The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Glenn Greenwald tells Brian Stetler that there is an imbalance in transparency between Clinton and Trump and what's interesting in the Wikileaks emails.

Journalist David Dayen explains what the Wikileaks emails reveal. The importance of branding and positioning in the Wikileaks emails. How corporate power works in the Democratic Party. How economic policy-making is influenced by Wall Street? How Cabinets are filled? Why Progressives need to speak out now. The Warren wing of the Democratic Party. What about a progressive foreign policy? And how Clinton can be pressured and President Obama's Wall Street legacy.

On The Fun Half: Katrina Pierson says Donald Trump needs to Tweet about women because the media is unfair. Jake Tapper schools Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Glenn Beck praises Michelle Obama. Sam Harris is baffled by why his followers are supporting Trump. Amy Goodman is facing charges for practicing journalism in North Dakota. The most amazing Hindus for Trump event ever. Random Rush.

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Cliff Schecter explains how Trump is going full Alex Jones and full Fascist. Jared Kushner, Ivanka and the campaign's anti semitism. The irony of Trump's disgusting campaign. The Right's fantasy life. Is Hillary's surge going to start impacting down ballot races? Rob Portman's political calculation in Ohio. Deb Fischer, rescinds her rescindment of her endorsement of Donald Trump.

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Isabel Gillies talks about finding comfort. Is the 1 train cozy? What Sam would do if he was stuck in the Hospital.  What people in Denmark think about America. The depressing election. Donald Trump and sexual assault. Entitlement at sexual assault. Billy Bush and rape culture and Isabel tells us all to watch the third season of Transparent.

On The Fun Half: Michelle Obama calls out Trump's bragging about being a  sexual predator. President Obama says Republicans should not get any credit for disavowing Trump now. Ben Carson is turning into a super villain. Trump denies assaulting a reporter because "look at her". Donald Trump Jr is also a scumbag. Mike Pence is pathetic. Greg Gutfield gets a little sane and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show we have Zachary Roth (@zackroth,) a national reporter for MSNBC and author of "The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash & the Conservative Assault on Democracy."

Alexander Hamilton's anti-democratic leanings. The waxing and waning of elite opinion on who should vote and why. Backlashes against previous expansions of democratic participation. Is democracy a means to an end or an end in itself? Why it's so revealing we don't have a federal right to vote. Why a right to vote would have far-reaching implications. Buckley v Valeo and "money=speech." How the Denton Fracking Ban was immediately undone by the oil and gas industry.

On the fun half - What was behind Trump's trial balloon attacks FDA? The flood of Trump sexual harassment begins; Katrina Pierson, Ben Carson, Mike Pence, and Rush Limbaugh struggle with the revelation. Megyn Kelly and Dana Perino discuss, on Fox News, why women might hesitate before making allegations of sexual assault. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Today we have Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) IN STUDIO! to talk about the barn fire that is the current GOP and our moment in sports protests.

How Trump managed to cleave to base from conservative Republicans. The Tea Party as the final coherent movement of the current populist right and donor class. The NFL's ceaseless quest for growth hits an obstacle. How the NFL tries to have it both ways with violence.

On the fun half - Ben Carson thinks Briana Keilar should hear more talk like Trump's. Trump tells his Florida crowd to make sure to vote on November 28th. Rep. Blake Farenthold unsure on Chris Hayes if he'd stop supporting Trump if he said "I like rape."

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Cathy O'Neil, author of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, explains how data can be bias. Who Defines success and algorithms. Big data hype and being "beyond morals". Data and the war on teachers. Targeting teachers through data. Data-driven models to predictive policing and sentencing. The myth that numbers don't mislead and algorithms and job discrimination.

On The Fun Half: The Republican civil war. Trump's most amazing spokesperson yet. A Trump supporter says Hillary Clinton is hypocrite because she listens to Beyonce. Sean Hannity calls Republican leaders "feckless". Alex Jones says Clinton is possessed by demons. Ben Carson defends Trump in the most amazing way. Why the mainstream still does not understand the Republican Party even in the age of Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz did a better job moderating the second debate. Why Trump did a much better job and Clinton was not as effective, but it was still a win for Clinton. Trump promises to jail Hillary if elected and throws Pence under the bus. What will the next Trump scandal be? Why Trump beat Paul Ryan. The long-term threat to the Republican Party. The Wikileaks of Hillary Clinton's Wall Streets speeches and what they say about her politics.

Billy Bush eggs on Donald Trump as he brags about sexual assault. We reflect on rape on culture. Rudy tries to spin for Trump. Paul Ryan gets booed by rabid Trump supporters. CNN reaches peak 2016 campaign and Corey Lewandowski calls Reince Priebus weak.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Tim Kaine won the after debate. Why this was a terrible week for Ted Cruz and good for Mike Pence 2020. Why Hillary Clinton might win big and the Democrats might retake Congress.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump gets low energy. The holocaust-denying neo-nazis who support Donald Trump. Hurricanes are a Left Wing according to the crazy Right. Shep Smith warns people to get out of the way of Hurricane Matthew. Random Rush. Why the Green Party never goes anywhere And your calls and IMs.

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Tobias Franz a postdoctoral researcher at the Cider, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá explains the history of the FARC rebel movement in Colombia. What are Narco Capitalists? Internal displacement and civil war in Colombia. Is the FARC just another drug cartel? The transition from Uribe to Santos. The details of the FARC peace deal.  And what happens next.

On The Fun Half: how does Obamacare actually work. Amazing testimony from the Bridgegate trial and it does not look good for Chris Christie. Tucker Carlson calls out Tim Kaine for not being manly. Can the Democrats retake the Senate? Kelly Ayotte calls Donald Trump a role model and at first says yes. Megyn Kelly calls out Sean Hannity and Hannity gets livid on Twitter. If Donald Trump wins, Paul Ryan's sociopathic budget will become law. Gary Johnson continues to show he has no idea what he is talking about and your calls and IMs.

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Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim explains why Mike Pence pivoted away from Donald Trump during the debate. Why Trump will be mad. Is the Clinton campaign strategy shifting more towards base turn-out? Did Bill Clinton subtly push for Single Payer healthcare? And Bill Clinton wants to be considered a progressive President.

The time Mike Pence snapped at the debate and why last night's moderator failed on style and substance and more Social Security myth busting.

On The Fun Half: no Wikileaks October surprise for Hillary Clinton and Alex Jones is enraged. Bill Weld the Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate is now mostly interested in using his time to defeat Donald Trump. Gary Johnson thinks knowing geography leads to war. Bill Clinton calls Obamacare "crazy" and he's basically right. Megyn Kelly laughs in Kellyanne Conway's face. Eric Trump has trouble talking about his dad's taxes.

