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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!

Oct 12, 2021

Factory towns as political battlegrounds. Growing Black women’s political power. Plus Bill Press on the meaning of “patriotic philanthropy”.


John Pouland on a new report showing big losses for Democrats in factory towns, and why that matters. Glynda Carr on how to get more Black women elected to office. Plus Bill Press with billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein on what it means to give back to our nation.

John Pouland 

John Pouland explains a study that details how the conventional political wisdom has completely missed the biggest electoral earthquake of the last decade, specifically highlighting how both Democratic and Republican parties have discounted and misjudged their appeals to voters in manufacturing-heavy working-class towns. 

Glynda Carr

A record number of Black women ran for Congress in 2020. Political strategist Glynda Carr says that record could be broken again in 2022.   And if Black women win, she says we all stand to gain. 

David Rubenstein

Bill Press talks with billionaire David Rubenstein on the limits and possibilities of philanthropy. If you'd like to hear the entire episode, visit 

Jim Hightower

America needs a quality child care system


Nearly every nation with an advanced economy (and some not so advanced) treats child care as a fundamental public good essential to nurturing children, families, and the whole society. But not our US of A.


Indeed, our so-called leaders relegate millions of working parents and 21 million kids under 5 to the tender mercies of a for-profit market, with child care facilities ranging from impossibly expensive to helter-skelter, unlicensed Kiddie Korrals.