The Majority Report with Sam Seder

On today's show an archived interview with Lawrence Lessig on the corrupting influence of money in politics, why it will take outsiders to reform the system and to redirect power to the people.

Ani Fete of Enroll America explained how health care exchanges will work.

And another great interview from the new Majority Report archives with the Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi on movies and food.

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3/28/13 

Journalist Steven Brill discusses his blockbuster piece in Time Magazine about what drives exploding health care costs, why hospitals and Doctors routinly overcharge for treatments and what we can do to bring down costs.

Professor James Kimmey, Professor Emeritus of the St Louis School of Public Health, explained why health care is not a normal commodity, and why a single payer health care model is the best way to control costs.

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On today's show Working Families Party, Executive Director Dan Cantor explained what policies his party is fighting for and why voting on the Working Families line supports progressive politics.

From the Majority Report archives, Richard Heinberg author of the The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality explained how cheap fuel, the engine that propelled the last 70 years of economic growth is running out and the three D’s: Debt, Depletion, Disaster.

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Heather C. McGhee, the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos, explained Demos's new report on how economic inequality is eroding democracy, why dominance of wealth in politics is killing the recovery, why the austerity caucus is afraid of democracy and the future and how clean election laws are essential for protecting democracy and renewing the middle class.

Cyprus agrees to bailout terms with the EU, NRA chief accuses Bloomberg of being "reckless" on guns, the Tea Party organizes a Fox News boycott and hilarity ensues and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show, Cliff Schecter explained why Paul Ryan is finally unpopular with the press, how the Progressive Caucus budget proposal could get more attention, why 2014 will be the year of reckoning for gun control and why the Republican Party is going extinct.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss, debated the Walking Dead with Matt, listened to a few "presidential" film recommendations and Matt recommended the British television series Torchwood for Matt and Brass Eye for Michael.

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Tor Ekeland, attorney for Andrew "weev" Auernheimer and Matthew Keys, joins us to discuss each of their two cases. We discuss how neither defendants actually did any "hacking," how weev found the information he was found guilty of taking on a public AT&T server, what Matthew Keys is being charged of doing to a former employer, how both men are being charged under a draconian laws under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

On The Better Half: Rush thinks Beyonce is ready to "submit" to her husband, Singapore tackles social inequality, Obama in the Middle East and your calls and IMs.

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The New Republic's John Judis, explained what it was like opposing the invasion of Iraq in 2003, why military and intelligence experts opposed the war, the dangers of a non-transparent intelligence apparatus, has the press learned any lessons from Iraq? and Judis reflected on whether Republicans can rebuild their party and he and Sam reviewed the ongoing media myth of a need for a "Grand Bargain."

On The Better Half: a Libertarian caller debates Sam on vouchers, Fox New's Eric Bolling has some almost poetically stupid things to say about Iraq, the union member who punched Fox News contributor Steven Crowder in the face was acting in self defense and your calls and IMs.

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On today's Show, Sam remembered the invasion of Iraq, the disastrous consequences of the war and why Janeane Garofalo was vital voice of dissent before the invasion of Iraq and why she needs far more credit today for her willingness to speak out.

Becky Bond, the Vice President of Credo Action reflected on her activism against the invasion of Iraq, the crucial role that activism will play in protecting Social Security and Medicare, how Credo helped win an important special election in Illinois and can the Keystone Pipeline be stopped?

On The Better Half: Steve Kornacki takes over for Chris Hayes on UP, the media madness that led to the invasion of Iraq and your calls and IMs.

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Matt Taibbi, explained the myth of JP Morgan Chase as the "one good bank", why to big to fail is the problem, why Washington finally getting fed up with Wall Street, How Wall Street miscalculated  the 2012 election, how JP Morgan Chase hides losses and commits regular acts of financial fraud and is genuine Wall Street reform possible now?

On The Better Half: a race panel at CPAC gets very racist, CNN's Candy Crowley is worried about the Steubenville rapists future and not the victim and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained how Rob Portman's support for marriage equality is based of his sons being Gay, why Republicans only adopt compassionate positions when they are personally effected by it, Rand Paul says stupid things at CPAC and the crowd loves it, why presidential legacies are now defined by slashing programs not investing and Diane Feinstein schools Ted Cruz.

Isabel Gillies explained her parenting techniques to Sam, why her baby slept in a bathtub, Cliff praised Isabel's character in SVU and Isabel recommended the documentaryUndefeated. 

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