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NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen (@JayRosenNYU), author of PressThink.org, joins us to discuss the media crisis made apparent by the Donald Trump campaign.

Has the media been overwhelmed by the 2016 campaign? What should the political press do? How Trump has short-circuited the traditional practices and assumptions of campaign journalism. How the Tea Party/Birther movement metastasized before the press could catch on. The circularity in the rationale for "campaign coverage."

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Michael (filling in for Sam) to break down Colombia's rejection Peace Deal with the FARC in a move, Hillary's leaked comments on Bernie Sanders supporters, and some more info on Donald Trump's taxes is leaked.

On the fun half - Giuliani loses it after Chuck Todd calls him on his own infidelities, Trump impersonates Hillary's pneumonia spell, Ben Carson says Trump reminds him of a less mature version of himself, and your calls and ims!

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Cliff Schecter explains why Trump's horrible debate and awful tweeting has put the Senate back in play. Trump's midnight tweeting. Arkansas Attorney General tries to spin for Donald Trump calling on America to look into a sex tape. How will Tim Kaine debate Mike Pence? The extremist Mike Pence record. Why America needs a timeout. Chris Christie is going down and how does the Senate landscape look?

Film Guy Matthew Weiss talks about being a professor and remembering names. Matthew critiques Louie and suggests we all watch Abigail's Party. Mike Leigh's method and what kind of films can be made today.

On The Fun Half: Trump surrogates can't keep up with how awful he is. Glenn Beck is not running for President America. Donald Trump spokesperson uses online polls to try to convince Chuck Todd that Donald Trump won the debate. Jeb Bush is still sad and your calls and IMs.

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Steve Mims, the director of the film Starving the Beast explains the attack on funding for public universities and the language of "disruptive innovation" policy. The drive to slash public higher education and reinvent the value of education. The false assumptions behind the neoliberal turn in higher education. Imposing market-based metrics on non-market institutions. What is the purpose of higher education? Service workers and elite managers. Why the "sharing economy" is not a sharing economy and the smokescreens behind slashing public education.

On The Fun Half: Gary Johnson has another self-proclaimed Aleppo moment. Newt Gingrich fat shames. How Obamacare helps. Katrina Pierson knows that online polls are the most scientific. The Trump campaign tries to make the case that Donald Trump is the real feminist. Michael Savage says Hillary beat Trump at the debate because she is "low life". Young girl at a charlotte City Council meeting speaks out on racism. Justice Kennedy does not want to talk about Citizens United and your calls and IMs.

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Why Donald Trump faltered at last night's debate. How Donald Trump's complete lack of knowledge and ability is catching up with him. Why the polls and pundits called the debate for Hillary. Results from the Frank Luntz focus group. Trump's delusions of grandeur. Why Lester Holt did a good job. Trump lies about his support for the invasion of Iraq and wants to know why no one calls Sean Hannity. Trump does not pay taxes or his contractors. Exposing the Trump myth and why he is just like other Republicans. Trump's misleading views on trade. Why Trump embraces trickle down and the time Trump said he had better judgment and temperament than Hillary Clinton and how Donald Trump treats women.

On The Fun Half: the danger of ICE. From Air America to Youtube progressive talk. Trump's grotesque sexism and racism. How long does Trump think Hillary has been fighting ISIS. Glenn Beck freaks out over Ted Cruz endorsing Ted Cruz and your calls and IMs.

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The different flavors of #NeverTrump, from Rubio to Kasich and Bush to Ted Cruz. What is the residual layover from trump in the GOP. The demographic "cul-de-sac" and how the Trump nomination has shown the myth of the untapped conservative voters is a myth. The Trump campaign as a brash re-branding of "No-Labels," and how it motivates Trump's monomania on "otherness." Should Hillary try hard to provoke Trump in the debate or be content to play "teacher's pet."

On the fun half - Mike Pence is animated by some external force to say he is not a puppet, Paul Ryan says congress will be making laws for Trump, Chuck Todd wants more grieving Benghazi mom, and your calls an IMs.

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter, explains the importance of the election and takes issue with Jimmy Dore's arguments. Why the filibuster is going to die. The danger to voting rights. How would Trump govern? Is Ted Cruz about to endorse Trump? Hillary Clinton's progressive new push on the estate tax. Neil Cavuto gives an absurd defense of not raising the estate taxes. The brilliance of Hillary's tax strategy.

Andy Kindler is headlining a Hillary Clinton memes. The time Gary Johnson sticks his tongue out at a reporter. And the time Gary Johnson said we shouldn't do anything about climate change because the world is gonna end anyway. Kindler reviews his set for the Hillary Clinton fundraiser. The time Al Franken complimented Sam Seder. The time Andy Kindler got cut from the Chevy Chase roast and Andy Kindler reviews the comedy stylings of the Dalai Lama.

On The Fun Half: What are Clinton's politics. North Carolina Republican Congressman says that charlotte protestors hate white people. Omarosa, says everyone Trump critic will have to bow down. Alex Jones doubts Hillary Clinton can debate? Why Colin Kaepernick is succeeding and your calls and IMs.

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Derrick Jensen author of The Myth of Human Supremacy, explains the distortion of the west's relationship between humans and nature. Perceiving nature as a stand in for money. The problem with the "Great Chain of Being". Social stories and the desire to dominate. How plants communicate. What's the purpose of living? How do we understand how evolution works? A new model of biological success? Is agriculture the problem? And how do we get off the path of global environmental destruction and leaving behind the human supremacy mindset.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump calls for brining back Stop and Frisk at a Fox News Town Hall on race. Sean Hannity defends more police violence. Trump's Mahoning County, Ohio Chair is incredibly racist. Lead in Chicago public schools. Should America have a two child policy? Remember how horrible George W Bush was. Bill Clinton gives the preview of a pivot on TPP and advocates more giveaways for corporations. Geraldo Rivera  blames rap music. Hillary Clinton appears on In Between Two Ferns.   and your calls and IMs.

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Ross Douthat, blames Samantha Bee for Donald Trump in a absolutely stupid argument that spans form late night TV to the NBA. Sam responds to Jimmy Dore on the Supreme Court and whether or not there is a difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump's horrific potential Supreme Court potential Supreme Court picks and Merrick Garland's actual record. Jimmy Dore calls in to debate with Sam and it gets tense.

And Elizabeth Warren destroys the CEO of Wells Fargo. Donald Trump explains his philosophy of "other peoples money". Katrina Pierson, fails again. Louie Gohmert has an amazing theory as to why President Obama ordered the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. Donald Trump Jr. compares Syrian refugees to skittles in an analogy that comes from Nazi Germany. and your calls and IMs.

