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The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss Elliot Abrams' war crimes. Also: Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) returns to discuss her new book 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.'

On today's show: Alex Jones declares war on Joe Rogan. Ilhan Omar bravely questions Elliot Abrams on war crimes, lies about war crimes.

The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss the career of Elliot Abrams, Trump's pick for special envoy to Venezuela. From Guatemala to Nicaragua to El Salvador, Abrams has a long history of supporting atrocities and genocide when it has furthered US interests to do so. He was also convicted of lying to Congress about the US role in the Iran-Contra affair. Alterman goes over this man's crimes and explains why his career has proven so durable. Spoiler alert: It's a club, and he's in it.

Trump talks about declaring a national emergency, references the Muslim ban. Would the Supreme Court dare to set such a precedent?

Actress and author Isabel Gillies (@IsabelGillies) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.' Channeling the Danish idea of "hygge," Gillies seeks to help people with the task of "learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it into the world, no matter your environment."

Trump installs indoor golf simulator in White House. Mike Pence says (in 2014) that the President should not handle immigration by executive order. Nancy Pelosi explains how the Dems will provide legal challenges to Trump's national emergency. Amazon pulls out of NYC, local communities celebrate! Fox and Friends express sour grapes, say "AOC won." Brian Kilmeade says Amazon is like a top draft pick or a free agent: "You gotta over pay." Cuomo blames "local socialists" for killing the deal; Jamie says thanks for the free PR. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day! On today's Majority Report, Michael Brooks is joined by Professor of Middle East History Djene Bajalan to discuss what's happening at the US-led Middle East (minus Iran) "peace and security" conference in Warsaw. Michael and Djene begin with an autopsy on the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions  pushed by the American NatSec community and its allies like BB Netanyahu and how they're spinning the same tale today in the context of Iran. Michael explains how the campaigns from 16 years ago differ now with our policies towards Iran while Bajelan says people are right to be extremely concerned with Netanyahu's comments in Warsaw yesterday. This latest escalation shows what the gulf alliances are looking to do in the face of an already a fraught moment between Israel and Iran. Even if there isn't an all out war, gearing up for conflict and suffocating the Iranian regime will only further destabilize the Middle East and will hurt the millions of civilians living in the region. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation with an update on Kurdistan and the threat that Turkey poses once US forces withdraw from the region.

In the Fun Half: allowing 2020 candidates to evolve their policy platforms without condemnation, an update on the Spanish snap election, Bakari Sellers poo-poo's the Amazon's NYC withdrawal, all of Elliot Abrams war crimes and the NatSec careerists that insulate him, an update on Lula's incarceration and the state of Brazilian politics, how to deal with third-way friends and contemporaries, Duncan Hunter wishes combat had no rules of engagement,  a caller proposes a 2-state solution for Israel, Jonathan Chait's college peer reminds us the New York Magazine writer is always wrong, an update on the Sudanese protests, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 2-14-19-Djene_Bajalan-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us.

On today's show: Sam on Olbermann throws to Sam the Weatherman.

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us. We are facing a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. Record high temperatures, insect die-offs, and increasingly volatile weather patterns paint a grim picture. A recent NASA report blamed the oil and gas industry for the majority of methane emissions. Mann outlines the scope of the problem, then posits some solutions, including a carbon tax, tax incentives for clean energy, and a Green New Deal.

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On the fun half: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway tries to dredge up Sam's old tweet. Fox News tells Americans to stop complaining about their shrunken tax refunds. Stephanie Ruhle says we should hate the game, not the billionaire players; Anand Ghirardardas clarifies it's the system that's immoral. John Barrasso says Green New Deal will abolish ice cream, cheese burgers. Kevin McCarthy and GOP celebrate in Rose Garden after House Obamacare repeal. What have the members of the MR crew done for economic democracy? A short debate with a libertarian. Plus, your calls!

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Direct download: 2-13-19-Michael_Mann-pub.mp3
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Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition.

On today's show: Lou Dobbs advises Candace Owens against invoking Hitler: Anyone who does, "loses."

Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. The idea of "free market competition" is heavily associated with American capitalism. And yet, everywhere you turn, our lives are dominated by monopolies and duopolies, especially in the tech sector. In this book, Tepper argues for a return of vigorous anti-trust policies to restore competition to the marketplace and fight inequality. The crew weighs in with their takes at the end.

On the fun half: Thomas Friedman uses AIPAC to describe the problems with Citizens United/campaign finance in 2013. Rep. Max Rose calls out Republican double standard: "Can't be chicken sh*t" with anti-Semitism. Kevin McCarthy tweets about Soros buying elections days after Tree of Life synagogue shooting. WV Rep goes full Bolsonaro, implies he would drown his kids if he found out they were gay. Joy Behar shuts down Meghan McCain: "If you're going to have a hissy fit, we can't continue." Surrogates defend Amy Klobuchar for being horrible to staff. A spirited discussion of the solutions set forth by Tepper. MAGA chuds form human border wall. Trump at rally: "We won't abolish ICE." Man flashes white power sign at Trump rally. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 2-12-19-Jonathan_Tepper-pub.mp3
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Good morning, on today's show, Michael Joseph Roberto, author of The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940. Roberto traces his definition of fascism to the American financial system in 1920s. Life in America in the 1920s was the epicenter of capitalism, this is period of great prosperity for Americans. The financial system during this period consolidated and became the most essential actor in the American economy, something most every American depended on. While most American understand fascism as a bottom-up and petite bourgeois movement like what transpired in Italy and Germany, Roberto argues that American fascism is a top-down, namely protecting the interest of Big Business. This American fascism involved the extreme concentration of money and power in corporate monopolies, bent government policy to serve the nation’s wealthiest citizens, contributed to the suffering of the Great Depression, and also included fascism’s characteristic efforts to control public perception.

And in the Fun Half: how to risk the imagination of new kind of possibility, Kamala Harris smoking mids, Mick Mulvaney says we cannot rule out a second shut down at the end of the week, the "unwilling to work" part of AOC's Green New Deal, Northam calls slavery "indentured servants," according to Joe Crowley AOC is who she is because of him, Elizabeth Warren officially announces her presidential campaign, Jamie Raskin asks Matt Whitaker if Sheldon Adelson is behind his former non-profit the  Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, Rep. Veronica Escobar explains why the "Remain in Mexico" is such a awful policy for any asylum seeker, Charlie Kirk has a boomer problem, the wall is now ICE detention bed, plus your calls and IMs!

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Digby (@digby56), Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump's big SOTU conclusion: "Abortion security." Maria Bartiromo says wealth taxes are a waste because rich people will hide their income.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the news: Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker faces tough questions as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. And what's up with all that money that got paid to Melania's consultant friend? Also: Was the Enquirer's interest in Jeff Bezos' dick pic evidence of international corruption, or just good gossip?

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins us to discuss her campaign for New York City public advocate, how "affordable housing" programs are actually gentrification programs, and the importance of rejecting corporate money.

'Film Guy' Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to discuss his itinerant lifestyle and recommend movies, including: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor,' 'Sicario 2,' and 'Come and See,' a 1985 Soviet war tragedy directed by Elem Klimov.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz talks about the dropping cost of tuition at Purdue University: "You gotta clap for that." Gavin McInnes shows up to SPLC dressed like a plantation owner, tells the story of the not-racist South. Candace Owens talks about how nationalism is good, where Hitler went wrong was becoming a globalist. Sean Spicer drunk after SOTU. Brandon Straka will run against AOC in her district. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says you can't complain about family separation unless you adopt a bunch of kids like he did. AOC explains House reps can own stock in the companies they regulate. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Kate Aronoff of the Intercept and the Jacobin joins Michael Brooks this Thursday to discuss the prospects and the "Five Freedoms" of a Green New Deal. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes the media rounds to rally support for her and Ed Markey's Green New Deal, Aronoff joins MR to explains what we can hope to achieve legislatively and how quickly we can decarbonize the economy this century. Aronoff breaks down the power relationships of climate catastrophe and how approximately 100 companies account for 71% of all carbon emissions since 1988. The five freedoms laid out in Aronoff's piece critique our current lifestyle politics. While it's important to make environmentally conscious choices, the choices of a low-income consumer in the middle of the country is not nearly as destructive as Betsy DeVos owning several houses, yachts, and flying on private jets. More broadly speaking, Aronoff believes we need to rethink our understanding a productive lifestyle. Under a Green New Deal we need to abolish work that is worse than toil; work that is both unfulfilling and destructive to the environment must be effectively eliminated from society. While policymakers are proposing legislation to remake our energy economy, Aronoff says elected officials should not overlook the importance of climate justice, too. Over the past 40 years, energy executives have hidden climate research showing the damage of carbon emission and have promoted disinformation in its place. Moving forward it's important that we hold these industry leaders accountable for their actions in the court of law.

And in the Fun Half: When Bernie endorsed Jessie Jackson's 88 campaign, Nomiki Konst wants to audit and municipalize the MTA, judging our healthcare future on researched metadata, Michael explains the Latin American geopolitical dynamic of the late-20th century and Lula's second conviction, Mike Pompeo says there are active Hezbollah cells in Venezuela, AOC's vision for America with a Green New Deal, Howard Schultz is the billionaire Chauncey Gardner, one listener's story of breaking away from the IDW, Abdul Sayed explains M4A contrasted with CAP Medicare Extra, debating the effectiveness of BDS, improving Ro Khanna's foreign policy chops, plus your calls and IMs!

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Today, Sam is joined by Brown University professor Corey Brettschneider to discuss his new book, The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents in which Brettschneider lays out the constitutional limits at any point in time on the chief executive office. People often overlook the first thing the President does in the office, which is read an oath. This oath is prescribed from the second article of the constitution laying out the requirements of protecting the constitution. Brettschneider believes the Trump and the Supreme Court have failed to uphold the articles of the constitution, namely the travel ban Trump enacted his first weeks in government. Brettschneider explains the different interpretations of the constitution and schools of thoughts that exist on our current Supreme Court like Originalism and Textualism. With that said, Brettschneider really doesn't think Trump is serving with any functional understanding of the constitution--he's simply appointing Federalist Society and Judicial Watch originalist judges to the nation's highest courts. But what's worse? Having a president who can manipulate the constitution to his ideological will, or, Trump who has outsourced his constitutional interpretation to conservative judicial PACs. Brettschneider believes Trump's utter disregard for human rights and rule of law is not only more dangerous than a cunning judicially minded president, but it's also the most dangerous thing in the history of the country.

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Direct download: 2-06-19-Corey-Brettschneider-pub.mp3
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Majority Report's live broadcast from the 2019 state of the union address, archived here for your listening pleasure!

Donald Trump is president and we are rapidly sliding towards barbarism. But with the help of Splinter News' Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) and maybe some beers, we can get through Trump's SOTU speech. Plus: Stacey Abrams delivers the Democrats' response, and Bernie Sanders delivers the democratic socialist response.

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Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss her book, The Known Citizen A History of Privacy in Modern America.

On today's show: Fox News pundit Charles Payne says AOC's tax proposal smacks of fairness.

Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss her book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. While "privacy" as a concept is quite old, it gained new relevance in the 19th century when technology, corporate industry, the press, and the administrative state grew rapidly. From the workplace to Madison Avenue to our current digital dystopia, Igo tracks the ways in which people and entities have negotiated the boundaries between "public" and "private."

John Avlon says Trump's SOTU might finally be the day he becomes president.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz wants AOC to stop billionaire hatred, wants to use more inclusive language: "people of means." Wendell Primus, Pelosi advisor, says Dems will not pursue single-payer healthcare. Trump says we should keep troops in Iraq to "keep watching" the middle east. CNBC economist says Bernie's policies would be good for the economy. Bakari Sellers says there are different ways to M4A and we need private industry, endorses Harris and Booker plans. Ro Khanna explains how drug "innovation" is publicly funded. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 2-05-19-Sarah_Igo-pub.mp3
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New York City City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) joins us.

On today's show: Trump says national anthem protests should be done on players' own time, brags about passing criminal justice reform.

Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC), Speaker of New York City Council and acting public advocate, joins us to discuss the Amazon deal. From underperforming schools to a cash-starved public transit system, New York City is greatly in need of public funds. And yet, the city is about to hand over $3 billion in tax subsidies to the world's richest man as part of the Amazon HQ2 deal. Johnson goes over how this happened, why it's a bad deal, and what we can do to fight it, as well as steps politicians should take to reduce the influence of corporate money.

A video ode to MR's love affair with AOC.

On the fun half: John Lovett's "nuance" on Medicare-for-all obfuscates why we really need a universal program. Elizabeth Warren backs off true m4a. John from San Antonio on why single-payer is the only answer. Ralph Northam nearly moonwalks before his wife steps in. Sherrod Brown says we don't deal with race in this country, plus we have a racist president. Two Twitter accounts battle over who's the real Turning Points UK and who's the impostor. How should AOC respond to charges that Corbyn is anti-Semitic? Why is the left more fragmented than the right? Kamala Harris' race issues. How should young people approach running for office?

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Direct download: 2-04-19-Corey_Johnson-pub.mp3
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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ), co-founder of the North Star and Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), of Chapo Trap House, join us.

On today's show: Pompeo announces US withdrawl from Cold War INF treaty.

Benjamin P. Dixon joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington: The government shutdown, the power of the strike, Trump and abortion, Cory Booker's campaign video, Kamala Harris' criminal justice record, and wtf is Howard Schultz doing?

Virgil Texas, prolific gamer and co-host of Chapo Trap House, joins us. Steve Schmidt defends Schultz run. Mike Slater claims we need billionaires to save us from poverty. Amy Klobuchar proposes tax-savings nonsense for "apprenticeships," education. (PSA: You don't have to pay for an apprenticeship at a good union job.) Is it good or bad that we're discussing Kamala Harris' criminal justice now instead of later in the primary? Ralph Northam explains women's choice bill on radio. Warren says our economics and taxation is "capitalism without rules." Dave Rubin says he wouldn't blame people if they turned to ethno-nationalism. Ana and Cenk break down Dave Rubin's superchat-gate "debate Sam Seder." Speaker Johnson asks Amazon again: "Why do you need billions of dollars?" AOC asks doctor if public gets any ROI from NIH research which subsidizes drug development.

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Lori Wallach (@WallachLori), the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, joins us to discuss the new NAFTA.

On today's show: Howard Schultz says his favorite presidents of the past 50 years are Reagan & FDR.

Lori Wallach, the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, joins us to break down what's new in the new NAFTA, or the USMCA as it's been called by Trump and his co-signers, and how it will alter the international trade regime. Under the banner of "free trade," NAFTA limited the power of local governments to regulate business, as well as the power of workers to organize. USMCA is an improvement in some ways but worse in others. To track the upsides and downsides of "NAFTA 2.0," visit www.replaceNAFTA.org.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz is Old Economy Steven personified. Michael Bloomberg on Medicare for all: "You could never afford that." Waleed Shahid of Justice Dems says billionaire centrists are a fringe group. Rachel Maddow concerned that Russia will hack the utilities, freeze people in the Dakotas. Bernie calls himself a socialist during governor race in VT during 1986 campaign. Mitch McConnell mocks the idea of making Election Day a federal holiday.

