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The Hartmann Report

English, News, 1 season, 2327 episodes, 5 days, 23 hours, 17 minutes
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The Hartmann Report is an independent daily podcast hosted by award winning, author, radio & TV host Thom Hartmann. Thom’s podcast highlights the bigger picture behind politics, science and culture through discussion and debate. Catch Thom’s live show Monday through Friday noon ET / 9am PT- www.thomhartmann.com (http://www.thomhartmann.com/).
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What Will Life Under Trump 2.0 Feel Like?

Why do more Americans have a favorable view of Trump even though Biden's policies are objectively more successful? The economy is growing rapidly, wages are up, factories are being built- why doesn't this translate to support for the Democrats?Plus- Thom reads from 'After Trump' by Bob Bower and Jack Goldsmith.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/20/202458 minutes, 1 second
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Daily Take: The Supreme Scheme: How Alito & Thomas Are Fueling the Ongoing Trump Coup

Why both Thomas — whose bribe-taking in exchange for his votes on Citizens United and other cases is well documented — and his rightwing buddy Sam Alito must resign or face impeachment...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/20/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Fossil Fuel Scam Continues

As we begin another boiling summer, big oil is buying politicians like there's no tomorrow- and if they get their way, there might not be. Can we change paths to a green energy future before we make earth largely uninhabitable?Plus- Thom reads from Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival from Our Ancestors by Brian Fagan See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/19/202456 minutes, 2 seconds
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Susheela Jayapal Goes To Washington?

Thom speaks with the so-far less famous Jayapal, who is running for Congress from her hometown of Portland. But will massive amounts of money from a foreign government put a corporate Democrat in her place?Also, is there a growing backlash around the world against right-wing governments?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/18/202457 minutes, 46 seconds
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Billionaires are Sick Money Addicts

Scrooge McDuck Republicans are going out of their way to screw working-class people. Will enough wake up to what is being done to them to prevent full-blown fascism?Plus- Thom reads from 'The Lords of Easy Money' by Christopher Leonard.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/17/202458 minutes, 10 seconds
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Daily Take: The Last Time Oligarchs Tried to Take Over America It Led to Civil War

Is America in the final stage of the 40-year transition from a forward-looking & still-evolving democratic republic into a white supremacist ethnostate ruled by a small group of fascist oligarchs?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/17/202416 minutes, 38 seconds
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Uncertainty At Home and Abroad

Phil Ittner is on the ground in the Ukraine. What will the consequences be of a third round of military conscription in Russia?As a series of almost contradictory polls try to forecast Trump v. Biden, how can Biden have a serious debate with a professional liar?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/16/202458 minutes, 5 seconds
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Daily Take: Why are Republicans Quicker to Steal Our Votes than to Take Our Guns?

“Both Texas and Georgia are actually Blue states; the only reason Republicans have as much power as they do in each is because of massive voter roll purges and voter suppression laws.”See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/16/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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Should Biden Debate Trump?

Should Biden debate Trump? Is it wrestling with a pig? Is the GOP planning to outlawing divorce? The 2 new crimes committed by Trump unmasked - how many investigations and trials will Trump have before enough is enough?  Whatever happened to members of Congress respecting the courts and the law? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/15/202458 minutes, 30 seconds
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Daily Take: Bribery Unleashed: The Supreme Court's Wealth-Driven Corruption Crisis

Congress must stand up for what’s right and consistent with American values: Legally bribed politicians and judges isn’t that...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/15/20249 minutes, 18 seconds
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Citizen's United Strikes Again and Democracy Suffers

Biden is hiking tariffs and protecting America. Outside conservative groups are buying senate seats in the battleground states. Citizen's United strikes again and democracy suffers. Alabama Mercedes workers begin UAW vote Why are Louisiana Republicans voting on the side of child rapists rather than their victims? Tennessee woman denied abortion after fetus’ ‘brain not attached’ slams state ban. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/14/202454 minutes, 49 seconds
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Daily Take: Which "Nobody Knew at the Time" Will it be This November?

The GOP has gotten really good at stealing the White House…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/14/20247 minutes, 27 seconds
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Catching up with Primila Jayapal

Rep. Jayapal's sister SuSheela is running for Congress- and doesn't take corporate money. Can pro-Israel dark money take her down? Will they succeed at paying to put a corrupt Democrat in that seat? Also- what is the representative's take on Israel?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/13/202457 minutes, 55 seconds
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Daily Take: Is Private Equity as Dangerous to Your Dog as Kristi Noem?

Fully 20% of American business is now controlled by private equity, which is draining billions out of our economy every week to stash in the money bins of its morbidly rich owners...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/13/202413 minutes, 42 seconds
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Thom and Jeff Put Their Heads Together

Guest host Jefferson Smith joins Thom for a fascinating look at democracy and politics in America. Between Jeff's deep thoughts and Thom's quick mind, this is a fascinating discussion on Republican shenanigans, the need for empathy in politics, and how Democrats might work towards justice for all Americans.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/12/202458 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can Giving Away Books Save Children From the GOP?

As the GOP bans more & more books, the American Federation of Teachers is fighting back. They’re giving away more than 10 million books to combat book bans. President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten joins Thom Hartmann and attorney Jefferson Smith with the storySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/11/202458 minutes, 39 seconds
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Senator Bernie Sanders on Gaza, Lowering Drug Prices, Wealth Inequality & More

Bernie Sanders discusses the major currents that will shape America in the coming months and years, the crisis in Gaza, wealth inequality, the climate and more. Vermont poised to become first US state to charge big oil for climate damage & what Trump promised big oil if they give him $1 Billion. Good News Alert! Trump promised Wisconsin jobs - but - Biden actually delivered them.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/10/202453 minutes, 42 seconds
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Daily Take: Trump is Willing to Trade Our Children’s Future for a Billion Dollars

The willingness to destroy our collective home in exchange for riches is one of the most extreme examples of greed run amok…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/10/20245 minutes, 55 seconds
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What Happens if Trump is Found Guilty on All Counts?

Why America Needs to Know about Trump Getting Spanked in Silk Pajamas World’s top climate scientists expect global heating to blast past 1.5C target - we're heading for 2.5C - Why isn't this all over the media? Crazy Alert: RFK Junior says a worm ate part of his brain (LITERALLY!)....really?! Can you be Prez with part of your brain gone? Dean Obeidallah - What happens if Trump is found guilty on all counts? Also report from Ukraine with Phil Ittner.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/9/202455 minutes, 31 seconds
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Daily Take: Presidential Morality at Stake: Is Trump America’s Political Harvey Weinstein?

Even if Trump isn’t put back into the White House this fall, the damage he’s done to our nation’s moral fabric will take at least a generation to heal...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/9/20248 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Far Should Peaceful Protest Go?

As Stormy Daniels takes the witness stand in New York, the protests- and the war- rage on. Is it a part of our democratic tradition for students to take control of buildings and impede classes and graduations as they call for us to stop sending money and aid to Israel? Plus - Thom reads from "Criminology on Trump" by Gregg Barak.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/8/202458 minutes, 5 seconds
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Daily Take: Why America Needs to Know about Trump Getting Spanked in Silk Pajamas

When it comes to seizing power, Republicans apparently believe the rule of law, and thus our democracy, is merely an inconvenient impediment to be brushed aside…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/8/202410 minutes, 3 seconds
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Is This a Turning Point in Gaza?

Is Biden finally standing up to Israel on arms shipments? why is Netanyahu threatening the International Criminal Court? And how many Palestinians are buried in the rubble of their homes? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/7/202458 minutes, 5 seconds
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Daily Take: Are Billionaires Simply Money Addicts - Like Scrooge McDuck?

Why are the GOP and billionaires so committed to gutting worker protections while increasing the wealth of the top one percent?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/7/20249 minutes, 3 seconds
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Selling That Right Wing Agenda

David Pepper joins Thom for a lively discussion. While billionaire migrants Musk, Murdoch and Thiel meet up with their rich buddies to put Trump in the White House, Republicans happily purge and repress likely Democratic voters.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/6/202458 minutes, 14 seconds
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Daily Take: Dictators — Even Those Who Start Out as a “Dictator for a Day” — Play for Keeps

The billionaires believe the GOP embrace of authoritarianism and oligarchy to replace the democracy that is increasingly rejecting them at the polls will keep them safe. They're wrong...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/6/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Is The Supreme Court Again Colluding With Trump?

Supreme Court Justices appear to be colluding with Trump to ‘catch and kill’ his insurrection case… Can we use the F word yet? Also Trump called for massive protests... Why no One Showed Up. The biggest indictment against Trump and the MAGA movement isn't coming from a court or judge but from Trump's own people... Are they listening to their old dictator anymore?  Also are you being scammed online? Phishing for your bank account numbers. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/5/202455 minutes, 44 seconds
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Biden Must Win the Midwest

Rep Mark Pocan takes your calls- on Gaza, inflation, climate change, Trump's crimes... What are the issues that will move the election? What will people vote on in the key swing states?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/4/202457 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bird Flu Has Arrived

Doctor Eric Feigl-Ding joins Thom to come to grips with the science behind the headlines. Plus- Why are Republicans working to defund the CDC (again)?Also-- Thom reads from "Getting A Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World " by Frances Moore Lappe.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/3/202458 minutes, 4 seconds
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Daily Take: What's More Deadly - a New H5N1 Flu or the GOP?

The H5N1 “bird flu” is ripping across America, decimating bird flocks and even infecting a few humans and other mammals. Should we be concerned?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/3/20249 minutes, 9 seconds
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Pushing Fascism Back

Phil Ittner reports from Kiev, Ukraine-- will the delivery of F-16s and new munitions from the USA give the Ukrainians the firepower they need to defend their nation? Also- will American weapons lay waste to the entirety of Gaza?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/2/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: The New GOP "National Ballot Security Task Force" is Ready to Harass Voters

When Black or Hispanic voters show up to vote, the Task Force officers are there to stop them before they enter the polling place, asking to see their voter registration card and ID...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/2/202411 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ankle Monitors for Pregnant Women?

Are there instigators in the Gaza protest groups? Scumbag Republicans block Biden's Cancer Moonshot. Ankle monitors for pregnant women? Sure, why not? The WA GOP put it in writing that they’re not into democracy. Happy Beltane, a Gaelic festival that marks the beginning of summer and is traditionally celebrated on May 1st. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/1/202457 minutes, 41 seconds
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Daily Take: Would "Dictator" Trump Kill his Rivals?

Trump has unleashed his inner psychopath and if he wins this election it’s going to get uglier here in America than most people today can imagine…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/1/202410 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Fake Electors Probe is Growing

Trump trial - Trump threatened with jail. Is Biden's chance of not being elected growing? Crazy Alert! Why is DeSantis "kissing the ring" of Trump? The fake electors probe is growing. Michigan AG executes search warrants on Google and X in ongoing 2020 fake electors probe and 'Rest of life in prison': RNC official frets about 'decades' in jail in fake elector. Warning as a dolphin was diagnosed with bird flu.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/30/202457 minutes, 12 seconds
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Daily Take: Should President Biden Take a Lesson from FDR about SCOTUS?

An entire series of outrages from the radical Republicans on the Supreme Court have ginned up calls for President Biden and Congress -- to “pack” or expand the size of the Court.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/30/202412 minutes, 11 seconds
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A Right Wing Trap for College Administrators

As student protests rage across the nation in sympathy for the people suffering from the war in Gaza, will conservatives follow the same script Thom saw acted out in the 1960s to destroy and discredit the movement? Also- Craig Aaron of FreePress.net joins Thom with the good news about Net Neutrality- Biden's FCC just did the right thing!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/29/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Democratic Voters Won’t Accept Republican Defectors

Why are Great Britain Conservative Members of Parliament welcomed into the Labour Party, but here in the US it’s almost impossible for a Republican to successfully become a Democrat?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/29/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Even Billions Can’t Save Tesla!

Is Tesla going the way of Pan Am? Is the once beloved brand being sabotaged by Elon Musk himself? Will Tesla survive a series of poor business decisions, gimmicks like the Cyber Truck and Elon Musk’s eccentric personality? Watch THIS space… See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/28/202459 minutes, 50 seconds
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Since When Does a President Need Loyalty Czars?

Does a president need loyalty czars? And do you need the RNC to "handle" the 2024 prez ballots? Crazy Alert! Fox & Trump are arguing Trump is falling asleep because, "They're draining his brain and his body." Has anyone suggested to Trump he should sleep at night instead of mean tweeting? The German newspaper I used to read when I lived there just took down America’s so-called journalism. Republicans are in chaos while the Democrats are overperforming. SCOTUS is hearing another abortion case - what could possibly go wrong? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/27/202457 minutes, 15 seconds
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Will This Summer Bring Cat 6 Hurricanes????

Are Jack Smith's odds for holding Trump accountable to "we the people" sinking? Climate change is dictating that we need a cat 6 for hurricanes just in time for the most active season on record. Not only do right-wingers have a plan to turn the fed over to Trump....but wait....there's more. Crazy Alert! Who else is disgusted that Trump's VP favorite is boasting that she shot her puppy to death - instead of training it or finding it another home? Does that show she is a tough decision maker or a heartless sociopath?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/26/20241 hour, 3 seconds
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Daily Take: Is SCOTUS in on the Coup and Trying to End American Democracy?

The simple reality is that conservatives throughout modern history have viewed democracy with a jaundiced eye, and the Supreme Court’s Republican appointees are no exception...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/26/202410 minutes, 34 seconds
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Trump Cited Again As Unindicted Co-Conspirator While Cronies Charged in AZ

Thom shares and comments on historic oral arguments as SCOTUS considers Dirty Donald's presidential immunity case. Trump's fake elector crew is charged in Arizona - plus - Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator. Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Phil Ittner gives field update. Will the US aid be enough to save Ukraine? Also Russia just cyber attacked the US! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/25/202458 minutes, 34 seconds
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Daily Take: Southern Autoworkers aren’t Listening to the GOP’s BS Any More

The problem for Republicans is that unions are “democracy in the workplace,” and the GOP hates democracy as a matter of principle...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/25/20247 minutes, 56 seconds
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Wait-- Even More Tax Cuts for the Rich??

Will we elect Trump so he can drop rich people's taxes even more?..or will we finally turn our backs on the 'Horse and Sparrow' theory? Also- the fundamentals driving both inequality and homelessness in America.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/24/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: How Trump Lit Up a Fascination with Fascism

Trump's vision of fascism, supported by the neofascist ideologues behind Project 2025 and Project 47, is claiming the Democratic Party is so extreme it’s a threat and needs to done away with...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/24/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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New Trump Crime Wave Alert!

New Trump filing shows Trump offered to pardon co-defendent "in 2024!" - even for lying to the FBI. Surprised?! Also Congressman Ro Khanna answers callers' question with a National Progressive Townhall. Wisdom School Alert! Is the Logic of our "Younger Culture" Harmful to our Planet? If we were to adopt the Older Culture view of all things having value and a sacred right to live on this planet, then the odds of our unwittingly taking planet-scorching actions plummet.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/23/202459 minutes, 5 seconds
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Daily Take: Unveiling the Actual, Shocking Driver of Crime in America

Our entire popular understanding of the cause of much crime — enough to “tipping point” a society into crisis — is usually wrong…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/23/202414 minutes, 18 seconds
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Laboratories of Autocracy

Republicans in the south are pushing for legalizing child labor, expanding private schools for some, and to prosecute minors as adults- just for starters. will leaving the state for abortion also become an arrestable offense?   Plus- a fungus that attacks the brains of cicadas.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/22/202458 minutes, 4 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Homelessness Stalks America Like the Grim Reaper

Both homeless & inflation are the result of America allowing housing to become a commodity that can be traded & speculated in by financial markets & overseas investors...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/22/202414 minutes, 14 seconds
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If Trump is Jailed - Will There Be Mass Protests?

Will Trump face stronger contempt charge for violating gag order while sitting in court? And - if Trump is jailed - will there be mass protests? And does anyone care? Why does the GOP want banks to "squeeze customers" with "junk fees?" Plus Ukraine may lose by the end of 2024 - will our Congress stand up to the Putin caucus or let down Democracy?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/21/202457 minutes, 58 seconds
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Can Trump Go To Jail For Jury Tampering?

Is Donald Trump trying to “fix” the jury so he can get away with his attempted overthrow of the United States government? Attorney, radio host and Contributor to The New Republic, Dean Obeidallah explains. Also why is the Supreme Court of the United States trying to help Donald Trump get off? Thom Hartmann explains the insane arguments Trump’s attorney is making.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/20/202456 minutes, 26 seconds
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Putin, Trump, Iran and Netanyahu

We're watching the perils of strongman rule around the world- why haven't we learned that it's the little guy who always gets squashed by these kinds of leaders? Plus- Dr Bandy Lee muses on the psychology of escaping the allure of violence. Are we already circling a WWIII death spiral?.. And, Phil Itner reports the latest on the war from Kiev, Ukraine.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/19/202458 minutes, 6 seconds
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Daily Take: Want to Die Young? Bathe Yourself in Right-Wing Media & Vote Republican

We should have known, but, still, the science is shocking: when conservatives run governments, suicides and homicides go up; when liberals run governments, suicides and homicides go down...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/19/20248 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is the Arc of Justice Finally Bending Against Big Oil?

