The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Activist Sarah Slamen whose amazing testimony and forced removal from a hearing at the  Texas State Legislature won national attention.

Author, biologist, environmental activist, and mother Sandra Steingraber explains why she went to jail for her environmental activism and Alabama small businessman John Mullins who called out Congressman Mike Rogers on Austerity destroying the economy.

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Educational historian and author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools Diane Ravitch explains why the education crisis is a myth, where our schools are in real trouble, why poverty drives educations problems and the problems with the Common Core.

Tor Ekeland, attorney for Andrew “weev” Auernheimer and Matthew Keys explains why both hackers are being charged under a draconian laws under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for releasing information already in the public domain.

And more!

Also Members only! an interview from the Air America Archives with comedian and  "PC" John Hodgman. 

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Princeton Professor, Eddie S. Glaude Jr, explains the roots of the March on Washington, Malcolm X’s original critique of the march, how mainstream America has co-opted the Civil Rights Movement, how the left has been marginalized, why the Obama Administration’s failures to hold banks accountable undermines King’s social justice tradition, the intersection between social progress and economic justice and is the end of Black America?

Religion scholar and author Reza Aslan, explains his new work Zealot,what the historic Jesus really stood for, how Jesus was rebranded, why he knew what he was getting into before he went on Fox and how the Islamophobia industry pollutes public discourse.

Plus Cliff Schecter and Sam watch a bizarre gun web show, the Police Chief Kessler saga, the famous Libertarian ‘pinto’ call and more!

And for Members only an interview with Stephen Colbert from the Air America archives!

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Mike Konczal explains the Carmen Reinhart Kenneth Rogoff thesis, how influential the Rhienhart Rogoff paper was, why there study was riddled with errors, how an excel spread sheet error destroyed the methodology of the study, the perils of wonkery and why there is no accountability for elites.

Professor Juan Cole, explains the corporate distortion of the Constitution, why NSA whistle blowers are turning the tables on the surveillance state, why data mining is a flawed counter terrorism strategy, the origins of Turkey’s recent protests and the youth driven global backlash against neo-liberalism.

Plus even more Best of 2013 content!

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Today's show features some of the best comedy bits of 2013 including Sam Seder's Where's Hugo (of Bob's Burgers) conversations with H. John Benjamin, our fake right wing show The Ken, Ken and Ken Show's interview with Tina Dupuy, Right Wing Mandela, Gohmericans and a Masshole report.

And for Christmas...I mean...the Holidays...the often requested 'Pottersville' song from Decomposure (aka Blank Squirrel) and Sam's infamous 2006 War on Christmas confrontation on CNN with Christian right leader Bob Knight.

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Glenn Greenwald, explains the most important revelations from the NSA spying scandal, why the indiscriminate nature of the data mining is so shocking, why privacy matters to all of us, how the national security state redefines what is a threat regularly, the global impact of the NSA disclosures, the role of private contractors in mass data collection and why Edward Snowden is happy with the results of his whistle blowing.

Also a best of Libertarian caller complaining about government taking away his lightbulbs.

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Cliff Schecter explains some of the best and worst political events of 2013, how the sequester, the budget deal and unemployment insurance expiration all harm the most vulnerable Americans, how austerity is still hurting America, playing offense on Social Security and a more progressive caucus in the Senate, how we got filibuster reform, failure and progress on gun control, reigning in the NSA, more deaths from drones, a great Iran deal and the people who want to destroy it and more great progress for marriage equality.

Film Guy Matthew and Isabel Gillies discussed Matthew's theme song, Sam shared his recent lice adventure, Matthew suggested the movies Computer Chess and Junebug, Sam explains the Black Diamond award, Isabel Gillies suggested the documentary Helvetica Movie.

On The Better Half: Republican Congressional candidate compares homophobic and racist Duke Dynasty star to Rosa Parks and your calls and IMs.

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Blogger Digby explains the historical context for progressive politics in America, how blogging shifted journalism, why America will always have a far right, Bobby Jindal defends Duck Dynasty star for his racism and homophobia, the fever that drives right wing politics, Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston calls for poor kids to sweep floors for their school lunches and why the right will always push for economic plutocracy and social intolerance.

On The Better Half: A new epic debate between Sam and Libertarian radio host Matt DiGeronimo on everything from Nazi's to the minimum wage and why minimum wage increase would be nothing but good and your IMs.

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Slate contributing writer Emily Bazelon explains Judge Richard Leon's ruling against the NSA's metadata collection, why the government has not been able to prove that its methods are essential for thwarting terrorists, how ordering pizza from Dominos explains the NSA's mass over reach, the issue of standing, will Judge Leon's ruling lead to Congressional and NSA reform? And does this finally fully establish Edward Snowden as a whistleblower?

On The Better Half: Peter Schiff wrong and stupid on increasing Walmart workers wages, recovering libertarians and your calls and IMs.

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Demos Senior Fellow and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert explains the radical politics of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Why Mandela did not renounce violence, the absence of political militancy in American politics, how the US whitewashes radical politics, Mandela's commitment to social and economic justice, how do you sustain radical politics, why economic justice is the future of politics and why everyone should read Nelson Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and the importance of reading Dr. King's work as well.

On The "Fun" Half: a Trial Judge rules that the NSA's collection of metadata "almost certainly violates the constitution" Republican state rep promises armed insurrection if Scott Brown becomes one of the states Senators, more success from the auto bailout, did Chris Christie order traffic jams as a political payback? And your IMs.

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