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21st Century Democrats is proud to bring you, the weekly netcast for stand-up Democrats that explores progressive perspectives on public policy, economic debates, foreign affairs and national politics. With regular contributors who include Texan populist Jim Hightower and provocative media commentator Bill Press, seeks to become a salon of the nation’s most prominent Democrats. We're all about giving progressive Democrats tools you need to fight back against the Tea Party Republicans. So progressives, populists, liberals, Democrats and independents, sit back and listen -- then stand up and fight!

Dec 30, 2012

TEASE: Challenges in the second term … the early years of Thurgood Marshall … and the Republican states’ rights fetish.

Progressive icon Fred Harris talks about challenges facing the second Obama Administration, including barriers to organized labor … law professor Larry Gibson tells us about his new biography of a young Thurgood Marshall … and historian Steve Conn rips Republicans for hating government, except for when they need it.

Fred Harris

Fred Harris was a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and a candidate for president. Still active, Fred tells us what he sees as challenges for the second Obama Adminstration … labor rights, the minimum wage, civil rights and immigration reform

Larry Gibson

Larry Gibson is a prominent attorney and law professor in Baltimore. He has a new book out called “Young Thurgood,” which delves into the early years of Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African American Supreme Court justice.

Steven Conn

Steven Conn is a historian and author of a book examining the benefits of government. He talks with us today about the fetish Republicans have about “states rights” – the rallying cry for slavery, attacking reproductive freedom and suppressing voting rights. Professor Conn says Republicans are laissez-faire when it suits them but in favor of government help with they need it.