Has real “climate change” begun? A new lawsuit could take away big oil’s power. Federal trial attorney specializing in First and 14th Amendment defense, Sabrina Haake joins Thom to explain. Hate Alert! Why is Tom Cotton suggesting protesters have their skin ripped off and thrown off the bridge?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/18/20241 hour, 27 seconds
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Daily Take: Putin, Trump, Iran, and Netanyahu Unveil the Terrifying Perils of Strongman Rule

Hopefully, Israel will soon return to its democratic roots with new elections, Ukraine will get the aid it needs to repel Putin’s army & America will turn away from Trump’s authoritarian siren’s song…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/18/20248 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Trump Could Win 2024… with Greg Palast

Donald Trump cannot win an election in a democracy, unless it’s bought.. right? Thom Hartmann and investigative journalist Greg Palast go over Donald Trump’s plan to stop Americans from voting through voter suppression in order to secure the White House one more time. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/17/202458 minutes, 32 seconds
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Daily Take: Boeing Crisis Ignites Call for Strict U.S. Stock Buyback Laws

It’s time to declare the 43-year Reagan Revolution’s neoliberal experiment a failure, and outlaw or heavily tax the share buybacks that are one of its most visible markers…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/17/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why Trump's Criminal Hush Money Trial Is a Big Deal

If Donald really thinks it's a nothingburger, he certainly isn't acting like it. Can voter suppression hand the 2024 Election to Trump? Also the neoliberal bullies have controlled the world long enough. We should seek to build societies in which aggression and dominance are not rewarded. Plus, the shady far right-wing threats to keep Biden off some state ballots.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/16/202458 minutes, 15 seconds
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Daily Take: Bill Barr: The GOP's Master "Fixer" for Decades Exposed

And now we learn he apparently covered up Trump’s link to Russia (the Mueller Report) & his scheme to fix the 2016 election by shutting up Stormy Daniels, Karen MacDougal & the Trump Tower doorman…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/16/202418 minutes, 25 seconds
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Will the Warmongers Get Their War?

Thom is joined by Jamal Abdi of the National Iranian American Council- what do both the Iranian mullahs and Israeli's Netanyahu have in common? Will they drag us all into a war as they hang on to power by the fingernails?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/15/202458 minutes, 4 seconds
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Daily Take: Can Voter Suppression Hand the 2024 Election to Trump?

While it requires lawful due process — your day in court — to take away your gun, red state governors and secretaries of state can take away your vote without even telling you.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/15/202413 minutes, 52 seconds
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Around the World, Democracy is in Trouble

Zelensky is warning that Russian propaganda has penetrated US politics. We must fight for our democratic government, and call out leaders who simply don't believe in democracy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/14/202457 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Fourth Horseman Lurks at the Gates

America's Republican members of Congress lose all dignity sucking up to Putin-- while Ukraine's defenses wane against Russian aggression. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/13/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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Will Republicans Wake Up to Their Own Toxicity?

What if preventing access to abortion is a violation of the sincere practice of some religions that actually require abortion in some circumstances? Also... Arizona Republicans are going to the mat for an 1800s law that prohibited abortion. Do they know the crazy that is behind the law they are supporting?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/12/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: We Need a Democratic Revolution to Overcome the Rightwing Media Machine!

Autocrats & fascists, know the importance of media ownership (Hitler &Mussolini also took over radio & newspapers during their time). Why this simple lesson is lost on progressives is confounding...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/12/20249 minutes, 48 seconds
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Trump's BS Excuses to 'Lock Him Up' in 2025

In an act of revenge over his own indictments for criminal activity, Donald Trump is already scheming to exploit the Justice Department to pursue Joe Biden and his family with baseless prosecutions. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/11/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Why Do Republicans Oppose Joe Biden’s Efforts to Cancel Student Debt?

So, what is it? Is it that Republicans simply think having Americans in debt somehow works to their advantage? If so, how does that work?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/11/202417 minutes, 50 seconds
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Getting a Little Economic Breathing Room

Biden is fighting to cancel crushing student debt- why is the right dead-set against letting this happen? And, who are the secretive rich who are funding efforts to fight off universal basic income?Plus- the real effect of raising the wages of fast food workers.. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/10/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 26 seconds
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Daily Take: Is the Anti-Democracy Movement Reaching a Tipping Point in the US & Around the World?

The real question at the core of the Ukraine conflict, is simple &straightforward: “What’s the best way for humans to govern themselves?”See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/10/20249 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Truth About Messaging

Are rural Republicans dense or just listening to too much right wing propaganda?.. Are Democrats really worse at messaging?.. Do some Republicans have a brain deficiency???Also- Trump's legal noose tightens...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/9/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Will the Congressional Putin Caucus Give Ally Ukraine to a Bloodthirsty Dictator?

If we fail to aid Ukraine and Russia succeeds in overwhelming that country, expect Putin to head to Moldova and Poland or the Baltic states next: his generals and his #2, Dmitry Medvedev have said so…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/9/20247 minutes, 29 seconds
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Did RFK Jr's campaign Just Weigh in For Trump?

News Mashup includes: Trump's $175M Bond deal scam, New Bird Flu is very troubling, how Ohio is trying to block Biden from the ballot and how the far-right is pressuring Netanyahu not to end the Gaza war. Did RFK Jr's campaign just weigh in for Trump? There were 12 mass shootings in America this past week - did you know? Crazy Alert! Rudy Giuliani says earthquakes are targeting "communist" states in America. Seriously? And how best to see the eclipse.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/8/202455 minutes, 39 seconds
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Daily Take: White Rural Rage: The Secret Political Force Shaping America's Future

Is the GOP’s cynical manipulation of religion, gender, and race enough to keep them voting to hurt themselves and enrich Republican fat-cats?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/8/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Few Notes from the Right Wing Playbook

From Saudis pumping up gas prices to Trumpian Guatemalan skulldugery to bribing Supreme Court Justices... Is there any scheme the very rich won't use to get their way?- a fascinating round of insights and speculation from Thom's callers.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/7/202459 minutes, 2 seconds
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Will Trump Go to Jail?

Will any of Trump's many legal cases land him in prison? Is his buddy Judge Cannon protecting him from prosecution for his espionage charge? Or will Trump use mob tactics to drag out his legal cases forever?Plus- Thom reads from 'Peril' by Bob Woodward.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/6/202458 minutes, 45 seconds
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In Support of the Popular Vote

What would America be like if we had simply put into office the candidate for president who actually received the most votes? A movement to bypass the electoral college is gradually gaining strength- but will it be in place before the election? Plus- a simple choice that will reduce your chance of heart attack and stroke.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/5/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: So, What Can We Do About the Naked Corruption of the Supreme Court?

Replacing Thomas, Alito, and Kavanaugh would take the balance of the Court back to where it was in 1973, before Nixon decided to drive Fortas out with bogus charges. There may be a way...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/5/20248 minutes, 31 seconds
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Will Biden Ever Stop Netanyahu?

How bad does Netanyahu's behavior have to be before the president will forcefully stand up to him?.. Also, Thom gets the latest direct from on the ground in Ukraine with war correspondent Phil Ittner.Plus - Thom reads from "Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War" by Leonard Rubenstein.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/4/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: What if the Person the Majority of Americans Voted for Became President?

Yesterday, the State of Maine took America one giant step closer to ending the antidemocratic grip the GOP’s had on our presidential elections…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/4/202411 minutes, 18 seconds
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Time For Us to Divorce Netanyahu

Mark Pocan joins Thom with listener questions- Should we still be shipping Netanyahu the bombs he needs to level Gaza?.. Should Reps be forced to do town halls?.. How can we better use the overcharge waste behind Medicare Advantage?.. Plus - Thom reads from "The Case Against George W. Bush" by Steven C. Markoff. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/3/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Is the Republican Argument Against Women Voting Getting New Traction?

The Republican nominee for governor of NC, Trump-endorsed Lt. Governor Mark Robinson, knows how to fix America’s political and social problems: prevent women from voting…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/3/202411 minutes, 18 seconds
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Thom v. Sheriff Mack

Thom joins in on a spirited discussion on corporate and government corruption between libertarian activist Sheriff Richard Mack. Who really wants who to be a king?Plus- a reading from "Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny" by Edward J. WattsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/2/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Trump Sees “Racism by Minorities Against Whites” as a YUGE Issue

While democratic governments are driven by the public good, authoritarian governments — like the old American Confederacy that Trump wants to emulate — are driven by fear & hate…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/2/20246 minutes, 2 seconds
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How to Eliminate Homelessness in Oregon and Beyond!

This is how Viktor Orbán took over the media in Hungary. Crazy Alert! GOP Congressman Calls For Treating Gaza "Like Nagasaki And Hiroshima." Writer, pastor & activist John Pavlovitz says that Christians should condemn Christian nationalism & evangelical theocracy. Plus is there a new legal headache coming Donald Trump's way? How an Oregon county has eliminated homelessness!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/1/202455 minutes, 38 seconds
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Daily Take: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Called Out the Big Lie

Here the fascists are again, this time calling themselves MAGA. And they’re using the classic fascist tactic of the Big Lie, just like Hitler and Mussolini did…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/1/20248 minutes, 24 seconds
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Right Wingers on the Fifth Circuit are Getting Ready to Gut Obamacare

Right-wing federal appeal judges signal they support repeal of the no-cost preventive care mandate, all but guaranteeing a Supreme Court showdown. Also, do you recall either the Democratic or Republican Party operating like this before? No, of course not. This is how authoritarians run parties and countries. Bolsonaro hiding in the Hungarian Embassy? This is how Brazil deals with treason and insurrection. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/31/202458 minutes, 23 seconds
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Liz Cheney is Warning SCOTUS

Liz Cheney is warning the Supreme Court, just what kind of fire they are playing with, by entertaining Trump’s unconstitutional claims of Immunity. Why this year's House map is looking more Republican. Hunter in a Farmer's World Alert! ADHD: Have a “Clutter Place” That You Periodically Clean Out.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/30/202458 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why Europe is Now in Fear Over Extremism in Politics

Words. Speeches. News conferences. Rallies. Media. Money. And they all point in one direction: violence in service of the fascist leader. Also Executive Director of The Labor Institute, Les Leopold explains how mass layoffs and greed are destroying the working class and what to do about it. Plus investigative reporter from Raw Story, Alexandria Jacobs reports on how DeJoy continues to destroy the Post Office. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/29/202457 minutes, 3 seconds
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Daily Take: How Fascism Typically Takes Over a Nation by Rhetoric…

Words. Speeches. News conferences. Rallies. Media. Money. And they all point in one direction: violence in service of the fascist leader.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/29/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Get Off My Neck: Black Lives and White Justice with Debbie Hines

Guest Interview: Debbie Hines, trial lawyer, legal/political commentator, former prosecutor & author of the brand new book: Get Off My Neck: Black Lives, White Justice, and a Former Prosecutor’s Quest for Reform. Also Phil Ittner with the Ukraine Update. Plus a video that the GOP doesn't want you to see. Plus Trump's Bibles and the evolution of his messianic message.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/28/202454 minutes, 44 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Are the People Brave Enough to Hold Trump to Account Mostly Black & Brown?

There is no movement advocating political violence on the American left. It is entirely confined to the American right & the media needs to admit that, and the FBI needs to recalibrate their efforts…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/28/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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What About That Biden Economy

Guest Interview: Michael Tomasky, Editor of The New Republic. Over the past year, Team Biden has been conducting war games, crafting complex legal strategies, and devoting extensive resources to prepare for, as one former senior Biden administration official puts it, “all-hell-breaks-loose” scenarios. Geeky Science! Can not getting enough sleep age you? Also, How Fox News is one of our top threats. Federal trial attorney Sabrina Haake explains.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/27/202458 minutes, 12 seconds
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Daily Take: The Cold, Dead Hand of Anthony Comstock is about to Fall on America’s Women

So, what the heck is the Comstock Act and why are Republicans trying to revive it before the Supreme Court?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/27/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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Trump's Worst Nightmare is About to Begin With His First Felony Trial

Do you recall either the Democratic or Republican Party operating like this? No, of course not. This is how authoritarians run parties and countries. The role of Republicans in trying to outlaw the abortion drug mifipristone. How big a factor is the GOP stance on abortion & IVF going to be this fall? We’re about to find out. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/26/202455 minutes, 10 seconds
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Daily Take: How Billionaire's Privilege is Taking Down Our Republic

Hundreds of working class people who answered Donald Trump’s call on January 6th are sitting in prison today, but the ringleader, the guy without whom those people would not be in jail, walks free…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/26/202412 minutes, 14 seconds
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Trump Gets Another Reprieve?

How does this guy keep getting away with it all? When it comes time for the election will Trump be viewed more as a victim or as a criminal?- and will it get him elected?Also, will Putin use the theater attack to justify a major scaling up on his invasion of Ukraine?Plus- Thom reads from his own book 'The Hidden History of Oligarchy'.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/25/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Will the GOP's Ukraine Aid Block Kick-Off Another Worldwide War?

Putin's language of escalation highlights the danger that the GOP’s embrace of Trump and Trump’s ties to Putin have put the US and the entire democratic world in…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/25/20249 minutes, 33 seconds
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Pramila Jayapal and the Progressive Agenda

Congresswoman Jayapal takes listener questions- why can't Democrats message more effectively?.. Can Ukraine aid pass without also funding the invasion of Gaza?.. Can the take-over of our elections by corporate dollars pushed back?..Also, Thom reads from "The War on Normal People" by Andrew Yang.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/24/202458 minutes, 38 seconds
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Grab Him By The Assets - Tish James Moves on Trump Like an AG

New York Attorney General Letitia James may have her sights set on Donald Trump’s Westchester golf course and Seven Springs estate as her team formally registered judgments in Westchester County, indicating that his properties there may be in jeopardy. Plus the GOP’s new anti-woman policies are so severe that these new laws can actually force women to have dangerous, life threatening and unnecessary operations. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/23/202457 minutes, 50 seconds
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Medgar and Myrlie, the Love Story That Awakened America

Thom Hartmann speaks with journalist and host of MSNBC's The Reidout, Joy Ann Reid about her astonishing new book on American civil rights activist Medgar Evers and his wife and life partner Myrlie. Plus did Judge Cannon commit gray mail? Is Cannon all in on Trump's plan to wriggle out of prosecution in FL? Is Trump's real business pretending to be a billionaire and scamming people out of money in an election? Is his house of cards about to fall?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/22/20241 hour, 20 seconds
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Daily Take: Why is America Letting the Oil Industry Destroy the Planet?

The men who made the intentional decision to murder my father are long dead; the men and women who today are plotting to render much of our beautiful planet uninhabitable are very much with us…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/22/20249 minutes, 38 seconds
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Checking in with Congress

Mark Pocan dives into listener questions - should the largest refinery in the US be owned by the Saudis?.. What to do about corrupt federal judges?.. Can the drive to privatize Medicare be stopped?.. Plus- Thom reads from "Unsettled: How the Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Failed the Victims of the American Overdose Crisis" by Ryan Hampton.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/21/202458 minutes, 32 seconds
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Daily Take: How Republicans Caused "Missing Americans"

Welcome to the 2024 GOP and their plans to “deconstruct the administrative state” and drag America back to the 19th century…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/21/202411 minutes, 38 seconds
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Is Chaos the GOP Election Plan?

If enough crazy election deniers get put in place on the precinct or county level to refuse to certify the vote will the presidential decision instead be made by the US Congress.... again?Plus -Bernie Sanders Says US Must 'Fundamentally Rethink' Its Foreign Policy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/20/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: Is SCOTUS About to Make Bribing Politicians the Same as “Earning a Tip”?

And now it appears that the six corrupt Republicans currently on the Court are preparing to make political bribery even easier for their well-heeled patrons…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/20/20248 minutes, 58 seconds
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Is Paul Manafort Returning Because Trump Needs Foreign Money?

As Rachel Maddow wonders 'why today of all days is the day we learn' about Paul Manafort. What chaos is being planned for the 2024 election?Guest Interview: Dr. Bandy Lee, Medical doctor, Forensic psychiatrist & violence expert, President of the World Mental Health Coalition. Topic: Donald Trump Foments a ‘Bloodbath.’ How far will we let this go? It is up to us.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/19/202453 minutes, 20 seconds
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Daily Take: Scientific Proof Republicans Are Killing Young Women

If you’re female and pregnant in a Red state, the legislature and police of that state own you and your body, regardless of your maturity or life circumstances...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/19/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Sneaky Snakey World of Donald Trump's America

Is America getting acclimated and inured to his calls for violence? How Boeing succeeded in not having oversight from the FAA? Two executive orders from the Trump administration in 2017 and 2019 ended the requirement for FAA oversight on safety. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/18/202455 minutes, 28 seconds
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Daily Take: What Americans and the Media are Missing About the TikTok Crisis

It’s time for “truth in labeling” laws like the processed food industry complies with to apply to social media. The life — and democracy — that gets saved could be your own…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/18/202414 minutes, 24 seconds
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What Are Pro-Democracy Power Centers?