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Lester Spence, a Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins, talks about the role of Police in creating social control. Policing, social control and political power. Police and class. Race and machine politics. The intersectional nature of the Black Lives Matter Platform. What it means to be black goes beyond police killings and abuse. The future of Black Lives Matter organizing. President Obama says his name "may not be on the ballot" but progress is. The problem with Obama's argument. Why Donald Trump will be awful and not lead to revolutionary backlash and claiming that Trump and Clinton are the same is absurd.

On The Fun Half: debating the usefulness of the Green Party. Fox & Friends makes the mistake of asking bigoted questions to an actual law enforcement official. Hillary Clinton comments on Isis and Trump. Donald Trump has a "vision" for profiling. The time Chris Christie lied about his role in bridge closures. Reviewing Christie's record on the bridge closures.  When Trump called Christie out out for the bridge closing and your calls and IMs.

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Michael Monday today, with TCM host and host of The Young Turk's "What the Flick?!" Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) joining us to discuss the media's culpability in a potential Trump victory. How is the media "normalizing" Trump? The inscrutability of current horse race. The failure of the "supposed geniuses" strategizing for the Clinton campaign revealed by the DNC leaks. Why people so enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders disregard his reasoning on voting for Hillary.

On the fun half - Gary Johnson is still behind on the news, Reince Priebus threatens #NeverTrump republican politicians, Trump surrogate explicates Obama's "Otherness," Glenn Beck thinks he and his audience will be immortalized for history, Garfield High football team in Seattle takes a knee, and your IMs.

 

 

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Cliff Schecter explains why the media has never done its job in destroying Donald Trump. How Donald Trump has fueled his rise on birtherism and now say President Obama was born in the United States. Why the media is sick of talking about Trump's endless corruption at the very moment they need to talk about it. Trump is doing better in the polls because of third party performance. Why is Hillary Clinton struggling so much? Gary Johnson draws more from Clinton than Trump and the ads that Hillary Clinton should run.

Judy Gold is pissed at Donald Trump and our stupid media. Jimmy Fallon goes really easy on Trump. Late night shows and why they go easy on Trump. Donald Trump is the absolute worst and all of the disgusting people backing Trump.

On The Fun Half: a conservative Rabbi freaks out about Israel, his daughter and the "un-jews". Caller wanted to know if we talked about Trump in the first half. Megyn Kelly has had it with Katrina Pierson and she destroys Michael Flynn. Right Wing Mandela gives insight into the inner workings of the Trump campaign. Alex Jones has racist tendencies.  And your calls and IMs.

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Nicole Nguyen an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of A Curriculum of Fear: Homeland Security in U.S. Public Schools, explains the relationship between national security and public schools. Programs that train public school students in national security and spying. Ways of thinking about security and the infusion of homeland security ideology and violence into public schools. Homeland Security and leveraging resources for "school reform". What are the results of the Homeland Security program like and the effects of fear on young people.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump is told by a Pastor to stop making a political speech at her Church and he backs down and later attacks her Fox. Democrats move towards a new and better public option. A Trump punches a seventy year old woman with a oxygen tank. A Flint resident is offended by Trump's visit and your calls and IMs.

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Colin Powell has his emails leaked and we find out what he really thinks about Benghazi and Donald Trump. Bob Woodward is actually not a great journalist. Colin Powell and Condi Rice trash Neocons for getting Iraq wrong over email. New leaked documents reveal the incredible power of corporate money in American politics and probable corruption in Scott Walker's Wisconsin. Donald Trump is not going to release his medical records on the Dr Oz show. Donald Trump agrees to a Family Leave plan because his daughter forced him to do it.  Hillary Clinton offers a progressive paid leave plan. Big Sugar corrupts Harvard scientists.

On The Fun Half: Hillary Clinton is almost certainly going to win the Presidency. Sean Hannity has a Brown Belt! Bill O'Reilly has a bizarre understanding of race. Steve King claims Colin Kaepernick is supporting ISIS. President Obama destroys Donald Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Author and reporter John Washington explains why there are prison strikes taking place across America. The Free Alabama Movement. Post Civil War America and the American prison system. How brands like McDonalds and Victoria Secret benefit from prison labor. How prisoners are working many hours and receiving no payment. The modern prison human rights movement and how prisoners are organizing. Creating prison unions. The crisis in prison human rights and who is covering the strikes and where we go from here.

Remembering the murder of the Attica prison protesters.

On The Fun Half: Mike Pence will not call David Duke deplorable. Internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has no idea what he is talking about. Donald Trump tries to make his supporters feel good about themselves. Trump supporters assault protestors. Bill O'Reilly tries to spin his defense of Roger Ailes and your calls and IMs.

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Michael Monday today with Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), talking Jeremy Corbyn and the contest for the Labour leadership. What Corbyn's resilience means for the future of the Labour party. Why Labour's prospects for victory in the next election are narrow. The exodus of workers from the Labour party. What it means for the left to take over Labour. How Labour is more easily influenced to the left than America's Democratic Party. How third parties take off.

On the fun half - Pence gravely defends Trump supporters as "not a basket of anything," Obama halts the North Dakota Access Pipeline, Trump wants to fill the Supreme Court with Scalias, and your calls and IMs!

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Phil Robertson says the Founders believed flood victims should deal with it themselves.

Cliff Schecter joins us to talk about the media and the current campaign coverage. The media's moment of reckoning with Matt Lauer's horrible Commander-in-Chief Forum performance and the lack of proportion in covering Hillary's emails and Donald Trump's blatant fraudulence. How television news ruined everything.

Former MR producer and current staff at Cafe.com Matt Binder joins the show to discuss his times since leaving the show. Is his child drinking Monster Energy drinks. Which NY billionaire is worse, Bloomberg and Trump? And Matt recommends watching "Stranger Things" and "Tallulah" on Netflix.

On the fun half - Glenn Beck has an insane analogy about our country and birth pangs, Corportatist Dems line up against Colorado Care, Mike Pence says Trump has a Reaganesque "core of humility," and your calls and IMs!

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Today Sam, Kelly, and Matt break down NBC's Commander-in-Chief debate hosted by Matt Lauer. The waste of time by Lauer on email questions. Lauer's total lack of follow-up questions. Gary Johnson asks "What is Aleppo?"

On the Fun Half - More Commander-in-Chief Forum recap. What should the media do to cover Trump better, and your calls and IMs.

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Attorney with Earthjustice Stephanie Tsosie and Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton (@JordanChariton) for updates on the North Dakota Access Pipeline Protests. 

Stephanie on the parties involved in the suit, originally brought against the Army Corps of Engineers, and Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline company itself. The immediate goal of halting construction.

Jordan Chariton on the impressive camp sizes forming near the pipeline areas of Native Americans from around the state and country. The different degrees of obstructive protest being deployed by the "protectors." The historical solidarity of the protests in the wider Native American community.

