The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador and lied about it.

Rebecca Kolins Givan, an Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University, explains the thinking behind the push for privatization. Privatizing profit and socializing risk. Finance and making money off of public health services. The Post Office and rural mail delivery. How workers can organize in the face of cost cutting and privatization and the possibility for organizing in spite of the assault on the public sector and the distinct types of union organizing.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions issues a new denial about meeting with Russians. We mock Jeff Sessions. The time Paul Manafort gave a really unconvincing explanation about Russia. Nancy Pelosi says Sessions needs to go. Racism caught on tape. More police brutality and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 03-02-17-Rebecca_Kolins_Givan-Pub.mp3
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We mock Gorka. Trump is laughed at for claiming to drain the swamp. Trump demonizes immigrants. Van Jones major fail on CNN. The Democratic response is a major misfire. Why buying insurance across state lines won't help and why "access" to healthcare means nothing.

On The Fun Half: Gorka on whether Trump considers Islam a religion. Trump's dangerous new immigration proposal. The mainstream media buckles for Trump. Uber's CEO rants like a jerk to a Uber driver. Alex Jones drops more science and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 03-01-17-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
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Why Keith Ellison would have represented a progressive move forward for the Democratic Party. Why did establishment Democrats invest so heavily in blocking progressives movements. Left politics and anti Trump politics. Betsy DeVos, praises Jim Crow education and ICE agents are unshackled and immigrants are under attack across the country.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump can't even answer a Fox & a Friends question. Trump can't answer a simple question on cutting Social Security. Trump blames Obama for his raid in Yemen that killed several children and a Navy Seal. When Republicans are in power , the politics of cultural grievance come back into style. Tucker Carelson and Bill Nye "debate" climate science. Texas State Sen. Don Huffiness, freaks out on High School students who understand public education. Bernie Sanders laughs at Trump for being a fool and your call IMs.

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Direct download: 02-28-17-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
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Bhaskar Sunkara (@SunraySunray), founder of "Jacobin" magazine, joins us on the show today. Where we stand after 1 month of the radical President Bannon. How the GOP retweets nazis while democrats shy away from embracing socialist democracy. What it means when Bannon and Norquist reference Lenin. Tom Perez and the DNC's atrociously limited imagination.

On the fun half - Republicans get reamed at town halls across the country, Seb Gorka gets called a charlatan, more on Tom Perez, Reince Priebus argues with Chris Wallace, Mnuchin, and Grassley and Rubio get castigated at a town hall.

Direct download: 02-27-17-Bhaskar_Sukara-PUB.mp3
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Sean Illing (@SeanIlling) joins us to discuss his article in Vox, "Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left." Who is Richard Rorty? How the Vietnam War led to a split in the left and to more cultural concerns and the price the democrats have paid for abandoning redistributionary economics. The extent to which Trump (and even Bernie Sanders) has proven Rorty's predictions.

Direct download: 02-24-17-Sean_Illing-MEM.mp3
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The Majority Report is on vacation from it's live show. Here's a sample new episode of 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast produced by Majority.FM!

University of Florida historian @DrIbram joins 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast this week to discuss his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”

Tracing the genesis and circulation of racist and anti-racist ideas through American history. How our popular understanding of “racist” is far too narrow. Racist ideas in people victimized by racism, and the racial assumptions people can adopt about groups they’re from, from culture. Respectability politics, assimilationism and “uplift-suasion,” all the way back to the 1790s Abolitionists. How we determine “ways to do culture” that aren’t racially exclusive. How any culture can make itself look superior by standardizing it’s attributes and grading others against the standards. The importance of being an anti-racist vs. “not racist.”

“Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress.” NY Times Magazine
(https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/opinion/sunday/racial-progress-is-real-but-so-is-racist-progress.html?_r=0)

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Direct download: 02-23-17-Ibrim_Kendi-2DB.mp3
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Historian Stephen Kinzer (@StephenKinzer) joins us to talk about his new book, "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire." America's dueling impulses toward isolation and intervention. The unremembered prevalence of anti-imperialism at the turn of the 19th century. Complaints of "glut" as a rationale for taking foreign territories.

Direct download: 02-22-17-Stephen_Kinzer-Pub.mp3
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Professor Rebecca Spang (@RebeccaSpang), historian of France at Indiana University, joins us today to discuss her book, "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution." How the crisis that led to the French Revolution resembles our modern debt ceiling standoffs. What revolutionary France can tell us about monetary theory. The social foundations of money.

Direct download: 02-21-17-Rebecca_Spang-Pub.mp3
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John Nixon, a former CIA analyst who was tasked with interrogating Saddam Hussein, joins us today to discuss his book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein." How John began studying Iraq for the CIA in the late 90's. The amount of attention the CIA paid to regime change in Iraq during the Clinton admin. How John knew Saddam was a target for 9/11 the following day. How Iraq was a product of both the Bush and separate neoconservative agendas. How Saddam in 2002 was more concerned with delegating rule and writing literature.

 

 

Direct download: 02-20-17-John_Nixon-Pub.mp3
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Cliff Schecter, reflects on the passing of Bob Michael a moderate Republican leader. Trump's popularity with Republicans and the insanity of Republican politics. Republican leaders have responsibility for creating Trump. Trump and Planet of the Apes. Trump thinks all black people know each other. Trump freaks out on a Jewish reporter. Trump is wrong about the drug crisis. Trump tries to explain how fake news can lead to real leaks and Trump rambles about Russia and it's crazy.

Is the Trump Administration going to use the National Guard to round up immigrants. Shep Smith calls out Trump. Sebastian Gorka is a hilarious hack and wants you to know in response to a question about being a Nazi sympathizer with an answer about not being a Communist. Guns, mental illness and terrorist watch lists. Russia and the Trump Administration and your calls and IMs.

On the Fun Half: Trump forces meatloaf on Chris Christie. Seb Gorka goes SJW on Jake Tapper.

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Direct download: 02-17-17-Cliff_Schecter-PUB.mp3
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