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, Guest-Host Jefferson Smith explores the real meaning of power and what impact it will have in the contentious national election this year. Also a caller raises the point that Donald Trump could not have been elected without the allegiance of white people and what can be done about that. Jeff explores the psychology of young white men coming of age at this time and why they are at risk of succumbing to fascism. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/17/202456 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to Save the Judiciary from Corrupt Forces

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith from the Democracy Nerd Podcast joins callers in an engaging discussion on the feelings around Daylight Savings Time and whether it should be abolished. Guest Interview: Alex Aronson · Lawyer, Strategist, Organizer & Advocate on the future of the Judiciary and how it has been corrupted by dark money. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/16/202457 minutes, 37 seconds
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Strengthening Ecosystems of Social Change

Guest Interview: Julia Roig - Founder of The Horizons Project which strives to facilitate connections between the social justice, peace building & democracy fields. Plus news with Jeff's dad and shout outs!  Guest-Host Jefferson Smith filling for Thom Hartmann.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/15/202458 minutes, 36 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Trust is the Thing Enemies of Democracies Always Target First

Trust is the single most important thing any government has; it is truly what makes a nation viable…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/15/202411 minutes, 21 seconds
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Project 2025? Get Ready

G.O.P. strategists are preparing to hit the ground running if Trump is re-elected. Can people of conscience turn back the tide of billionaire money seeking to remake our country completely in their interests?People for the American Way's Svante Myrick joins Jefferson Smith to sound the alarm.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/14/202457 minutes, 35 seconds
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Daily Take: COVID: This Month 4 Years Ago Trump & Kushner Put Together a Deadly, Evil Plan

Their diabolical plan, for purely political purposes, was virtually ignored by the American mainstream media…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/14/202421 minutes, 57 seconds
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Water Runs Uphill Towards Money

Billionaire investors want to build a new city in a rural county between San Fran and Sacramento. Will it be a dream city, or are they just shilling for a new Gilded Age of corporate power?Plus - Thom reads from "State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation " by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/13/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: “How Come Everything the Republican Party Stands for Involves Other People Dying?”

Is there something in the GOP’s core beliefs and strategies that just inevitably leads to these outcomes?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/13/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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Election Season is Finally Upon Us

Filling in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith from the Democracy Nerd Podcast frames the key points to not overlook as the 2024 Election Season starts cranking into full gear. What are President Joe Biden's accomplishments that should be lauded as the threat of DJT's authoritarian promises loom large? Plus a breakdown of what Katie Britt's peculiar performance may actually mean. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/12/202457 minutes, 50 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Trump's Backtrack on the TikTok Ban is Deadly to Democracy

With TikTok, he is bowing to president Xi. With Ukraine, he is bowing to President Putin. And in both cases, he and the GOP are bowing to big money…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/12/20248 minutes, 55 seconds
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Jeff Smith Returns with a Review of the Oscars, SOTU and the Bizarre GOP Response

Jefferson Smith guests-hosts for Thom Hartmann as Katie Britt’s SOTU Rebuttal is lampooned by SNL and dumb Donald hectors the Oscars.Guest Interview: Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, James Steele discusses the legacy of Ronald Regan's tax cuts & how they have increased inequality. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/11/202458 minutes, 1 second
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Daily Take: How the Corrupt “Old GOP” & Bill Barr Laid the Foundation for Today’s MAGA Movement

Don't be fooled: The crocodile tears of those like Bill Barr & the “ex-Republicans” longing for a return of their “Grand Old Party” are still the con of Iran-Contra, Bush v Gore & Citizens United…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/11/202415 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pass the Social Security Expansion Act

Bernie Sanders is spearheading a bill in the Senate that would make the billionaires pay their fair share and make Social Security enough to live on. Plus- Could learning to use anchoring states help you overcome anxiety?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/10/202459 minutes, 53 seconds
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Red States Prevent Pregnant Women from Escaping Marriage

A Missouri lawmaker Ashley Aune says it is time to end an archaic law that forces pregnant women to stay in potentially dangerous marriages. Similar laws threaten women in Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas. Also, a GOP senator blocked a conservative colonel’s promotion because he criticized racism in 2020. Plus ADHD: Study the Lives of Other Unique People.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/9/202458 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dark Brandon Manifests for SOTU and Brings the Fire

Interview Guest: Barbara McQuade, MSNBC legal analyst and Professor from U. Michigan Law School, author of new book, "Attack from Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America." Russians are intervening in the election! Plus Geeky Science: Oscar Mayer is getting serious about plant-based foods.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/8/202459 minutes, 13 seconds
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Daily Take: How Trump Ends Social Security

The GOP have been trying to gut or privatize Social Security ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt put it into place in 1935. They refer to it alternatively as a Ponzi scheme, or as socialism…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/8/20246 minutes, 48 seconds
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The SOTU Challenge - Is Biden Up for It?

Will the GOP extremists be respectful of Biden at the State of the Union address? Also the most under-reported story of the week - Putin's right-hand man unveils new map of Russia - with plans to invade two NATO allies. Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Phil Ittner reports from Ukraine. Dan Rather has something to get off his chest. Crazy alert! Trump humping WWE wrestler just turned himself in for murder. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/7/202455 minutes, 47 seconds
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Daily Take: The Vile & Un-American Reason Viktor Orbán is Manipulating US Politics

If you want to see Trump’s and the GOP’s vision of America’s future, just visit Hungary…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/7/202416 minutes, 13 seconds
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Why Trump is Going to Lose

Congressman Mark Pocan - National Progressive Townhall. Billionaire Elon Musk told his 175 million followers on X that President Biden had committed "treason" by "secretly" flying "320,000 illegal immigrants" from Latin America to US airports. Why is he lying? Hunter in a farmer's World Alert!  Why the Definition of ADHD is Often a Slippery Thing. Mark Alesia - Marjorie Taylor Greene gets fresh scrutiny from regulators after election violation fine.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/6/202458 minutes, 13 seconds
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Daily Take: The Great 2024 Voting Purge Has Begun - Can Anything Be Done?

3/6/202416 minutes, 2 seconds
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Are Foreign Governments Spending Millions to Sink Progressive Candidates?

Guest Interview: Rachel Bitecofer, PhD, author of the new book, Hit 'Em Where It Hurts: How to Save Democracy by Beating Republicans at their Own Game. So, get ready: it’s coming this fall. And unless the administration acts quickly, there will be nothing they can do about it. Gas at $6 a gallon could easily throw the election to Trump.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/5/202459 minutes, 44 seconds
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Daily Take: The Saudi & Putin Scheme for Screwing Biden's Election Hopes

So, get ready: it’s coming this fall. And unless the administration acts quickly, there will be nothing they can do about it. Gas at $6 a gallon could easily throw the election to Trump…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/5/20248 minutes, 42 seconds
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The "Biden is Old" Story is Getting Old

Supreme Court shoots down Colorado bid to keep Trump off ballot. Also, what is too "much" to be president? Crazy Alert! Trump rages at Fani Willis "escapades" as an embarrassment. Could there be anything more embarrassing to American than a president convicted of Rape and boasting "grabbing pussies?"See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/4/202457 minutes
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Daily Take: Will the New Illustrious Dunderheads Lead us Into WWIII?

Will this generation of treason-weasel Republicans drag us into another world war by ignoring Putin's fascist land-grab?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/4/202418 minutes, 22 seconds
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Will SCOTUS Overturn Your Marriage?

After taking down Roe v. Wade, the far right Justices on the Supreme Court are ready to take aim at their next target, same-sex marriage. Also Fani Willis is one of the prosecutors who had the courage to go after Donald Trump. But the former president needs extra time to get his defense up… so he’s accusing the prosecutor of corruption to create a delay… The proof is apparently hidden in the intimate details of Fani Willis’s sex life. Plus did Science prove Liberals & Conservatives have different brains?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/3/20241 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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Life Where Abortion is Illegal

What's going on in Mississippi? Laurie Bertram Roberts of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund joins Thom with her report from the front lines. Also... microplastics found in human embryos... Medicare Advantage CEOs to get more of our money... and the power of meditation.Plus- Thom reads from "Climate Restoration: The Only Future That Will Sustain the Human Race" by Carole Douglis and Peter Fiekowsky.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/2/202458 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hunter Biden Lets the GOP Know He is Not Jared Kushner

News... Navalny's funeral's brave attendees..the government shutdown boogie and Biden & Trump both went to the border and only one looked presidential. Crazy Alert! Trump is trying to pawn off the false claim that women kill their babies after birth. Smith and the Department of Justice are not without tools and resources right now. The question is whether they’re willing to do battle with a group of people who are openly working to manipulate the system to the benefit of Trump and his fascist cronies.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/1/202456 minutes, 46 seconds
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Daily Take: Is It Time to Hold Possible Co-Conspirator Ginni Thomas Accountable?

Will Jack Smith & the Department of Justice do battle against Ginni Thomas & a group of people who are openly working to manipulate our system to the benefit of Trump and his fascist cronies?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/1/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mitch McConnell to Step Down as Senate GOP Leader. Good Riddance!

"One of the worst people to ever serve in office. He will be remembered for all the wrong things." from Common Dreams. If Democrats make it through this election intact, expanding the size of the Court, imposing 18-year term limits on the justices, and imposing a code of ethics on them must be the first order of business in 2025. Plus Ukraine Update with Phil Ittner.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/29/202454 minutes, 43 seconds
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Daily Take: Will the Most Corrupt Supreme Court in History Assist the Trump Coup?

SCOTUS introduced what will be at least a 130-day delay in Trump’s trial. They won’t even hear arguments until April 22. Democracy be damned...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/29/20246 minutes, 29 seconds
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Forget the 'Deep State'- meet the 'GOP State'

Heritage Foundation's Project 2025 is recruiting young conservatives to replace thousands of government workers they hope to fire should Trump get elected. Will Donald 2.0's presidential power not have to deal with pesky government workers insisting on following the law this time?Plus - Biden outperformed Trump in Michigan yesterday- why does the media have a double-standard for Democrats?And - Thom reads from "In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save our Republic" by Cedric Alexander.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/28/202458 minutes, 2 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Won’t Our Media Say Donald Trump is America's Modern-Day Benedict Arnold?

How much more damage are we willing to take? Garland and the DOJ need to get some answers and share them with the American people soon…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/28/202410 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Dark and Destructive Vision of Putin's GOP

Author and reporter Heidi Siegmund Cuda has the dirt that ties Mike Johnson to President Putin. Does Mr Johnson want to follow Russia's example and become an authoritarian pseudo-theocracy?Also, radio host Dean Obeidallah joins Thom- Should Republicans start taking campaign contributions in rubles?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/27/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: Have We Reached the Point Where Corporatism is Triumphing Over Democracy?

Economic crises represent social and political transition points, times of great difficulty but also times of great opportunity: We now stand at the edge of one those rare windows in time...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/27/202421 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Sleepwalk into Fascism Continues

Will the schemes of billionaires to consolidate their power succeed? Also- new evidence proves Thom's hypothesis was right about ADHD!Plus- Thom reads from "Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country" by E. J. Dionne.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/26/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: The New "Over the Top" Secret Plan on How Fascists Could Win in 2024

Here’s what I’m hearing Republicans are planning in the event Joe Biden wins re-election & Democrats hold the Senate and take the House this November…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/26/20247 minutes, 37 seconds
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Make Sex in America Dangerous Again?

Today, a look at the wacky science-denying right wing crap the GOP is foisting on red states. Will Florida's Surgeon-General's belief in witchcraft help him overcome the damage done by discouraging measles vaccination? Will Alabama's Chief Justice save us from the transhumanist horrors of fast 5G cellular service? And will they try to ban birth control so there can be more white babies?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/25/202457 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Two Jimmies and Moscow Mike

Some conservatives are talking openly about the end of American Democracy. Meanwhile, their pal Putin has a huge nuclear plant in Ukraine dangerously close to losing the power that keeps it from melting down. Are we at a dangerous moment?Plus- Thom read from "Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution" by Mike Duncan.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/24/202458 minutes, 14 seconds
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How to Pull Off 48 Million Dollars of Tax Fraud

As the Trump organization approaches possible receivership, shady moves between Donald's many shell corporations are coming to light.Meanwhile, Texas has to keep taxes low for the billionaires, so sorry poor kids, no more free summer lunches! Also- author Matthew Cunningham-Cook on how Joe Namath ended up as the face of a particularly scammy Medicare Advantage broker.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/23/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: Comer & Jordan are Mainstreaming Political Poison into the Bloodstream of Democracy

They don’t care that democracy, here and around the world, is hanging by a thread…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/23/20248 minutes, 21 seconds
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Bogus Investigation to Smear Fani Willis

Guest Interview: Debbie Hines, trial lawyer, legal/political commentator, and author of the forthcoming book, Get Off My Neck: Black Lives, White Justice, and a Former Prosecutor’s Quest for Reform. Also a Caught-You-Doing-Something-Right Alert! Hey...Joe Scarborough finally called out both-side-ism. Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Phil Ittner reports on Ukraine. Plus Geeky Science! Accuweather is sounding the alarm bells of a possible "super-charged" hurricane season.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/22/202458 minutes, 35 seconds
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Daily Take: How Far Will Republicans Go To Bring America to Her Knees on Behalf of Putin & Trump?

How Putin seized control of the Republican Party…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/22/202410 minutes, 41 seconds
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Letitia James is Ready to Seize Trump's Buildings If He Can't Pay His $355M Fine

The FBI informant got his info from Russia disinformation...wow! Crazy Alert! Cocaine jokes roll in as Sean Hannity demands: 'Does that look like saw dust to you?' How Russia rewards brutality...and how they are hunting down Navalny's family. Before he went Mar-a-Lago, speaker Johnson was talking about not shutting down the government. Now everything has changed, because Trump wants Johnson to destroy the economy to hurt Biden.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/21/202458 minutes, 26 seconds
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Daily Take: How the Religious Anti-Abortion GOP Freaks Will Use Data Brokers to Track Women

If a Republican is elected to the White House, you can expect all that caution to go out the window: every woman of reproductive age in America will have a target on her back — or her uterus…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/21/20248 minutes, 38 seconds
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Reporter Stalked by Nazis Exposes Nationwide Fascist Youth Network

Guest Interview: Investigative Reporter for Raw Story, Jordan Green reveals frightening clash with Neo-Nazi teenagers. Red states hopeful for a second Trump term and preparing to cut Medicaid for those who need it. Has the GOP left the Ukrainians exposed and helped Russia? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/20/202458 minutes, 25 seconds
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Daily Take: The “Acceleration” of the New Reich

The racist Trumpsters who want a second civil war call this an “acceleration,” & hope they can create enough chaos that they can finally fulfill their fantasies about fighting in a noble civil war…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/20/202413 minutes, 17 seconds
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Biden Calls Out Trump's NATO Treason

Trump's buddy Putin is threatening us with nuclear war- how serious is he?.. Meanwhile, Trump tries to make Navalny's murder all about himself. And a right-wing Canadian family moved to Russia- how is that working out for them?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/19/202457 minutes, 23 seconds
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Daily Take: Why the Corporate Tax Bracket Should Go Back to 52%

It’s time to again tax the rich, be they individuals or giant corporations, to restore the American middle class and return our nation to the vitality that, before the Reagan Revolution, was normal...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/19/202413 minutes, 13 seconds
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Idaho Republicans Against Cannibalism!

Democrats keep winning and Republicans keep struggling-is the GOP just too crazy for the majority of voters? But is the public aware of Biden's many accomplishments? Plus - Thom reads from "This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends"Book by Nicole Perlroth.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/18/202458 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Party that Worships Great Wealth

With a billionaire running for president, are there any values (apart from being against cannibalism) the G.O.P. would not set aside for the sake of money?Plus - Thom reads from "Tyranny from Plato to Trump: Fools, Sycophants, and Citizens " by Andrew Fiala.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/17/202458 minutes, 46 seconds
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Is This the Future of Covid?

News round up - FBI informant on Hunter charged, Fani Willis update, Trump's fraud trial and the death of Navalny. Special counsel charges FBI informant with lying about Hunter, Joe... and FBI informant charged with lying about Joe and Hunter Biden's ties to Ukrainian company. Fani Willis accuses defense of lying in fiery testimony at Georgia hearing. Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, dies in prison, officials say. Who was Alexei Navalny?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/16/202457 minutes, 49 seconds
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Daily Take: Trump's "Sell-Out" Price is $10,000-A-Plate

It shouldn’t surprise us when we learn Republicans are willing to set aside their deep-seated hatred of trans people in exchange for a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/16/20248 minutes, 6 seconds
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No More Junk Food News!