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Direct download: 1-31-19-Lori_Wallach-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

On today's show: Donald Trump may be getting talking points from the movie Sicario 2.

Sam breaks down the new proposed standards for asylum seekers and how they'd further family separation and white supremacy. Kamala Harris backs down on m4a, resists criminal justice reform; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor calls her out. John Bolton's notepad: "5,000 troops Colombia." John Bolton says Venezuela is part of the "troika of tyranny." Ro Khanna explains the fallacy of US foreign intervention and regime change on Democracy Now.

On the fun half: Chris Christie spills the tea on the Kushner family. Dave Rubin freaks out over abortion bill, sets himself up for anti-choice pivot. Warren explains her wealth tax to Chris Hayes. Stephanie Ruhle tells Jeff Stein it's "naive" to think Schultz is only against wealth tax for personal reasons. Former Obama aide Bill Burton defends Howard Schultz campaign (and his role in it): "Really cool." Laura Ingraham says billionaires and CEOs need to defend the policies they voted for. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Journalist and author Reniqua Allen (@rnz1) joins us to discuss her new book, It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America.

On today's show: Starbucks tycoon and aspiring third party candidate Howard Schultz shows us the mind of a billionaire who is not really a politician. Protester tells Howard Schultz to drop out of the race: "You egotistical billionaire asshole!" "Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter!"

Reniqua Allen (@rnz1) joins us to discuss her new book, It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America. After seeing their parents work hard in exchange for dubious rewards, black millennials are beginning to question the promise of the American dream. By talking to black millennials from all walks of life, Allen explores how the younger generation is navigating a bleak economic climate, shouldering the worst of the problems faced by millennials, and rejecting the rules and assumptions of white, neoliberal America.

Sam explains the Supreme Court case that could spell the end of Roe v Wade, especially if the court decides not to hear it. Reminder: direct action gets the goods. Nomiki Konst makes the case that progressives can't just be 90% progressive as public advocate.

On the fun half: Joe Rogan issues correction on fake inflammatory antifa sign. Howard Schultz roasted over 2020 plan. Kamala Harris endorses Medicare for all, says "it's time to move on." Kamala Harris punts on the morality of billionaires, says progressives aren't realistic on criminal justice reform. Sam lays out why the "electability" argument is not a good one to use against Harris in the primary. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

On today's show, Jamila Michener (@povertyscholar), Professor in the department of Government at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. Medicaid is one of the most fundamental aspects of the US federal safety net, however it is fractured and constantly under attack by state governments, especially in GOP-controlled states. Michener explains that states have very expansive control over what they will and will not cover for its Medicaid recipients. The way that Americans provide care is fragmented and inconsistent. Michener says American social policy towards people living in poverty is one where we give people as little help as possible. States should have an much discretion as possible when dealing with its poor people. This is most illustrative in the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. In the former we have a nationalized program where the funding and policy is set by the federal program; and in the latter a program that is different from state to state, leaving a vulnerable class at the whims of its state's balance sheet. Michener and Sam also consider lower class involvement in the political process and how their action or absence influences election outcomes. Finally, Michener  describes the ground game for Medicare-For-All and how it can be enacted through a

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio is excited for a Bernie run, and has his own YouTube channel, Kamala Harris explains her dark truancy policy, Bernie's 1988 Soviet Union trip has been unearthed, Howard Schultz tilting at windmills 2020, Mike Bloomberg tells Schultz "this ain't it, chief," Elliot Abrams the point man in Reagan's Contras efforts is back to help Trump's efforts in Venezuela, Hugh Hewitt thinks overthrowing Maduro's government will bring Americans together, exploring Clinton's roll in the 2020 Democratic primary, plus a Sam Harris defender calls,

 

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Direct download: 1-28-19-Jamila_Michener-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Joining us on today's show, Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) Correspondent & Producer at TYT Rebel HQ, and comedian and Bob's Burgers voice actor Larry Murphy. We're on Day 35 of the Government Shutdown and the disconnect between Trump and everyday people continues to grow. In a matter of hours Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump, and Larry Kudlow each explained exactly how little they understand about average Americans. Today, Air Traffic Controllers called out sick across several major US airports, include NY LaGuardia, Newark, and Philadelphia, grounding a large number of flights across the northeast and across the country. Emma Vigeland joins us and shares her stories from imbedding with conservatives during the 2016 campaign and breaks down the path forward for Democrats into 2020.

Then, Larry Murphy joins Sam to discuss the latest revelations from the Mueller probe including this morning FBI SWAT arrest of Roger Stone. Larry and Sam wonder how Trump and associates like Giuliani have gotten away with so much over such a long period of time in a politically ambitious city like New York. Finally, Sam asks Larry the hard question, will Hugo be in the Bob's Burger movie?

And in the Fun Half: Dana Perino is sending warning signals to Republicans on their economic messaging, Emma Vigeland explains the frustration of having centrist Democratic parents,  WWE Daniel Bryan is a woke boomer-hater, Denver teachers overwhelming vote to strike, Sam and the gang watch down Trump's announcement that he will reopen the government with no wall funding, what Venezuelans think about the on-going coup, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-25-19-Emma_Vigeland-Larry_Murphy-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

It's a Michael Thursday. Journalist Brian Mier of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss Bolsonaro's first month in office and his message to the global elites this week in Davos. Then author and journalist Eva Golinger joins us to break down Juan Guiado, Nicolas Maduro, and the prospect of US intervention in Venezuela.

On today's show: DSA Chris Cuomo argues against Venezuela sanctions and intervention.

Journalist Brian Mier of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing coup against Lula in Brazil. How Brazil's discovery of petroleum reserves got the NSA interested in spying on Lula's government and helping to root out "corruption." The shady connections between US agencies, Bolsonaro, organized crime, and the right-wing militia suspected of assassinating Marielle Franco, who was investigating the military police at the time. Parallels with the coup in Venezuela and a warning against taking the words of white, middle class ex-pats at face value.

Author, lawyer and journalist Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) joins us to discuss the coup against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Golinger contextualizes this as-yet unfinished coup with the 2002 coup against democratically elected president Hugo Chavez, which the US abandoned when it became clear that it was going to fail due to widespread support for Chavez. Golinger breaks down what's different this time around, and what stance the US left should have toward this complex, developing situation.

On the fun half: How should the left approach the candidacy of Kamala Harris? Tulsi Gabbard spews pablum on working towards a two-state solution in Israel. Hannity says AOC's taxing the rich and social programs will turn us into Venezuela hell hole. Warren proposes wealth tax on those with more than $50 million. Maria Bartiromo fearmongers about taxes at Davos. Tony Blair says Anand's take on Davos as bad is "the easiest line in the world." Fake friend Tony Blair poses with fascist PM of Italy, has lunch with Bolsonaro at Davos. Ro Khanna tweets his position against Venezuelan intervention, gets re-tweeted by AOC and Ilhan Omar. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-24-19-Brian_Mier-Eva_Golinger-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of 'Thick: And Other Essays' and 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy,' joins us.

On today's show: Lara Trump to federal workers not getting paid: "This is so much bigger than any one person."

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, joins us to discuss her book, 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.' With the rise of neoliberalism came the "education gospel," which claimed workers could, and should, raise their wages by getting four-year college degrees at their own expense. While it did not turn out to be true, this myth fed a boom in for-profit colleges. Through her interviews with students, employees, executives and activists, McMillan Cottom paints a full picture of these predatory institutions, which disproportionately impact working class women of color.

On the fun half: AOC explains top marginal tax rates to Stephen Colbert. AOC tells Ta-Nehisi Coates that billionaires are immoral. Disingenuous tweet from conservative writer says that AOC claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist. Ben Stein compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler, Mao. Pod bro Jon Favreau asks Gillibrand if she'd abolish the filibuster for M4A or GND. Rev. William Barber calls out TN Governor Bill Lee to his face: "You can't say you love Dr. King and not support his agenda." Joe Rogan and Bari Weiss talk about how the radical left and right cause extreme backlash in people. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

On today's show: Former assistant director of FBI admits deep state used to keep progressives and "socialists" out of office. MAGA teens from Covington Catholic harass and mock Native American veteran Nathan Phillips at DC rally. Phillips explains what happened. Additional footage shows the teens harassed group of women as well. Tulsi Gabbard plays the "both sides" game on the shutdown. Poll finds support for the wall correlates with regressive attitudes towards race, feminism. Household gun ownership is biggest predictor of teen suicide.

On the fun half: Kyle Kashuv tweets about Charlie Kirk not getting medical attention in LA. Here's Charlie Kirk's tweet from 2017 saying healthcare is not a right. Trump says Pence is acting like MLK in demanding border wall. HBomber Guy raises $340k for trans youth by playing Donkey Kong on Twitch stream. Tentative deal reached in UTLA strike. Cory Booker celebrates charter schools in NoLa. Cole James Cash on Kamala Harris' horrendous record as a prosecutor. Aaron Sorkin's advice to progressive Dems: "Stop acting like young people." Jerome Corsi likens being questioned by Mueller's team to Christ's interrogation by Pontius Pilate.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

Dr. King’s first TV “interview” from the show "The Open Mind – The New Negro" in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

Beyond Vietnam, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

MLK’s last speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“ delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

Walter Cronkite reports King's assassination.

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Digby (@digby56) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman) join us.

On today's show: Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) of Salon.com joins us to break down the latest news out of Washington. Amy Klobuchar questioned William Barr about obstruction of justice Tuesday; did she know what was coming down the pike? Buzzfeed scoop: Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Tower project. Will this kick off impeachment proceedings and how will the Democratic Party handle it? The influence of left-leaning freshman Dems.

Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman) joins us to roll out the new "beta" version of himself, who happens to bear a striking resemblance to our favorite dum dum left Youtuber. Also: happy 20th anniversary to The Sopranos! Here's Sil on the picket lines with UTLA.

On the fun half: Dave Rubin wouldn't read a question about the Majority Report, so our talented viewers took the footage and ran with it. Rush Limbaugh bosses Trump around, tells him to "hang in there." Brian Kilmeade is pissed that Democrats are proposing a living wage. Attorney General nominee William Barr doesn't reject the possibility of jailing journalists. Fox News correspondent in Guatemala harasses refugees, re-stokes fears about the caravan. Anand Ghirihadiras says every age of inequality has its own bullshit and social mobility in the US is a terrible lie. Anand also says Davos is a "family reunion of world ruiners," because it is. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EST

Today on a Michael Thursday Libby Watson joins the show to discuss the latest on Brexit and how the shutdown is effecting life in DC. We're live at 12:00 PM EST. Libby joins Michael to discuss the latest on Brexit and where we go from the recently narrowly defeated no-confidence vote. The Tories and Liberal Democrats are terrified of new general elections and particularly one where the Labour party is led by the Absolute Boy, Jeremy Corbin. At the same time, the EU does not appear to be budging on its Brexit deal. A no-deal Brexit is becoming a more likely reality with each passage day. Libby explains the role of UKIP in Brexit and Nigel Farage, whose party has no power in parliament but is constantly on television to explain Brexit to viewers. And with all the attention on Teresa May's role and failures in Brexit, David Cameron--who held the Brexit referendum--has really walked out of frame without much attention. Michael and Libby end their conversation talking about the New York Times' failures to call racism out when they see it, the White House staff and its revolving door with K Street.

In the Fun Half: A new listener-made Steven Crowder challenge video, how MR got one listener off Sam Harris, why we need a global-left solidarity with the Rojava Kurds, Raygun shares the story of his client who is a mother of six who is in the process of being deported by ICE, Steny Hoyer needs his retirement gold watch, The View's two fail-daughters say the 42% of Americans who want the wall are not racist, Tucker Carlson explains why the Green New Deal is a Russian psy-op, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-17-19-Libby_Watson-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Today's Majority Report is the live show from this Sunday's Brooklyn PodFest at the Bell House. Watch as the crew breaks down the week's news, Sam makes some big campaign announcements, and special guest H. Jon Benjamin shows off a new look which reminds us of a certain infamous Trump official.  Sam also previews his 30-minute call with an "IRS agent," plus the new anti-MR viral video sweeping the internet, the grassroots online campaign #GottaJump. We're back tomorrow, live with a Michael Thursday!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

On today's show: Trump describes the meal he's paying for and hosting at White House for Clemson: "Great American food!" AG nominee William Barr gives opening statement at confirmation hearing. Republicans finally censure Steve King for his overt racism. Chuck Grassley endorses King in 2018 race. Jonathan Chait accuses Warren of "selling out" to "powerful interests" because she sided with teachers against charter schools.

On the fun half: Aerial footage from first day of LA teachers strike. Rand Paul travels to Canada for surgery. Rand Paul compares socialized healthcare to slavery in 2011. Should we treat centrist Democrats any differently than we treat Ana Navarro? Chuds angered by Gillette's ads themed around #metoo, toxic masculinity. Trump compares the wall to the Louisiana purchase. Trump updates farmers on his wall demands, breaking new ground in sentence structure. Tulsi Gabbard says some forms of torture are necessary.

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Historian Jack Kelly, author of The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America, joins us.

Trump says he has no problem releasing his conversation with Putin in long, defensive monologue to Jeanine Pirro.

Labor historian Jack Kelly joins us to discuss his new book, The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America. In this book, Kelly looks back on the labor movement of the late 1800s, a time when the country was in recession and unions had yet to gain a foothold. Bezos-like robber baron George Pullman wielded the full power of the state against striking railway workers, but a labor movement led in part by socialist Eugene Debs fought bravely to win concessions that lasted decades. What lessons can we take from this time as we live through a new Gilded Age?

On the fun half: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says Steve King "will be dealt with," provides no details as to how. The difference in news coverage of Rashida Tlaib  saying a swear vs. Steve King's white nationalism. Trump continues his unhinged rant re: Putin convo cover-up, attempts to pivot to the economy. Elizabeth Warren's foreign policy shortcomings. Ainsley Earhardt lies about AOC's proposal for 70% top marginal tax rate. John "torture memo" Yoo says the president can legally build the wall. Footage of LA teachers striking. Lin-Manuel Miranda's complicity with disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Heartland Institute researcher says Green New Deal is "nothing more than a socialist Trojan horse."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) of The North Star joins us to break down the least news from Washington: The government shutdown, progressive Dems vs. centrist Dems, top marginal tax rates, Elizabeth Warren, and Trump's wall.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to discuss life in Florida and recommend some films: Scarecrow featuring Al Pacino, The Friends of Eddie Coyle featuring Robert Mitchum, James Baldwin doc I Am Not Your Negro, and The Intruder featuring William Shatner. Sam tries his hand at being a film guy and recommends Force Majeure.

