The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Paul Heideman, a PHD candidate in sociology at NYC explains the opportunity that the left saw to takeover the Democratic Party in the 1960s. Pushing the Dixiecrats out of the Democratic Party. When the Democrats were a southern regional party. Capital intensive industries and coming to terms with the FDR Democratic Party. Where the Left right and wrong in splitting up the Democratic Party in the 1960s. The progressive organizers who organized the split. Why blindness to the power of capital blinded progressive reformers. George Meany and Right Wing labor politics and understanding the power of tech capital in today's Democratic Party.

On The Fun Half: Alan Greyson loses his Senate primary bid to corporate Democrat Patrick Murphy. Did the progressive movement fail Tim Canova? Fox News splits over Hillary Clinton's Alt Right speech. Michelle Bachman says that God gave us Donald Trump. A Kentucky convict was refused a pair of pants and women's hygiene products by prison authorities and a ethical Judge puts a stop to the abuse.

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The prospects for the TPP grows more dim. Is President Obama Green Lantern now. The bogus national security case for the TPP. Mitch McConnell gives the TPP another blow.

Journalist David Dayen explains the Investor State Dispute Settlement system and global trade. Why lack of transparency influences the ISDS. Why the system benefits the wealthy and corporations. The financial industry built around the ISDS and why distressed countries and are threatened by ISDS measures the most.

On the Fun Half: Trump's doctor stands by his insane Trump letter. Is the TPP done. Paul LePage is a unhinged racist and he might want to retire as Governor of Maine. Donald Trump can't pivot on immigration because he knows nothing about it. Rush Limbaugh rages and your calls and IMs.

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Today, @RafiaZakaria joins Michael (in for Sam) to talk about the intersection of war reporting and gender. How war is viewed in culture, from Katy Perry videos to Tina Fey's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" as frivolous adventure. Rafia's critique of the deployment of feminism-based messaging being used in selling war reporting in her article for The Nation, "Can War Reporting Be a Feminist Project?" The idea of "female spaces" in Muslim communities, and the degree to which they're more accessible to female reporters, and how the subsequent stories result fitting an orientalist paradigm.

On the Fun Half - Hillary Clinton calls out the alt right in a speech. EpiPen CEO struggles to defend price hikes. Donald Trump thinks he's going to win black votes because Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot. Paul LePage leaves a profane voicemail. Reince Priebus is demoralized by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. How difficult a problem is Syria? Plus your calls and IMs.

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Today, David Daley (@DaveDaley3) on his new book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy. "Operation Red map," and the GOP's post-2008 strategy, largely successful, in strategically redistricting and gerrymandering as a way to make it easier for Republicans to win. What Dave learned actually walking the districts. The sophistication of gerrymandering in an age of big data. The upcoming referendums to lead to independent redisticting, and the court's conception of the "efficiency gap."

For Members: (2/17/06) Janeane and David Cross on Pat Robertson, conservative publishing and simple people, and Janeane and David argue over the "screechy" left. (47:00)

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On today, journalist Paul Tough (@PaulTough) to discuss his new book, "Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why." How Paul's research into education has developed in relation to policy debates in education. The relationship between poverty, morality, and learning. How stress influences learning, and what constitutes "toxic stress." The importance of early education. How is success defined? What are the prospects for positive change going forward?

For Members: Eugene Mirman and voice of Majority Report Jon Benjamin joined Sam (12/14/05) in studio to discuss a Mr. Hetero competition, make fun of Sean Hannity, closeted republican homophobes, and how jews took over Christmas. (49:30)

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Today, Sam talks to Baz Dreisinger (@BazDreisinger) about her book, Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World. What a comparative analysis of incarceration around the world tells us. The distinction between a penal system and a criminal justice system. The recent historical development of the penal system. Penal colonies and modern prisons. How America came to value punishment. Capitalist and colonial influences on the development of incarceration.