On the fun half - Donald Trump continues practicing for the Commander-in-Chief forum, Pam Bondi is desperately trying to prove she wasn't bribed by Trump to not investigate Trump University, Hannity and Assange bond over Hillary Clinton's email, and your calls and IMs.

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New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman, explains the legal fallout from the sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes. The Gretchen Carlson settlement. Roger Ailes and his enemies. How Rupert Murdoch protects his executives who cross the line. Is Roger Ailes going to target Murdoch's sons. Why Greta Van Sustren is leaving Fox News so fast. Is Megyn Kelly going to jump ship? Is Sean Hannity scared? And how could Fox News executive Bill Shine not have known what was happening with Roger Ailes and the harassment culture.

Donald Trump sways awkwardly at a Black Church in Detroit and Ben Carson checks his phone.

On The Fun Half: Ben Carson, leaves an interview to find his luggage. Bill Clinton sits on the board and gets big money from an online college. Donald Trump will not talk about being a Birther anymore. Katrina Pierson goes to new stupid places in defending her boss. Donald Trump does not pay his campaign staff. America and China move forward on a climate deal. Security contractors unleash attack dogs on Native American protesters in North Dakota. Woke Henry Kissinger and your calls and IMs.

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On this year's Labor Day special, some speeches featured before and some that haven't. Here's the rundown:

Studs Terkel compilation on the relevance of Labor Day.

Excerpt from John Lewis' "Democracy In Steel" from July 1936

Frances Perkins on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

Eugene Debs, "Winning a World."

Eugene Debs, as performed by Mark Ruffalo.

Eugene Debs, from "The Crimes of Carnegie." (Read by a Librivox volunteer) 

Harry Truman upon vetoing Taft-Hartley.

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Cliff Schecter wants to know why the New York Times is obsessed with the Clintons. The new nothing story about the Clinton Foundation. Trump's immense corruption and abuse. Hillary Clinton needs to stop trying to appeal to Republicans. Why Clinton is failing to connect Republicans to Donald Trump. Trump doubles down on bigotry. Why John McCain might lose his Senate seat and will John Kasich undermine Donald Trump in Ohio?

Isabel Gillies calls in from her vacation. Is Pokemon GO dangerous? Does Isabel believe in spirits? The colonial history of Iraq and Isabel tells us to watch Almost Famous and Primal Fear.

On The Fun Half: A Trump advisor warns against "Taco Trucks" on every corner. Colin Kaepernick continues his protest and gets more supporter from other players. Was Donald Trump the most dangerous candidate. Alex Jones warns of the technocracy and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, explains why Americans are protesting and resisting power. Movements Right and Left. President Obama and the Left. The radical left rebirth after the financial crisis. The opening up of anti Capitalist space. New disruptive protest tactics. Is the Left finally reading Alinsky. Intersectional politics and connecting the environmental crisis with social justice and inequality.

On The Fun Half: how the MSM is influenced by the Right. Are the Clinton's demonized? Hillary Clinton says we are still Reagan's "City on a Hill". Shep Smith calls out voter suppression on Fox News. The Right talkers fight each other. Glenn Beck makes a plea for peace. Anti Semites are optimistic about Donald Trump. The myth of Democratic Primary voter fraud and your calls and IMs.

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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

Follow us on twitter:

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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

“WHY PEOPLE LIKE KEVIN ROBERTS NO LONGER BELONG IN AD AGENCIES.” Pulse on LinkedIn

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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Aetna tries to punish the Obama Administration by pulling out of Obamacare. Why Aetna is trying to destroy Obamacare? Why the insurance business would fail without government support. Aetna tries to extort the government to approve its possible merger with Humana. Would a public option lead to universal healthcare? Juan Williams freaks out a Fox panel by saying Americans want Single Payer and problems with Hillary Clinton's campaign team.

On The Fun Half: debating sexism and Hillary Clinton. Ken Salazar the head of Clinton's transition team is not so progressive. Alex Jones reveals the real problem with Tim Kaine. Mike Pence has a strange answer to question about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama causing a Civil War. Random Rush. Rick Perry attacks the Khans. The Five gets tense when Juan Williams makes sense, Donald Trump projects and your calls and IMs.

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Carol Anderson a Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,explains the roots of the racial crisis in Milwaukee. The history of progress and blowback against African American human rights. The "Black Codes" the laws against the Great Migration. Racism South and North. How White Rage works. How states responded to Brown v Board of Education. Public school funding and property taxes and what that tells us about race. The legal structure of second class citizenship for African Americans. Why class and race are connected but not the same issue and why the Right wants America to look like Apartheid South Africa.

On The Fun Half: a reminder of how stupid Dan Quayle was. Donald Trump calls for "extreme" vetting and Sean Hannity learns a new word. Rudy Giuliani forgets 9/11. Katrina Pierson blames Obama for invading Afghanistan. Rush Limbaugh says #BLM is like a Union Gang. A Trump focus group responds well to a fake anti Hillary ad. Zephyr Teachout challenges a secretive billionaire who is funding a Super PAC against her and your calls and IMs. (58:10)

 

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Digby (Heather Parton) explains why Trump's written speeches are boring, is Trump getting depressed? Why is Donald Trump losing it on the media. Trump's endless lies. Can Hillary Clinton reach out to Republican voters and run a progressive campaign. How Republicans created Trump. How the Obama Administration defanged the Left, why Clinton will face more pressure and TPP and Clinton's loyalty to President Obama.

On The Fun Half: we revisit Friday's conversation on gender and MR. How to Hold Paul Ryan accountable. Mike Pence defends Trump's sarcasm. Ben Carson defends Donald Trump's latest antics. Glenn Beck in his own special way starts to understand Black Lives Matter and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump in swing state polls. Why Trump is losing educated white voters. Is Trump preparing to lose. Can you run against Trump and Republicans. Why Hillary Clinton is running a generous campaign towards Republicans, while sticking to progressive policies. Clinton promises she is against TPP. How Democratic Presidents govern and will Clinton be progressive.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss talks cucks and and it leads to some studio drams. Matthew's next eBay schemes and Matthew tells us to watch Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump gets called Putin's "Bitch" and a Trump supporter calls reporters traitors. Sean Hannity peddles a new conspiracy about Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson chuckles. Hugh Hewitt tries to get Donald Trump to not say crazy things.

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Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, author of The Making of Donald Trump, explains why Trump was serious about running for President in 2016. How much does Trump care about losing. Is Trump willfully ignorant. The Mafia connections of the Trump family. Why Trump cares more about Cocaine dealers than sick infants. How Trump uses lawsuits to suppress the press and why there will be more violence because of the Trump campaign and why Trump is a threat to democracy.