On the fun half: Atlanta TSA protests shutdown. Lou Dobbs says GOP needs to "sweep aside recalcitrant left." Mo Brooks doesn't think climate change is worthy of a national emergency. Steve "white supremacist" King's most recent appearances on Tucker Carlson. Studio audience member on BBC talk show asks: "Can we stop feeling sorry for Teresa May?" Kamala Harris stakes out her "hope and fight" position on Stephen Colbert. Nancy Pelosi told Chuck Todd she would love to have single-payer if it were possible, but it's not. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining correspondent Michael Brooks on today's program is Steven A. Cook (@stevenacook), the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the status of America's Syria withdrawal and how Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and John Bolton's cancelled meeting can help explain where the US Turkish relationship stands.

The Trump administration's foreign policy agenda hardly seems to have any guiding vision at all--it looks more like bad improv that could bring mass suffering.  The basic premise of withdrawing from Syria is a positive one for US forces, but is it primarily a move to placate Turkey after the Khashoggi murder fallout? Cook explains how Trump and Erdogan discussed a withdrawal from Syria for over a month. According to Cook, Trump did not know that YPG, the Kurdish allies fighting alongside US forces in Syria, was considered a "terrorist organization" by Turkey and Erdogan. Trump then saw an opportunity to satisfy the wishes of Turkey and his base by pulling out of Syria. Looming over this development is the status of ISIS. Cook breaks down the history of Turkey's conflict between Syrian Kurds, ISIS, and explains and why American forces did and didn't intervene.

If any of this confuses you, we got you covered. Cook helps explains the difference between the PKK (Kurdistan) and YPG (Syrian Kurds) and their respective actions in their fight for autonomy in Turkey and Syria. The PKK helped set up the YPG, there is a linkage between the two, there are fighters working for both outfits which is a result of the nature of the conflict in Syria. Brooks explains that PKK have indeed employed violent tactics in order to establish their commendable social democratic ends--tactics not dissimilar from those used by the IRA in Northern Ireland.  American foreign policy experts are now considering whether or not to consider these Kurdish fighters are a terrorist organization. The Turks are pushing experts in Washington to lump Kurds into the same category of threat as ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Trump waffling on the US forces departure makes the Syrian conflict more complex. However, it also signals open season for bad actors in the region. For context, after Trump's announcement Saudi Arabia rewrote its defense doctrine, allowing its armed forces to continue its bombing campaign in Yemen. Further, Turkey calling the Kurds terrorists shows that once US troops are out of Syria there will like be a direct conflict between Turkey and the Kurds.

If that was not enough Middle Eastern policy for you, Brooks and Cook serve up a quick rundown of el-Sisi's Egypt after Sec. of State Mike Pompeo delivered a proverbial green light speech to the dictator's leadership today.

And in the Fun Half: Trump knows his "absolute right" to declare a national emergency for the wall, Pelosi slams Trump's inherited wealth after he left negotiations with Democratic leadership, Trump's cartel car came after watching "Fast & Furious 4," Mike Pence defends the president's temper tantrum "he brought candy!" Anna Pressley stands in solidarity with furloughed federal workers, Mike Pompeo's American empire doesn't meet its own imperialist standards, Kamala Harris defended the idea of AOC's proposals on the View, a "rational republican?" How the Overton window has moved on billionaires, plus your calls and IMs!

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Kris C. Miler, author of Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States, joins us.

On today's show: Los Angeles teachers prepare to go on strike. AOC talks about the moral crisis at the border.

Kris C. Miler, professor of political science at the University of Maryland, joins us to discuss her new book, Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States. In this book, Miler examines why the interests of the poor are so seldom represented in US Congress, even by representatives from poorer districts. Examining the poor as a distinct constituency, she outlines various aspects of the problem and lays out some ideas for how to get more and better programs targeted at the poor.

On the fun half: Dave Rubin says all walls are moral. Bernie responds to Trump's speech, says the real crisis is lack of healthcare coverage, student debt, seniors living in poverty. Shep Smith and Chris Wallace fact check Trump's speech on Fox News. Ainsley Earhardt tells Fox viewers "you're paying $80,000 in taxes for one illegal," lists killings and rapes committed by immigrants. Boris Epshteyn concern trolls about how Jewish constituents of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi might feel about them not supporting anti-BDS bill. Mayor Bill DeBlasio introduces public healthcare option for all NYC residents. Dem chairman requests CBO report on single-payer healthcare. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) of Think Progress joins us to discuss his latest piece, Supreme Court Will Hear Two Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering.

On today's show: Steve Rattner on Morning Joe says Dems can't have an anti-capitalist like Warren in the general election. Photos of a line around the block to see Warren in Iowa.

Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) of Think Progress joins us to discuss his latest piece, Supreme Court Will Hear Two Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering. The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear challenges to partisan gerrymandering in two states: MD and NC. Millhiser gives some background on these cases and explains why, in his opinion, they will not end well for the Democrats. Plus, a breakdown of the legal issues involved with Trump's use of "national emergency" to build the wall.

Andy Samberg calls out the FBI's assassination of the original Black Panthers during Golden Globes bit about the movie Black Panther.

On the fun half: For-profit college, prison stocks shot up when Trump was elected. Chris Wallace tells Sarah Huckabee her 4,000-terrorists-apprehended-at-border figure is wrong. Brian Kilmeade claims children of refugees who "don't speak any English" are flooding schools. Border patrol union president says official terrorist-at-border numbers are secret because of 9/11. MSNBC reporters explain the conservative media's wall narrative. Rush Limbaugh calls AOC "some young uppity." Whoopi Goldberg scolds AOC: you have to do something before you "start pooping on people." Bishop William Barber says Romney's op-ed has no moral integrity, reminds viewers Jesus said to judge people on their actions, not their words. Is AOC anything like Sarah Palin? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning on today's show, Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) and Julian E. Zelizer (@julianzelizer), co-authors of Fault Lines A History of the United States Since 1974.

Professors Kruse and Zelizer from Princeton University's History Department join the Majority Report to discuss their latest book, Fault Lines A History of the United States Since 1974. Kruse and Zelizer start our contemporary political moment at Nixon's resignation, and draw out the areas in which our understanding of America shifts from the New Deal union, manufacturing-based economy to one of free enterprise and laissez-faire economics. Beyond economic changes of the 70s and 80s, there was a growing distrust of the federal government. Zelizer describes how the normalization of government shutdowns which have become a standard part of policy battles in Washington has had a negative impact on our discourse.

These fault lines extend to social issues as well, particularly gender and sexuality. Kruse explains how the growth of feminism and the reaction to it, the "family values" & "moral majority" movement, covered a huge swath of social issues that are still debated today--driving Americans further into their selected voting camps. Amidst all these fault lines is the news media. Zelizer explains how Fox News and conservative media in particular have reshaped and fractured the media landscape. The repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 is the pivotal moment in policy which allowed right wing talk radio and Fox to gain a stranglehold on the conservative narrative. An overlooked by-product of the Fairness Doctrine is the dramatization of the news, according to Kruse the news media has turned from a dour and even-keeled information enterprise to a freewheeling, pro-wrestling, high-stakes drama designed to keep viewers hooked on its 24-hour news cycle. Finally, Zelizer and Kruse push back against the false equivalency that "both sides" created these fault lines, especially in the media narrative--most of these issues were driven to further extremes by conservative activists and political actors. Sam ends the interview asking Kruse and Zelizer if they think the GOP has been anything other than party of white grievance politics--their answers will surprise you (maybe)!

And in the Fun Half: CNN is "fair and balanced," Anderson Cooper is incredulous when he learns Trump might be a racist, the Gateway pundit has put the final nail in AOC (Sandy's) coffin, Stuart Varney is enraged by the idea of marginal tax rate, Tulsi Gabbard's uncomfortable ties to Modi and the Hindu nationalist organizations, the uncomfortable reality of an uninformed electorate, Dave Rubin stands up for Jair Bolsonaro, Christian Bale thanks Satan for inspiring his performance as Dick Chaney, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Right-wing nut job tries to smear AOC with wholesome dancing video. Pelosi says the wall is a barrier between Trump's base and reality. Pelosi says Democrats will deliver for the middle class. DC circuit court rules in favor of NLRB. John from San Antonio defends the accuracy of longterm polling. First Native American Congresswomen embrace before being sworn in. Rashida Tlaib on Donald Trump: we will "impeach the motherfucker." Adam Schiff doesn't want to restore norms. AOC explains Green New Deal to an incredulous Anderson Cooper. Ana Navarro explains never-Trump stance: "I'll vote for a potted plant in 2020, but not Elizabeth Warren." Krysten Sinema sworn in by very uncomfortable Mike Pence. Plus, lots of your calls and IMs!

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The Washington Post's Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) joins us to discuss his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics.

On today's show: Trump recounts meetings with generals "better looking than Tom Cruise" and "the biggest computer boards." Trump defends Soviet invasion of Afghanistan for some reason.

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) joins us to discuss his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics. In this book, Sargent traces the origins of the political crisis spotlighted, but by no means started, by Trump. An unhealthy media climate, asymmetrical political tactics from Democrats vs. Republicans, and foreign government interventions all contribute to an environment of confusion, disinformation and low voter turnout...and Democrats share some of the blame. How do we come back from this state of affairs? Sargent has ideas.

On the fun half: MSNBC describes Romney and Sasse as "new generation of mavericks." Ezra Klein taken in by Mitt Romney's op-ed. Matt Whitaker fawns over Trump, thanks him for not going to Mar-a-Lago, says Dems need to compromise. Nikki Haley tweets that Bolsonaro will be a force for good in the world. Ainsley Earhardt says Americans are worried about being murdered by illegal aliens. Jordan Peterson explains the perils of sex for men to Charlie Kirk and Don Jr. The wonders of the Dave Rubin subreddit. John McAfee has strange things to say about whales. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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The MR crew is back with a news roundup!

On today's show: Ro Khanna explains the problem with Dems endorsing PAYGO. Call your House Rep at 202-255-3121 and tell them deficit spending is fine! Elizabeth Warren announces presidential campaign. How would she fare against Trump? Outgoing Democratic senator Joe Donnelly warns his party: When you talk "Medicare-for-all," you "start losing the people in my state."

On the fun half: Terry McAuliffe says free college isn't good because rich people would get it too, but Medicare-for-all "or whatever you want to call it" needs to happen. Flashback: Hillary Clinton uses the same attack on free college. Pompeo says Brazil and US will work to bring "democracy" back to Venezuela. Mike from PA provides perspective on Warren's strengths and weaknesses. Candace Owens claims Trump's popular with the youth generation because he's "punk rock." Louie CK's terrible stand up on kids today, gender pronouns. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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November 24, 2017

Today, historian William Hogeland joins us to discuss his book “Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West.”

July 24 Conservative Editor Weirded Out After Being Inspired By AOC's Socialism In Person
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Oct 3 Steven Crowder Owned By His Alexa
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Today, an interview with historian Anna-Lisa Cox on her new book, “The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.” Cox uncovers the early history of America’s black frontiersman in the late 18th century, and what happened to what was once the largest area on earth set aside for equality in the NW territory (Ohio, Indiana, etc). Why white supremacist movements of the early 19th century were a response to black success and not black failure on the frontier. What America might look like had laws coded to privilege whites not destroyed the black frontier. The co-ed, interracial boarding schools of Indiana in the 1840s, started by African-American famers, and later burned down.

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June 22 Dave Rubin Foolishly Tells Oxford 'Structural Racism' is Imaginary
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June 23 Libertarianism May Never Recover From Dave Rubin's Epic Stupidity
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June 30 FDR Calls The Show To Cheer Us All Up
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August 30, 2018

Emily Ogden talks to us about her book ‘Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.’ Franz Mesmer’s animal magnetism as a “scientific” kind of folk magic. The relationship between mesmerists and debunkers. The parallels in “rationality as totemic device” between the mesmerists and the New Atheists. What to make of the dupes?

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Franz Mesmer’s animal magnetism as a “scientific” for of folk magic. The relationship between mesmerists and debunkers. The parallels in “rationality as totemic device” between the mesmerists and the New Atheists. What to make of the dupes?

June 1 How A Comedian Was Targeted By Feds For Joking About ICE
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June 15 Dave Rubin's Nonsense Brings Joe Rogan's Show To A Screeching Halt
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June 26, 2018

Dr. Henry Giroux, writer, cultural critic, and professor at McMaster University joins us to discuss his latest book, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism, a collection of essays that reckons with the swell of white-supremacy, anti-immigrant policy, and everyday-racism that has taken hold and prospered in our highest offices and permeated our mass culture.

Giroux questions what it would take for Americans to stand up to such injustices and what we’re willing to give up before our democracy is rendered unrecognizable. Giroux details how fascism grows incrementally, with people living their daily lives until their basic liberties are taken away. If violence becomes the only resolution to our set of social problems, our neoliberal political landscape becomes inoperable. Our political language is more codified than ever, it’s a language that maintains power for political elites in Washington (hence Trump).

Power is not just about domination, it’s about resistance. Operating at the local level is the beginning of political education. Bobby DeNiro calling Trump a jerk does nothing to change our politics. Younger generations have lived the consequences of Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and their ability to communicate via social media has given hope to an alternative to neoliberalism. The younger generations are offering community spaces and opportunities as tonics to endless capitalism and profit-making. Reforms are limited, but in the most immediate sense, they can save peoples’ lives.

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April 11 Sam Harris Lights Career On Fire In Ezra Klein Debate
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May 3 Caller's Epic Laundry List Of Majority Report Thank Yous
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May 17 Alex Jones Hilariously Runs Away from His Own Insane Fan
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April 6, 2018

Julie Wilson is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She joins us today to discuss her new textbook, ‘Neoliberalism.’

What “neoliberalism” is and how it differs from classical liberalism. The role of the state in promoting neoliberalism via policy that privileges “free markets.” The different versions of neoliberalism advanced by Democrats and Republicans. The rise of neoliberalism in the late ’70s and early ’80s and how every president since Reagan has advanced it. The four D’s: dispossession, dis-imagination, de-democratization, and disposability. How social media and austerity train kids to think of themselves as market commodities who must compete with one other. How neoliberalism used the individualistic 1960s counter-culture for its own nefarious ends. How neoliberalism seeps into every aspect of our lives while simultaneously rendering itself invisible. The privatization of politics and what it means to be a neoliberal citizen. What we can do to resist neoliberalism in our everyday lives and become more communal and less alienated.

Jan 8 Republican Responds To Harassment Allegations In The WORST Way Possible
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Feb 8 Jordan Peterson's Countdown To Total Meltdown Begins On Fox and Friends
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March 6 Friend Of The Show Jordan Peterson Calls In
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Alex Pareene joins the show to reflect on 2018, a very normal year. Sam has a conspiracy theory on why Trump was able to get by for so long before this despite doing blatant crimes. Alex, Sam, Michael, and Matt all bet on whether Bernie will run.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), Judy Gold (@JewdyGold), Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) and Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) join us for the final Casual Friday of 2018!