Guest Interview: Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored & President of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation on the State Of the Free Press 2024. Ukraine War Update: Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Phil Ittner reports. Debris from falling intercepted munitions. The Russians now say this themselves.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/15/202457 minutes, 56 seconds
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Daily Take: The NRA & GOP Broke America: How Many Dead Children's Voices Must We Hear?

The NRA, GOP and SCOTUS have made the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights into such a suicide pact, drenching our nation with our own children’s blood.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/15/202418 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Putin Faction in Action

Democratic wins in New York and Oklahoma! Traitor Tuberville says we "forced" Putin to invade Ukraine... Did we also force Putin to put NATO member leader of Estonia on the most-wanted list?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/14/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Fix the Insurrection Act Before Trump Uses it to Create a Police State

During the January 6th attack, militia members were glued to Trump’s Twitter feed, anxiously awaiting Trump’s proclamation of the Insurrection Act and instant deputization of them.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/14/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is Trump Starting to Sound Like Hitler's Final Solution?

Will SCOTUS pause moving forward in Trump's immunity case? The Legal Coup - New Documents Reveal How Trump Lawyers Sought ‘Chaos’ to Force SCOTUS, or Whoever Else, to Anoint Trump. Guest Interview: Writer/Journalist, Gil Duran exposes The Tech authoritarians of San Francisco. Elon Musk and the rise of reactionary Big Tech (and big money) politics.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/13/202458 minutes, 3 seconds
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Daily Take: How The Richest Democracy in the World Abandons Americans

America is now the most unequal society in the developed world. Our billionaires are the richest, and our poor people are the poorest of any functioning democracy on Earth…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/13/20248 minutes, 13 seconds
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Slouching Towards GOP Fascism

Are Trump allies training MAGA 'shock troops' to take over the government if Trump gets elected? Fascism hits a bump in the road as another state Supreme Court issues another devastating rebuke of the U.S. Supreme Court. Also- the war between Jack Smith and Judge "Loose Cannon" continues to heat up.And, Thom reads from "The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump" by Michiko Kakutani.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/12/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Trump and His Traitors to Democracy are Shockingly Brazen

Increasingly Americans are being forced to choose sides: are we with democracy, or will we elect Trump and join Russia, China, and North Korea in making the world safe for dictators?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/12/20249 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ro Khanna's Progressive Perspective

Progressive leader Mark Pocan just watched the G.O.P. have its craziest week yet- he joins Thom and his listeners to share front line observations. Plus - is it time to reinstate the draft? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/11/202458 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Fascist G.O.P. and their Retrograde Agenda for America

The crazy train rolls on. Republicans in Iowa want to bring back "separate by equal" for trans people. But pay no attention as the billionaires buy up the country and maybe even our Supreme Court justices!.. How far will we wade into the collective insanity of Fox News fascism?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/10/202459 minutes, 20 seconds
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Robert Hur's Hit Job on Biden Fails as Garland Fumbles

The two cases — Trump retaining classified documents and Biden retaining them — are utterly different....Plus the role Garland played. Repression of LGBTQ community intensifies.  Following Hitler's playbook MAGA authoritarians target transgender population.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/9/202457 minutes, 42 seconds
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Daily Take: The Shameful Failure of Yesterday’s SCOTUS 14th Amendment Arguments

The simple reality is that the future of American democracy is as much on the line in this case as it was in 1866: that was lost in yesterday’s arguments, but should have been central to them…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/9/20246 minutes, 28 seconds
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Could Trump be America's First Prez to Serve From Prison?

Prison President? How Donald Trump might serve from behind bars. Is it looking like the GOP is all about "Trump first, Putin second and America third"? Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Phil Ittner gives a grim report that Ukraine is running out of ammunition and losing respect and faith in America's promised support. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/8/202458 minutes, 36 seconds
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Daily Take: Will SCOTUS Remove the Threat of Trump or be as Political & Corrupt as Bush v Gore Was?

2/8/202420 minutes, 24 seconds
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Opting Us All In

At least one state is retiring medical debt, but meanwhile Nikki wants seniors to keep footing the bill for their medical expenses until they turn 70. And will Republicans and their billionaire donors finally succeed in making big money off Medicare? Alex Lawson joins Thom with details of the GOP's latest scheme.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/7/202458 minutes, 13 seconds
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Daily Take: Was the GOP Plan All Along to "Break" America to Make Room for an Authoritarian Strongman?

You have to break government pretty badly before people are willing to trade in a normal democracy for a dictatorship, but it’s sure happened before...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/7/202412 minutes, 1 second
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The Absurdity of the GOP's "Civil War" Talk is Even More Off the Charts

Commonsense prevails - appeals court refuses Trump immunity. Plus, why America needs a Trump election subversion verdict quickly. Guest Interview: Journalist, Commentator and Radio Host, Michelangelo Signorile explains why the absurdity of the GOP's "civil war" talk is even more off the charts. Crazy Alert! Horrifying deepfake tricks employee into giving away $25 million - Get ready for the deepfake bosses and bankers!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/6/202458 minutes, 54 seconds
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Daily Take: The Deadly New GOP Plan to Rapidly Privatize Medicare

Medicare Advantage is not Medicare: it’s private health insurance for seniors that’s largely paid for with our tax dollars. They make their money by routinely denying claims…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/6/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dick Durban & Blue Slips- WTF?

Will the Democrats learn to effectively counter Republican tactics? And- are the Europeans fighting for democracy in Ukraine getting an ugly education in American politics?Also, Thom reads from "Measuring What Counts: The Global Movement for Well-Being" by Joseph Stiglitz.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/5/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Daily Take: Do the Rich Dudes Want the Court to Ban Trump or Not?

Now that several of the Republican justices have been so heavily saturated with fat-cat money and thus regularly vote in favor of their morbidly rich “friends,” what do those rich dudes want?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/5/20245 minutes, 51 seconds
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We Want our Post Office Back!

Biden has an opening to put new people over the post office- he needs to get on it! Meanwhile, the right is melting down over Taylor Swift and her football star boyfriend supporting Biden. Where will this all take us come November?Plus - Thom reads from his recent book 'The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class"See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/4/202458 minutes
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Why Customer Service is Terrible Now

The Biden administration is finally recognizing the failure of Reaganism- is this why companies no longer bother to take care of their customers? Plus- Nikki Haley says Texas can secede if they want to. Say what?Also, Thom reads from "Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America" by Christopher Leonard, and from "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment" by Robert Wright.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/3/202457 minutes, 18 seconds
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Republicans Vs. Public Schools

Author and activist David Pepper joins Thom for a look at the Republican war on public schools. Will they succeed in subsidizing private educations for the better off?Plus - every attempt at libertarianism has been a failure. So why does the right keep pushing for it?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/2/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: James Madison Warned us the Morbidly Rich Are the Greatest Threat to our Republic

Madison wasn’t talking about an abstraction or some highfalutin concept. He was talking about how some rich people will inevitably try to seize political power to screw everybody else.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/2/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Breaking the GOP Death Grip

Ukraine Update: Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Ukraine, Philip Ittner reports that Zelensky plans to oust Ukraine’s top general amid tension over new mobilization. Guest Interview: Heidi Siegmund Cuda, Author & Emmy-award winning investigative reporter on breaking the GOP death grip.  It's a Celtic holiday - The pagan holiday of awakening...I'll explain. Also why do anti-abortion freaks want to freak-out first graders with graphic videos. Plus horrifying news: Son beheads dad - Is Donald Trump growing a Taliban movement in America? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/1/202458 minutes, 21 seconds
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Daily Take: Why Can't Morbidly Rich Tech CEOs Be Sued or Arrested?

Not only has Section 230 turned the web into a stalking ground for sexual predators, it’s also given Putin cheap & easy access to Americans, an access he’s been using for years to tear us apart...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/1/202413 minutes, 52 seconds
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GOP & MAGA Snowflakes Are Mobilizing Against Their Biggest Enemy...Taylor Swift...Really?!

Guest Interview: Staff Writer for The Atlantic, Tim Alberta explains his new book - The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory: American Evangelicals In An Age of Extremism. Also does the resuscitated "trucker convoy" reveal a dying MAGA movement?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/31/202457 minutes, 57 seconds
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Daily Take: Why are Too Many Americans Ignoring the Ongoing Collapse of Democracy in the US?

This year’s election may be our last chance to push back against the oligarchy that the GOP has been constructing for the past forty-three years…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/31/20249 minutes, 16 seconds
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Biden's "Silent Revolution" in American Economics Pays Dividends

Here are three key areas where Biden is fundamentally reshaping our economy to make it better for working people. A worker-centered trade and industrial policy, strong anti-monopoly enforcement, and moves to strengthen labor unions — are navigating towards a more equitable economy. It’s a sea change that’s long overdue. Guest Interview: Investigative Journalist David "Dave" Neiwert asks are the traditional Republicans just now figuring out the new far right overlords are too radical? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/30/202458 minutes, 20 seconds
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Daily Take: Will the US and Argentine Flirtation with Libertarianism End in Disaster?

Just turn everything over to the morbidly rich and let them and their companies run the entire country along the profit motive lines? What could possibly go wrong?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/30/202420 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Climate Crisis is an Actual Crisis!

Biden has paused permitting for liquefied natural gas terminals to protect 'the public interest' from climate change. But will the corruption of big money keep us from really taking on the big challenges in front of us?Plus - Thom reads from 'On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal' by Naomi Klein.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/29/202458 minutes
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Daily Take: Reagan, Broken Airplane Doors, & Being on Hold for Hours...

How Reagan's Embrace of “Greed is Good” Brought Us Broken Airplane Doors & Being on Hold for Hours...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/29/202415 minutes, 55 seconds
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The 56-Year-Long Crisis of Treasonous & Illegitimate GOP Presidents is Happening Again

There’s a long tradition of Republicans running for president committing treason, or at least criminal manipulation of international affairs, to advantage themselves & hurt Democratic presidents. Also can you build bridges to Trump cultists that may, over time and with work and love, help you pry them loose from the authoritarian leader or movement to which they’ve bonded?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/28/202456 minutes, 9 seconds
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National Progressive Town Hall

Thom's callers get the story straight from top Progressives Mark Pocan and Ro KhannaSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/27/202458 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ask Pramila Jayapal

The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus gives frank answers to listener questions- from watching the civil war between the Republicans to ending the Senate filibuster... from supporting Israel to the Chevron doctrine- what is her prescription for what ails America?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/26/202458 minutes
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The Rise & Fall of the Second Trump Reich: Tick Tock…

A dystopian tale that conforms to Trump's many campaign promises...Plus guest interviews: Dean Obeidallah - Is Trump's mental decline a national security issue? Federal trial attorney Sabrina Haake explains why not to fall for trumped up charges against Fina Willis. Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Phil Ittner with Ukraine Update - The right wing takeover plot for the EU exposed. And developments in the E. Jean Carrol defamation case.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/25/202457 minutes, 26 seconds
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What Happened to 'Limited Government'?

Republicans seem intent on putting a self-declared dictator in the White House. Has the right forgotten what is meant by 'limited government'? From outlawing abortion to plans to attack the free press.. from establishing a state religion to dreaming of arresting and executing his domestic enemies- Trump wants to be the first King of the United States.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/24/202458 minutes
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Can The World Survive Billionaire’s Woodstock?

America fought back America’s oligarchs twice; will we succeed this third time with an actual oligarch (Trump) running for president as a neofascist populist?Plus - a Kentucky law makes it easier to shoot people camping on your property. What is this really about?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/23/202458 minutes
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Build Back Green.. in Ukraine!

When the bombs stop falling, will the west help Ukraine rebuild with green energy? And, what is stopping us from permanently banning Russian oil from world markets?Meanwhile, Republicans continue to block action on protecting us from micro plastics.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/22/202457 minutes, 59 seconds
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Another Day, Another Bat-guano Crazy Abortion Law

Will some Republicans succeed in using the Supreme Court to ban birth control as well as abortion? Also- Thom's thoughts on learning how to handle criticism and self doubt...And, a reading from "Trump You!- My Battle with Trump University" by Art Cohen.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/21/202458 minutes, 43 seconds
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Want to Cut Social Security? Do it in the Daylight.

Republicans and corporate Democrats are about to craft a plan to cut SS in a closed committee. Will they get it through Congress so the Wall Street billionaires can keep their taxes low? Alex Lawson of Social Security Works has the details.Also, Thom reads from "Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime" by Jennifer Taub.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/20/202456 minutes, 40 seconds
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What Would the “Christian America” Trump & Speaker Johnson are Calling for Look Like?

It’s gotten so absurd that a reporter spoke with a woman at a Trump rally sporting a crucifix & tee-shirt that said “Hang Joe Biden For Treason.” She essentially said Jesus would watch the execution. Also who profited from J-6? Guest Interview: Dan Friedman, Senior Reporter - DC Bureau, Mother Jones. Crazy Alert! Oklahoma GOP files a bill to ban the very very scary "furries" from schools. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/19/202458 minutes, 31 seconds
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Does the EPA Die Today?

The Supreme Court, it appears, is planning to gut most of America’s regulatory agencies in what could be the most consequential re-write of the protective “deep state” since the New Deal. Plus, are we on government shutdown watch again? Is the shutdown feeling like groundhog day? Phil Ittner - Ukraine Update. Crazy Alert! Did Carville just say this about Trump, "This man has the clap" and why? And what happens when the anti-abortion people take over?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/18/202457 minutes, 54 seconds
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Does Marjorie Taylor Greene Want to Make America White Again?

What is the opposite of diversity, equity, and inclusion? Is the MAGA right is fighting for a return to 'whites only' spaces?Plus - Thom reads from "The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study" by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/17/202458 minutes
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Can Democracy Survive the Morbidly Rich?

So, Donald Trump won Iowa. A crazed billionaire who wants to “suspend the constitution“ and claims the right to a murder his political enemies. It doesn’t have to be this way. Also the GOP immigration/border scam revealed. Is Greg Abbott's humanity nonexistent? From fantasizing about shooting people on the border to allowing children and their mom to drown. Wait a minute. Judge Eileen Cannon‘s husband works for a New York mob boss who is a Trump donor in front of Trump? Wisdom School Alert! Is sauna therapy built into our genes? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/16/202458 minutes
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Blackouts: Did You Know EV Cars are a Backup Power Source for Your House?

While your GOP friends are sitting in the dark complaining that they can’t follow Trump on his Nazi-infested social media site or recharge their phones, you can ride out the next storm in comfort!Also thoughts on Martin Luther King day. Trump's closing pitch to the Iowa caucus is that their vote can help him punish his enemies and also take America back to 1950.... Trickle down fascism.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/15/202458 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Handy Guide to Translating Republican-Speak into Plain English

Ron DeSantis & Nikki Haley had a spitting match Wednesday night on CNN as they fight for, well, something. Vice president? Unlikely. Beating Trump? Probably not. Also saying ‘you’re homophobic’ could cost you $35,000 under sweeping Florida GOP bill. Is Trump planning on declaring war on Latin America, instead of putting in place a comprehensive immigration plan, if he becomes prez? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/14/202458 minutes, 52 seconds
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Did an Abortion Ban Cost a Young Texas Woman Her Life?

Who are the Houthis and why should we care? The Iranian-backed rebel group has launched dozens of attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea since the war between Israel and Hamas started. National Progressive Town Hall Meeting with Representative Ro Khanna. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/13/202457 minutes, 22 seconds
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Overcoming the Fox News-Musk-Trump Propaganda Machine

Trump demands his election crime case be dropped -because - no one told hime overturning an election was a crime...seriously? Apparently Evangelicals don't mind that Trump was a regular at "pedo mansion" or flew on the "Lolita Express." What do Evangelicals stand for? Guest Interview: Heidi Siegmund Cuda, Author & Emmy-award winning investigative reporter. Also is America embracing mask wearing again?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/12/202458 minutes, 20 seconds
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GOP Debate: Is it Howdy Doody Time? No Candidate Inspired Us or Offered a Compelling Vision

The Snowflaking of White Privilege. If America is ever to become a pluralistic, multiracial democratic republic we must come to terms with racism and white privilege. Phil Ittner - Ukraine Update - The high price of losing Ukraine. Millions more Americans are getting affordable healthcare because of President Biden - while red states say no to hungry children. A quick summary of the Hunter Biden hearings. The Engoron bomb threat is "a pattern you can't ignore." See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/11/202458 minutes, 24 seconds
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Trickle Down Fascism

America is suffering from an epidemic of political bullying, because fascism trickles down from fascist leadership. It’s what Trump’s cult members and his toady lawyers are dreaming of.Bomb scares, swatting incidents and death threats targeting public officials have risen in frequency in recent weeks. Is this the nation MAGA Republicans want?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/10/202458 minutes
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Rightwing Billionaires and Trump Want a Nation Where Everything is For Sale

Republicans are pushing our country: no social safety net, corrupt regulatory and police agencies, politicians and legislation for sale, and absolute immunity for the morbidly rich. Guest Interview: Erin Reed, Independent LGBTQ+ journalist, mom and host of Erin In the Morning. How committed is the GOP in destroying the lives of Trans people? Plus Thom breaks down Trump's federal appeals court hearing. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/9/202458 minutes, 1 second
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Trump Trash Talks Abraham Lincoln, Saying He Should’ve “Negotiated“ Slavery

Will the New Rightwing Grift ``Pink Slime Journalism” Con the Average Joe? Into the void steps the pink slime journalism newspapers and websites, funded by multiple rightwing billionaires, peddling lies and hate to get rightwing Republicans elected to office… Trump's foreign cash scandal is YUGE. Breaking News - New evidence shows Trump ``directly orchestrated" fake elector plot. Plus Biden gave a hell of a speech.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/8/202458 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mark Pocan is Fighting for Real Medicare

A coalition in Congress wants great health care for every American- without an insurance company making money by denying coverage. Can the Medicare system be saved? Mark Pocan joins Thom to take listener questions.Plus - Thom reads from "Shutdown- How Covid Shook the World's Economy" by Adam Tooze.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/7/202458 minutes
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Did the Handmaid’s Court Just Seal Women's Fate?

