Episode 22: A $54 Billion Strangeloveian Kiss Because The Pentagon Needs More Toys.

Who cares if old people go hungry if the military-industrial complex can celebrate, right? That’s basically the upshot of Trump throwing a $54 billion increase the Pentagon’s way—even if there is no clear idea what to do with the money, it’s champagne time for the war machine.

I go in-depth with two experts on this insanity. And, keeping with the theme of the podcast, our Robber Baron of the week is the CEO of Lockheed who is happy to make millions off the war machine while regular people go without food and water is polluted.

Episode 21: “Make America Sick Again”–Or How Republicans Feel Just Fine If You Get Sick And Die

24 million. Big number. The number of people who will be added to the ranks of those who have no health care coverage. More people will be sicker. More people will go bankrupt. More people will die. I go deep into the “Make America Sick Again” bill, also known as the repeal of Obamacare, and give answers to the key questions about what all this means, with some help from a top national expert from the AARP. Our Robber Baron for this week is the CEO of Uber.

BONUS!!!: A short piece I wrote for CNN.com after the release of the CBO report…“Why GOP health plan is immoral”.

Episode 20: Undocumented Immigrants: Our Neighbors, Our Community & Our Wealth

The numbers and the passion show it: undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom have lived in the country for over a decade, are part of the fabric of communities everywhere. I speak with one expert, Lisa Christensen Gee of the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, who tallied up the billions of dollars undocumented immigrants contribute to every local economy.

I also caught up with a friend from the Bernie Sanders campaign trail, Cesar Vargas, a national leader for immigrant rights who is not only a bar-admitted lawyer but lives his activist and professional life with undocumented status himself.

And we wrap up crowning Paul Ryan and his gang Robber Barons of the week for their putrid proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will make millions of people sicker and cause people to die because they can’t afford health care coverage.

Episode 19: The DNC Motto: To Hell With the Iceberg, It’s The Russians Fault!!!

Forget the election for chair of the Democratic National Committee. The most astonishing part of the debate at the recent DNC big meeting in Atlanta was…there was no real debate. Or, when there was, it wasn’t to be honest about the crisis in the party. Nope—it was either to accuse the Russians or to defeat a move to ban corporate money from the party. Woohoo!

So, to hell with that: I spoke with three people—the founder of the #DemEnter movement; a Bernicrat who is now a Democratic state party chair after running a campaign against the insiders; and, I welcomed back Nina Turner to give her take on the DNC meeting and the future.

Our Robber Barons of the week hail from the media industry.

BONUS! I wrote a piece for The Hill newspaper called, “Will Tom Perez bring the real change the Democratic Party needs?”

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.

 

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