On today's show: GoFundMe wall man says the wall is in our constitution. Benjamin P. Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), of Progressive Army and The North Star, joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington: Mattis resigns, Trump pulls out of Syria, and more. Stephen Miller goes full Stormfront (w/o spray hair), asks "how many people have to die?" before we build the wall. Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to wish this year good riddance. Trump explains why he needs wall funding in the spending budget: we'll be overrun by literal coyotes.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) and Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) join us to give us some movie recommendations for the break, including: Roma, Ozark, and Amour. The crew also recommends Thomas Sunkara documentary Land of Upright Men, Narcos, Escape at Dannemora, and late capitalist masterpiece Spring Breakers.

On the fun half: David Cicilline criticizes Kirstjen Nielsen for not knowing how many children have been separated at the border. Ted Lieu explains that immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans. Louie Gohmert defends family separation, says it's what Mueller is doing to Manafort. Brian Kilmeade says Trump is "refounding ISIS." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-21-18-Casual_Friday-2018-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Joining Michael Brooks on today's program is Kelly Weill from the Daily Beast to discuss her latest deep dive into the alt-right, "How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right." While YouTube's algorithm can be a great tool to learn how to hang shelves or paint a wall properly, it can also radicalize gamer teens and draw them into far-right ideas before they even know it. And there's no way out of YouTube's algorithm--there is no opt-out. Weill's reporting delves into the company's business model and explains how the far right online community perpetuates and builds up an echo-chamber via the YouTube algorithm. Some of the subjects interviewed were teens when they began watching Call of Duty videos which led to atheism video and eventually from there to race science and ethno-nationalist content. Weill posits that YouTube's problem is not primarily its content, but rather how its algorithm promotes content--the most radical videos will keep you watching, and that's all the algorithm objective, to keep you online.

Michael and Kelly then open up the conversation to regulating the digital media and social media spaces. How do we effectively regulate these monopolies? Nationalize them? Break them up? Government oversight? Finally, Michael and Kelly contemplate how platforms like YouTube have brought back certain questions that some time ago were exorcized from society. How do we draw the line between disengaging from these questions so as to not lend them credence while making sure that the vulnerable do not fall into the traps created by those with hateful ideologies?

And in the Fun Half: forecasting the inevitable 2019 UK general election, Brian Kilmeade: Middle East Foreign Policy Expert, the Texas English curriculum, the challenges of deplatforming and the first amendment, Paul Ryan says Trump is rejecting the Senate's short term spending bill, an update on Lula's imprisonment, Steven Pinker loves the Niskanen centrist plan of action, Elon Musk's Boring Loop lives up to its name, Jordan Peterson cried after eating his cousin in a dream, plus your lovely calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-20-18-Kelly_Weill-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Sam teases his debate with Brandon Straka of #WalkAway. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says we'll build the wall by taking funds from other departments. Fox and Friends guest Michael Goodwin suggests Trump voters crowdfund the wall. Jared Kushner gets behind federal prison reform because his dad is in federal prison. Ex-Republican explains why he walked away from the racist GOP. Elizabeth Warren introduces proposal to have the government make prescription drugs.

On the fun half: Simone Sanders explains how the "crisis at the border" is right wing talking point. John from San Antonio shares a personal experience with the US healthcare system. The connection between the criminalization of migration, NAFTA, and declining wages. Mother Jones EIC Clara Jeffery spreads lies to undermine Bernie. Tucker Carlson defends his show as advertisers flee; should anyone on the left care about "slippery slope" arguments re: speech? Mollie Hemingway says there was no collusion in Russia because Trump has no business there...now here's CNN's Chris Cuomo with a copy of a Moscow Tower letter of intent with Trump's signature. Judge Jeanine praises Flynn's judge. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-19-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Journalist and author Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) joins us to discuss her latest book, 'Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.'

In this book, Traister traces the influence of female anger throughout US history. From the early suffragettes who marched on the White House, to the Lowell mill girls who contributed greatly to the US labor movement, to the #metoo movement and the Women's March, Traister traces how woman's anger has made a positive impact on US politics and society, despite being dismissed and delegitimized by a patriarchal culture.

On the fun half: A roundtable discussion of de-platforming as a tool to fight fascism. Dave Rubin interviews self-hating Imam Mohammad Tawhidi. Joe Biden says billionaires aren't all bad guys...they're just as patriotic as the working class. Should Angela Nagle be shunned by the left for her terrible immigration take? Anand Giriharadas calls out EY for sponsoring Saudi Davos in the desert after Khashoggi killing. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-18-18-Rebecca_Traister-pub.mp3
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Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War.

On today's show: Giuliani has many gaffes...and here's a compilation of them! Judge Napolitano says Flynn was trapped, not entrapped.

Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War. In this book, Delbanco tracks how fugitive slaves forced the northern states to recognize their role in the brutal institution of slavery. From the writing of the constitution onward, federal statutes contained many compromises and omissions where slavery was concerned. With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, the north was forced to play a more active role in keeping people in chains, ultimately catalyzing wider opposition to slavery and hastening the dissolution of the union.

On the fun half: Outgoing WI governor Scott Walker uses a nonsensical Venn diagram to justify the GOP's power grab. Stephen Miller says the ACA is unconstitutional...but not as unconstitutional as his goofy, spray-on hair. "Big, big victory": Trump reacts to judge ruling ACA unconstitutional. Amy Klobuchar explains why the GOP ACA lawsuit is bad for Americans, still won't come out in favor of Medicare-for-all. Stephen Miller says Trump would be happy to shut down the government for border wall, falsely invokes "the working class." TX elementary school speech pathologist fired for refusing to sign pro-Israel oath. NYC city council member asks Amazon reps why they need $3 billion tax incentive, helipad. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-17-18-Andrew_Delbanco-pub.mp3
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Digby (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

Bernie Sanders announces Yemen resolution, War Powers Act used for the first time.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington. Kirstjen Nielsen blames migrants for 7-year-old's death. Will this be impetus for change? Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison. Judge Napolitano debunks all of Fox and Friends' Trump defenses. Andy Kindler (@andykindler) joins us for a classic Dennis Miller mock-a-thon.

On the fun half: John Solomon claims someone threw a taco at him on his way to Fox Business studio. Cohen says history will look fondly upon him to "bring this country together." Michael Cohen says he must now be the hero: "this task has fallen on me." Toobin blasts Rick Santorum for hypocrisy of defending immoral Donald Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-14-18-Digby-Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
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Joining the Majority Report's Michael Brooks today to discuss MBS, Trump, and US-Turkey relations is Steven A. Cook,  a senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Cook and Brooks look into how the Khashoggi murder has led to a large outpouring of moral outrage in DC and it has mobilized action against the Saudis actions in Yemen. But where was that outrage against the Saudis in 2015 when the war in Yemen began? Cook explains how the Houthis and Saudis have been opponents since the 1930s.

Cook and Brooks then break down the US history and involvement in the Arabian peninsula and how the infamous underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, brought the Saudis war in Yemen to Obama's attention--precipitating American involvement in the Saudis' war. Cook also recounts his 2018 trip to Saudi Arabia and what Saudis thought about MBS, his plans for reform, and the war effort in Yemen prior to the Khashoggi killing. Cook was surprised to find out after the Khashoggi killing that Saudis saw criticism of MBS as typical behavior from the US media and an unfair treatment of their heir apparent. In his latest Foreign Policy piece, "Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol," Cook looks to explain to Saudis why Americans were outraged by the Khashoggi murder. According to Cook, MBS is stunned by the reaction to Khashoggi. Cook believes this might be the case because MBS and his leaders are closest advisors were not educated by leading western institutions like his predecessors and peers. Ideally, the Khashoggi murder should be a moment to shine a light on larger atrocities perpetrated by the Saudis, instead of a new low in what crimes America allows the Saudis to commit. Cook and Brooks wrap the interview looking forward to what's next in the Mueller probe as the investigation begins to explore the connections between Middle Eastern political operatives from the Saudis to the Emiratis and the Israelis.

And in the Fun Half: Meek Mill's new album is a banger, Iran's human rights record is not the issue with Khashoggi, Trump the Speed Freak, how far the Mueller investigation will go, why Neera Tanden and Center for American Progress is giving Charles Murray's think tank (American Enterprise Institute) thousands of dollars, Elon on the verge of tears talking about freedom of speech, Jamie Dimon doesn't give a shit about you or your economy, corporate astroturf campaigns to kill Medicare for All, an update on Nigerian elections, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-13-18-Steven_Cook-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Sam debates libertarian politics with activist and presidential candidate Adam Kobkesh (@adamkokesh). 

On today's show: Trump says refugees and asylum seekers are bringing disease and illness...Trump wants legal immigraton (while shutting down all legal avenues). Claire McCaskill says Schumer is a great Senate minority leader because he lets members vote however they need to.

Libertarian Adam Kokesh (@adamkokesh), of FreedomLine.com, joins us for a spirited exchange of ideas. Topics covered include: What do libertarians believe? What's their problem with the state's monopoly on violence? How do they propose to set up society in the absence of a centralized state authority? What does Sam find problematic about their political program?

On the fun half: Ann Coulter says the Democratic Party is united by "hating white men." Michael Cohen is going to jail! Here's a CNN montage of GOP officials shrugging off Trump campaign finance crimes. Rep. Steve King asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai for names of employees to see if they're liberals, demands to know why his granddaughter's iPhone shows negative ads about him. NBC rehabs Nikki Haley, lets her explain how she was effective under Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-12-18-Adam_Kokesh-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

New York Magazine's Eric Levitiz (@EricLevitz) joins us to discuss his latest piece, 'The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?'

On today's show: Sam takes apart Ezra Klein's mea culpa for being hoodwinked by Paul Ryan. Why did Klein take Ryan's "fiscal responsibility" seriously when others, like Paul Krugman, saw through it?

Eric Levitz joins us to discuss his latest piece for New York Magazine, The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media? In this piece, Levitz explores how the media downplays GOP extremism, pointing the finger at news outlets that took the North Carolina GOP at its word when it asserted its efforts to disenfranchise voters were aimed at "fighting voter fraud." Given that one party is openly opposed to liberal democracy, Levitz argues, it's crucial for "objective" news sources to investigate their claims, rather than give them a neutral platform to spew extremist lies.

Sam accepts Brandon Straka (of #WalkAway)'s challenge to go on his show and debate him.

On the fun half: Dan Bongino fired from NRA TV; we recap his beef with Vic Berger. Trump threatens to shut down the government over the wall. (DO IT, says Jamie.) Jared Kushner says the White House has moved on from Khasshogi murder. In Brexit news, EU commission says they will not reintegrate; meanwhile, Teresa May hides in a car. The Mooch says he doesn't believe QAnon, then says sometimes Q is right. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.'

On today's show: Gavin McInnes loses his CRTV show, is now unemployed. Fox and Friends say Trump can't fill vacancies because DC is expensive and government officials are underpaid.

Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.' In this book, Harcourt traces the origins of our current militarized police state back to counter-insurgency methods used by colonial powers like France against Maoist insurrections like the Algerian Revolution. These include torture, "total information," and the idea that an occupying force must win the "hearts and minds" of a country's civilian population. After 9/11, the US military adopted these tactics and used them domestically as well as abroad.

On the fun half: Protesters interrupt "clean fossil fuels" panel at Poland Climate Summit. Fox News says there's no smoking gun after James Comey testimony...Trump tweets "no smocking gun" a few minutes later. Chuck Todd asks Tony Evers if he's reached out to Scott Walker and tried to negotiate with him. Drunk Columbia student cries over the accomplishments of the West in racist tirade. Rhode Island school system using collection agency to collect lunch debts. A libertarian argues with Sam about school lunches. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-10-18-Bernard_Harcourt-pub.mp3
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Journalist David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us in studio.

On today's show: Rex Tillerson uses rare public appearance to say Trump doesn't read.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington, including: How the Trump White House is working to dismantle the CFPB, most recently via the appointment of Kathy Kraninger. How the White House's postal report gestures toward privatization. Postal banking: what is it? Shake up in the House: AOC and Barbara Lee could gain influential committee appointments; these battles as proxy for larger fights within the party. Is David part of the cabal trying to torpedo Beto 2020? Chris Matthews panel explains why progressive left needs to get in line behind Beto. Chris Hayes asks NC Republican Party executive director why GOP did not recognize rampant fraud.

On the fun half: What purpose does social conservatism serve for the right and are socially progressive movements always going to undermine capitalism? American ambassador to Canada believes "both sides" on climate change. Medhi Hassan says it's weird how US press treats its elected officials. Trump on White House lawn announces plans to appoint Heather Nauert & Bill Bar. Plus, your phone calls!

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Daniel Bessner, professor at Washington University's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and author of Democracy in Exile, joins Michael Brooks to explains his vision of an authentically left-progressive foreign policy. Bessner and Brooks begin by explaining what happened at senator Bernie Sanders' Sanders Institute’s inaugural conference, where thought leaders like Fernando Haddad, Yanis Varofakis and Sanders laid out plans for an international coalition as a counterbalance to our highly nationalistic political moment. A big concern for Brooks is the axis of far-right governments taking power in the Caribbean and South America and their cozy relationship with our current leaders, specifically John Bolton. How would a left foreign policy reorient these relationships that are so grounded in imperialism and resource extraction? Progressive voices in America need to build coalitions and show solidarity with the working-class people and left politicians in countries like Brazil, and use our position in the world to enable it--while still being aware of the nature of an imperialist history.  According to Bessner, investing in alternative energies in America would transform our policy in the Middle East. It would allow America to be less beholden to the Saudi family and allow the US to promote democratic and human rights values in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. An overarching theme Bessner wants progressives to remember is our own moral relativism throughout these foreign policy debates. In any scenario, we must be aware of our values and what we may be imposing on other people. And finally, Bessner and Brooks consider how changing a consumption-first mindset might underpin a robust left foreign policy.

And in the Fun Half: how fascism is American Made, TBT Mark Blyth explains democracy in Brazil under Lula, Louie Gohmert reads lines from the Elders of Zion, Dan Bingo Bongo can't stand a migrant themed [checks notes] nativity scene? Friend of the show Nomiki Konst plays Tucker Carlson's game and wins, Mark Collett--a white nationalist--is a big fan of Tucker Carlson, how Marc Lamont Hill's blacklisting fits in with other black internationalists, autonomy in Asia countries, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-06-18-Daniel_Bessner-pub.mp3
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Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires, joins us.

On today's show: Trump takes motorcade less than .1 miles from White House to Bush family service.

Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss his new book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. In this book, Professor Cole investigates the claim that Islam and its teachings are violent. Through detailed historical research, he tracks the life of the prophet Muhammad and the founding of Islam to show that Islam was very much founded around ideas of peace at an extremely violent time in history. For more of Professor Cole's writing, check out his blog at juancole.com.

On the fun half: A caller claims Beto is better than "liar" AOC. Lindsey Graham says "there's a smoking saw" after meeting with Gina Haspel re: Khashoggi murder. Laura Ingraham compares protesting confederate statues to ISIS tearing down antiquity cities. Tucker Carlson suggests the government wants immigrants to "replace" Americans, sets up immigration and welfare state as mutually exclusive. Giuliani believes someone hacked his Twitter feed. RNC hacked; Trump in July talking about DNC security problems: "an embarrassment." Lawyers discuss next steps in Epstein case after settlement. AOC on climate action and the need for a Green New Deal. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning everyone, on today's show Mother Jones writer Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us.

First, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain get into a shouting match after Joy suggest HW Bush was better on the environment than Trump.

Then, Ari Berman outline the desperate measure the GOP is using to hold on to their footholds in the Midwest and the South. How the media is unprepared for the nakedly anti-democratic nature of the GOP. The almost certainly criminal election fraud undertaken by North Carolina republicans, collecting and trashing absentee ballots of black voters. Why Republicans are just getting started in places like Ohio. Are democrats conscious of the severity of the GOP threat to democracy and do they have a plan to combat it?

On the fun half - Is the GOP's anti-democracy agenda to complex for people to follow? Sam Seder assesses his performance in the 2018 election and what it means for him vs. Virgil Texas in 2022. Wisconsin Republicans are anti-democratic criminals. Steve Scalise repeats lie about ten terrorists crossing the border every day. Trudeau calls Trump "Donald." Gorka calls Khashoggi a close friend of Bin Laden. Pamela Anderson has the last word on the Paris Riots. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) joins us.

On today's show: MBS shakes Putin's hand at G-20 summit while Trump looks on jealously. Trump looks over at Peña Nieto and Trudeau before signing USMCA, says "let's go."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), of emptywheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest news on the Mueller investigation: The collapse of Paul Manafort's plea deal, Manafort's prison options (if he goes), the role of Michael Cohen, Jerome Corsi's cameo, the Guardian's flawed report on Manafort's link to Julian Assange, and what to look for going forward.

On the fun half: George HW Bush falls over vomiting at meal with Japanese PM Kiichi Miyazawa (RIP). Dan Bongino says most refugees are not asylum seekers, they're economic opportunists. Stuart Varney threatens the America left, says welfare state and dealing w/ climate change will only cause riots. Seth Moulton calls AOC's tweet in defense of Nancy Pelosi "offensive." Fox and Friends have on cop to talk about the dangers of reefer madness. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon, co-founder of The North Star, and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom), join us.

On today's show: Sam sets a right winger straight re: his "suicide may be the only option" comments. Kid Rock says we can disagree and still be cordial but "screw that Joy Behar bitch."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington. Updates on the Mueller investigation: is Mueller setting a perjury trap for Trump? Joe Crowley undermined Barbara Lee's campaign for House Democratic caucus chair on his way out...sour grapes, much? And Chuck Schumer continues to be hopeless. Check out Ben's new project at https://buildingthenorthstar.com!

Film Guy Matthew (@langdomboom) joins us for some Casual Friday movie talk. The crew discusses Matt's master list of film picks, which can be found here. Can the crew still watch Woody Allen movies without feeling grossed out? Matt's pick for today: "Manlife," a documentary about a quasi-socialist movement that began in the Great Depression and eventually turned into a creepy religious cult. Take note, DSA.

On the fun half: Trump on Cohen's "Moscow Project" plea: "I was allowed to do whatever I wanted." Laura Loomer wears a Star of David, handcuffs herself to the NY Twitter office because she's being persecuted...for her racist tweets. Dave Rubin and Tucker Carlson say it's wrong for the left to claim Rudolph is about bigotry. Sam kicks off this year's War on Christmas with a clip from an old CNN appearance. Obama now wants credit for boom in US oil production: "That was me, people." Paul Ryan whines about "ballot harvesting" in midterms.

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Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI."

On today's show: Trump says Michael Cohen is "a weak person" for taking another plea deal. Back in October: Eric Trump says Trump, Inc. had no business in Russia and KSA.

Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI." In this piece, Mariani tells the story of Matthew Llaneza, a marginalized and mentally ill young man who was ensnared by an FBI anti-terror sting. After a stint in prison, Llaneza found work with a man who turned out to be an FBI informant. Over time, the informant ensnared him in a bizarre terror plot tailor-made to his particular psychology. Llaneza is just one of hundreds of people who've been targeted by FBI terror stings since 9/11. Mariani goes over the legal, media, and institutional reasons for this injustice.

On the fun half: Sinclair Media tries to distance itself from Boris Epshteyn's commentary on immigrants. Why isn't Mike Cernovich reporting on Jeffrey Epstein? Bolsonaro salutes John Bolton as he arrives in Brazil. Noam Chomsky on Bolsonaro and Lula. Bernie explains the next steps after Yemen procedural vote. Pompeo says there's no direct evidence of MBS's involvement in Khasshogi murder. Ivanka Trump on her wellness in Washington. Ben Shapiro does not understand economics or climate change. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Stephen Walt (@stephenWalt), Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy, joins us.

On today's show: Sam celebrates the one-year anniversary of Mike Cernovich's failed attempt to take him down.

Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins us to discuss his new book, The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy. In 1992, the Cold War was over and many anticipated the United States would preside over a new era of peace and prosperity. But that has not happened; in fact, quite the opposite. This failure, Walt argues, has been due to overzealousness on the part of bipartisan foreign policy elites to spread liberal values throughout the world and an unwillingness to hold people like John Bolton accountable for their mistakes.

On the fun half: Geraldo Rivera slams Fox News over coverage of migrant caravan being tear-gassed. Fox host: Cindy Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comments aren't racist because she didn't say "lynching." Brian Kilmeade shocked GOP tax cuts led to GM job losses. Fox's Charles Payne fears capitalism is in trouble because Americans will see companies post record earnings amid massive layoffs and elect "a straight-up socialist." Bernie Sanders says war in Yemen is unconstitutional, issues call to action on Senate floor. British school boys beat up Syrian refugee. Boris Johnson's embarrassing outtakes prove he knows nothing. Michigan college hands out hockey pucks for kids to stop mass shooters with. Joe Rogan explains why Gavin McInnes is leaving the Proud Boys, gets some things wrong.

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Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez), author of 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' joins us.

Sam answers a listener's question on the pitfalls of economic nationalism. Trump promises no auto plant closures in Michigan in 2016, the same thing to folks in Youngstown, OH in 2017. Paul Manafort thinks he's getting pardoned by Donald Trump, probably broke his plea deal.

Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' in which Galvez examines the impact of NAFTA on the people of Mexico. By flooding Mexico with cheap corn and other goods from the US, NAFTA impacted many areas of life including nutrition, culture, and the ability of subsistence farmers to make a living in their communities. Galvez breaks down some of NAFTA's "sacred ideas" and makes the case for a trade policy based around human needs, rather than profits for the global 1%.

On the fun half: First Ole Miss Rhodes scholar calls out Cindy Hyde Smith as racist. Tomi Lahren rants about asylum seekers who are ungrateful for the help offered to them. MSNBC reporter debunks GOP claims that the caravan is violent. Boris Epshteyn justifies teargassing the people in the caravan. Trump says he doesn't believe the climate change report. Tom Delay says the national climate assessment is "a disgrace." Stefan Molyneux advocates for Poland and the white ethno-state. Do Democrats need to make a better case to the white working class? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-27-18-Alyshia_Galvez-pub.mp3
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David Dayen joins Sam to discuss his recently published piece in the Intercept, "House Progressives are Facing an Unexpected Problem in their Quest for Committee Power." Dayen lays out the recent history of the Progressive Caucus and illustrates how it's growing--it will be three times the size of the Freedom Caucus when it entered the House in 2011. Considering that Pelosi needs virtually every Democrat to vote for her on the floor; Progressives recognized this and made a power play--they wanted leadership roles on all domestic policy committees. Roads to progressive legislation like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, or expanded Social Security run through these committees. Placing Progressives in these committees will reshape the types of legislation brought to a vote under a future Democratically controlled Congress and Executive branch. Dayen and Sam break down why Progressives in the past have not been able to enact meaningful legislation in the House--Dayen believes it's a long-standing practice of self-selection, where Progressives flock to the Judiciary committee and New Democrats maximize their power on financial committees. How can we on the outside effect these inside deals? Dayen believes it's on the media and constituents to talk about it, which in turn will pressure on our elected officials.

And in the Fun Half: our takeaways from the National Climate Assessment, Rick Santorum is giddy that the Trump administration released the NCA report on Black Friday, an AEI VP declares she's not a doctor and then obfuscating the NCA report, how the oil lobby owns the GOP and Mike Lee illustrates that case and point, the fallacy of "Innovation," Bernie's new book is out tomorrow, showing family members the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, why the asylum process has always been a problem, the sexual anxiety of alt-right bigots, Gavin explains why he's stepping down from the Proud Boys and also why white supremacy is not real, and the big electoral wins in Minnesota. Plus your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-26-18-David_Dayen-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Today, Alex Rosenblat, researcher for Data & Society, joins us to discuss her new book "Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work." How Uber's incentive structure inserts itself into drivers' lives despite the initial promise of super-flexible hours. How conscious are drivers of the false-promise of "ride-sharing" as far as democratizing the economy. The regional difference between professionalized cities like NYC and smaller cities with less of an entrenched taxi industry. How and why Uber sells the idea that drivers are entrepreneurs.

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Direct download: 11-21-18-Alex_Rosenblat-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Before the MR Crew heads to Mar-A-Lago for Thanksgiving, we brief you on the latest stories including Trump using the DOJ to target political enemies, Matt Whitaker's dark money slush fund, and how Trump's acceptance of the Khasshogi killing green lights murder for the world's autocrats. We're live at 12:00 pm EST.

We begin with a clip where Ben Sasse stinks it up on late night, stating the government should function "as the founders intended." Sam then breaks down how the right wing media is portraying Trump's MBS pardon in the Khasshogi murder. Then, we head up to Massachusetts watch Seth Moulton's constituents boo him as the congressman tries to explain his relentless opposition Nancy Pelosi. Finally, a special guest, GOP Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith calls into the program to tell us about her debate last night and why she read straight from her notes. Sam then asks Hyde-Smith if she thinks he has a chance in his 2022 primary challenge against Chuck Schumer.

And in Fun Half: Raygun has a bone to pick with Sam, Sam's 2022 Senate campaign video is bringing MR fans to tears, Sam talks Worcester with a caller, Steny Hoyer is a corporatist and we should focus progressive power on keeping him from becoming majority leader, an ex-libertarian caller explains how Ayn Rand turned him off libertarianism, a black caller thought Matt was black, eastern California is the state's last bastion of Republicanism, the GOP has no real morals, and student debt forgiveness is not a moral hazard. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-20-18-Janeane_Garofalo-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Professor Bernard L. Fraga (@blfraga) joins us on today's show to discuss his new book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America.  We're live at 12:00 pm ET.

Professor Fraga explains that there is a lack of mobilization of racial and ethnic minority groups in the American electorate. Specifically, Democratic candidates are not reaching out enough to Latino, African American, and Asian American voters. In most districts, candidates understand through basic demographics, white voter turnout is the decisive factor in a candidate's respective race. However, Fraga shows the stunning disparity in turnout between the white and minority voters. Election campaigns have become more racialized and now Democrats, who hold a smaller share of the white electorate, need to be more present in minority communities.  Republicans doubled down on white identity campaign rhetoric to turn out the large coalitions of white voters in very white states like WI, MI, PA, and OH. Fraga also reflecting on the midterms, voter suppression and election stealing, arguing that these things are happening in states where turnout is high and minority communities are mobilized in the electorate. If the Democratic Party believes its future is bright in a minority-majority America, they need to begin advocating for that national vision now.

And in the Fun Half: Stacey Abrams defends her accusations of voter suppression, Katherine Harris left us a bunch of weird voicemails, Trump's coalition continues to shock listeners, the failures of billionaires and their toxic mythos, Sam's Democratic Socialist fantasies, why AOC and Justice Democrats will continue to primary liberal  candidates, Fox News thinks AOC is the Steve Bannon of the left, Ivanka's emails are not news, POC Ben Shapiro is all the rage, the GOP would own federal ballot initiative, a new lens to consider Bolsonaro's election. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-19-18-Bernard_Fraga-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

Michael D'Antonio joins the program to discuss his latest book, The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.  Mike Pence has had his sights sent on the presidency since beginning his career in politics. D'Antonio  believes Mike Pence is the most powerful "Christian supremacist" in American history. Pence grew up in a typical New Deal Irish Catholic family before becoming an Evangelical christian and launching a career as an AM talk radio host who railed about homosexuals and extramarital affairs in the military. As a legislator for in 10 years in the House, Pence did not sponsor a single bill which later became law--but he was a great fundraiser. His fundraising prowess made him many friends on Capitol Hill and helped parlay his greater political ambitions. After being elected in deep-red Indiana, he set about passing conservative christian  laws (namely, RFRA) that most Hoosiers did not support. D'Antonio describes Pence's style of uncompromising governing as one that vacillates between dogmatically christian and mercenarily hard-core conservative. Given his less-than-mediocre track record, how did he end up as Trump's vice president? D'Antonio believes it's a combination of his relationship to the donor class and the christian right's belief that Pence is destined to assume the presidency--in the meantime Pence plays the roll of Daniel to Trump's Cyrus, to put it in biblical terms. Even still, given the amount of chaos in the White House, does Pence have a plan to accelerate his ascent to the presidency? D'Antonio thinks so--he sees real potential in a Pence/Haley 2024 ticket--the Trump presidency is not the final chapter of Mike Pence's political career.

And in the Fun Half: Would Sam be the face of Arby's net national ad campaign? Why Nancy Pelosi's proposed tax measures will hurt progressive causes, Sam to debate libertarian YouTube host Adam Kokesh, Mike Lee lets his libertarian freak flag fly at the Federalist Society, the coming civil war between the conservative and progressive political factions, an awesome MAGA tattoo, Ohio is gerrymandered to hell and its newest legislation is terrifying, a Kansas county commissioner's musings on the "master race," how utility subsidies and monopolies hurt consumers and constituents, the whisper campaign has begun--Seder Schumer primary 2020? Trump's new epistemological take on the Khasshogi murder, the student loan crisis will continue to become a greater issue, why progressives prefer Richard Ojeda to Kamala Harris. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-19-18-Michael_Dantonio-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

It's Casual Friday here on the Majority Report and joining Michael Brooks are friends of the show Ana Kasparian of the Young Turks and comedy writer David Feldman of the David Feldman Show. Michael and Ana break down the midterm results and evaluate what the new class of progressive Democrats can do in next year's new majority house. How do progressives work pragmatically with the Democratic establishment in a productive manner without losing their convictions won in the 2018 midterms. Ana and Michael discuss the New York Times' bombshell Facebook report and debunk the myth of the "liberal"  Silicon Valley corporations. The belief that Silicon Valley is a vanguard of moral capitalism is no longer fantasy, it's delusion.