Will excluding pregnant women (but not their fetuses) from EMTALA be the proverbial straw that breaks the back of the 38-year-long GOP scam? Florida is set to follow Ohio and secure abortion rights - they qualify for this year's ballots. Help California close the money loophole. Geeky science! Hearing aids can extend your life! Plus Hunter in a Farmer's World Alert! Classroom strategies for dealing with ADHD.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/6/202457 minutes, 20 seconds
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Are Courts Empowering Anti-Voter Vigilantes?

Investigative Journalist, Author & Filmmaker Greg Palast explains why the court is allowing vigilantes to interfere in the next election. Plus, Veteran War Correspondent in Kyiv, Ukraine, Phil Ittner reports on the impact of Russia's escalating air attacks. Is a fear of MAGA threatening to make the law "merely optional" while the corporate media is keeping the door wide open for Trump's fascist return?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/5/202458 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why Don’t Americans Know Who’s Manipulating Our Political System?

The white Republican base has been so lied to and abused over the past forty or so years that they’ve become easy marks for the predators in both big business and the GOP… Crazy Alert! A new board game is out for fascists - "Storm the Capitol" Now we’re starting to go after the other insurrectionists. Also the GOP's nefarious plan to impeach Biden on Trump's behalf... This is so damn cynical.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/4/202457 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are We Going to Let the GOP Carve Racism Back Into American Law?

White supremacists have gagged teachers, and now even kids are afraid to bring up the topics or complain when they’re harassed by Christian nationalist bullies. Also once public schools are largely dead, here's what happens next... Leonard Leo and his "Christianist" fellow travelers are setting up a new case to fund religious schools with taxpayer money. Plus Geeky Science: Why do we procrastinate and how to overcome it? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/3/202458 minutes, 13 seconds
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Does the "Great Man Theory of History" Tell Us Why Trump Should be Removed from the Ballot?

When are you taking down your Christmas tree and decorations? Should be in March, right? Should Trump be held accountable or defeated at the ballot? Why pardoning Trump by his GOP challengers would shorten our democracy. Dean Obeidallah - Don't count on the courts to save us from Trump, it's up to you and me. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/2/202458 minutes, 32 seconds
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How To Win Judges and Influence Rulings

Did Clarence Thomas effectively extort the rich to keep a conservative majority on the court? And why are the billionaires willing to fly federal judges to Maui, Italy, and Rocky Mountain resort destinations?Plus- Thom reads from "Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power" by Greg Bluestein.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/1/202458 minutes
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The Latest Plot to Undercut the Voting Rights Act

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith speaks with Kareem Crayton the Senior Director for Voting Rights and Representation at the Brennan Center for Justice. Callers share poetry and reflect on artificial intelligence with an eye to its influence on the future of humanity and space exploration. Jeff's wife calls Joe Biden Captain America as the guy who is trying to save America.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/31/202357 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Trajectory of Dominant Political Parties

Has the time come for pro-democracy people to lean into patriotism as we teeter on the brink of losing it all? Sitting-in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith explains why the Democratic Party has become America's party. Listeners call-in to continue the dialogue on the concerns over Artificial Intelligence, Canadian healthcare, and whether Ebenezer Scrooge was an environmentalist. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/30/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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Somebody Get These Medicare "Advantage" Leeches Off Our Backs!

Why are we increasingly putting greedy corporations in charge of what life-saving health care our elderly are allowed to have? Plus - new evidence that people in Republican majority regions are more likely to die young just because they can't afford to see a doctor.Plus - Thom reads from 'Drugs, Money, and Secret Handshakes: The Unstoppable Growth of Prescription Drug Prices' by Robin Feldman.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/29/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is Group Identity Counterproductive to the Fight for Equality?

Author Yascha Mounk has deep doubts about the way identity and social justice is being fought for in society today. He joins Thom challenges him in a fascinating discussion.Plus - Thom reads from 'Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End' by Anita Hill and 'Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America' by Martha S. JonesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/28/202358 minutes
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Should Democrats Close the Southern Border?

Immigration is likely to be the top issue in the next election. Thom asks- should Democrats get out in front of it by taking the deal Republicans are offering to shut down migration in exchange for funding the defense of democracy in Ukraine? An intense hour of conversation with Thom's callers follows. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/27/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Can America Wake Up From the Magical Free Market Lies?

More than 40 years into the Reagan experiment in neoliberalism, how is that working out for us? Was it all based on a lie all along?Plus - Thom reads from 'Tell the Bosses We're Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the Twenty-First Century' by Shaun Richman. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/26/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Secret GOP Plot to Change the Constitution Slithters Forward

Can a Supreme Court decision over state resolutions passed as far back as 1891 be enough to trigger a new constitutional convention that makes all the crazy extremist right wing dreams come true? Plus - Thom read from "The Constution Today" by Akhil Reed AmarSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/25/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Strategies for Facing Not-So-Merry Thoughts During the Holidays

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith turns the discussion to mindful thoughts and intentional words to navigate the sometimes stressful self-reflection that comes with holiday gatherings. Listeners call-in with questions on the meaning of rhetoric, the impact of right-wing propaganda, and the horror of violence in the Israeli-Gaza conflict. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/24/202357 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Difference Between a Movement and a Moment

Will a real democracy movement emerge to take on the growing forces of fascism? Are progressives capable of the required sacrifice?Plus - Thom read from "The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump" by Ian Reifowitz.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/23/202358 minutes, 5 seconds
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The True Origins of Christmas

As we once again wait for the seasons of warmth and illumination to return- where do you find the light amid the darkness? And then- can we track down the most basic form of energy behind everything in the universe?Thom reads from "The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe" by Jeremy Lent, and also 'The Division of Light and Power' by Dennis Kucinich'.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/22/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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The GOP’s 60-Year Authoritarian Plot: Perhaps None Dare Call It Treason. But I Do.

Now that Donald Trump is openly calling for fascism in the United States, complete with concentration camps “for millions” including “Democrats” and “the media,” it’s a good time to look at how the GOP became so badly corrupted. Understanding how they got here — and dragged the rest of us with them — may give us some clues to how to get out of this mess.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/21/202357 minutes, 9 seconds
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Trimpledemic? As Families Gather and Travel for the Holidays,Contagious Flu, Covid and RSV are on the Rise

Epidemiologist and Health Economist from the New England Complex Systems Institute, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding joins Thom to caution listeners of the contagious diseases on the increase for the festive season. Plus Geeky Science: New studies reveal astonishing benefits from Matcha Green Tea.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/20/202358 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dear GOP: You Will Never Wash the Stink of Trump Off You or Your Party. Never!

At least never in the lifetime of anybody around today. Trump’s stink is a tragic part of American history that will last generations… But none stink as bad as this miserable cartoon of a man, with his bizarre orange spray-tan, absurd comb-over, and compensatory phallic-length red ties. America is not going to forget, and many Americans will never forgive. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/19/202358 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Republicans Working to Rehabilitate Richard Nixon

Taking bribes, destroying files, using the federal government to go after your enemies?.. the "New Nixonians" don't see a problem here. Plus - Thom reads from "Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics" by Lawrence O'Donnell.And why did we just discover an ancient stone circle underwater near northern Michigan?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/17/202355 minutes, 55 seconds
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Attack of the Right Wing Man-o-sphere Influencers

What is going on in American society that is leading some men toward retrograde attitudes towards women? Meanwhile, anti-abortion media is getting nasty- is there a connection?Plus - Thom reads from "Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy" by Amy Gajda.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/16/202358 minutes
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Truth, Justice, and the American Way

The head of the Republican party in Florida has become a toxic embarrassment- and he says he'll gladly go away for only two million dollars... Plus - the legal battle over Presidential immunity continues- will Clarence Thomas recuse himself?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/15/202358 minutes
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War and Peace in 2023

Has the war between Israel and the Palestinians sucked all the oxygen out of reporting the fight for democracy in Ukraine? Veteran war correspondent Phil Ittner kicks off an hour-long deep discussion on the ongoing conflicts and our best hopes for peace and justice.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/14/202358 minutes
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Oh oh....Jack Smith Has Trump's Cell Phone Data from Jan 6th and Is Using It

Jack Smith petition to SCOTUS about Immunity: Is this the Nixon rule? Texas refugee, Kate Cox, at the center of the abortion ban is fleeing the state to save her life - will she survive the conservative men of Texas? While Zelensky was away - Russia had a night of hell in Kviv plus the Heritage Foundation was meeting with GOPers and dictator Orban's crew about ending support for Ukraine.  Netanyahu is pulling a "George Bush" after Biden warned him. How's that going to work out? Hunter Biden summed up perfectly what the GOP is doing. They are trying to dehumanize him in order to hurt his dad - Joe Biden.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/13/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Will Congress Abandon Ukraine to Putin's Dictatorship?

Representative Ro Khanna gives us a reality check from the halls of Congress. Will the urgently needed war funding make it to the front lines of Democracy?Plus - Thom reads from "How Wealth Rules the World: Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property" by Ben G. Price.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/12/202358 minutes
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Could MAGA Republicans Plunge the World into a “New Dark Age”?

The bottom line here is that Republicans in the House and Senate who are dancing to Trump’s pro-Putin tune are playing a dangerous game that could lead to unimaginable disaster. Interview: Peter Montgomery, Senior Fellow-People for the American Way on Moses Mike Johnson and his ties to Christian Nationalist groups. Plus, why the conservative/poltical witch hunts at Harvard and other colleges will harm education.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/11/202358 minutes, 7 seconds
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Horror Stories of State Enforced Pregnancy Continue

Attorney General of Texas, disgraced and impeached Ken Paxton has threatened to prosecute any doctors who perform an abortion on a woman after a state judge ruled her life is in danger. Also Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer repeals the only immunity law that shielded drug makers from liability. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/10/202357 minutes, 39 seconds
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Is The GOP Trying to Destroy Hunter in Order to Betray the Biden Presidency?

Republican Sen. J.D. Vance wants the DOJ to investigate op-ed writers...say what?! Is this a test for what happens if Trump becomes Prez? Is the GOP trying to destroy Hunter in order to betray the Biden presidency? Something weird happened on the way to medicare advantage health care nirvana. Whitmer repeals country's only immunity law that shielded drug makers from liability. TX AG threatens to prosecute doctors who perform an abortion on woman after judge ruled she could.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/9/202357 minutes, 47 seconds
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Will Republicans Abandon Democracy in Ukraine?

War correspondent Phil Ittner shares with Thom how Ukrainians are feeling about the chaos created by the pro-Putin crazies in the House of Reps. Will America show its resolve, or will Putin's propaganda win in the end?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/8/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oh Boy- Another Republican Debate??

Thom does his duty and dissects the latest Republican presidential debate. Will anyone emerge to challenge the Führer?Plus - Trump's cabinet picks agree- job one will be to create internment camps and arrest members of the media, Democrats, immigrants and criminals. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/7/202358 minutes
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The Real Reason Trump Wants to Repeal ObamaCare

Radio star Dean Obeidallah joins Thom- and he says Trump is flying the racism flag. Also- is the Biden impeachment "bombshell" over nothing more than a dad cosigning on a pickup truck?And- Progressive leader Mark Pocan joins Thom with the latest from Congress- Did Kevin McCarthy just give his caucus the finger?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/6/202358 minutes
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Can Liz Cheney Save the G.O.P.?

Can anyone- even right-wing royalty- rescue the Republican party from Trump's authoritarian takeover of democracy? Also- why is the G.O.P. trying to keep Zoomers away from the polls? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/5/202358 minutes
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Will This Era's "Yellow Journalism" Forecast Disaster for the Elections in 2024?

Thom Hartmann Returns! From Antarctica! What ??!!! Also Trump‘s solution to Obamacare was a 30 day emergency high deductible policies being extended for three years! That’s where they want to go... COP28: Another Rigged Game for the Fossil Fuel Industry? Will VP Harris Drawing a Line In the Sand for a Two-State Solution Hold? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/4/202358 minutes, 21 seconds
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We Have to Build a Super Majority Coalition to Defeat the MAGA Mob

Guest-host Jefferson Smith bids farewell as Thom returns on Monday. As we go into the 2024 campaign cycle, we can't let a desired authoritarian who has tried to overturn an election be considered a reasonable candidate. Report from Mark Taylor Canfield of Democracy Watch News. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/3/202358 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is Life Really Better on the Northern Side of the Border?

Guest-host Jefferson Smith sits in for Thom Hartmann. A Trump-Loving Canadian calls in to throw shade on socialized medicine. Progressive and Libertarian listeners respond with passion. Thoughts on Henry Kissinger and The Iroquois, also known as the Five Nations or the Six Nations. Also the dog-lovers phone in to reflect on the alternative canine championships. Plus a who-done-it arises as the crew's brunch order is stolen before the show begins. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/2/202357 minutes, 20 seconds
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'News With My Dad' Returns With Joe Smith

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith reviews the fiery Ron DeSantis-Gavin Newsom debate on Fox News. Also did Melania violate polite norms at the memorial service for Rosalynn Carter? And by popular demand Jeff's dad, Joe Smith returns for 'News With My Dad.' See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/1/202357 minutes, 31 seconds
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Envisioning Inclusive Democratic Movements and Societies Rooted in Justice and Equity

11/30/202356 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Recruitment of Ideas Rather Than A Food Fight

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith challenges listeners to invite new people to hear the show whether they agree or disagree with progressive politics. Also Jeff conducts a straw poll with callers on what would be their prediction of Donald Trump's choice of a running mate for the 2024 Election and why.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/29/202358 minutes
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Super-Thank: Radical Community Gratitude Newsday

Guest-host Jefferson Smith sits in for Thom Hartmann today. Covering the important news stories and good news stories that we sometimes forget. Jeff's dad Joe Smith makes a long awaited return to the show and shares little known anecdotes about recently departed first lady Rosalynn Carter along with other noteworthy news. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/28/202358 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Land of Beginning Again

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith starts with a poem by Louisa Fletcher and asks listeners to share how they managed conversations during the holiday weekend. The topic of artificial intelligence returns and Jeff attempts to create a robot generated poem with input from the callers.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/27/202357 minutes, 27 seconds
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What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party

Sitting in for Thom Hartmann, guest-host Jefferson Smith speaks with Professor Michael Kazin, Dept. of History, Georgetown University / Expert in U.S. politics & social movements - 19th & 20th centuries. His most recent book is What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/26/202357 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to Survive Holiday Conversations With MAGA Relatives and Neighbors

Matt Robison Co-Host of the Beyond Politics podcast gives tips for getting along with Trump-loving relations during holiday gatherings. Guest-host Jefferson Smith sitting in for Thom Hartmann asks callers to share what they are thankful for during difficult times. Plus: How would you rate the worst presidents in order? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/25/202355 minutes, 35 seconds
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Has the Muskian Takeover Impacted Twitter As a Source of Legitimate News Reporting?

Guest-host Jefferson Smith sitting in for Thom Hartmann interviews Jonathan Nagler, Director, New York University's Center for Social Media and Politics, Co-Author - Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States. Defenders of truth and democracy have our work cut out for us in regards to battling online misinformation as we head into the 2024 presidential election. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/24/202357 minutes
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Are "Thoughts And Prayers" the Best We Can Do?

Our society takes action to protect us all from danger- why is it impossible to do anything at all about easy access to lethal weapons of war?Plus - Thom reads from 'The Hidden History of Guns and the 2nd Amendment'.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/23/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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60 Years Since We Lost JFK

After all these years, what have we learned? Thom takes a deep dive with JFK Historian and author Lamar Waldron, author of numerous books including "The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination".Plus - Thom reads from "The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call to Greatness" by Betsy Hartmann.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/22/202358 minutes
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Nazis and MAGA Trumpers- Are They The Same?