On The Fun Half: The fall if Julian Assange. Many Republican voters still don't think President Obama was born in America. Donald Trump campaigns in front of disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley in the front row. Glenn Beck muses on a DNC conspiracy. Trump says that Obama and Clinton created ISIS. The Fox implosion continues and your calls and IMs.

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Is Bridgegate going to finally catch up with Chris Christie? New evidence leading to Chris Christie. Donald Trump basically calls for Hillary Clinton or a Supreme Court Justice to be killed. Paul Ryan lies and tries to cover for Trump. Rudy Giuliani defends Donald Trump's death threat. Joe Scarborough says its time "dump Trump" and Joe and Mika fight on air. Joe Lieberman might endorse Donald Trump.  and he and Mika get into an argument. The hot mic suck up from Joe and Mika back during the primary.

On The Fun Half: how to argue with a conservative. Random Rush. How Newt Gingrich poisoned the well. What motivates Bernie or Bust? An incredibly insane ad by a Republican Congressional candidate in Minnesota.

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Investigative journalist and New York Times contributor Brooke Williams (@reporterbrooke) explains the world of Washington DC think tanks and how they influence policy. Elizabeth Warren's critique of corporate influence of think tanks. How the Brookings Institute was enrolled in a lobbying campaign. JP Morgan Chase, global cities and Brookings. Corporate influence and lack of disclosure and how to reform think tanks.

On The Fun Half: the time George HW Bush called Jeb Bush's kids the "little brown ones". Jeb Bush's son George P Bush will vote for Donald Trump. Mike Huckabee and Megyn Kelly get indignant about the press investigating Melania Trump. Where did the word cuck come from. Can Democrats ever be progressive. Donald Trump has a promise for Detroit and your calls and IMs.

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Michael Monday today, with Alex Cuadros (@AlexCuadros) talking about his book "Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country."

The hopefulness of Lula's Brazil attaining the 2016 Olympics, and why it hasn't worked out that way. The effect the fall in commodity prices has had on Brazilian aspirations and and those of Lula's Worker's Party. Lula's deal-making and shift to "centrism," which meant accommodating corruption in exchange for accomplishing social justice goals. The media in Brazil and the difficulty in understanding what's going on in Brazil through international media. The relationship between Brazil's billionaires and the state. The prosperity gospel of Brazil's second largest tv network. Brazil's Donald Trump, whose father was a government minister who was put in charge of Brazil's largest mining firm.

On the fun half - Trump releases an aggressively poorly produced anti-hillary ad. Alex Jones is upset with Malia Obama's "twerking" at Lollapalooza. Glenn Beck has delusions of grandeur and minimizes Iran-Contra. Fox News thinks PC Republicans will blow it for Trump. (45:00)

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Cliff Schecter explains why Hillary Clinton is looking great in the polls. Why Paul Ryan might lose his primary to a major anti Muslim bigot and why Hillary Clinton will get no honeymoon from the Left.

Andy Kindler's ancestors left Germany before Hitler. Clint Eastwood talks nonsense and Graham Beckel defends him by talking about "post  colonial victim shit". Andy remembers when we were men. Rachel Maddow not happy with Bill Clinton's DNC speech. Why Hillary Clinton is getting unfair coverage and Andy's state of comedy address.

On The Fun Half: Roger Stone threatens a Constitutional crisis if Trump loses the election. And your calls and IMs.

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On today's show Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) joins us to talk about the upcoming Brazilian Olympics.

Journalist Dave Zirin, explains the Brazil Olympic crisis and the pile up of awful stories that create the wrong narrative. Why the Olympics and the World Cup bring out the worst in host cities. The concentration of Brazil's oligarchy in real estate and construction. Why the games are not about sports but about politics. The 1936 German Olympics and the origins Olympic propaganda. Brazil's political crisis and impeachment proceedings. Can the Olympics ever be a benefit? And why the sports themselves are amazing.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump rehashes all of his greatest hits. Trump is losing it and he got a Purple Heart as gift. Is Donald Trump going to pull off a surprise win? Sam gets pissed at a caller. Paul Manefort is even more incoherent than Trump. Ben Carson stumbles back onto TV. The best campaign ad ever.

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Glenn Beck, says the DNC almost got to him except he knows they are Marxist. Is Trump's staff about to leave? Barack Obama says Donald Trump is unfit to serve as President. Ross Douthat whines that Hillary isn't moving to the Right. Why there cannot be a Democratic Donald Trump.

On The Fun Half: A pre-teen at a Trump rally calls Hillary Clinton a "bitch". Katrina Pierson blames Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the death of Captain Khan. Fareed Zakaria calls Trump a "Bullshit artist". corey Lewandowski goes birther and freaks out on CNN and your calls and IMs.

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Will Melania Trump's nude pictures might finally hurt Trump with core Republican voters.

Ari Berman author of "Give Us the Ballot", Republican voting restriction laws are getting rolled back. The North Carolina Court decision that attacks Republicans efforts to undermine African American voting rights. The importance of finding "intentional discrimination. How many voters will be effected by overturning anti voter rights measures. Why voter restriction laws have nothing to do with voter fraud. Why the Supreme Court most likely hear an appeal. More reversals of voter suppression laws from Wisconsin and Texas and why these decisions are a rebuke of Justice Roberts.

Brad Herzog, a former RV industry spokesperson explains why he was fired from the industry because of his mocking of Donald Trump. When Brad started a Kickstarter campaign to fund distribution of his book D is for Dump Trump – An Anti-Hate Alphabet Book.  The bizarre story of Brad'd firing from the RV world. Is the RV industry conservative and the danger of Trumpism.

On The Fun Half: the amazing Daily Show sketch that helped saved voting rights. How to talk to a Trump supporter. The Republican convention hurt Donald Trump and Trump is looking for excuses. Donald Trump confronts a baby. Why the fever won't break if Trump loses. Warren Buffet joins Michael Bloomberg in mocking Donald Trump. Donald Trump defends Roger Ailes and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show, Michael speaks with Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) on Donald Trump's alleged connections to Putin and how the media is covering the story. The recent history of Russian oligarchs influencing politics outside Russia, including lobbying in the US. McCain's ties to Manafort-Davis in 2008, which Mark wrote about at the time. Russia's notorious aluminum industry as a focus of oligarchic warfare under privatization in the 90s. Paul Manafort's ties to dictators and Roger Stone. The silence over the GOP's ties to John McCain in 2008. The Clinton campaigns use of anti-Russian paranoia against Trump. The non-existent appetite for another Cold War. US complicity in the collapse of the Russian economy in 1998. Would Hillary or Trump be more likely to say "no" to generals? Hillary's own Russia connections.

On the fun half: Trump is not spending money on ads. Khizr Kahn continues taking it to Trump, who isn't responding well. Mike Pence churns out meaningless press release distancing and not distancing himself from Trump attacking the Kahns.