David Feldman thinks he's on with Sam only to find out it's Michael hosting today--he says he'll never another MR program again. Feldman lays out his media critique, journalistic outlets are not educating us, they're simply feeding the spectacle of Trump with an occasional segment where they fact-check habitual liars. On the democratic party, Feldman says it is time to fight like a dysfunctional family where the world outside thinks we're the ideal American family. However, there is hope in the incoming freshman can bring that fight. Feldman shares his most recent work with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and what it was like to meet Ted Cruz--who actually turned out to be charming.   Feldman explains how his old boss, Dennis Miller, with his decent into marginalized, bigoted madness, is performing the most high-concept satirical comedy we've ever seen--hilarious stuff. As for this week's movie recommendation, Feldman says Diabolique is a can't miss.

And in the Fun Half: Raygun wants to know how big a payday would Michael need to be the face of Arby's, how can progressives address Democratic Machine states, Ilhan Omar points out the double standard when a minority represents a majority white district, Jack Posobiec's Game of Thrones erotica featuring Donald Trump and Sansa Stark, Lou Dobbs' misinformation campaign is essentially elder abuse, Pod Save America are who we thought they were, Michael updates us on the state of the Brazilian politics, the problem with addressing racism with class arguments, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-16-18-Ana_Kasparian-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

On today's Majority Report, UChicago Law Professor and former SCOTUS clerk, Justin Driver joins the program to talk about his new book The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind. In the book, Driver gives an engaging and alarming book that aims to vindicate the rights of public school stu­dents, which have so often been undermined by the Supreme Court in recent decades. Driver recounts the hallmark cases that have influenced both education policy and our understanding of the first amendment of our constitution. Driver also explains how Brown v. Board unanimous decision set of a fierce debate about how we understand integration and equality in our public schools. We're headed into an era where principals of previous ruled-upon cases are being reinterpreted by ideology in our newly confirmed conservative court system. Sam and Driver breakdown the idea of racial protection in the face constitutional colorblindness after decades of Justice Scalia and Thomas presiding over the court. The two end the interview discussing what we can do about the grim reality where corporal punishment is allowed in schools in 19 states across the country.

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Direct download: 11-15-18-Justin_Driver-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), independent journalist at EmptyWheel.net, joins us.

On today's show: Stuart Varney drags AOC on Amazon, says "the young lady does not understand growth."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), independent journalist at EmptyWheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest on the Mueller investigation, including Jeff Sessions' firing, the potential number of indictments coming down the pike, and how Trump's decision to install loyalist Matt Whitaker as Sessions' replacement (and Mueller's boss) could backfire on him.

The incoming House reps for the Democrats vs. the GOP: spot the differences.

On the fun half: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talks voter suppression in GA, says Republicans "can't win elections fairly." Ainsley Earhardt says elections are less fun when they aren't called on election night. Matt Schlapp says the Florida recount is a "test run" for stealing the 2020 election for Trump. Mehdi Hassan of Al Jazeera breaks down Trump's lies in interview with Trump 2020 campaign staffer. Oklahoma state football coach Mike Gundy blames transfers on "liberalism" and "the snowflake." Mindy on the PA electorate. Two fan-created MR bingo cards!

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Direct download: 11-14-18-Marcy_Wheeler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University and co-author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, joins us.

On today's show: Andrew Gillum talks Florida recount...in 2002 documentary.

John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University, joins us to discuss his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. For this book, Sides researched voters' beliefs about how much the Democratic Party's policies helped black Americans, and found they grew substantially after Obama's 2008 election. Sides posits that Obama's election racialized US politics n a way they had not been previously, causing race, immigration and religion to play a major role in the 2016 presidential election.

In the fun half: AOC visits climate change protest in Pelosi's office. Amazon comes to NYC, granting Cuomo's wish for upward redistribution. Trumpy Bear: the hottest Xmas gift for QAnon truthers. Hyde Smith refuses to apologize for joking about "public hanging" in a state known for lynchings. Mike from PA calls in to report back on races in his state, call out Democratic Party and union officials who endorsed a GOP candidate. A caller discusses the "should we be socialists?" panel Sam hosted and the flawed understanding behind the statement "I don't want the government to make my shoes."

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Direct download: 11-13-18-John_Sides-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Yochai Benkler (@YochaiBenkler), Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, joins us to discuss his new book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.

On today's show: Trump thanks WW2 veterans, says "you look so comfortable" under rain shelter. Macron denounces nationalism as "a betrayal of patriotism" in rebuke to Trump at WW2 remembrance.

Yochai Benkler (@YochaiBenkler), Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, joins us to discuss his new book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics. For this book, Benkler studied media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. He found the right wing media was largely cordoned off from the center and the left, that center-to-left people had a much more diverse media diet than the right, and that right wing media was not constrained by journalistic standards like "truth." From technology to corporate monopolies, Benkler goes over the reasons for this divide, and posits some ideas for how to fix it. 50% of Republicans still trust the mainstream media, says Benkler, so maybe that's a good place to start.

On the fun half: Cory Gardner defends his organization's accusation that "AZ election officials are cooking the books." Lou Dobbs says early voting leads to fraud, backs it up with nothing. Broflamingo from Las Vegas on racism and the right. MS GOP candidate says she'd attend a public hanging if her black opponent invited her. Danny in AZ discusses voting for the lesser evil as civic duty, not self expression. A caller tries to stump Jamie with a question on post-capitalist governance.

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Direct download: 11-12-18-Yochai_Benkler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump "regrets" his "tone" over the past two years. Trump blasts "disgrace" Jim Acosta, "loser" April Ryan, suggests more reporters could lose credentials. Trump tells black CNN reporter Abby Phillips she "asks a lot of stupid questions."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss midterm election results and more. The need for structural reforms in campaign finance, gerrymandering and how elections are run. How do we get Democrats who will fight? Are there reasons to be hopeful? Signs of progressive shifts in deep red states. The history of black radicalism and the need for progressives who can speak to the black community and grassroots movements that can move the Democrats to the left. The importance of Florida. Check out Ben's new project The North Star

Trump says Mueller didn't go through Senate process and Whitaker did, so he's better. Seb Gorka: "direct line" between Jim Acosta's behavior and Tucker Carlson protest. Did antifa use the wrong tactics with Tucker Carlson?

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for one of her semi-regular, profanity-laden rants. Trump says he didn't know Matt Whitaker and he's strong and respected by law enforcement. Judy's special wishes for Trump, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, and more.

Super-producer Matt Lech's Twitter war with Boris Epshteyn.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the Democrats' electoral strategy. Whitaker says Russian interference is a lie. Whitaker says Sessions' recusal was because of outrage from the left. Whitaker says only Christians should be judges in 2014. How likely are the Democrats to introduce a house of commons to better represent the working class? (Not very.) AOC can't afford an apartment in DC and Fox News assholes think that's hilarious. Conservatives' extremely racist protest of the recount in Florida. Mindy wants Democrats to be less timid.

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Direct download: 11-09-18-Ben_Dixon-Judy_Gold-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

On today’s show, Joseph Cirincione (@Cirincione), President of the Ploughshare Fund, joins Michael to discuss the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and why elected officials on both sides of the aisle are pleading with President Trump and John Bolton to keep the 30 year old Cold War treaty in tact. We’re live at 12:00 pm EST.

Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund joins us to breakdown the history of nuclear and intercontinental missiles and how close we have gotten to using these weapons of mass destruction during the Cold War. Cirincione says there have been a dozen times where human error has brought us to the brink of nuclear annihilation–reason enough for both Democratic and Republican presidents to reduce our nuclear weapons for the better part of the last 50 years. However, that reduction process has stopped, and John Bolton has been at the forefront of ramping up ballistic missile production. Cirincione says the Democratic party’s gains in the House will help as a check against Bolton and the Trump administration and can lay the groundwork for the next set of denuclearization policies for America’s national security. Historically, the military has supported agreements like the INF treaty which allows them to monitor Russian arms and keep our national security abreast of what is happening with our adversaries. Cirincione says the current dialogue in Washington regarding nuclear arms and national security are basically recycled ideas from the 1950s–nukes everywhere. The current conservative call for nuclear proliferation goes had in had with the GOP’s border policy, practices of voter disenfranchisement, and calls for “law and order”: a drive for white American global hegemony. Meanwhile, in North Korea, Cirincione says progressives need to put aside their criticisms of Trump and root for the President to make further progress on a nuclear peace deal in North Korea–one that will lead to the removal of Kim’s plutonium enrichment plants. Michael and Cirincione end their conversation discussing the Iranian sanctions, Mike Pompeo’s insincere diplomacy in the Gulf, and what the 2019 congress can do to limit our role in Saudi war crimes.

And in the Fun Half: voting out of fear, Meghan McCain is who we thought she was, Dave Rubin claims social democracy can only work in entho-states, considering the “legacy” of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s acting AG, Matthew Whitaker, is the muscle-enforcer type he’s always loved, Whitaker was also once a scamming invention patent executive, how conservative commentators willfully misinterpret the transgender dialogue, where things stand in the Georgia and Florida race, plus your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-08-18-Joseph_Cirincione-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) joins us to discuss the midterm election results.

On today's show: Woman describes why she voted for McCaskill: her husband was poor in America and died because he didn't have health insurance; Steve Doocy immediately moves onto MAGA chud.

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) joins us to discuss the midterm election results. Turnout is up and Democrats out-performed their baselines. But Republicans did, too. Nancy Pelosi and bipartisanship: has she learned anything since 2010? Voter suppression in Florida. Trumpism proves resilient in Appalachia, which Democrats have largely abandoned. Where can Democrats win without running to the center? At least Scott Walker lost! How will Trump deal with it politically when the economy takes a dive? Vic Berger presents: "the Walk Away" rally.

On the fun half: Trump gets testy with media re: Russia indictment. Trump says he could stop Mueller investigation if he wanted to, but "I don't like stopping it politically." Beto O'Rourke says the f-word in concession speech. A caller says Democrats lost Appalachia by standing for nothing. Independent voters broke for Democrats because of healthcare, not immigration. Nancy Pelosi excited about protecting ACA, expresses it thusly: "Let's hear it for pre-existing conditions!" A caller defends Gillum's campaign strategy, blames racism and Trump's popularity.

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Direct download: 11-07-18-Dave_Weigel-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

Full coverage of the 2018 US midterm elections, featuring the MR Crew and special guests Nomi Konst, David Dayen, and more.

Direct download: 11-06-18-Midterms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) of Data For Progress joins us to discuss his predictions for the midterms.

On today's show: Trump says he (kind of, maybe) regrets his tone over the past two years, but it's the media's fault.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) of Data for Progress joins us to discuss his predictions for the midterms, and why he believes the most important results of this year's election will come in local and state races as well as the less-discussed local ballot measures. You can read more about it in Sean's latest op-ed at HuffPost, "This Election’s Greatest Wave Could Come Down-Ballot. Way Down-Ballot." And check out his post-midterms analysis at What The Hell Happened? 

On the fun half: Ronald Raygun gives some voter suppression tips for GOP-heavy districts. Does Sam have "old black guy" anger? Old woman cries after voting for Beto. MAGA women say they were denied service at NYC restaurant because MAGA. Chuck Grassley explains why Iowa and House still need Steve King. Hannity joins Trump onstage at rally. Claire McCaskill's bad leadership in MO. Former MO governor Jay Nixon's poor treatment of black potential voters. Jeff in GA says it's looking hopeful for Abrams. Mindy on her Trump voodoo doll. Ted Cruz wants to go to the bathroom, just like a real human would. Reverend Aaron of @Punks4Progress plugs some progressive candidates in NV.

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Direct download: 11-06-18-Sean_McElwee-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

On today's show: Ohio congressional candidate Danny O'Connor explains how GOP will take away your healthcare in debate against Republican Troy Balderson. Stacey Abrams calls her opponent Brian Kemp an "architect of voter suppression." Morning Joe reveals Trump once admitted he plays the race card: "I know it's bad, but it works." Trump says the media are the ones creating violence in America with their fake news lies. Steve Martin lookalike chants "CNN sucks!" outside a Miami Trump rally.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio (@cacophousminuti) on the nation's most flippable districts. Sam challenges Steven Crowder to debate in trippy video. "Reformed Republican" @chckpeas cons conservatives by pretending to join "walk away" movement. Why does the GOP hate Nancy Pelosi? Would employers use Medicare-for-all as an excuse to pay their workers less? Will the GOP stage a coup if the Dems win big? Some thoughts on government and "efficiency." Trump does not regret selling American bombs to Saudi Arabia, says Saudis just "don't know how to use" them. A plug for Professor Lawrence Brown's study of segregated Baltimore. How to talk to white liberals about the need for gun control. The difference between leftists and liberals.

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Direct download: 11-05-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Today, on Casual Friday, Digby joins the Majority Report to discuss the latest Trump tactics as we slam into Tuesday's midterms, and then Andy Kindler makes his Majority Report return to breakdown Dennis Miller's current relationship with the conservative movement. We're live at 12:00 pm ET.

Digby and Sam kick off Majority Report's 8th birthday show talking about cassettes, 8 tracks, and AM radio before diving into the news of the week.  Digby lays out how Trump's rhetoric became so over the top in the weeks leading up the midterms. The president's pollsters convinced him Republicans could keep the house, and, Trump being the excitable child he is, went to the well for more fear-mongering and appeals to racism. But, after the recent spate of race-driven terror attacks, Trump realized he lost the house. Now, Trump is just trying to salvage the Senate for the GOP. Sam and Digby then breakdown Trump's latest statements on the refugee caravan and what it means when the president of the United States says armed soldiers can shoot rock throwers.  If the Democratic Party takes back the house, how will Dems consolidate power and keep those Republican voters in the Democratic caucus--what happens when you expand the Democratic tent beyond the likes of Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly? Finally, Sam and Digby consider the National Archive's decision to release Leon Jaworski's grand jury indictment suggestion from the Watergate investigation. The report is a roadmap for Mueller to suggest indictment depending on the findings from his investigation.

Sam is then joined by Andy Kindler where they catch up with their old buddy Dennis Miller and his new comedy special. Sam explains the Jacob Wohl conspiracy kerfuffle to Kindler, who can't believe what's going on with this 20-year-old spymaster. And finally, rounding out Friday's trio of conservative idiots, the guys review Bill O'Reilly's rant over how the media describes George Soros.

And in the Fun Half: a Holy War manifesto written by Washington state Representative Matt Shea, Kornacki and John from San Antonio are sharing a brain on polling expectations, Sema Verma explains her tasteless Medicare for All Halloween joke on Boris Epshteyn's show, the tautology of "Originalism" constitutional philosophy, canvassing for centrist Democratic candidates, Jay in New Haven takes a stroll down MR memory lane, what happened on Halloween, when YouTubers don't do their homework while critiquing MR. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-02-18-Digby-Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Journalist Brian Mier joins the Majority Report to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brasil and his latest piece for Brasil Wire, "Why Bolsonaro Won: Beyond the Cliches."

On today's show: Dave Chappelle says Trump hasn't made this fascist wave, he's just surfing it.

