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.