The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Christopher Glazek (@SeeGlazek) joins us to talk about his article in Esquire, 'THE SECRETIVE FAMILY MAKING BILLIONS FROM THE OPIOID CRISIS.'

For members, segments from Air America archives episode 8-17-04, Bernie Sanders talks with Sam and Jeanine about GOP tax cruelty followed by Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping.

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On today's show, Sam addresses an investigation into Matt Taibbi that seems to totally exonerate him of Sexual harrassment charges, the crew discusses Charlie Rose's grossness, John Conyers pays off his harassment victims with taxpayer dollars, the gang mocks and sounds alarm bells over census bureau nominee Thomas Brunell and his awful book, the FCC is going to hell and taking net neutrality with it, and the Republicans threaten the role of blue slips in blocking judicial nominees.

On the fun half: More discussion of sexual harassment, a caller wonders if the Democrats will learn all the wrong lessons from Ralph Northam's victory, Alex Jones is breeding an army of conspiracy theorist super soldiers, a homophobic group invites a rainbow flag dancer to perform, congressman Greg Gianforte assaults a reporter and lies to the cops about it, Stephen Moore defends Roy Moore, and the Simpsons predicted Dennis Miller's descent into madness. Also: Trump wants to end a work program for Haitians devastated by the 2010 earthquake, Ray from Westchester defends his county's liberal-ness, the government is taking people's driver's licenses away for unpaid student loans, an IMer writes a Yelp review of Matt, and another IMer explains why anarcho-communism is the only solution to the violent contradictions of late capitalism.

 

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On today's show, labor historian Jefferson Cowie joins us to talk about his book "The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics." While the New Deal is often held up as the model for progressives to shoot for, it came out of an exceptional period from the 1930s to the 1970s when politics were focused on collective, economic well being. It was also the result of a compromise that excluded African Americans from most of its benefits. In this interview, Cowie describes the 20th century trajectory from collectivism to individualism and posits new tactics for the future.

On the fun half: Jon from San Antonio discusses the effect the Republican tax plan will have on rents, Senator Lamar Alexander defends trickle down economics against all evidence, Ronald Raygun conveys critiques received via Twitter, homophobic lawmaker Wes Goodman is a huge hypocrite, Bill Kristol pretends to be offended by Trump's racism, people celebrate Mugabe's ousting, and the crew ponders whether or not we're headed for revolution. Also: the crew discusses Al Franken and rape culture, and a caller tells us about the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

 

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Good morning everyone, on today’s show Digby (@digby56) joins us to discuss the Republicans' tax plan, which would actually raise taxes on families making less than $75,000/year and give those ill-gotten gains directly to Ivanka Trump. Then, comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to let it all out regarding the Al Franken story, Trump's absurdly hypocritical tweet, Christian hypocrisy on Roy Moore, sexism in the comedy world, and more. Also: Disgraced former DHS official Jamie Johnson's not-at-all novel take on why the blacks hate the Jews, and Jim Bakker tries in vain to stop the war on Christmas, which we have basically won already.

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On today's show, the one and only Janeane Garofalo joins us to talk about how to deal with your conservative family at Thanksgiving...or not! Plus: Al Franken's sexual harassment allegation, that story about the "fuck Trump" bumper sticker, Trump's dry mouth, Sean Hannity's attempts to save face over his treatment of Roy Moore, Janeane and Michael argue about Ayn Rand, and Janeane and Jamie argue about the media's coverage of sexual misconduct. Oy!

On the "fun" half: Senator Chris Murphy discusses the crisis in Yemen, more on how to spend Thanksgiving with assholes, Janeane critiques Sam's sartorial choices, some callers get froggy, and a brief nod to the idea of changing hearts and minds.