Brien Mier, editor of Brasil Wire, joins us to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brasil and his latest piece for Brasil Wire, "Why Bolsonaro Won: Beyond the Cliches." In this piece, Mier argues that Bolsonaro's electoral victory would have been impossible if not for the violent suppression of Haddad supporters throughout the country, making his election illegitimate. Mier goes over Bolsonaro's alarming fascist credentials, the details of the plot against Lula, and what people in the US can do to put pressure on Bolsonaro's administration from the outside.

On the fun half: A caller questions Jamie's emphasis on Marxist analysis and socialist utopianism; the crew responds. Trump thanks Charlie Kirk for discovering Candace Owens. Candace Owens claims the media is trying to destroy Blexit, denies saying Kanye designed the Blexit aesthetic...but she totally did. Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue, claims he was welcomed, makes Twitter video. Back in the real world, there were massive anti-Trump protests by mourners. Dennis Prager of Prager U explains his "when a woman isn't in the mood" series, yuck. Rodrigo in NJ explains how capitalism has undermined democracy in Brazil. A caller compliments our Halloween episode, rails against Jimmy Dore.

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Direct download: 11-01-18-Brian_Mier-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

We had a horrible accident in the studio, which kicked off a bizarre series of events from which the MR crew might never recover.

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Direct download: 10-31-18-Sam_Seder-Sellout-Hour-2nd_half-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

On today's show: Mourners in Pittsburgh protest Trump's visit. Jewish Pittsburgh hospital president explains why they treated the terror suspect. Nikki Haley says GOP didn't blame Obama for racial divide after Dylann Roof shooting (how nice of them)...which she linked to Trump's rhetoric at the time. Beto O'Rourke rejects Trump's effort to militarize the border, calls it "ridiculous." Senate candidate Martha McSally (R-AZ): "I'm getting my ass kicked" because of vote to repeal Obamacare. Jack Burkman announces Mueller "sex assault" victim press event.

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Direct download: 10-31-18-Sam_Seder-Sellout-Hour-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

rganizer and movement historian LA Kauffman (@LAKauffman) joins us to discuss her new book, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance.

On today's show: Trump says he will end birthright citizenship in interview with Axios.

Organizer and movement historian LA Kauffman (@LAKauffman) joins us to discuss her new book, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance. From the 1963 March on Washington to the millions-strong Iraq War protests, most large scale protests haven't done much to shift government policy or build the organizations that put them on. But Kauffman sees hope in the woman-led, bottom-up, protests that are happening now, from the airport protests of the Muslim ban, to the Kavanaugh confirmation. In her studies of protest, direct action and civil disobedience, Kauffman explores what makes for an effective action and how the left can use protests to build a movement capable of resisting Trump. Also: some tips on what you can do to support a direct action, even if you're unable to join it yourself.

On the fun half: Shep Smith says the migrant caravan hysteria is purely cooked up for the midterm election, offering Fox News a smokescreen of respectability. Fox News ghouls Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade concern troll about diseases the caravan is allegedly carrying. A caller wonders: is there a way out of this? "Honoring" Pittsburgh synagogue victims, rabbi (for Jesus) prays for GOP candidates. Methodist clergyman protests Jeff Sessions' religious liberty speech, gets removed. Trump doesn't bother to close umbrella while boarding Airforce One. A caller in AR on the media's complicity in GOP bs. A caller in SC on theocratic adoption restrictions in her state. Is Chapo being unfair to Elizabeth Warren? Gorka vlogs while driving a Mustang.

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Direct download: 10-30-18-LA_Kauffmab-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

MR reports on the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 dead.

Michelle Malkin says refugees are a "hostile force" invading our country. Chris Farrell says caravan is made possible by "Soros occupied State Department." Hugh Hewitt says there is political violence on both sides, Trump is not to blame for the violence. Sam and Barbara Boxer debate how to handle right wing political violence; Sam says you have to do more than vote, calls out the media for creating false equivalancies. Erick Erickson calls on conservatives to stop spreading conspiracy theories about pipe bomb suspect, has recently tweeted conspiracy theories about the caravan, Planned Parenthood, Christine Blasey Ford, and David Hogg.

On the fun half: Trump supporters say bomber was a false flag and Dems sent bombs to themselves; Hugh Hewitt claims no "responsible conservatives" are saying it was a false flag. Paul Ryan says tribalism is on both sides and Trump's rallies only sometimes cause division. Mindy asks for tips on staying sane. An Israeli caller on Jewish anti-Semitism. Sebastian Gorka dismisses any claims that Donald Trump is complicit in hate crimes against Jews. Stacey Abrams explains the illegal, racist voter purges to Brian Kemp in debate. Trump blames Pittsburgh synagogue for lack of armed security.

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Direct download: 10-29-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and comedian Ted Alexandro  (@tedalexandro) join us.

On today's show: Trump compares ICE fighting and liberating towns with MS 13 to fighting Nazi-occupied Europe. Benjamin Dixon, editor-in-chief of Progressive Army and host of The Benjamin Dixon show, joins us to break down the week's news. Bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc identified. Fox News' Trish Regan accuses the media of "playing the victim" w/r/t bombs. Martha McSally says she doesn't want to talk healthcare — just "things that matter," i.e. the caravan. Gillum's chances in Florida. Megyn Kelly's defense of blackface.

Comedian Ted Alexandro joins us to talk political comedy and labor organizing on the comedy scene. Ted also gives his take on the comeback of Louis CK. Check out his comedy special, "Senior Class of Earth," at atcspecials.com.

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On the fun half: DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says troops won't shoot refugees, will "defend themselves." Trump "calls for unity" at black entrepreneur dinner, elicits chants of "lock him up!" re: George Soros. Gorka says migrants are mostly military age men & if poor people come seeking asylum,  "America will cease to exist." Newt Gingrich: "We'll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it."

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Direct download: 10-26-18-Benjamin_Dixon-Ted_Alexandro-pub.mp3
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Nick Guthman (@NickGuthman),  the co-founder and executive director of Our Blue Future joins Michael to discuss how young progressive Americans are working to elect Democrats in 2018 and beyond. Guthman explains how and why very few youth organizations do coordinated electoral work. Guthman and his friends were very involved in the American University College Democrats and after graduating used their network and resources to raise money and awareness for 2018 Democratic candidates across the country with the help of local College Democrats in those states. Using a combination of digital media and on-the-ground organizing, Our Blue Future has been able to gather support for candidates that will bring new progressive representatives to Congress. Get involved at http://ourbluefuture.us/

And in the Fun Half: Ted Cruz is Normal Man buying Shiner in Texas, James Adomian's Bernie Sanders is advocating for a public in LA (for voters Measure B), Donald Trump says Dems will not protect pre-existing conditions, Eric Holder says it's all about turnout in a country full of gerrymandered congressional districts, Steve Bannon's poorly attended events illustrate the structural setting of monopoly, Donald Trump is ready to tear up the INF agreement, the latest on Brazil, Chapo boys would marry Sam, James Lankford's false equivalence between bombs in the mail & women who protested Justice Kavanaugh, policy for Native Americans, TBT Maxine Waters vicious beatdown of Michael Tracy, thoughts on Chris Hedges, a how-to process for building a broad left coalition, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-25-18-Nick_Guthman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Devin Fergus (@Devin_Fergus), the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri and author of Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class, joins us.

On today's show: Trump says Khasshogi cover-up was "worst ever."

Devin Fergus (@Devin_Fergus) joins us to discuss his new book, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class. In this book, Fergus explores the impact of hidden consumer fees on wealth inequality in the US. Ever since the deregulatory wave of the 1970s, rising fees have redistributed wealth from the average consumer to corporations, shutting people — particularly the historically marginalized — out of middle class indicators like home ownership, higher education, and transportation. He also points his finger at the government, which, rather than raise taxes on the wealthy, has increased its revenue by increasing fees and fines, essentially placing a regressive tax on society's most vulnerable. To combat this, Fergus recommends increased regulations and a re-framing of what "good credit" means, among other things.

A challenge to Steven Crowder: stop being a coward and debate Sam.

On the fun half: Broflamingo on how Sam murked Kirk and the role of white supremacy in the Kavanaugh confirmation. Jeff in GA (DissidentPeasant.com) calls out Crowder. Fox News equates bombs sent to media outlets with meals interrupted by protesters. CNN anchors interrupt broadcast for pipe bomb. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) says "both sides" need to tone down the "rhetoric." DHS claims there are Middle Eastern migrants in the caravan headed for US border; Sarah Huckabee Sanders affirms it. Jeffrey Toobin asks if the media is complicit in Trump's inflammatory rhetoric. The crew watches the final portion of Sam's debate with Charlie Kirk, in which he schools Kirk on regulations, the '08 crisis, and how banks work.

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Direct download: 10-24-18-Devin_Fergus-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

Sam is back from Politicon. Let's see how he did in his debate against Charlie Kirk!

On today's show: Sam's debate with Charlie gets the Bob's Burgers treatment. Trump explains why he's a nationalist, not a globalist. Trump wants reporters to embed with migrant caravan to find MS 13 and terrorists. Mike says CBP apprehends 10 terrorists every day at the southern border. Fox news segment: "Griff Jenkins foils illegals' attempt to cross border."

On the fun half: John from San Antonio calls in with his latest predictions for the midterms. The crew watches (part of) Sam's debate with Charlie Kirk, in which he schools him on the GOP tax cuts, single-payer healthcare, top marginal tax rates, and more. Plus: A caller's conspiracy theory about who's really funding the migrant caravan.

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Direct download: 10-23-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites), author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, joins us.

On today's show: Candidate Andrew Gillum talks about climate change while DeSantis looks like his human face is about to melt off in FL gubernatorial debate.

Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) joins us to discuss his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. In this book, the former New York Times columnist explores how global elites' efforts to "change the world" through NGOs and charity work actually just preserve their position atop the hierarchy. Rather than let these elites coast on the fantasy of the meritocracy and an updated form of feudal noblesse oblige, Giridharadas calls on regular people to build mass movements capable of changing the system in ways that get closer to the root causes of inequality.

On the fun half: Tattooed army vet Richard Ojeda takes on corporate polluters in effective WV Congressional campaign ad. Josh from Chicago continues Friday's discussion of race and class. Charlie Kirk flips out at Hasan Piker at Politicon. Sam schools Charlie Kirk on how banks work. How did Cenk Uygur do in his debate against Tucker Carlson? Tucker Carlson says the problem with Khashoggi's death is "ruling class" overreaction. Jared Kushner talks to Van Jones about his advice to MBS. Brenda calls in about Trump's attack on transgender people. Gohmert and Bill Hemmer talk about the migrant caravan being Soros funded. Brian Kilmeade lies about ankle bracelets, says they're largely cut off when there's actually a 99% compliance rate.

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Direct download: 10-22-18-Anand_Ghiridharas-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) from the UnPresidented podcast joins us.

On today's show: Pompeo says Saudi Arabia should get a few more days for Khashoggi investigation. Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter) joins us to discuss the week in news including the fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Chuck Schumer and the Dems stumbling into the midterms, and the GOP's new take on preexisting conditions. Also: Trump hails body slamming Congressman Greg Gianforte in Montana.

On the fun half: VA House rep Dave Brat tells prison inmates they both got it tough, conflates opponent with Nancy Pelosi. Danny from PA gives an update on the "window of justice" bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. Is the Marxist left alienating POC by applying an economic analysis to the rise of right-wing populism? Jason Miller suing Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House for calling him a "rat face baby killer." Tom Friedman is still defending his fawning MBS piece. Jamie hobnobs with AOC.

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Direct download: 10-19-18-Cliff_schecter-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Jeff Hauser (@jeffhauser) from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) joins the Majority Report to discuss his latest piece in The Hill, "Dems Can Use Subpoena Power to Reclaim the Mantle of Populism." In this piece, Jeff lays out plans for how Democratic representatives in Congress could use their powers of oversight to stand up for regular people by uncovering corruption of all kinds across not only the breadth of the Trump administration, but the economy as a whole. Also: Hauser's take on Chuck Schumer's terrible leadership and what the Democrats would do if they wanted to effectively resist the GOP.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio offers up some topics for Politicon, reminds Sam to give Bernie credit. Dissident Peasant a.k.a. Jeff in GA gets stoked about Stacey Abrams for governor. GA's secretary of state releases voting PSA where they don't even try to hide voter suppression. How likely are the Democrats to make voting rights federal, if/when they take back power? Eric Trump lies about government deficit and debt. Larry Kudlow claims tax revenue is growing, deficit shrinking. Eric Trump claims his family is not in any way invested in Saudi Arabia. YDSA member confronts TP USA coward about racist group chats. Charlie Kirk copies Benny Johnson's misleading Kanye tweet. What is the long-term inoculation against capital rolling back progressive gains in the future? Jamie and Sam debate the role of economics in Trump's rise to power.

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Direct download: 10-18-18-Jeff_Hauser-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

Tina Vasquez (@TheTinaVasquez) of Rewire.News joins the Majority Report to discuss her latest piece, "Abolish ICE: Beyond a Slogan."

On today's show: Mike Pompeo says "I don't want to talk about any of the facts" re: Khashoggi.

Tina Vasquez, of Rewire.News, joins us to talk about her latest piece, "Abolish ICE: Beyond a Slogan." The 2003 birth of ICE as an agency used to target Muslims after 9/11. How inflated funding enabled ICE to become a paramilitary body. How ICE's activities changed from the Obama years to the Trump years. The web of agencies implicated in terrorizing immigrants and the role played by private prison contractors. What abolishing ICE and ICE-like practices would actually entail, and what should replace it: a community-based alternative to a violent immigration system.

On the fun half: Ted Cruz says it's been a partisan circus since 2016...Beto O'Rourke says "that's funny" given Cruz's record. Beto O'Rourke explains why Trump called Cruz "Lyin' Ted," calls out Cruz's vote for tax break. Lindsey Graham jokes DNA test will reveal he's Iranian — "That would be, like, terrible" — prompting Brian Kilmeade to defend Iranians. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's surprisingly woke tweets and budding connection with Virgil Texas(!) Was Warren's DNA test the wrong move? Josh from Chicago says NY Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is dead to him because he appeared with Jimmy Dorr. "The Today Show" profiles white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Photo of Gavin McInnes with no beard reveals he has no chin. Tracing Hitchens' political devolution. Black Voters Matter blocked (temporarily) from taking seniors to vote. A caller on Redneck Revolt, gun culture, and self-defense on the left.

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Direct download: 10-17-18-Tina_Vasquez-pub.mp3
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Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall), the Research Director & Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute joins us to detail the demise of Sears and explain the state in our current financial system. Steinbaum lays out how the wealthiest parties in the economy use their legal standing to maximize profits at the expense of the company's financial health. At the heart of the Sears bankruptcy is the company's CEO Eddie Lampert. Lampert loaded debt onto the foundational parts of Sears' business while spinning off the corporation's most profitable pieces to his own hedge funds when the bills came due. This financial business model has grown over the past several decades as judicial interpretations have loosened antitrust laws, allowing corporations to be increasingly profitable for a smaller and smaller class of shareholders. Steinbaum and Sam also discuss Amazon's big PR push for $15 an hour raise and why third-party contracted workers may not receive the newly raised salary.

