urge every CEO in the country to embrace single-payer because it would unburden companies of massive health care costs. Here’s the piece.

And sticking to the theme, our Robber Barons segment shines a light on the enormous pay of the CEOs of the medical industrial complex.

Episode 16: 150 Million People Slip And Slide Across The Globe

Consider this crazy number: 150 million people around the globe are migrants, moving here and there, either looking for work or avoiding political violence or both. With the echoes of the attack on undocumented workers in the U.S. firmly in mind, I explored this astounding fact with an expert in Africa and an advocate in the U.S.

Wrapping it all up is our Robber Barons segment. This week’s winner? Chevron, tax avoider and poisoner of the Amazon.

Episode 15: Trump Can Be Impeached. Today. Here’s How.

Because of his greed and a never-ending thirst to grab for even more money, Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution—breaking the law—every moment since he got the keys to the Oval Office.

I spoke with two lawyers who are part of two significant efforts with the potential—admittedly, with many political and legal obstacles to overcome—to force Trump from office. But, on the merits, this is a bi-partisan, no-brainer. Seriously.

We close with Goldman Sachs’ alum Gary Cohn taking home this week’s Robber Barons crown.

Episode 14: National Democratic Party Fight Heating Up, But The Action Is Local, Too

In about one month, a new chair of the Democratic National Committee will be chosen. As part of my on-going series of conversations with the candidates, I speak with New Hampshire state chair Raymond Buckley who has some pretty tough things to say about the DNC.

You can go back to hear previous interviews with candidates at our archive.

But, just as a recent podcast reported on progressive sweeps in California party politics, I’m even more interested in local organizing so I wander down to Florida to chat with Stacey Patel, a Bernicrat who rode her new-found political activism all the way to winning the post of Democratic party chair of Brevard County. Stacy’s experience is a lesson for thousands of other people thinking about taking charge of politics in their communities.

We wrap up by tagging some banking CEOs as the Robber Barons of the week.

(Extra Bonus this week: I wrote a piece for CNN.com arguing that, purely from a bottom-line economic analysis, single-payer, “Medicare for All” health care should be supported by every CEO in the country…check it out here)

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Episode 13: Trump Redux: Liar, Fraud, Ignoramus, Sex Predator—One More Real Expert Tells All

Just two days before an ignorant person gets the keys to the Oval Office, and wraps his tiny fingers around the nuclear button, I go in-depth with an expert on Trump: Michael D’Antonio, author of “The Truth About Trump”, gets into the real story, the one the incompetent transcribers of press releases (formerly known as “journalists”) don’t seem to get.

Michael explicitly tells us, from his deep research, that Trump is a very cruel person who is “happy to do the worst to the little guy,” enjoys menacing people, and tended to fail at any business that required paying attention to details over a long period of time. Join Michael and me for a serious discussion.

Our Robber Barons segment highlights a damning Oxfam report that tells us a startling fact: Eight men now have wealth equal to the wealth of 3.6 billion people on the planet.

 

Episode 12–Boom! The Revolution Is Alive and Well: Berniecrats Storm The California Democratic Party

Yes, friends, taking over the Democratic Party is far from a mirage. Over the course of two days, the political revolution showed it has bite and balls: Berniecrats, and other progressives, won more than 600 seats—over 50 percent of the seats in play—in elections to fill slots for the California Democratic Party state committee.

In the new Working Life podcast, I was on the ground in the state, and I have some eye-witness reporting from the elections and conversations with Berniecrats who helped sweep all the seats in San Luis Obispo—and you will hear the secrets to organizing that make these victories doable in other states.

Wrapping it up: the regular Robber Barons segment sticks it to the corrupt health sickness industry (we don’t call it “health care” around here).

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Episode 11: Trump: Liar, Fraud, Ignoramus, Sex Predator…An Expert Tells All

That’s the sum total of the guy who will soon occupy the Oval Office, and have his finger on the nuclear button. To grapple with this moment in time, I spent the entire podcast chatting with David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer-prize winning, investigative *real* journalist (as opposed to the incompetent transcribers of press releases, formerly known as “journalists”, who can’t do their own homework) who knows the real Trump and wrote “The Making of Donald Trump.”

Join a serious discussion laying out the truth about Trump. Hot tip: the consensus between David and me–Trump only cares about two things, money and whether he can unbutton a woman’s blouse, legally or illegally.

And, of course, we have our Robber Barons segment.

Episode 10: Burn The Planet–The Four Horsemen of the Climate Change Apocalypse Ride!

I recently  coined a term: “The Four Horsemen of the Climate Change Apocalypse”. That refers to the climate-change deniers who are ready to act as the arsonists of the planet: Trump, Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry and Scott Pruitt. In this podcast, I look at these dangerous people and talk with a national climate change expert, Daphne Wysham.

I also keep us up-to-date on the race to be chair of the Democratic National Committee. I spoke with the only woman candidate (so far) Sally Boynton Brown, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party. While I support Keith Ellison, I’m committed to giving other candidates a chance to explain, on this podcast, their vision for a different Democratic Party.

The podcast wraps up with the Robber Barons of the week: Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Episode 9: Trump’s “Draining Swamp” Is Filling Up With Crocs

In the long list of fraudulent claims by “Tiny Hands” Trump is the notion that he would “drain the swamp” in Washington—in this week’s podcast, I turned to Elizabeth Warren for a brilliant obliteration of that fantasy.

I also checked back in on the race for chair of the Democratic National Committee—you’ll get to hear from progressive Keith Ellison, the leading candidate for the post.

I, then, jumped across the pond to chat with Steve Turner, a union leader from the UK and Ireland (okay, our travel budget is still at zero so Steve and I met up in Washington, D.C.). Wrapping it all up is “Tiny Hands” Trump’s choice to head up the Education Department, failed charter school promoter billionaire Betsy Devos who gets crowned as our Robber Baron for the week.

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