Washington State Congressman: Derek Kilmer

Attempts at bipartisanship in the U.S. Congress will not die – not if Derek Kilmer has anything to say about it. The U.S. Representative from Washington State’s 6th District puts policy above politics in this conversation on the “Mean.” Kilmer talks about the “Invest in Opportunity Act,” the real problems in the VA’s health care system, the value of community college and vocational schools, and his bill to strengthen the FEC in order to dilute the “money flood” on Capitol Hill. Derek Kilmer demonstrates what common sense looks like.

Kevin McHale: NBA Hall-of-Famer

In his Hall of Fame NBA basketball career, Kevin McHale poured in more than 17,000 points and won three championship rings with the Boston Celtics. On St. Patrick’s Day, Kevin talks pro hoop as well as March Madness. The TNT analyst also shares a hilarious story about Larry Bird and gives some behind the scenes color about his classic guest appearances on “Cheers.”

ESPN’s Andy Katz: Senior NCAA Basketball Analyst

ESPN’s Andy Katz is the top NCAA basketball analyst in the country. Katz joins the “Mean” to talk about the best players and teams to watch in the 2017 NCAA tournament, his eight years of filling out brackets with President Obama, and the hilarious story about how he got the ESPN job in the first place!

The Cognitive Scientist: Steven Sloman, Author, “The Knowledge Illusion”

How much knowledge do we really have about subjects that impact our lives? Why do we think we’re right on the facts about issues? The author of the new book, “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone,” Steven Sloman, joins the show to talk about how individuals process information. The cognitive scientist explains how the “mind is constructed to channel the beliefs of our community,” often resulting in Americans across the political spectrum having trouble separating fact from fiction.

The Trump Insider: Robert Costa, National Reporter for The Washington Post and NBC News

Washington Post national reporter Robert Costa is the “insider” when it comes to covering D.C. and President Donald Trump. As a journalist and NBC analyst, he offers people a front row seat to the inner workings of the Trump presidency. On this episode of the “Mean,” Bob talks to Michael about the “one-man hurricane” in the White House, what “Trumpism” is, why the president lies, and how the media can remain true to its mission as it covers the administration.

The Conservative: Dan Proft, Morning Radio Host, WIND-AM Chicago

Dan Proft is a political writer and commentator who hosts the morning radio program on Chicago’s conservative WIND-AM 560 “The Answer.” Dan ran for governor in the 2010 Illinois Republican primary and is the founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project. On this episode of the “Mean,” Dan talks to Michael about what it means to be a conservative, the Trump economic agenda, and what he thinks the GOP should actually “replace” Obamacare with.

The Political Theorist: Jack Crittenden, Author & ASU Professor

Jack Crittenden is the author of “Wide As The World” and spent three decades as a political science professor at Arizona State University. In this episode of the “Mean,” Jack and Michael cover millennial participation in democracy, the electoral challenges facing the Democratic Party as well as upcoming decisions facing the GOP Congressional Majority, and the surreality of a sitting U.S. president directly assaulting the free press.

The Super-Lawyer: Emmet Bondurant Breaks Down the Notorious Senate “Filibuster”

In the U.S. Senate, why does it take more than a majority – a 60-vote threshold – to pass legislation? What are the “filibuster” and “cloture” rules? Where did they come from? Are these rules unconstitutional? What’s the “nuclear option?” Will the Senate “go nuclear” and restore majority rule when it comes to passing laws and consenting to Supreme Court nominations? One of the premier lawyers in the country, Emmet Bondurant, breaks it all down and makes his case for how the U.S. Senate should actually operate.

Adlai Stevenson III: Former U.S. Senator, Illinois Treasurer and Chairman of the Stevenson Center on Democracy

Former U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III has spent his life in public service, much like his father, the former Illinois Governor, and his grandfather who also served in the Senate. The non-partisan Stevenson Center on Democracy has named Michael Golden as a Senior Fellow where he is working with Adlai III on a new Agenda for Democracy Reform. On this episode of the “Mean,” Michael and the former Senator talk about the legendary Stevenson family history, how politics have changed in America, and various reform solutions included in the new project!

Author & Columnist: Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is the renown fiction and non-fiction author whose work also appears in The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico and the Village Voice. His most recent book is “America The Ingenious.” Kevin joins Michael to talk about his recent article, “The America We Lost When Trump Won,” and also comments on the actions already taken in the early weeks of the new White House administration.

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