The influence of the NRA and gun lobby on Congress and state legislatures is discussed. Also: Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication on galvanizing communities to act on climate change.
A proposed loosening of media-ownership rules by the FCC is discussed with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who opposes the plan. Also: former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards offers his take on the fiscal cliff debate.
Naomi Klein ("The Shock Doctrine") on how the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy can be a catalyst for transforming politics and the economy; former FEC chairman Trevor Potter on the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on the 2012 and future elections.
Analysis of the presidential debates with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center) and Marty Kaplan (Norman Lear Center). Also: former TARP special inspector general Neil Barofsky is interviewed.
The erosion of glaciers in Switzerland, Greenland, Iceland and Alaska is discussed with nature photographer James Balog. Also: the politicization of state courts is discussed with Sally Pederson and Joy Corning of Justice Not Politics, a bipartisan group in Iowa that champions judicial independence.
Univision's Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas discuss their responsibilities as reporters and as representatives of their culture. Also: their approaches to the 2012 presidential race and such issues as immigration.
The Supreme Court is discussed with Katrina vanden Heuvel (Nation) and law professor Jamie Raskin (American University). Also: Craig Unger ("Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power") is interviewed.
Examining the return to power within GOP circles of Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition leader who now heads the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Also: ex-Republican congressional staff member Mike Lofgren discusses his book "The Party Is Over," about the increasing influence of religious fundamentalism within the GOP.
A report on the "Nuns on the Bus" tour opposing the Ryan budget. Also: a conversation with Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK, the Catholic lobbying group behind "Nuns on the Bus," and Catholic Thing editor in chief Robert Royal, who believes the nuns have become too outspoken and political.
The future of unions is discussed with union organizers Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher Jr. ("They're Bankrupting Us!"). Also: the Supreme Court decision not to reconsider its Citizens United ruling; a conversation with poet Philip Appleman.
The role that media misinformation may play in the 2012 presidential election is discussed with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center). Also: National Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro on economic inequality and a proposed tax on the financial sector that would fund social programs and job creation.
Nation columnist Eric Alterman ("The Cause") on American liberalism; New York Times columnist Ross Douthat ("Bad Religion") on Christianity in America. Also: a Bill Moyers essay on keeping political and issue advertising off public TV and radio.
Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker discusses efforts to overturn the Volcker Rule, a section of the Dodd-Frank Law that restricts banks from making certain types of speculative investments. Also: author Carne Ross ("The Leaderless Revolution") is interviewed.
The 99% Spring initiative is discussed with activists George Goehl (National People's Action), Ai-Jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance) and Sarita Gupta (Jobs With Justice). Also: how people can discover who's paying for political ads.
Historian-culture critic Neal Gabler on how pop culture reflects and influences political culture; Poetry Magazine editor Chris Woman on how finding true love and being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer reignited his religious passion and creativity. Also: personal liberty vs. the greater public health when it comes to vaccinations for children.
The financial realities faced by the millennial generation are discussed with Heather McGhee (Demos). Also: conservative economist Bruce Bartlett ("The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform—Why We Need It and What It Will Take") is interviewed.
The ways that conservatives and liberals see the world is discussed with psychologist Jonathan Haidt (University of Virginia). Also: a Bill Moyers essay on why Newt Gingrich might be afraid of Saul Alinsky.
The Wall Street-Washington, D.C., relationship is discussed with former White House budget director David Stockman, who served in the Reagan administration. Also: Gretchen Morgenson (New York Times on how money and political clout enable industries to escape regulation.