There are so many parallels between Trump's movement and Hitler- are we hearing a re-run of the same old song?Plus - Thom reads from 'Preparing For War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism--and What Comes' by Bradley B. Onishi See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/21/202358 minutes
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Can You View Images of Slain Kids and Not Demand Gun Control?

If Americans saw the photos of children being ripped to pieces by school shootings… would not gun control happen almost immediately. Do you agree? Also National Progressive Town Hall with US Rep Ro Khanna from California answers questions from listeners.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/20/202358 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Urgency of Decarbonizing Our Atmosphere

Climate scientist Dr Michael Mann is back- to what extent are aerosols protecting us from carbon heating? What happens if we continue on the same path as today?Plus - Thom reads from "The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe" by Jeremy Lent.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/19/202357 minutes, 45 seconds
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Has the Press Abandoned the Ukraine War to Cover Gaza?

War correspondent Phil Ittner reports from Ukraine as air raid sirens still scream even as another dismal winter looms. Is Putin's investment in Hamas paying dividends? Plus- a National Progressive Town Hall with US Rep from Wisconsin Mark Pocan. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/18/202358 minutes, 58 seconds
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Should Gen Z-ers Flee America?

A national survey of Gen Z-ers found that more than half of them were seriously interested in- or actively considering- permanently moving out of America. Plus, the GOP has a new January 6th conspiracy theory: deep state “ghost buses”.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/17/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Will Ohio Defy the Will of the People?

Lawyer, writer, political activist, former elected official, and professor David Pepper joins Thom for a deep dive on what's going on with the vote to keep abortion legal in Ohio.Plus - Thom reads from "Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny" by Edward J. WattsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/16/202358 minutes
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How Can This Predatory Exploitation Be Considered Health Care?

If Medicare Advantage, the profit-driven entity that is decidedly NOT part of REAL Medicare, could be summed up in three words, they might be: deny, deny, deny. That’s no real surprise given that the one thing Medicare Advantage companies. care about most isn’t your health (hint: it’s your money). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/15/202358 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dismantling the Civil Service

Trump allies are pre-screening a list of 50,000 loyalists for federal jobs if he gets elected in an unprecedented power grab. Can they pull it off?Also, Dean Obeidallah, author and host of the Dean Obeidallah show joins Thom. Is Trump's dangerous mental decline a threat to America?Plus Thom reads from 'Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable' by Joanna Schwartz See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/14/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Insane Trump Chaos Continues

Minnesota Secretary of State and Vice Chair-Democratic Assoc. of Secretaries of State Steve Simon joins Thom. Why did the Minnesota Supreme Court dismiss an ‘insurrection clause’ challenge and allow Trump on the primary ballot?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/13/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Confronting Inequality

Author and journalist Cole Stangler chats with Thom about his latest book- "Paris Is Not Dead: Surviving Hypergentrification." Why is economic inequality driving working class people out of cities around the world? Plus Thom reads from "Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/12/202357 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why Won't the Media Cover Republican Gaffes?

After the latest zany statements made during the last Republican debate, and by Trump at his rally right down the street, why won't the media hold Republicans accountable?Daddy Dearest Alert! Trump scammed and conned his own children - what dad does that?Plus - War correspondent Phil Ittner reports from Ukraine with the latest as the Ukrainians continue to gain ground.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/11/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Republican War on Public Schools

There is no more powerful urge humans can experience than to protect and defend our children. For most people it beats hunger, sex, and money… Are Republicans cynically exploiting human instincts to get cheap votes?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/10/202358 minutes
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Why Is America So Vulnerable to Charlatans Like Trump?

Donald Trump is a confidence man, a charlatan, an unrepentant liar whose deceits have cost at least a half-million Americans their lives. Why do so many American support him? Also, could the Swifties be the tipping point for Democrats in 2024? Tommy Tuberville really is Trump’s useful idiot - Tuberville is performing Trump’s retribution against a military he believes confounded his coup – and is preparing the groundwork for his takeover in 2025. Plus, the Bishop of Columbus flat-out tells his flock how to vote - Why isn't their tax exemption pulled?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/9/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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Election 2023 - Was It a MAGA Election Nightmare?

Bidenomics is a real thing and is really great! Also this should be a "national scandal" that Medicare Advantage is planning on using AI for denials. Book bans go into hyperdrive. Second, I would just like to voice my frustration with the young people who don't want to vote for Biden because he's "not doing enough for us. Report from Russ Choma - In the courtroom during the Trump trial. Plus the new enemies of Argentina's far right: Swifties and the BTS army. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/8/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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How the GOP Became the Party of Tax Cheats

Nothing, MAGA Mike argued, was more important than cutting back on the IRS’ ability to audit billionaires while reducing social program spending. Interview: Frank Schaeffer on MAGA Mike & Christian Nationalism. Also Barack Obama is saying that in the case of the war between Israel and Hamas, “nobody’s hands are clean.” Plus how hate is overwhelming America. The Texas activist who wants to end the separation of church and state has Mike Johnson's ear. Crazy Alert! MAGA Mike thinks the fall of the Roman Empire was due to "rampant homosexual behavior." See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/7/202358 minutes, 11 seconds
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Is Trump’s "Brave New World" Coming Soon?

Trump and his team are proposing deploying the military for protesters if he wins..say what?! Isn't it time to removed Judge Cannon from the Trump case? Barack Obama is saying that in the case of the war between Israel and Hamas, “nobody’s hands are clean.” Plus 10 Elections to watch for Tuesday.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/6/202358 minutes, 19 seconds
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Does the 14th Amendment Somehow Not Apply to Trump?

As the convictions rack up and more Trump associates go to federal prison, can Donald just exempt himself from the constitution?Plus - Program host and author Michelangelo Signorile shares with Thom what he's learned about Republicans like MAGA Mike who think being gay is "a choice"-- really?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/5/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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Fighting Autocracy, at Home and Abroad

Veteran war correspondent Phil Ittner has the latest on the war in Ukraine- does the rumor of Putin's heart attack hold any water? How can some Republicans like MAGA Mike justify siding with a dictator? Plus - the intimidation of poll workers is causing them to quit in droves. Will we still be able to pull off free and fair elections in America?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/4/202359 minutes, 58 seconds
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Let the Medicaid Hunger Games Begin!

So say Red States to people they’ve just kicked off Medicaid: ”Don’t come crying to us when it’s time for the burial.” It’s a truly dystopian reality for millions of poor Americans who find themselves without health coverage. Why? Simply because they have the misfortune to be born in the wrong place and income bracket.. Meanwhile will the giant corporations meet demands before Pharma employees go nuclear? And the Medicare Advantage hustle rages on.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/3/202358 minutes, 34 seconds
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Will MAGA Mike Inflict a Religious Crusade on America?

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson is closely tied to Christian groups that want to make America a theocracy. So why does he support policies that are so contrary to Christ's teachings? Plus - Handmaiden Tale Alert!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/2/202358 minutes
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Universal Basic Income- If it Works for Billionaires’ Children, Why Not the Poor?

America’s oligarchs have always known that their warnings about making people “dependent on government” and “lazy” were a scam. Also National Progressive Town Hall with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/1/202358 minutes, 19 seconds
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Will American Democracy Survive the Age of Oligarchs?

Ron DeSantis is passing out millions to his crony buddies - Is he building his very own oligarchy club for Florida? If Trump's family takes the fifth - it won't work....Plus - Judge reinstates gag order on Trump. Where's the media when an YUGE climate changed Hurricane just wiped out a city of more than a million? Should Hunters Use Meditation Machines or Go it Alone? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/31/202357 minutes, 22 seconds
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Clarence Took a Bribe

Is the latest scandal around Clarence Thomas the one that will make a difference? When is this tax cheat going to finally get kicked out?Plus - Thom reads from "The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name" by Brian C. Muraresku,See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/30/20231 hour
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Is Charles Koch's Network All About Getting the "Right" Cases to the Supreme Court?

Billionaire’s web of rightwing groups works to bring cases to court that could undermine core functionings of the US government. The attack on the administrative state is central to the work of Americans for Prosperity, which boasts of its years-long campaign to challenge what it calls the “out-of-control regulatory environment imposed by Washington''. The GOP is eating their own: Matt Gates outs a gay Republican congressman. Will Dean Phillips upset the campaign or will he be marginalized?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/29/202357 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Trump’s MAGA GOP Increases the Risk of WWIII

Republican-aligned rightwing billionaires are gleeful at the prospect of further government dysfunction gutting social programs while Putin, Xi & the leaders of Hamas are reveling in the chaos. If ever there was a time America needed the few remaining rational actors in the GOP to step forward to push the crazies and traitors out of the way, this is it. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/28/202357 minutes, 15 seconds
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When the Right Works Together

Radio host and activist Michelangelo Signorile chews the cud with Thom. How is the Vatican working with Republicans to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community? Also, veteran social security activist Alex Lawson goes head to head with Republicans in Congress.Plus- Thom reads from "Talk Radio's America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States" by Brian Rosenwald.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/27/202358 minutes
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Does MAGA Johnson's Election Prove All the GOP has Now is Hate?

The Maine shooter was a big fan of right wingers like Trump, Tucker Carlson & Dinesh D’Souza - will the media mention this? In Johnson, the GOP have found the perfect embodiment of their deplorable basket of hatreds - the only “loves” are rightwing billionaires, the fossil fuel industry & of course Trump’s buddy, Putin. Here's how Georgia wants to fix the Mass Shooter problem - Just pay teachers $10,000 to carry a gun. Phil Ittner - Ukraine UpdateSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/26/202358 minutes, 23 seconds
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America Mysteriously Hit a Deadly Climate Tipping Point & No One Knows Why

Who is Mike Johnson? Hint: Trump endorses him for speaker. Holy crap: Mark Meadows is cutting a plea deal, too! Crazy Alert! The day after....Powell claims her plea deal was extorted. Here’s how bad climate change has gotten. Tuberville has refused to budge on his blockade - can the process be reformed? Also published in the journal BioScience: “Life on planet Earth is under siege. We are now in an uncharted territory...”See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/25/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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We Are Somebody!

Senator Nina Turner is a hell-raising humanitarian, thought leader and Senior Fellow at The the New School Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy. She joins Thom to discuss workers rights and what her new organization intends to do about them.Also, Greg Palast is back on the case with his new movie "LONG KNIFE: Osage Oil and the new trail of tears"See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/24/202358 minutes
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Doctor Goldstein Talks Pets!

Taking a much-needed break from politics, Thom welcomes veterinarian integrated medicine expert and author Doctor Marty Goldstein to answer a diverse set of listener questions on keeping your pet in optimal health.Plus - Thom reads from 'Paul Revere and the World He Lived in' by Ester Forbes.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/22/202346 minutes, 58 seconds
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Republicans in Chaos

Progressive Congressman Mark Pocan has a ringside seat to the circus being put on by Republicans in the House. What does he think is likely to happen? Mr Pocan answers listener calls from across the nation.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/21/202357 minutes
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Is "Scientific Racism" Why America Has No Universal Healthcare System?

The simple fact is that, were it not for slavery, white supremacy, and the legacy of “scientific racism,” America would have a national, single-payer healthcare system.Also- an intense discussion with Thom's callers on the Palestine-Israel conflict and its history.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/20/202358 minutes
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Who Benefits from War and Crisis?

Comedian John Fugelsang wants to know who benefits from political crisis - are extremists of all stripes really kind of the same thing?Plus - War Correspondent Phil Ittner has details on the latest developments in the Ukraine war.Also, Thom reads from "Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover" by Ruth Marcus.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/19/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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How the Fossil Fuel Industry Pays for Lies to School Children

If it weren’t for the ability to bribe politicians and school board members, we’d have honest science textbooks in Red states; instead, their children are being criminally dumbed down & misinformed. It appears the deadly explosion at a Gaza hospital has been caused by a Palestinian terror group. The house speaker drama exposed. Did conservative hate radio fuel the attack on the American Palestinian boy? Wisconsin GOP holds hostage pay raises for university staff unless they end diversity programs...I guess the GOP is saying - if you not racist, I won’t pay you.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/18/202358 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why It's Impossible for Right-Wing Governments to Handle a Crisis

Why right wing crises face incompetence or cynical exploitation. Bush and “heck-of-a-job Brownie”; Netanyahu and Gaza; Trump and Covid, or his cynically tossing paper towels at hurricane victims. Also, the new Trump coup part 2 has begun..and it involves Jim Jordan, the Georgia legislature & Fox-so-called-News. Crazy Alert! The Daily Wire is making its own Snow White film to counter what they say is "woke" in the new Disney film. I'll let you know what the racist snowflakes have to say. Are we entering a geopolitical dark age? Geeky Science! We may be on the verge on a major breakthrough in treating cancer. Why it's time to ban right turns on red lights? Not all experiments work out well.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/17/202358 minutes, 24 seconds
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Will "Speaker" Gym Jordan Create an “Axis of Evil” with Trump & Putin-Aligned MAGA GOP?

How risky will it be for America and the world for Jim Jordan to become Speaker of the House? Fox News is lobbying to get Jim Jordan speaker on behalf of Donald Trump. Radio Host Dean Obeidallah weigh in on the Israeli Palestinian war and why Jordan should not be speaker.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/16/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Trump Family is Doubling Down on Nazi

What threat does ‘Day of Jihad’ pose to American cities? There’s a double standard for Democrats versus Republicans saying stupid things. When Democrats do it it fills the new cycle for a week, when Republicans do it, there is silence. Plus, Geeky Science! Climate change is transforming Antarctica & what it means to the world. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/15/202358 minutes, 3 seconds
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How Will America Weather the Historic Times We Face?

These are moments pregnant with possibility, but also saturated by danger - they require exceptional and farsighted leadership, statesmanship instead of politics & a commitment to the general welfare… DOJ is suing Ebay in a crackdown on "rolling coal" devices Voting rights had a bad day in the Supreme Court Another Crazy Alert!! Fox attacks climate change instead of Hamas - seriously - you can not make this up.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/14/202358 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is Russia's Battlefield Shifting from Ukraine to the US Political System?

And...Russia is close to having the upper hand because of Putin’s ability to get Republican politicians to mouth his talking points and propaganda... Hamas leader 'cheered for joy' from Qatar office after deadly attack on Israel. Trump and Tuberville continue their pattern of complimenting our adversaries - now their hearting Hezbollah. Crazy Albert! Seriously? Tommy Tuberville called cops over mean tweet. Phil Ittner - Ukraine Update. Is the massive prehistoric solar storm a warning for Earth?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/13/202358 minutes, 23 seconds
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Will Corporate Lies End Medicare?

Corporations are lying to you about Medicare. If you believe them, America could be on the hook for billion$. Alex Lawson of Social Security Works lays out the facts about Medicare. Also Geeky Science! Addiction to ultra-processed food affects 14% of people worldwide. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/12/202358 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why Trump and the GOP are Burning the Entire System Down

Why are mega candidates so friendly with Nazis? What are their areas of commonality? This is what happens when Maga supporters in Nazi garb hate on people having lunch at a diner. Republicans are "increasingly untethered from reality" - how much damage will it do to the world? Trump may succeeded at getting his espionage trial pushed back until after the election. George Santos is super busted on 23 count indictment - will that make the GOP love him more? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/11/202358 minutes, 33 seconds
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Did Hamas Somehow Get Inside Information About Israel’s Defenses from a Trump Leak?

I have a few questions in trying to make sense of Gaza... Also,how much harm is Tuberville doing to the world with his military blockade? Jim Jordan tried to help Trump with the Jan 6th attempted coup. As convicted Jan 6th insurrectionists sit in jail - are the republicans seriously considering putting Jim Jordan in as speaker? Plus - Who is the current speaker of the house? And what does that tell us about the GOP? Guest: Editor of The New Republic, Michael Tomasky "I Never Thought I’d Live to See Democracy Die. But Now I Wonder." See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/10/202357 minutes, 31 seconds
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Is the Israel Palestinian Invasion Like 9/11 or Like Northern Ireland?

Also is Trump responsible for the successes of the attacks on Israel? Thom's Op Ed: Something or Someone is Not Going to Save Us from Tyranny. The truth about Columbus day - why are some still celebrating this man?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/9/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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Will a Monopoly-Busting Amazon Lawsuit be Biden’s Boldest Move Against Tech So Far?