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Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman nominee for a major political party.

Cliff Schecter discusses the Democrats optimism and how the Democrats attacked Trump. Did Trump commit treason. Did Bernie endorse to late? The Donald danger. Did Hillary Clinton hear Bernie? How can the Democratic Party come together. Don't be a useful idiot for Donald Trump. What's the best way to protest Hillary Clinton. Does the Democratic Convention leave you feeling better about America. Rev William Barber gives an incredible speech at the DNC. Khizr Khan, father of Muslim soldier killed in Iraq calls out Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton sounds like Bernie Sanders. Where did Hillary misstep. Ripping apart Donald Trump.

Myla Seder reflects on her views on John McCain and her evolving understanding of politics. Myla calls out Trump for being a human eating monster. Her thoughts on Hillary Clinton's speech Why Myla loves Joe Biden. What Hillary needs to do. Why Ghostbusters 3 is the best third movie ever and Myla calls conservatives out for disrespecting women.

On The Fun Half: debating the future of the Democratic Party. Which convention went better? Bush derangement syndrome still exists. Donald Trump is very angry about getting attacked at the DNC. Donald Trump rambles about Russia and almost commits treason.

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Michael Shure of The Young Turks and Bit Torrent News explains the difference between Democratic and Republican conventions. Why day four of the convention was important for taking the fight to Donald Trump. The gender dynamics of the convention. President Obama, President Clinton and judging Hillary Clinton's record. Was Michael Bloomberg effective and Tim Kaine's debut.

Mark Thompson of Sirius XM explains why the three parties from the center to the left to the Green. Why its better to fight with Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. Are we missing what the Sanders campaign was all about. Why Nina Turner didn't speak. What is Terry Mcauliffe doing? How did Mark Thompson get caught up in the DNC emails? The why of Tim Kaine.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, explains why her aunt never ran for President. Archetypes of Women power. Why America lacks pictures of women in power. Hillary Clinton's path to power and the politics of marriage and is the Democratic convention doing what it needs to do?

On The Fun Half: Stephanie Schriock, the President of Emily's List and satirist Will Durst join us and full reviews of all of last nights major speeches from Bloomberg to Obama.

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Sirius XM host Pete Dominick, pretends to be a politician facing corruption allegations. How did Bill Clinton's speech go? Does Hillary Clinton deserve more credit. Does Michael Bloomberg's endorsement? And Is Tim Kaine a good pick?

Christine Pelosi of Campaign Boot Camp, talks about training activists and candidates across the globe. Bernie Sanders supporters getting into politics. Diminishing the role of Super Delegates. What happens next in the Super Delegate reform process. The Pelosi family and Democratic reform.

Legendary Newsman explains why Donald Trump is unlike anyone who has run for President before. Will Trump be the first Social Media President. Will the 2016 conventions be remembered? The lines of decency that Trump crosses and is it about Trump or the Republican Party?

On The Fun Half: Paul Bruce calls for unity and explains why Unions support Hillary Clinton. Jane kleeb explains how the Democratic Party is changing. Sam and Michael review Bill Clinton's speech and David Dayen highlights concerns about Tim Kaine.

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Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks join Sam and give first reactions to the first night of the DNC. Was the first night to soft on Trump. How strong is the Bernie or Bust sentiment in the convention hall. Has Hillary Clinton met Bernie supporters half way? The TPP and the lame duck. Debating Obama, rhetoric and healthcare. The difference between Keystone and TPP. What will a Clinton Presidency look like? And how do you beat Trump?

Bernie delegate David Sparks, says that Bernie supporters feel unwelcome. Are David's problems about politics or simply disrespect. The debate on fracking. Is this election just a smaller part of a larger movement. The Bernie movement goes local and Donald Trump entertaining and why he appeals to people and what comes next!

Why did Bernie speak last.

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Who was behind the Turkish coup attempt and why did it fail? The possibility Erdogan could be behind it himself. The massive purges in the judiciary, academia, the military. The historical political dynamics of Turkey, and Erdogan's nemesis, Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan's shift to autocracy. Erdogan's media takeover and online harassment.. The irony of Erdogan using social media to save himself.

Then, Sam calls in from the DNC in Philadelphia.

On the fun half (48:00) - Tim Kaine as VP choice. Kaine's snubbing of Netanyahu's speech in congress in 2015. Why Debbie Wasserman Schultz has to go. Trump returns to his wife being hotter than Ted Cruz's, and Ted's dad's breakfast association with Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Recorded after the convention early friday morning, discussing the impact of the RNC.

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Montel Williams calls out Bill O'Reilly on Periscope.

Historian Rick Perlstein, a columnist for the Washington Spectator, explains the history and purpose of political conventions. The almost contested convention between Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller and the drama of the 1980 Democratic Convention. Is the Trump Convention different? Ted Cruz's play against Trump and how much is there resistance to the Trump candidacy in the Republican Party? And contrasting Richard Nixon and Donald Trump.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio fear mongers and race baits for Trump. Fran Tarkenton motivates for Trump. Marsha Blackburn talks nonsense. Governor Mary Fallon talks about her America.  Peter Theil is very disturbing.  Ivanka Trump promotes her daddy and Donald Trump has his fantastic moment and your calls and IMs.

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Terrell Jermaine Starr National Political Reporter for Fusion talks about the Republican Convention and the relationship with Cleveland's African American community. Why black people think (rightly) that Trump is racist. Why this year will see the most diverse American electorate ever. The state of the race in Ohio. Why protests in Cleveland have been so mellow. A Police state for the Convention? And also the thought process of a Black Republican?

Scott Walker advocates for Donald Trump. Ted Cruz speaks and does not endorse Donald Trump. Eric Trump fights for his dad. Cliff Schecter and Andy Kindler call in and Donald Trump ripped off Andy Kindler's dad. Newt Gingrich speaks! Mike Pence is incredibly boring.

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Huffington Post's Ryan Grim talks about last nights convention drama. The real story behind Melania Trump plagiarizing Michelle Obama and all the palace intrigue.

Donald Trump officially gets the Republican nomination. How did Melania Trump steal from Michelle Obama and rick roll the convention? Katherine Harris call in from the pipe she is stuck in at the convention. Tameron Hall destroys Scott Baio. Controversy on the floor of the GOP. The head of the UFC talks about his "friend" Donald Trump. Dug calls in. Senator Ron Johnson is not bright. Natalie Gulbis talks about politics and faith. Paul Ryan gives a dull and stupid speech. Chris Christie attacks Hillary Clinton. Tiffany and Donald Trump Jr, pretend to love their dad. Cliff Schecter calls in to join the madness. Ben Carson is not "politically correct!" and believes in lucifer. Right Wing Mandela live from the convention.

