The Majority Report with Sam Seder

3/31/14

Janeane Garofalo joined us to celebrate the Majority Report's ten year anniversary, Janeane's bold stance against the invasion of Iraq, Sam and Janeane discuss aging, Janeane's disappointment with the Walking Dead finale, Cadillac's disgusting new ad, advertising and the white/right wing backlash and Ford's amazing response, amazing survivalist food ads, hilarious "Food For Patriots" survivalist food ads, Chris Christie begs Sheldon Adelson for forgiveness for saying "occupied territories" and New Gingrich says big donors have to much power.

On The Fun Half: assassinations and gun control, Georgia's insane new gun laws, Janeane's time on Fox & Fox's, the insane media environment before the invasion of Iraq, the Colbert debate, political values in advertising, Air America memories and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains the new Chris Christie commissioned report that clears Chris Christie, Christie's own lawyers say he s cleared and some in the media take it at face value, how Christie wins by releasing this report, why the media does not call out Christie's systemic corruption, the highlights of the report, why Christie is so nasty, how Obamacare will affect or not affect the 2014 elections, more Senate Democrats call for increased Social Security funding,  how the simple winning formula for Democrats in 2014 and why Democrats shouldn't freak out about Nate Silver's predictions.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains why he liked the Wrestler and not Darren Aronofsky's other movies, how Sam first met Matthew, how the September 11th attacks impacted the making of a Bad Situationists, Matthew's reaction to the "#CancelColbert" twitter campaign, why we need to protect satire, and Matthew suggested the film that he edited Detonator and explains why we should watchNetwork again.

On The Fun: a new song from Jimmy Reefercake on Cheney In Bushes, Right Wing Mandela backs the Keystone Pipeline and your IMs.

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Jacobin online editor, and author of the new book Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity Micah Uetricht explains what led the Chicago teachers to strike in 2012, why the strike was not about pay, why the teachers won the strike, the conflicts within the Chicago Teachers Union that led to the 2012 strike, the insurgent progressives who took the union in a more bold direction, how organizers connected the assault on Chicago public schools with the broader neo liberal attack on public institutions, how union organizers built relationships with stakeholders across the city of Chicago, how the reformers took over the teachers union, the importance of the involvement of rank and file union members, the importance of independence sustaining union organizing, what other unions can learn from the Chicago teachers strike and how unions should deal with the Democratic Party.

On The Fun Half: Sam finally leaves his apartment, Pat Robertson misses the days when you could stone Gay people, more debating the social insurance system, President Obama defends the invasion of Iraq? Bill O'Reilly goes on racist rant, right wing hack Jennifer Stefano makes a spectacle of herself on Chris Hayes, a Libertarian defends the Hobby Lobby and your calls and IMs.

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Politico senior education reporter Stephanie Simon explains how much tax payer is going to teach creationism in the classrooms, the voucher loophole, attacks on science in religious schools, how anti science bias influence the entire curriculum of some religious schools, what policies make tax payers pay for these programs? How corporations are rewarded by state tax policies for giving money to private schools, what groups are behind the voucher push, the voucher success myth, how religious schools are allowed to discriminate, the assault on history and how it all fits into the broader neo-liberal attack on public education.

Its a freebee Wednesday! You get the the Fun Half freebee listeners!

On The Fun Half: the Sam Seder Libertarian Learning Annex is back in session with a debate on welfare, debunking welfare myths, what poverty actually means, how the social safety net helps us all and your calls and IMs.

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Slate contributing writer Dahlia Lithwick explains the origins of the hobby lobby case before the Supreme Court, the companies behind the hobby lobby case, why the ACA does not mandate birth control specifically, the specific language of the ACA on reproductive coverage, Justice Scalia's contradictory history on religious freedom, the role of the corporate personhood in the lead up to the case, the tension between religious rights and the general public, why everyone is watching Chief Justice Roberts and the broad public health implications of the hobby lobby case.

On The Fun Half: the activism of the judicial right, more Bitcoin failure, why Democrats have freaked out about Nate Silver's Senate prediction, Alaska Senator Mark Begich campaigns on increasing Social Security, why its political and policy malpractice to not support increasing Social Security, the Sam Seder Learning Annex returns to session, the role of welfare and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Rafia Zakaria explains how why simplistic narratives of human suffering in developing countries can undermine political progress, the problems with foreign aid, the link between US foreign aid and military strategy, how women's rights are harmed can be harmed by western advocacy, the women's rights crisis in Pakistan and an aid policy built on fighting the causes of poverty.

In The Fun Half: Jimmy Carter thinks he may be being monitored by the NSA, Turkey's Prime Minister shuts down Twitter and Turks still Tweet, creationist demand equal time on the new Cosmos series, David Vitter says the Koch brothers are great patriots and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Guy Lawson explains how the Bush Administration's Afghanistan arms purchasing policies helped shape the modern crisis with Russia, how the Pentagon relied on Miami Beach stoners for arms purchases, the domestic politics of Russia and America, how the United States circumvented their own laws on arm sales, Bernie Madoff's shocking new prison interview, the differences and similarities between Wall Street fraudsters Bernie Madoff and Sam Israel and who Madoff's favorite and least favorite politicians are.

Michael Ian Black explains why the Malaysia flight was a false flag carried out by CNN, what CNN's next false flag will be, Michael's new National Geographic show, why his podcast is "hard", the advantage of working on garbage and Michael told everybody to watch Airplane, again.

On The Fun Half: Catholic League President Bill Donohue, wants to march with "straight is great" sign at the summers NYC Pride parade, is Libertarianism a religion? How Ezra Klein's new media venture is going and your calls and IMs.

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Hey folks, today is a Members only show, but we still wanted to give you Freebies a teaser from today’s show. Listen to Sam explain what it was like to oppose the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Thomas Friedman's "suck on this comment" and CNN still grasping for straws on the Malaysia flight. Members make the Majority Report possible. Please join us by becoming a MEMBER. You can also show your support by clicking thru to the DONATE button for a one-time donation. Thanks


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Roosevelt Institute fellow Mike Konczal, explains the conservative myth of pre New Deal and Great Society America, the delusion that civil society took care of poverty, why the state had always played a role in addressing poverty, why before New Deal government policy was demeaning to the poor and favorable to the corporate sector, how social insurance supports risk, why Churches were forced by the State to provide services to the poor, the role of "automatic stabilizers" in saving the economy from going into full depression, why charitable giving falls during economic downturns, why the right pushes the volunteerism myth, how Harry Truman defined charity and why the left needs to be more bold.

On The Fun Half: more reactions to Ken Langone's insane Nazi and inequality comments, declining religion leads to more libertarians? Republicans target young voters with hilarious and awful new ads, the Sam Seder Libertarian Learning Annex returns and your calls and IMs.

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Writer Matt Stoller explains origins of free trade deals and why they are not going away, why modern free trade had its start in the 1930s, the utopian desire for a one world government, who is George Ball and why he matters the roots of a common market and governance, the evolving elite view of the middle class, why we have allowed America's industrial base to erode, the myth of frictionless world of capital, why the threat to America is our loss of manufacturing not in debt, how trade agreements impact sovereignty and what we need to learn from Alexander Hamilton.

On The Fun Half: CNN asks if God is involved in the Malaysia flight mystery, new discoveries on the Big Bang, the climate crisis accelerates, demented rich person  Ken Langone compares fighting inequality to Nazism, why do crazy wealthy people keep talking about Nazism, was JFK trying to halt the Cold War? and your IMs.

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