A long-awaited antitrust case against Amazon’s massive online retail operations is expected to be filed in federal court as soon as Tuesday, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The Federal Trade Commission has been preparing a complaint since at least the start of this year targeting an array of Amazon’s business practices. Also, is SCOTUS going after abortion pills? In a case that takes up the availability of widely used abortion pill mifepristone, justices could decide whether a single court can limit abortion access in states that protect it, as well as roll back Food and Drug Administration drug approvals.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/8/202356 minutes, 1 second
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Governing by Hate And Fear

Is Trump's style of anti-immigrant fake populism infectious?- is it spreading to the rest of the world? Or are we seeing the worldwide influence of Russian propaganda?Plus- Thom reads from "The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era" by Akhil Reed Amar.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/7/202357 minutes, 54 seconds
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'Dangerous Conspiracy' to End Democracy in 2025 Taking Root Among Right-Wing Billionaires

Trump discussed sensitive nuclear info with billionaire Mar-a-Lago member - what else did he divulge? Will Gym Jordan as speaker strengthen the authoritarian "Red Caesar" movement or damage them? The Medicare Advantage Ripoff that Every American Should Know About Breaking Good News Alert! The federal court adopts a new congressional map for Alabama. Breaking Bad News Alert! In Virginia voters mistakenly listed as felons purged from the rolls - where is the investigation into this? Crazy Alert! Now we know how conservatives think children should be raised to not be snowflakes - they need to be beaten with a belt?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/6/202358 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ukraine Update - Questions Arise Over U.S. Aid to Ukraine After McCarthy Ouster

Congressman Mark Pocan - National Progressive Townhall Meeting taking your calls. Veteran War Correspondent based in Kyiv, Phil Ittner gives a Ukraine Update - Questions arise over U.S. aid to Ukraine after McCarthy ouster. Trump went there & said migrants illegally crossing into the U.S. are "poisoning the blood of our country." Glen Youngkin is getting ready for this fall's election by illegally removing thousands of Virginia voters from the rolls.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/5/202358 minutes, 20 seconds
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Libertarianism is a Poison That’s Crept into America

Now that Robert Kennedy Jr. says, “I’ve always been aligned with libertarians on most issues” let’s look at how libertarianism would work out in America, and where it came from in the first place.Plus- why is the new Speaker Pro Tem starting out with a real dick move?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/4/202358 minutes
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The GOP’s "Red Caesar” New Political Order Plan Marches Forward

John Kelly ripped the Mango Mussolini and OBTW, a Trump supporter just displayed exactly how stochastic terrorism works. Trump's court screw-ups are "very ominous" for Trump - here's why. There are some crucial cases before SCOTUS this year. Young people are getting fed up about gerrymandering. Crazy Alert! A Ukrainian soldier called Russian tech support when his captured Russian tank wouldn't start - here's what happened...wow!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/3/202358 minutes, 26 seconds
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Where Are We Headed Now?

Is the conservative movement ascendant or falling apart? Is Trump heading towards re-election or federal prison? And why is Texas suing Yelp for being honest about "Pregnancy Crisis Centers"?Plus - Thom reads from Ezra Klein's book "Why We're Polarized".See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/2/202358 minutes
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Can America Restore Net Neutrality?

Biden's FCC is opening comments to stop ISPs from monitoring and controlling our internet usage. Common Cause' Ishan Mehta joins Thom with the details. How does corruption and a corporate-media bias twist the news and information Americans need to participate in Democracy? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/1/202357 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why is ADHD Being Overlooked and Misdiagnosed as Dementia in Older Adults?

An old friend and Harvard professor of psychiatry once told me that before he would write prescriptions for ADHD adults he required them to begin a regular exercise regimen. He noted that frequently, after really engaging in serious exercise for a few weeks, his patients would come back to him and say they no longer needed medication or only needed a very small dose compared to what they were expecting to need or had been using. Also is America waking up to the goodness of being "woke?" Good News Alert! Biden to create new office of gun violence prevention. What happens when home insurance is unavailable or too costly due to climate change? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/30/202358 minutes, 11 seconds
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Can Biden Take On Trump & the MAGA Movement’s Threat to America?

Can we rescue our nation from the treasonous Republicans, who are trying to shut down our government to help Putin while they continue to bow and scrape to The Rapist Who Would Be King?- Interview: Executive Director-Social Security Works Alex Lawson. Topic: Is the closed-door GOP commission a “Death Panel” for Social Security? Also Farewell to Diane Feinstein...may you rest in peace. The architect of the Texas abortion ban is trying to get his hands on thousands of patient records!Are on the verge of an imminent shutdown over "nothing?" Chief justice urged to make Alito and Thomas step aside in megadonor cases. Trump's NY fraud trial starts next week and it's not going to go well for him.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/29/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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As Republicans Begin Phony “Impeachment Hearings,” Democrats are Ignoring Real Crimes

Why are Democrats Fighting with One Hand Tied Behind Their Backs? Does this debate represent the death of the GOP?  Veteran War Correspondent Phil Ittner reports from Kyiv, Ukraine. Are Trump's loyalists just like Hitler's Nazis? A retired 4-star general thinks so.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/28/202358 minutes, 11 seconds
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Did a NY Judge Begin the Unraveling of the Trump "Fantasy" World?

Dean Obeidallah - It’s not just Trump, the GOP has long supported criminals. Geeky Science! From cage-free chicks to puppy mills - the GOP is trying to roll back animal protections and not only is it cruel -but- it would spread disease. Did NY judge begin the unraveling of the Trump "fantasy" world? Is the Republican debate a fake? Are they all just playing pretend?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/27/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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Preserve, Baby, Preserve!

The president is protecting Alaska wild lands from drilling- but will Republicans now have an excuse to pin gas prices on the president when Saudi and Russia pump up the market right before the election?Plus - Know anyone who wants to sign up for Biden's ClimateCore?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/26/202358 minutes
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Republican Attacks on Fact-Checkers are Now on Steroids

The Putin Caucus in the GOP, along with the fossil fuel billionaires, appear quite pleased that they’ve succeeded in intimidating fact-checkers just in time for the 2024 election. Calling for death is "stochastic terrorism" and what Trump does. Fascist Playlist Alert! Trump says he intends to thoroughly scrutinize & limit NBC News and other news agencies if he's re-elected president..Say what!? How the Menendez scandal reflects the wold SCOTUS built. Will the GOP own the shutdown? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/25/202358 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ghost Networks and Killer Plans

How are corporate health insurers finding ever new ways to delay and deny care and maximize their profits? Alex Lawson of Social Security Works takes a deep dive with Thom on the latest.Plus- here comes the GOP's Two Santa Claus scam again.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/24/202358 minutes
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Can We Stop China, Russia, Murdoch & the "Putin GOP" From Tearing Down our Democracy?

So now we’re all standing largely naked before the coming onslaught of disinformation that is sure to come along with the 2023 and 2024 elections: the lies will be coming fast and furious. Are Trump's GOP opponents in an "Arm's race to out-extreme & out-cruel each other? Shutdown Watch! McCarthy hands the gavel to Gaetz as Jeffries tells the GOP, "We're not paying the ransom note" Holy Moly! Clarence Thomas secretly participated in Koch network donor events. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/23/202357 minutes, 3 seconds
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Mark Pocan is Standing Up to Power

How can Democrats negotiate with Republicans that already broke their agreement over the last fake government shutdown crisis? Mark Pocan shares his ideas with Thom and Thom's listeners.Also, Thom reads from "Down Along With That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy" by Connor O'Neill.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/22/202358 minutes
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Inequality on the Ground

Thom does a deep dive with Nick Hanauer, co-author of the new book "Corporate BS: Exposing the Lies and Half Truths that Protect Wealth and Power in America". How can we inoculate the public to recognize rich people's bull---t when they see it?Plus - Thom reads from "The Privatization of Everything" by Donald Cohen. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/21/202358 minutes
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The Shutdown is the Two Santa Clauses Scam Rearing its Ugly Head Again

Hopefully this time Democratic politicians and our media will, finally, call the GOP out on Wanniski’s and Reagan’s Two Santa Clauses scam and put an end to it once and for all.Congressman Earl Blumenauer - Marijuana, pollinators, homelessness and housing. Also Mike Rothschild author of "Jewish Space Lasers" & how we got here...?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/20/202357 minutes, 10 seconds
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Can We Stop the GOP’s Big Pharma Rip-Off?

For today’s bought-off GOP (and a handful of bought-off “problem solver” Democrats), as long as Republicans on the Supreme Court keep the corrupt payola machine running, there simply is no bottom.More evidence of Trump's crimes and lack of Government know how.  Crazy Alert! GOP clutch's their pearls over Fetterman's shorts but stay mum on Boebert who just dumped her "groper" boyfriend for being a democrat. Will a "shutdown" work well for the GOP? There's been a stunning steep rise in criminalizing pregnant people. It now appears US Elections are at risk of political violence with the spread of guns and distrust. Geeky Science! New study shows "forever chemicals" are increasing cancer in women. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/19/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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The American Dream Demands Paid Sick Leave & Low-Cost Child Care

America gives a lot of lip service to the American Dream, but we haven’t led the world in meeting human needs since the Reagan Revolution. Also can the UAW transform America again? Crazy Alert! Christian Nationalist Boebart puts hypocrisy on display while her and her "friend" fondle each other in public in front of children...and oh by the way...was it tobacco or something else she was illegally vaping? Plus Trump revels in praise from Putin...still....and why wasn't Trump fact-checked on NBC?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/18/202357 minutes, 6 seconds
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Republicans Don't Want the Public to Know What They're Up To. So Corrupt!

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was blasted over the move to gut Arkansas' freedom of information law. The world's largest carbon capture facility is coming to Texas - will it work or is it just greenwashing? Also is planet earth outside the safe operating space for humanity? And National Progressive Townhall with Rep. Ro Khanna.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/17/202359 minutes, 1 second
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How Can America Get a Clean Bill of Health?

With new Covid strains circulating, why is the G.O.P. working against Biden's efforts to make prescription drugs affordable? And then-- is there a link between sugary beverages and depression?Plus Thom reads from 'Drugs, Money, and Secret Handshakes' by Robin Feldman.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/16/202356 minutes, 30 seconds
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How the DOJ Caved to Trump's Poisonous Political Violence

It echoes the terror campaigns run by followers of Mussolini and Hitler in the early days of their rising to power. Today marks the sixtieth anniversary of one of the more tragic moments of the civil rights movement — the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and the deaths of four little girls inside. Interview: The President of Muslims for Progressive Values, Ani Zonneveld explains the rise of the culture wars.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/15/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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Will January 6th be Buried Like the JFK Assassination?

Will January 6th be like the Kennedy assassination? Will we never know the whole story? Also Veteran War Correspondent Philip Ittner reports from Kyiv, Ukraine. Plus Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for an investigation into Musk and Starling as the Putin plan to win the war in Ukraine includes electing Trump.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/14/202358 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Swiftboaters are Back with the Biden Impeachment

House Republicans have revived the infamous Swiftboat lie strategy that helped defeat John Kerry in 2004. Slander campaigns like this must instead be hit head-on with outrage and ferocity. Also, America has faced $23 billion in extreme weather disasters so far in 2023. Investigative Journalist Greg Palast - How the Osage of OK were the richest people on the planet. Until they killed them. For the oil.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/13/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Can America Take On & Defeat the New "Economic Royalists"

Can we reverse Citizens United and other decisions that have handed America over to our oligarchs? Will it start with a solid progressive Democratic majority in Congress? Impeachment & 9/11 - Just how hypocritical is the GOP? Fascists VS Free - Comparing red states and blue states. Why MAGA cultists refuse to accept Trump's 91 felony charges.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/12/202358 minutes, 1 second
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Also Remembering the Other 9-11

Salvador Allende's legally elected government was overthrown in the nation of Chile by a US- sponsored coup on September 11th, 50 years ago. What are some of the true- and not so true- conspiracies perpetrated by the wealthy and powerful in America?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/11/202358 minutes
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The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy

Researcher and author Robert P. Jones joins Thom to talk about his new book "The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future" Plus - Thom reads from the book 'Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do' by Jennifer EberhardtSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/10/202358 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mark Pocan Answers Your Questions

Today, a national town hall meeting with Progressive Congressman Mark Pocan. Plus- Thom reads from "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan " by Matt Farwell and Michael Ames.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/9/202358 minutes
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Congress Needs to Act

SCOTUS has placed itself above Congress, the Constitution, and the Founders. The Court is corrupted by a handful of morbidly rich “friends” whose affiliated groups are constantly bringing cases or amicus briefs to the Court. Congress needs to exercise its regulatory duty over the court.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/8/202358 minutes
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Who is Keeping People Power Down?

Why do conservatives want to keep a large part of our population on the margins of society? And will they put the economy in the tank to make sure Democrats don't get elected?Plus - Why tax cuts only really help rich people. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/7/202358 minutes
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Is Wisconsin a Look Into the Future?

Republicans are managing to control Wisconsin even with a minority of the vote. Are their tactics a glimpse of future minority control of the United States?Plus - What to do about the gerontocracy?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/6/202358 minutes
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Building Fascism One Step at a Time

Trump is using mob tactics to defend against the prosecution of his crimes. If he is re-elected will he start imprisoning people? Also - are education intimidation laws the opening steps to establishing fascism?Plus - Thom reads from Justin Frank's "Trump On The Couch".See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/5/202358 minutes
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Going Beyond Nuclear

Radioactive waste specialist Kevin Kamps briefs Thom on the massive releases of tritium water from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant. Also in this episode- are increasing level of microplastics in our foods a danger to us?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/4/202358 minutes
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Anything Goes Holiday Weekend

Dr Marty Goldstein joins Thom with his tips for keeping your dog healthy.Also today: man traps, Russian troops on Viagra, fairness among animals, and Ted Kennedy's brick phone.Plus- Thom reads from his book "The Prophet's Way: A Guide to Living in the Now".See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/3/202357 minutes, 29 seconds
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Meet the MAGA Mass Voter Challenge Program

Undocumented's Brendan Fischer has the details on how Republicans are using "Eagle AI" to get rid of Democratic voters.Also- the No-Labels trap - is it non-partisan or in reality fighting for what billionaires want most?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/2/202358 minutes, 45 seconds
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Does DeSantis Want Criminal Cops To Get Away With Murder?

DeSantis is moving to help police get away with crimes in what could be his next step towards a fascist take over. Can he be stopped before he becomes the next GOP frontrunner? So much for the party of law and order & The NC Chapel Hill’s student newspaper front page today is shocking - I'll tell you why.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/1/202358 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Shocking GOP Plan to Dismantle the American Government Revealed

The merger of billionaire wealth with Republican governance — the public be damned — threaten the integrity and future of the American experiment. Hit by a hurricane and you need new appliances? DeSantis tells you to screw off - Just how tiny and hateful can he get? Crazy Alert! Jesse Waters hosts a a disgraced oil industry funded scientist for his attack & denial on climate change and green energy. Phil Ittner - Ukraine update, Putin nukes, drones & the ruble falling.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/31/202358 minutes, 15 seconds
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What Would a Government Shutdown Do to Distract From Prosecuting Trump?

How far will Republicans go to protect their felony-indicted leader? Will they seek to defund prosecutors or limit law enforcement investigating Donald's crimes? Plus, Idalia's dreaded rapid intensification is becoming the norm for gulf storms because they're getting rocket fuel from climate change.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/30/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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US Declassifies Documents Related to Chile Coup - Thank You Progressives!

Did Secretary of State Frank LaRose & the Ohio Ballot Board approved language crafted to deliberately confuse and scare voters?And speaking of abortion - so much for DeSantis‘s bizarre abortion story. Two documents were made public late last week following renewed calls for transparency by U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Greg Casar (D-Texas), and other progressive lawmakers who visited Chile earlier this month as part of a broader Latin America trip. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/29/202358 minutes, 31 seconds
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What's America To Do With the Chaos Agents?

Unless and until we understand the genesis of the chaos sweeping our nation, we’ll be helpless to stop it and its consequences… Jacksonville Shooting: Does DeSantis have blood on his hands? There is no such thing as a pro-life Republican. Is the conservative call to disqualify Trump a trap? Dean Obeidallah - I filed a complaint to disqualify Trump from the ballot and so should you!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/28/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Will the Maui Fires be a Wake-Up Call on Public Power?

Hawaii needs to move on this quick, before other for-profit utilities get into the act. The corporate raiders will soon be circling, even as Lahaina buries its dead. Is Geoengineering a quick climate change fix? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/27/202356 minutes, 51 seconds
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Can Governor Brian Kemp Stop the Trump Prosecution?

Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis’s RICO indictment of Donald Trump can still be stopped but the fighting factions of the right wing would have to work together. Thom Hartmann reveals this and other complications to the prosecution of Donald Trump. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/26/202357 minutes, 57 seconds
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This is Not Just About an Election

12 million Americans believe violence would be justified to return Trump to the White House. His authoritarian followers are itching for a war on democracy in America and all around the world. Will threatening prosecutors and judges with personal harm become the new normal?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/25/202357 minutes, 46 seconds
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Did the Debate Prove the G.O.P. is Trump's Zombie?

Is Trump to the GOP like a parasitic wasp to a caterpillar? They put an egg into a victim, and when the wasp larvae hatches it eats its host- leaving behind only a husk. Plus - Phill Ittner reports from Ukraine on the Wagner Group leader's untimely death.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/24/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Most Dangerous Cult in American History

Are the Trumpers contagious? Thom welcomes Dr Seth D. Norrholm, Ph.D. from Wayne State University to explore the dangers of extremism.Also - Why don't the uber-wealthy and famous- like Trump- get mug shots just like everyone else?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/23/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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How to Bring Trump Cultists Back From the Brink

Have you noticed the Trump cult is starting to look a lot like Scientology or Jim Jones……and is Trump joking about fleeing to Russia? How to bring Trump cultists back from the brink. DeSantis just screwed himself, trying to be too slick by half. Plus Nora Neus - 24 Hours in Charlottesville: An Oral History of the Stand Against White Supremacy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/22/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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Can America Move from a “Me Society” to a “We Society?”