 

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Huffpost Live's Alyona Minkovski, explains what's happening on the ground in Cleveland. The many, many groups protesting Donald Trump and the Republican Convention. How safe is it outside the convention and will the press coverage demonstrations and how brutal will the Police be?

We hear from "Kathrine Harris", Judy Gold, listen to a bizarre and boring convention speeches from Scott, Baio, a Duck dynasty guy, Cliff Schecter calls in. David Clarke says "Blue Lives matter"! Congressman Sean Murphy and his wife give a bizarre anti Hillary speech. Senate candidate David Glenn gives another awful speech. Tom Cotton fear mongers. Karen Vaughn calls torture. Senator Jeff Sessions brings the bigotry home. Rudy Giuliani worships police and attacks Muslims. Andy Kindler joins us. Donald Trump introduces Melania Trump. General Michael Flynn is a "determined American".

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Cliff returns from vacation in Europe. His family Star Wars experience in the UK. The truck attack in Nice, France: how much of a jihadist was the attacker was? Trump's Vice Presidential marathon extravaganza, and why choosing Mike Pence may force him into some uncomfortable policy conversations on trade and social issues.

Isabel Gillies then joins us to discuss the climate of fear now, and how now compares to previous times of unrest. Hillary Clinton as misogyny magnet. Isabel's new game-changing transcendental meditation habit. Isabel recommends "The Chef's Table," on Netflix.

On the fun half - The Trump/Pence logo's not-so-subliminal sexual message. Newt Gingrich reaches a new low angling to be Trump's VP. Trump continues marginalizing Chris Christie. Glenn Beck has a gay bull on his ranch. Christian broadcaster Rick Wiles is concerned PokemonGo's cyber-demons are going to church. Why do journalists focus on national polls? Plus your calls an IMs.

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American Prospect editor-at-large and weekly columnist for the Washington Post Harold Meyerson, explains why fewer and fewer Americans consider themselves Middle Class and why they are right. Ways to measure the Middle Class. The New Deal legacy and the evolution of the Democratic Party. The 1960s and expanding and the racial politics of the Democratic Party. The decline of Unions and the rise of Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders and his message to the Democratic Party. What Hillary Clinton needs to do in order to win Rust Belt State and why the Democrats need to move to the left for the sake of the country.

On The Fun Half: Looks like Donald Trump is gonna pick Mike Pence for VP. Bill O'Reilly defends Roger Ailes and he wants the British system for lawsuits. Meghan McCain thinks Newt Gingrich would have been Donald Trump's conscience. How bad is the Republican Convention gonna be?  How bad is the Republican Convention gonna be? CNN bigot says that Black people are more likely to be criminals. Boris Johnson is the UK's next Foreign MinisterAnd your calls and IMs.

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Eddie Glaude Jr, Chairman of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University talks about how segregation and racism still works in America. Policing and Convict Labor. What can you do to undo generations of discrimination. Reaganism and the reverse of Civil Right. Blaming black people for being murdered by Police. The exhaustion of trying to convince white people of the reality of black oppression and suffering. Policing and democracy. The Dallas Police shooting and due process. Why we need to eliminate bail. How the Democratic Party exploits its base. Why Donald Trump represents the rot at the heart of the country and the smartest way to vote in the 2016 election. The exploitation of Black and Brown voters by the Democratic Party and how to hold Hillary Clinton accountable.

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On The Fun Half: Donald Trump makes no sense. President Obama addresses Dallas. George W Bush acts strange at the Dallas Memorial. Jeb Bush lost because of the Pope? Fox News brings up "Black on Black" crime to attack President Obama. Systemic injustice and how to address crime. Glenn Beck things the end is finally happening and your calls and  IMs.

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Chilcot condemns Tony Blair and Tony Blair is still sociopath. David Cameron hums an amazing tune after he resigns as Prime Minister. What Bernie Sanders has contributed force the Democrats in a more progressive direction. Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton and praises to the Democratic Platform. Why the new Democratic Platform is better on the environment and energy. The Republicans have  Gay conversion therapy and the Porn "health crisis" in their platform. Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity theorize about Black people and the Surgeon who treated officers murdered in Dallas reflects on his experience as a Black man.

On The Fun Half: What will make Police accountable? How does revolution happen. Jeb Bush gives a pathetic interview on MSNBC. Is the term "New Atheist" worth saving. A Bernie supporter and listener to the show is running for public office. A Hannity panel on police violence goes as insane and racist as you would expect and your calls and IMs.

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We'll be talking with Ari Paul (@AriPaul) on the release of the Uk's Chilcot report on the Iraq War  Jeremy Corbyn's response to the release of the Chilcot report and how it pertains to the failed Labour coup attempt against him. The struggle to hold police accountable in the United States.

Then Jimmy Dore (@Jimmy_Dore) on police brutality and accountability. "Sorry, Not Sorry" Tony Blair. Chilcot Report reaction. Tony Blair possible sleeping with Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife.

On the fun half: Baton Rouge police are flying camera drones but can be warded off with private property. Who will replace Roger Ailes at Fox News? The fixation with Hillary by vocal Bernie-or-Busters. 

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Sociologist Kathryn Edin (@KathrynEdin) joins us to talk about her book: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America."

The aftermath of welfare reform, and the new kind of poverty that may have arisen as the economy has slowed since the reforms. The new class of "extreme poverty," and how it has been hidden by economic segregation. The underfunding of welfare and use of welfare funds like TANF by states for programs unrelated to alleviating poverty. The failure of the private sector to create enough jobs.

For Members: Barbara Ehrenreich joined Sam and Janeane to talk about her book "Nickel & Dimed," right-wing abortion politics, the rise of fundamentalism in America and across the world, America's lack of feedback from around the world, and the conservative elite use of social issues to drive voter turnout. (8/2/2004)

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Militarian historian Andrew Bacevich joins us to discuss his new book, "America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History." The Carter Doctrine and the US military shift to the middle-east. The shift in rationale in the war for the middle east from a war for oil to a war for American Exceptionalism. The importance of Carter's much-maligned "Malaise Speech." The Oil shocks of the late 70s. The US expectation that war can create a new political order. Post-Cold War military hubris. The American bipartisan political class view of Global Policeman. The shriveling of our notion of diplomacy.

For members: Sam and Janeane talk to former US Senator Gary Hart on how the second Bush ignored warnings about terrorism, the increasing extremism of the right, the CIA as "rogue elephant," and the old question, "what's the matter with Kansas." (8/4/2004)

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Pamela Lewis (@Tweetin_Teacher) tells us about her new book, "Teaching While Black." Pamela's experience as a teacher in New York city. Teaching as a white profession, while the majority of public school students are not white. How shared background between student and teacher makes education easier. Education bureaucracy as especially problematic for students of color and students with learning challenges. The structural esteem deficit. The failure to integrate schools and the advantage of integrated schools.