For member: (6/7/06) Sam talks to not-yet-Senator Bernie Sanders about the Bush administration's poor record on civil liberties, the estate tax, and why Republicans strategically focus on certain social issues. (41:00)

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Chris Lehmann, author of "The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream," on the origins of the protestant and puritan work ethics, what is unique to America with regards to religion and capitalism. The worship of money in American religions, including Mormanism. Follow Chris @LehmannChris.

For Members: Seymour Hersh spoke with Sam (11/29/05) on his New Yorker piece, "Up in the Air," on George W. Bush's mental state and his inability to appreciate how terrible the Iraq War was going. (40:30)

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For members, a Rick Perlstein chats with Sam on August 1, 2005 discussing the influence of the DNC on the democrats (and Hillary in particular) with their brand of "centrist" corporatism. Why the GOP is afraid the democrats will return to appealing to the middle-class. (54:00)

2 Dope Boys & a Podcast:

24 - Charles Barkley's 'Race Card,' Kevin Roberts Declares Gender Diversity 'Over,' and Ninja Warrior and The Future of Sports

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 Brand Eff Up:

“Charles Barkley to host new TNT show called ‘The Race Card.’” Washington Post

What’s Up?

The new beef between Kevin Roberts from Saatchi and Cindy Gallop.

Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts thinks the gender diversity in advertising debate is 'over.' Business Insider


What’s Good?

Below are a couple more things:

1. The Future of Sports.

Phil: “I am fascinated by things like American Ninja Warrior...the whole nature of the competition aligns with our cultural economy/future perspective.

1. men and women compete on the same courses

2. even though there is one winner, the competitors often train together and support each other

3. it doesn't have the traditional branding/maleness of other sports”

“How to build a $100 million company out of mud,” CNN.

Diggin’ in the Crates:

Larry: “Homegoing,” Yaa Gyasi

“Shibumi,” Trevanian

Phil: “Can’t Stop the Prophet” Jeru the Damaja

“Radical Man: The Process of Psycho-Social,” by Charles Hampden Turner

Michael” “Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire,” Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

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On today's Michael Casual Friday, Cliff Schecter  (@cliffschecter) and Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) join us.

Cliff Schecter on the ongoing spectacle of the Trump campaign. Paul Manafort out after he's outed as a foreign agent. More conservatives are leaving the Trump campaign. The contemptible Steve Bannon, former Breitbart-er, takes over for Manafort. Trump is preparing for crash-landing. What the apparent GOP collapse could mean for democrats and progressives alike. The great news of the decision against private prisons.

Then Jimmy Dore of the Jimmy Dore Show joins Michael to discuss his "slamming" of Sam Seder that everyone is talking about. Jimmy's frustration with media liberals surprised Hillary is a war hawk. Jimmy recommend the movies "Tropic Thunder" and "The Heiress."

On the fun half - Jeremy Corbyn interrupts anti-Corbyn interview, Newt Gingrich calls out "junk medicine" of TV doctor's Hillary, the Podesta brothers' lobbying ties to Paul Manafort, and your calls an IMs. (1:24:45)


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On the show today we have never before heard interviews from the DNC with Dan Montgomery (@DanJMontgomery) the Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers, Alex Pareene (@pareene) and John Nichols (@NicholsUprising).

Dan Montgomery talked to Sam about the prospects for education under Hillary Clinton, his home state's knowledge of how bad Arnie Duncan was going to be, how bad Obama's legacy on education will be, and how Hillary may be better.

Alex Pareene talks to Sam on day 2 about protestors at the DNC, why Bloomberg was invited, what's the deal with Peter Thiel and Gawker, and totally unrelated: how would a hypothetical billionaire harvest young blood to live forever?

John Nichols on the theater of the DNC roll call vote, the historical significance of the event, the suggestion that politics is "winner take all" and not about building toward goals, what Bernie accomplished, and Tim Kaine is actually a good politician.

On the fun half - Trump's special counsel trots out the "Says who?" defense, O'Reilly whitesplains how black people should vote, Jill Stein has a town hall, and some calls on Sam Harris. (56:00)

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