If we want America to become the “we society” that represents the highest outcome of democratic governance, we must get a large enough progressive majority in Congress to actually pull it off. Also can you imagine how Republicans would respond if a Democrat had shot a store owner for having a Trump flag out front? It would be the top story on every right wing website for two solid week... Corporate Democrats are almost as corrupt and hypocritical as Republicans - Golden Blasted for 'Tantrum' Attacking Student Borrowers After Taking Sallie Mae Donation. Oh the hypocrisy, Texas Republicans: Do you believe a fetus is a person or not? Turns out Trump judge, James Ho, in the Mifepristone case is corrupt too. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/21/202355 minutes, 40 seconds
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Are Jack Smith and Tanya Chutkan Heroes?

The former president’s only hope is claiming the legal system has been politicized. Are liberals helping him? Plus - meet the 18 people indicted along with Trump in Georgia- will they flip?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/20/202359 minutes, 10 seconds
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Did Barbie Smash the Patriarchy?

The Barbie movie may have changed politics forever. Yes, REALLY! The film’s story about patriarchy is already inspiring generations of women to take on people like Trump, the GOP and anyone else who wants to take away women’s rights. Also new tapes showing the fake electors plot goes all the way back to before the election was even called! Congressman Ro Khanna answers listener questions for a national progressive town hall meeting.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/19/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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America Has a Billionaire Problem

Isolation, poverty, and anxiety are crushing the lives of so many of our neighbors. So why have America's propaganda-funding billionaires decided that our most crucial problems are teaching black history and trans kids wanting to be recognized for who they are? The answer is thousands of years old.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/18/202358 minutes
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Drone Warfare in Ukraine

War Correspondent Phil Ittner checks in with Thom from Ukraine. Is Ukraine making any headway in their initiative? Also-- Thom reads from the book 'The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden' by Peter Bergen.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/17/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Digesting the Indictment

Thom welcomes activist journalist and filmmaker Greg Palast- How strong is the Fani Willis' RICO indictment?Plus - Congressman and Progressive leader Mark Pocan takes listener calls from across the country.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/16/202358 minutes
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Basic Income Project Shows Signs of Success

A Georgia pilot is giving 650 women in poverty $850 a month for two years- no strings attached– and it seems to be working! Plus - fascism hits a small town newspaper. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/15/202358 minutes
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Hunter/Jared: A Russian/Saudi Operation?

There is an all-out assault on democracy being fought in America by multiple dictatorial regimes that have an interest both financial & political in our country. Plus - Will Jamie Raskin finally report on the millions Trump and the fam pocketed when he was president?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/14/202358 minutes
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Jesus and His Woke Talking Points

Are the teachings of Jesus himself subversive to the conservative movement? Also, Thom checks in with war correspondent Phil Ittner in Ukraine, and Covid expert Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/13/202357 minutes, 56 seconds
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Right Wing Media Puts the "Con" in "Conservative"

Congressman Matt Gates is hosting shows on Newsmax -is that ethical? Is media corruption part of the oligarchic tail that wags the tail of Democracy?Plus - Thom reads from "The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump" by Michiko Kakutani.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/12/202359 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is Trump Following a Path Blazed by Terrorist Leaders?

No former president in American history has encouraged so much violence or tried to inspire stochastic terrorism. Outside of the Confederacy, no politician has worked so hard to tear America apart. A European lawmaker is calling Trump "a serious threat to democracy in the world". Also, the Ex-Trumpster speaking out about the plot to have the military turn their guns on civilians to facilitate a losing candidate...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/11/202358 minutes
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Secret Tech Deal Will Cost You

Giant tech firms are meeting secretly to deregulate Artificial Intelligence technologies in the most undemocratic ways possible. Can profit really take over and corrupt progress? Thom is joined by Lori Wallach, Director-Rethink Trade program at American Economic Liberties Project.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/10/202358 minutes, 21 seconds
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How Can We Ban Trump and his Cultists from Public Office?

Trump cultists are already calling for death to people who oppose his efforts to capture the White House in 2024... And why is DeSantis approving classroom videos comparing climate activists to Nazis?Plus - Thom reads from 'Sideswiped: Lessons Learned from the Hitmen of Capitol Hill' by Bob Ney.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/9/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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How Long Will Politicians Be Able to Ignore the Planet Becoming Unlivable?

This truly is a climate emergency, and every day that goes by without significant action further endangers the future of almost all life on Earth, including us. Trump gets rally crowds to boo electric vehicles and blast high gas prices... as the world is heating up. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/8/202358 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to De-Program Fox-Watchers on the Trump Indictment

The simple reality, dear Trump-lover, is that you’ve been suckered and now might be a good time to change the channel. Will Judge Chutkan call Trump's bluff? 400,000 Americans are sitting in jail awaiting trial because they violated the terms of their release - Trump should join the ranks. Gag order? Guest: Dean Obeidallah - Trump committed treason and a threat to America.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/7/202358 minutes, 33 seconds
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Fighting for Progress with Primila Jayapal

Primila Jayapal and the Progressive Caucus are still on the ground pushing for the needs of the common person- raising the minimum wage, protecting Social Security, immigration reform, and slowing climate change. Can we save the faith of the people in our government?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/6/202358 minutes
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Why We Need to Get the Private Insurers Out of Medicare - More Proof!

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) urged United Healthcare to halt its plans to implement prior authorization for procedures. Also why is Florida is banning advanced placement psychology? FATCAT Alert! The morbidly rich pay less tax on jet fuel than you and me when we fly; why is that??? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/5/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Republicans Continue Their Shocking "Class Warfare" Against Workers

Very simply, a corporation is organized money and the only way to balance that power is through organized labor. Unions are literally democracy in the workplace. Who should play Jack Smith when the movie is made? Someone who could stare you down like Anthony Hopkins? Clint Eastwood only 20 years younger? Keanu Reeves? Guest: Phil Ittner, Veteran War Correspondent based in Kyiv, Ukraine, Should Ukraine be held to Nato standards? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/4/202358 minutes, 31 seconds
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History Must Record Trump's Plan for a Nationwide "Kent State" Massacre

The bottom line here is that Trump and his co-conspirators — a group that clearly extends far beyond the six named in Jack Smith’s indictment — were not only willing but planning to recreate Reagan’s and Nixon’s Kent State slaughter, should anybody protest their takeover of the nation. If nothing else, that is something we all must remember, and history must record.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/3/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Indictment of Donald Trump Broken Down

Thom Hartmann analyses the historic third indictment of disgraced former POTUS, Donald Trump who is charged with attempting to overturn the election and grasp authoritarian power for himself. Congressman Mark Pocan joins the show for a National Progressive Town Hall meeting. Callers weigh in. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/2/202358 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why American Fascists Label All Who Oppose Them as Communists

Is it to distract us from the actual Republican agenda, which bears a much closer resemblance to fascist states like Russia and Hungary than communism in Cuba? What do Trump, Putin, Orban and all other authoritarians understand about your brain? Are teenage boys trending conservative? Crazy Alert! Whoa! Hannity flat-out asks Comer "Will you be able to prove Biden took bribe" Comer said, "I sure hope so."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/1/202358 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is Barbieland Sam Alito’s Nightmare?

When Barbie has more integrity than six Republican members of the US Supreme Court, you know American democracy is in a crisis. It’s time for Congress and the Department of Justice to do their jobs and force the “corrupt six” Supreme Court justices to follow the law. It looks like the clan has been writing Florida’s curriculum. Cultist Trump new threats over impeaching Biden. Russia's new dystopian crackdown coming. Geeky Science! Why eating chocolate will cut death by 10%See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/31/202358 minutes, 9 seconds
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Black People LOVED Slavery New GOP Education Declares! WTF

War is peace, ignorance is strength and slavery was good for Black people according to Florida’s Education system. America has never told the true horror of the “peculiar institution” that built its cities and allowed America to industrialize. Florida wants to make sure the TRUE history is NEVER told. Also, Unions are winning! Plus, giant health insurer Cigna turns down hundreds of thousands of claims, spending less than two seconds evaluating each.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/30/202353 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Huge Majority of the GOP Backs Abortion Rights in Ohio

Abortion rights advocates submitted more than 710,000 signatures earlier this month to place their measure on the November ballot, well above the 413,000 required by law. Also what crimes WON’T Greg Abbot commit to get elected? Is Greg Abbott torturing women & children just so racists will vote for him? What if Governor Greg "Abbort" actually enjoys the cruelty he inflicts? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/29/202358 minutes, 38 seconds
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Is Tuberville’s Senate Hold on Military Promotions So Trump Can Fill Them in 2025?

It looks like the billionaires who control the MAGA movement have learned from January 6th and won’t make the mistake of having an independent military, FBI, press, or Department of Justice again. More lies and fraud in the Supreme Court Gutfeld: Disgusted Fox staff, "at any other place, his career would be over" Is Gen Z about to take the 2024 electoral baton? And - what that means. Do dems have a plan for re-taking the south? Florida doctors can now refuse to provide services to gay people. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/28/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Trump’s New Big Lie-Filled Fascist Ad is Damaging Our Democracy

It follows a fairly ancient pattern of destructive Big Lies that goes back to Renaissance Italy and even the Roman republic and ancient Greece... Is Mitt Romney the last decent man who's a Republican? Veteran War Correspondent Phil Ittner reports from Kyiv, Ukraine. Texas A&M professor is suspended for criticizing the Governor - say what?  We were warned - the ocean currents are changing! Plus - just how hot is the water in FL? This is not good news. Vice President of Media Matters Julie Millican reflects on Fox news as an un-indicted co-conspirator in Trump's crimes.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/27/202358 minutes, 5 seconds
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Will America Face “Narcissistic Collapse” as Trump Descends into Legal Hell?

He’s already using the language of narcissistic collapse, priming his cult followers to experience rage and act out revenge fantasies on his behalf in a clear call to stochastic terrorism...Is the US government hiding alien spacecraft? Or not?  Is it a sign of how lost the GOP is that they are floating impeaching Biden? Rudy Giuliani has conceded he participated in the "big lie" Steve Bannon is a criminal who hangs out with criminals: why does he still have a popular podcast? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/26/202358 minutes, 17 seconds
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Death Penalty for Birth Control?

A deadly serious group of powerful men are fighting to make birth control a death penalty offense. Women are already in jail right now for breaking draconian fetal personhood laws, will we see the GOP execute a woman because she refused to give birth? Plus, health insurance companies are ripping off Medicaid now, as well as Medicare advantage, The science of how highly dominant men get endorsed as leaders in times of conflict & crisis, and DeSantis has a new video that is very, very weird and ends with storm troopers heading toward spinning swastikas. Geeky Science: "Wild blueberries may improve vascular function and cognitive performance in healthy older adults, study finds" by PsyPost. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/25/202358 minutes, 33 seconds
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Plant A Trillion Trees Today

Does the G.O.P. really think we can plant our way out of climate change, or is this another craven propaganda move to keep the fossil fuel money rolling in?Plus- Thom reads from "Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse" by Roger Hallam See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/24/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Are GOP Governors Killing Their Citizens to Protect Billionaires?

Rightwing billionaires (who pay an average income tax of 3.4 percent) think the world is made up of “makers” and “takers." They see us voters as an impediment to their oligarchic plans, so every Red state in the country is working today to make it harder to vote and, since five Republicans on the Supreme Court legalized it in 2018, they’re also working to throw people in largely Democratic precincts off the voter rolls in massive purges.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/23/202358 minutes, 19 seconds
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Are “Election Police” & Black People in Shackles Coming to All Red States Everywhere?

Without free and fair elections and widespread voter participation, you can’t have a functioning democratic republic. Republicans know this: that’s why they’re trying to end free and fair elections. Also a black man was elected mayor in rural Alabama, but the white town leaders REFUSE to let him serve…WTF?? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/22/202357 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Insanity of Republican Economics

Will Marjorie Taylor Greene's dick picks be enough to distract from Republican attempts to gut social security and further privatize Medicare? Will Marjorie be prosecuted under D.C.'s revenge porn laws? Also- did Russian hackers steal Hunter Biden's data in the first place?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/21/202358 minutes
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Exposing Billionaires’ Plans To Destroy America

Most Americans just learned, from reporting this week in The New York Times, that Trump, billionaire-funded rightwing think tanks, and some of the leaders of the GOP have a plan to flip America from a democratic republic into an authoritarian strongman-type of government should he or another like-minded MAGA Republican win the White House in 2024.Plus report from Ukraine with Veteran War Correspondent, Phil Ittner on the recent grain crisis and naval standoff. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/20/202358 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Livable World Should be a Human Right

Is it time to set in stone environmental protection as a legal right? Also, Mary Grant with Food and Water Watch joins to Thom to alert us to Republican efforts to refund affordable drinking water across the nation.Plus - Thom reads from 'Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival From Our Ancestors'See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/19/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Why Won't the Media Cover Biden's Wins?

The economy is nearly the best its ever been- so why is the media dominated by recession scare stories? How could Democrats be getting out their message better? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/18/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Can America be Both Democratic & Fully Integrated?

The GOP is exploiting the structures in our brains that are rooted deep in our DNA, the wiring that says, “I must protect 'us' from 'them,'” the wiring that kept humans tribal for 300 millennia. So how can Progressives bring America together instead?Plus - Thom reads from "Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World" by Michael Lerner See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/17/202358 minutes
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Checking in with Phil Ittner

The veteran war correspondent is on the ground in the Ukraine. Can Russia ever win the war there?- If not, is there an end-game possible that satisfies all sides? Plus- Thom reads from "Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution" by Mike Duncan See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/16/20231 hour, 1 minute, 17 seconds
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Could Kamala Harris’ Invisibility Become a Crisis?

Establishing a political and personal identity in the public’s mind early on is crucial to effective campaigning and to developing a campaign that can withstand both personal and political attacks. Plus- Thom reads from "Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence" by Anita Hill.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/15/202358 minutes, 48 seconds
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Did Trump Let Americans Die for Politics?

When Trump decided Covid would mainly impact Democrats, did he direct the federal government to stop trying to save lives and start promoting policies that would eventually kill – unnecessarily – a half-million Americans?Plus - Thom reads from 'Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America's Response to the Pandemic' by Nina Burleigh.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/14/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Yes, They Are Coming For Your Birth Control

With dubious legal doctrines and without standing, the Supreme Court is behaving more like a legislature than a court. Why are our Justices comforting the comfortable while pushing transformative conservative cultural shifts on an unwilling population?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/13/202358 minutes
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How Trump's Plan for the Military Could Topple America

Trump may or may not be the GOP’s nominee this time next year, but, whoever it is, now is the time to harden our democracy against a neofascist MAGA Republican rising to that office. Also, The GOP's "extremist power grab" in the new "big lie bill" is exposed. Govt shutdown coming? Can the GOP wound the Biden economy this way? Is the new GOP attack on Jack Smith to defund him? Do they have that power? And have you seen Trump's agenda if he's reelected? It's a doozy! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/12/202358 minutes, 36 seconds
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Are the Redcoats Back in Control?

Tragically, for the third time in our nation’s history, patriots who believe in the ideals of July 4, 1776 have to defend America against those who don’t. Also investigative journalist Greg Palast reveals how a billionaire took lavish vacations with this particular member of the Supreme Court. Can you guess how they sided when his case ended up before SCOTUS?  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/11/202358 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Climate Change Accelerates the Danger of Worldwide Fascism

In addition to stepping up to mitigate climate change & green the world’s economy, the free nations must harden our democracies against reactive rightwing violence & hate-based political movements. Also unveiling more of the entrenched corruption of Clarence Thomas - It gets worse. The Supreme Court Just Legalized Stalking. Will Malaria be the new GOP disease? Also new evidence that aliens spacecraft have crashed on Earth. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/10/202357 minutes
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Why Dismantle the Middle Class?

Republicans think the middle class can't be trusted to run the country. How have Reagan and his followers succeeded in massively transferring wealth upward to the very rich?- and what have been the long term political consequences?Plus - Thom reads from 'One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America' by Kevin M. Kruse.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/9/202359 minutes, 1 second
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Is Student Debt a Crime Against America's Future?

The burden of student debt has become an increasingly pressing issue prompting a debate on its long-term implications for America's future. Critics argue that this mounting debt is tantamount to a crime against younger generations by hindering their ability to thrive & contribute to society.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/8/202356 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is There a Plan to Rig the 2024 Election?

Is the foundation being laid in the courts- from crackpot federal judges to the billionaire's Supreme Court- on which to base Trump's takeover of Democracy? Plus - Phil Ittner is on the ground with the battle against autocracy in Ukraine.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
7/7/202358 minutes