And in the Fun Half: Sam's disappointing softball stats, Ralph Nader is open to Bloomberg 2020, How Sam should debate Charlie Kirk, Scott Walker wants to gut the ACA but has a family with preexisting conditions, NY WFP gives its line to Cuomo, Eddie Glaude explains how "Campus Free Speech" is a conservative cottage industry, the racist TPUSA chapter at FIU, how does a Sanders campaign differ from a Warren campaign, Patriot Prayer and the gun cache in Portland, a caller describes working for Alex Jones, how Eddie Lampert is also taking Sears Canada for ride, Florida races will come down to the wire, plus your calls and IMs!

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Author Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) joins us to discuss his new book, A History of America in Ten Strikes.

On today's show: Elizabeth Warren takes DNA test, finds she has some Native American ancestry; Trump refuses to pay up.

Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) joins us to discuss his new book, A History of America in Ten Strikes. Why organized labor must oppose racism and sexism if it is going to succeed. What's happened in the past when (white) workers chose race over class, particularly in the south. How a sympathetic (or at least neutral) government can play a role in labor victories. The Democratic Party's spotty history with labor and why Loomis believes labor progressives can, and should, take over the Democratic Party now. Some important strikes in history.

On the fun half: Fox News' twisted take on Antifa and the Proud Boys' conflict in NYC. Gavin McInnes on why violence is the answer. Trump's primary regret so far? How badly the press has treated him. Trump says 60 Minutes' fact-checking doesn't matter: "I'm president, you're not." CNN focus group of independent voters calls Trump a dictator.  Larry Kudlow says UN scientists "overestimate" on climate change. Marco Rubio says he won't 'destroy our economy' for climate change. ND support for Heitkamp increases among soybean farmers hurt by Trump's tariffs on China. A call from the Mooch! Dave in Jamaica questions the intelligence/character of CNN's independent voters; Jamie agrees, exhorts the Democrats not to center them. An update on the sex abuse scandal in the PA Catholic church. Racist white woman ("Cornerstone Caroline") accuses black child of groping her in a store. A caller explains why his dad voted Obama 2x, then swung to Trump.

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Direct download: 10-15-18-Erik_Loomis-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

Heather “Digby” Parton (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Michigan GOP governor is a creep in found 1989 TV interview.

Digby a.k.a. Heather Parton, of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to break down the news from Washington. Turkey has video of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The economic ties that keep the White House from holding the Saudi government responsible. Brett Kavanaugh as reactionary activist judge. Chuck Schumer's failed leadership. Trump's court packing as existential threat to the Democrats.

Matthew "Film Guy" Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to talk movies. Today's pick: Okja (2017), from Bong Joon-ho (director of Snowpiercer), is a heartwrenching action-adventure factory farm dystopia. The crew talks compassion for animals, Sam's brief stint on the Atkins diet, and how Matthew's new low-meat lifestyle has helped him lose weight and feel good!

On the fun half: Paul Ryan brazenly lies about Medicare-for-all. Is compulsory voting a good idea? Melania Trump: "I'm the most bullied person on the world." Jeff Flake wants Trump primaried so we can return to "real conservative values." Steve Mnuchin going to Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi disappearance, says Saudis have been a "good partner." DHS coerces 5-year-old girl from Honduras to sign away her rights.

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Direct download: 10-12-18-Digby_Film_Guy_Matthew-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz) of New York Magazine joins Michael to discuss his latest piece on conservative outrage and militarism, "Republicans: Protesters Are an Unruly Mob — Unless They’re Heavily Armed and Support Us."

On today's show: TV shrink Gina Loudon says she has learned to trust Donald Trump.

Eric Levitz, staff writer at New York Magazine, joins us to discuss his latest piece, "Republicans: Protesters Are an Unruly Mob — Unless They’re Heavily Armed and Support Us." In it, he argues that the GOP's attacks on anti-Kavanaugh protesters are rooted in (authoritarian) principle that dictates only conservatives can wield dissent properly. When progressives — particularly POC — do it, it's a "scary mob." Levitz's take on Eric Holder's statement: "when they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is about." How the Clintons triangulated on issues of race. What's changed since the '90s to allow for a new kind of politics.

On the fun half: How important a quality is "viability" in a Democratic candidate? More discussion of Bernie 2020. Voter suppression in FL and GA. Trump says there wouldn't be a Saudi Arabia without the US. Donald Trump says he has spoken with the Saudis about the "very bad" disappearance of Khasshogi. Dissident Peasant on racist voter ID laws in GA. (Vote Stacey Abrams!) Jordan Peterson explains the wonders of a meat only diet to Dr. Oz. Laura Ingraham rewrites history, lies about Trump's neo-Nazi Charlottesville comments. Trump says Bernie's Medicare-for-all plan will raise Americans' taxes by 400%.

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Direct download: 10-11-18-Eric_levitz-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

On today's show: Trump wants to know who "drew" the IPCC report. How the GOP is suppressing the voting rights of Native Americans in ND. Ford lays off 20% of workforce due to Trump's tariffs. Trump at Iowa rally warns of the Democrat "left wing mob" ahead of midterms, implies Feinstein leaked Blasey Ford letter; crowd chants "lock her up!" Rand Paul frets over the current political climate, says he fears the left will assassinate someone, tweeted very recently about the right to take up arms against the government. Kellyanne Conway says it's Democrats like Hillary Clinton who are violent and uncivil. Related: GOP still trying to murder people via healthcare policy.

On the fun half: Rand Paul gets under Brian Kilmeade's skin re: endless war in the Middle East. A caller wonders if voters are inclined to act in favor of the status quo (no). A caller defends nuclear power. Trump says he hopes the Jamal Khashoggi (disappeared journalist in Saudi Arabia) situation will sort itself out. Thomas Friedman writes bad, possibly dangerous take on MBS and Khashoggi. Jeff in GA a.k.a. Dissident Peasant has a novel idea about using ice floes to dispose of the ruling class.

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Direct download: 10-10-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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New York Magazine's David Wallace-Wells, (@dwallacewells) joins us to discuss the new IPCC report on the acceleration of the climate crisis. Read his piece, "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?"

On today's show: Nikki Haley out at UN, claims the world now respects US power.

David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor of New York Magazine, joins us to discuss his piece on climate change, "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?" In this piece, Wallace-Wells goes over scientific findings on the scope and immediacy of a climate change crisis. This crisis will impact many areas of human life: Some cities will literally be too hot to live in, the world's grain production will drop, conflict will rise, and the GDP will decrease. We have the technology to totally green the economy, but that option is politically impossible even in the US, and would only work if the whole world did it. While he has no definitive answers, Wallace-Wells offers alarming ways to frame the issue to make the average person care. Post-interview, Jamie gives her reasoning for why there's no way to solve this problem under global capitalism.

On the fun half: Joe Rogan's alt-right following. Will the Kavanaugh appointment make liberals stop rehabilitating figures like GWB? Jacob Soboroff asks UC Davis students if they're voting...they're probably not. Trump says he likes Taylor Swift's music "about 25% less" than he did before she told fans to vote for Democrats. Sebastian Gorka claims the left has "normalized violence in America in the last two years." Kavanaugh pledges to be "independent and impartial," immediately drags his haters. A caller reminds folks in New York's 22nd district to vote Anthony Brindisi for Congress. Richard Linklater made a TX Senate race ad that asks: "Is Ted Cruz tough as Texas?" Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh's family for "terrible pain and suffering."

Today is the last day to register to vote in time for the midterms, so everyone please remember to get registered!

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Direct download: 10-08-18-David_Wallace_Wells-pub.mp3
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Good morning on today's show, Carol Anderson, (@ProfCAnderson) the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy joins us.

Carol Anderson's One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy explores the history of voting and its struggle to make democracy real through the 15th amendment. Anderson examines previous examples of voter suppression like the poll tax and literacy test in the 19th century as points where black voters and poor voters were kept from the polls in southern states. In modern times, voter ID laws have become the hot legislation to disenfranchise citizens from voting. Anderson cites Indiana's 2005 voter ID law as a particularly absurd measure which was enacted in a state that had never charged a citizen with voter fraud. Anderson argues that the 14th and 15th amendment have been stripped of their legal protections by cases brought to the Supreme Court. Anderson argues that Reagan's southern strategy and the migration of the Dixiecrats to the Republican party helped drive the GOP further to the right and are now doubling down on a white ethnic identity party funded by special corporate interest. So what's next? Anderson insists that non-partisan redistricting commissions come to the forefront, beyond that we must elect politicians whose commitment to the Voting Rights Act is unquestionable.

And in the Fun Half: Climate catastrophe, Brett Stephens' bad faith climate argument, fascist regimes will fail to protect their constituents, the Teamster UPS contract dispute, Michael goes in on the idea of "anti-corruption" political campaigns citing last night's election in Brazil, Mitch McConnell's career dedication to the ultra-elite is unmatched in American history, Orin Hatch dismisses female protestors in the most unsavory way, it's Dinesh Dsouza revisionist history hours on Fox & Friends, Taylor Swift is voting Democratic and Charlie Kirk is crushed, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-08-18-Carol_Anderson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Sam is live from the Mass Torts conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Sam speaks with David Pakman (@dpakman), host of the David Pakman Show, live from the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas. Sam and David break down the ins and outs of how the Kavanaugh vote could go. Does the left, broadly speaking, need to be more aware of the judiciary branch? And what does that actually mean in practice? Also: The new NAFTA is a real mixed bag for workers.

Sam speaks with lawyer Michael Berg about his work representing victims of gas explosions: How our crumbling infrastructure contributes to the problem, how gas companies are committing malfeasance, and what Berg and his clients are doing to fight back.

Sam speaks with Bobby Kennedy about his work holding Monsanto accountable for exposing people to pesticides that cause cancer, particularly lymphoma. In addition to outlining his current work, Kennedy gives some history of Monsanto's crimes in the name of profit, stretching back to its current parent company IG Farben.

On the fun half: Chuck Grassley and Maria Bartiromo wonder if George Soros is behind the Kavanaugh protests, Trump tweets about it 80 minutes later. Rep. Louis Gohmert goes Nazi on George Soros, the Democratic Party. A sex worker and DACA recipient calls in to give her perspective on SESTA/FOSTA and how these laws will hurt both sex workers and trafficking victims. Trump has toilet paper stuck to his shoe as he boards AF1 for MN rally. Generation Forward poll finds millennials favor socialism over capitalism, especially millennial POC. DCCC ad takes on tax breaks for the wealthy. Another ad encourages young people to vote for Democrats to own the olds. The Yankees cross a hotel strike picket line in Boston.

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Direct download: 10-05-18-Sam_Mass_Torts-pub.mp3
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Good morning everyone, on today's show, Sam reports from the Torts conference in Las Vegas. For those new to the MR family, a brief explainer: Sam heads twice a year to the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas and gives an inside look into the biggest legal battles against America's worst corporate actors.

Sam sits down with attorney Jeff Gaddy from Levin Papantonio to discuss the status of the multi-state Opioid lawsuit and how lawyers are using similar tactics those used in the Big Tobacco lawsuit of the 80s. Sam is then joined by Steve Babin an attorney with Chapin Legal Group who is engaged in an interesting work wage lawsuit defending exotic dancers in Ohio looking to win dancers backpay for years of dubious independent contracting and indefensible wages.  Attorney Becca Timmons explains how SESTA-FOSTA legislation is both trying to hold tech companies accountable for human trafficking but is simultaneously driving sex workers to the dark web. Sam then interviews attorney Daniel Nigh about his lawsuit against Valsartan which has been recalled for having NDNA in it, a compound found in jet fuel, and how corporations too often make the decision that allows tainted products to reach consumers.

And in the Fun Half: demoralizing polling for Democrats in the wake of the Kavanaugh investigation, why we need greater female representation in government, Heidi Heitkamp is a No on Kavanaugh, Devin Nunes' illegal immigrant farmers, Americans in Brazil have the worst of both political worlds.

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Direct download: 10-04-18-Sam_Mass_Torts-pub.mp3
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Meagan Day, staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, joins the Majority Report to discuss her piece, "The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh."

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Meagan Day, staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, joins us to discuss her piece in Jacobin, "The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh." After his unhinged testimony, casual perjury, and completely unremarkable hearings about his judicial record, Brett Kavanaugh has revealed himself to be the poster boy for Unremarkable White Men. In this piece, Day explores how this nomination fight spotlights the American myth of the meritocracy, and how that idea is used to justify massive inequality. From Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, to the rise of Trump, to incompetence in Democratic Party leadership, recent events reveal the crumbling edifice of American meritocracy and the resultant rise of a populist impulse that could be used for good or ill. Also: in her piece "Austerity By Paperwork," Day explores how conservative politicians are limiting access to social safety net benefits like Medicaid by making it increasingly difficult to qualify, or even apply. The answer: universal programs.

On the fun half: Was DSA being "just like Jimmy Dore" when they released their statement on AOC endorsing Cuomo? Danny Glover films PSA in support of Lula. A caller on what we can learn from Mao Zedong and other flawed communist leaders. Amazon's Alexa schools Stephen Crowder on socialism, shows herself to be a crazy SJW liberal. News report shows DHS was unprepared to deal with family separation policy, resulting in horrible conditions for detainees. Amazon workers celebrate news of new $15/hour minimum wage for all US workers. Is "dum dum" left a bad term? A story from an elite all-boys summer camp. Numerous potential sources say the FBI has not contacted them in Kavanaugh investigation.

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Direct download: 10-03-18-Meagan_Day-pub.mp3
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Journalist Jessica Bruder joins Sam to discuss her book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, on how a generation of Americans has redefined their ambitions.

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Journalist Jessica Bruder speaks with Sam about her new book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century. In researching this book, Brider spoke with people all over the country, mostly older Americans, who gave up their homes, moved into RVs, and took on precarious contract work to survive when Social Security and other benefits came up short. From Amazon factories during the holiday season, to campgrounds in eastern California, Bruder's research shows that, for many people, the American Dream of the 20th century has transformed into a roving life of seasonal work at the mercy of whether a car or RV can take you to a job opportunity.

On the fun half: A caller questions whether Elizabeth Warren's left liberal approach is enough to solve the problems of capitalism. Jamie and Michael argue about "flat earth" conspiracy theories. A caller on Brett Kavanaugh and the crisis of white supremacy. Text messages suggest Kav is lying about not knowing Deborah Ramirez. Trump says Kavanaugh's youthful drinking shouldn't disqualify him. Matt reads select passages from Tucker Carlson's latest literary work. Tucker Carlson's racist dog whistle of the night is "white genocide." Carlson stumbles over gender pronoun usage. Is Bernie Sanders the only candidate who can beat Trump? Bernie congratulates Jeff Bezos on paying his employees $15/hour. Alex Trebek goes on weird tangent about not being molested by Catholic priests at PA senatorial debate. Brendan recommends a piece in The New Yorker: "Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, and the Things Men Do For Other Men."

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Direct download: 10-02-18-Jessica_Bruder-pub.mp3
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