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Good morning. On today's show, author Maryn McKenna joins us to discuss how the humble chicken went from a household egg producer/occasional meal to a grotesque, antibiotic-laden frankenfood foisted on the U.S. population. To wit: In 1977, the government issued dietary guidelines telling people to eat less saturated fat, which led to a bump in demand. After WW2, a scientist from Lederle Laboratories had the bright idea to sell an excess supply of antibiotics to the meat industry to make chickens grow faster. They even dipped the meat in antibiotics before packaging it for sale. This gave rise to strains of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Whoops! Thankfully, there are now some regulations around antibiotic use in animal agriculture and a growing movement against things of that nature, but factory farmed meat is still problematic in all sorts of ways and will probably kill you. Why, it's almost like treating food and medicine as commodities for exchange, rather than goods produced to fulfill basic human needs, can lead to widespread problems!

On the fun half: Callers discuss Our Revolution/DSA/Berniecrat wins around the country, Republicans send out hilarious robocalls impersonating Jewish journalists seeking dirt on Roy Moore, Sean Hannity bends over backwards to save face w/r/t that perv, ABC chases Rep. Mo Brooks down infinite stairs, Tammy in Texas explains how to run for state office, Mariana from Twin Cities provides additional background on the meat industry, Roy Moore's attorney says some racist shit to MSNBC's Ali Velshi, Alex Jones rails against PC culture, and Jamie and Mindy discuss what's wrong with the ruling class. (Check out Jamie's op-ed on the trouble with framing the 1% in an individualistic, moralizing way here.)

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Branko Marcetic from Jacobin magazine joins us to discuss his article on the Ricketts family, the billionaires that has worked tirelessly to crush unions across their investment portfolio.

And on the fun half - A new accuser goes on record with troubling detail and evidence of Roy Moore's sexual alleged sexual predation. Don Jr. and Wikileaks slid into each other's DMs. And Your calls and IMs!

 

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Donald Trump looks awkward at a summit photo for a meeting of ASEAN. The Saudis on the verge of creating the largest famine in the world in Yemen. The Republican tax plan is massive class warfare agains toms too America. Why giving rich people money does not help the economy. Ivanka Trump tries to talk about taxes. Sean Hannity gets particular about sex with teenagers.

On The Fun Half: how the Republican tax plan will devastate those with health problems. Steve Bannon says that Roy Moore is facing the politics of personal destruction. Trump has appointed more Judges than any President since Nixon. DSA Pittsburgh offers broken brake lights in Pittsburgh. Time for a Sam Harris style "thought experiment" and your calls and IMs.

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Republicans have nothing to say about Roy Moore probably being a pedophile.

Cliff Schecter explains the importance of Tuesdays wins for Democrats and holding back Republicans. The most satisfying wins from Tuesday. The blue wall in the West. Why Democrats need to run in every district. Republicans are still going to support Roy Moore despite pedophilia allegations. Sean Hannity apologizes for "not being totally clear" in defending Roy Moore's misconduct. Moore's predatory behavior pattern and will Republicans pass a massive regressive tax giveaway to the wealthy?

Andy Kindler joins us to talk about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Louie CK. Power and sexual kinks. Dennis Miller and Bill O'Reilly whine about late night and Dennis Miller is more depressed as ever.

Republican Congressman calls for Mueller firing.

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Journalist David Dayen explained the roots of regulation of mass travel in the United States going back to the railroad industry. Why cities need airports and how the airlines used to be regulated. Why did Democrats in the 1970s deregulate the industry? The civil Aeronautics Board and why it worked well. The miscalculation that Ralph Nader and other liberals made in the 1970s. the 1970s focus on "regulatory capture" and how it led to corporate friendly policy. How to think about anti trust. Whats happening with the AT&T deal. The Trump Justice department is right on the merger and Trump is blowing it and the Wilbur Ross and the Paradise Paper revelations.

New allegations of Alabama Republican Roy Moore accused of being a child sexual predator.

On The Fun Half: Carter Page calls in. Who is worse Bush or Trump? Plutocrat Democratic donor whines about Democrats talk about class and threatens to cut funding. Sheldon Whitehouse humiliates a Trump nominee. Steve Bannon, rambles on and on and wants Mitch McConnell to resign and your calls and IMs.

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