For Members: Rick Perlstein joined Sam and Janeane to talk about W Bush was rotting democracy from within and the right wing hatred of democracy. (10-18-04)

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Cliff Schecter explains the conspiracy fueled state of the Republican Party and why the Benghazi investigations are an act of craven Republican politics. The contrast between the 9/11 investigations and Benghazi. Why are Republicans delusional in their attacks on Hilary Clinton. Why is Donald Trump's campaign in such bad shape? What drives Republican extremism? Republicans say Trump is the worst but they won't support Hillary Clinton. Why Republicans need to destroy themselves to make their base happy. Chris Christie might be Donald Trump's VP pick. Trump's campaign is a disaster and it will hurt the whole GOP. An important victory for women's health. Trade and the Democratic Platform Committee and the Democrats failure to create a national narrative.

Steve Cook from the Council on Foreign Relations joins Michael to explain what is driving the security crisis in Turkey, the threats from ISIS and militant Kurdish fighters to soft targets in Turkey and does President Erdogan have the ability to pivot.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee can't endorse Donald Trump yet. What's next for the Supreme Court and the Fair Labor Standards Acts. Berniecrats lose and win primary races and Bernie voters need to show up for down ballot races! Why some Bernie supporters are supporters are losing focus. Utah Democrats nominate a transgender candidate to challenge Mike Lee for the US Senate. Laura Ingraham is an anti trans bigot. Howie Carr makes a stupid Native American joke about Elizabeth Warren. Can there be an all women ticket?

On The Fun Half: Fox News attacks Clinton and Warren for matching outfits. Michael Savage freaks out about Benghazi. Credible rape allegations against Donald Trump? A new crazy NRA and your calls and IMs.

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Ian Millhiser of the Center For American Progress explains the Supreme Court's decision to block the Texas attack on Abortion rights. The reasoning behind that decision. The varieties of ways Scalia's absence is influencing the Court. Why Justice Kennedy's switch on the Fischer decision safeguarded Affirmative Action. Did Justice Sotomayor influence Justice Kennedy to moderate and insulation of the Supreme Court. The travesty of the Court's decision on immigration and what is the nature of the Supreme Court.

On The Fun Half: true progressive Zephyr Teachout wins a Democratic Primary. Right Wing Mandela gives parenting advice. Anti Gay bigot demands an apology from Gay people. Race economics and Brexit. Bigoted attacks in the UK after Brexit vote. Donald Trump talks trade wars and you shouldn't believe him. Scotland and Brexit.

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Mark Blyth of the Watson Institute at Brown University explains why the Brexit is the chickens coming home to roost on austerity and inequality. How Brexit and Donald Trump show the failure of austerity, Right Wing politics and Neoliberalism. Why the public does not and should not distrust the elite. Why the Euro is awful and the EU is good and why the UK had the best of both worlds. What happened to the Greek economy and the stupidity of Eurozone economics. The failure of UK's political class. Is the UK doomed? The politics of Europe. Where is the positive agenda. What's disturbing about the Hillary Clinton candidacy and is there a positive agenda for the future?

On The Fun Half: Alex Jones freaks out at Bill O'Reilly. Christian crazy compares marriage equality to terrorism. Sam debates a Libertarian and your calls and IMs.

 

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How Bernie's rhetoric successfully channelled anger toward left-wing goals. Why Hillary is the heavy favorite against Trump in a way that shouldn't limit criticism of her centrism. The tectonic shift in US politics as compared with European democracies. Hillary's troubling insistence on courting center-right voters. How accepting Hillary enthusiastically doubles-down on the conditions that led to our current state of affairs to begin with. Brexit and the backlash against institutions in the western democracies. The left case against the EU. The pretext for the Labour coup against leader Jeremy Corbyn, and how the MPs leading the coup failed to deliver their districts for remain. The elections in Spain with Podemos not making gains they hoped for. Elite contempt for democracy and how it related to their enthusiasm for Hamilton.

On the fun half - Marco Rubio is still mediocre, the dissolution of UK's political coalitions, US-backed death squads in Honduras, Hillary's VP favorites are really boring, plus your calls and IMs.

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Digby (Heather Parton) explains the politics behind the Brexit. Anti immigrant bigotry and the global crisis. The toll of austerity. How will Brexit effect American politics. Why Barack Obama saved us from the worst of austerity. Does Hillary Clinton understand that Neoliberalism failed? Are The Democrats getting more bold? How does Hillary Clinton win. Why Paul Ryan has no room to maneuver and why the base hates him. The Democrats sit-in the House and the future of Gun Control.

We meet our new intern Ethan an old friend of the show. Why Ethan started calling Sam's shows when he was thirteen. How many of Ethan's friends listen to the Majority Report and your calls and IMs.

Donald Trump has an incredibly stupid reaction to Brexit and your calls and IMs.

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Congressman Alan Grayson explains from the House Floor why Democrats are staging a sit-in to protest the Gun Lobby and create a safer America and debating the controversy of the terrorism watch list and the moral pressure that the Republicans are under.

Libertarian author and activist Darryl Perry explains why Libertarianism is the right path for America and he provides his definition of Libertarianism. Why Darryl does not trust Gary Johnson. What is property? How do we determine what property rights are and Darryl gets upset. Why "you can't" plan liberty and Darryl gets very, very, very angry.

On The Fun Half: we breakdown the breakdown. The Affirmative Action and the economics of college admissions. Louie Gohmert rants about "radical Islam" on the House floor and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Julian Agyeman a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts and co-author of Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities, explains the problems with how we are shaping the "sharing" economy. Why cities are commons. What Medellin gets right and San Francisco gets wrong. How to build an urban commons. Why Mayors matter. C40 Cities and why cities can have a serious influence on controlling carbon. What Denmark understands about sharing space. What would a fair bike sharing program look like? How to regulate Airbnb. Why did Seoul ban Uber. Using Apps to avoid solving big problems. Shifting from traffic management to traffic reduction and the benefits of participatory budgeting.

On The Fun Half: The Orlando shooter was motivated by revenge according to a man who claims to be Omer Mateen's ex lover. Debunking the Isis narrative and the Orlando attack. Donald Trump explains Right Wing religious leaders that Hillary is a threat to Christianity. Right Wing Mandela calls out Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump would "rig" the economy for Wall Street as projection Tuesday continues. A Trump supporter goes on a racist rant. Will Trump get dumped at the convention and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

A British man attempts to assassinate Donald Trump. The anniversary of the killings of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner and when Reagan campaigned on "states rights" in the same county where their killings took place. Did a Donald Trump pay the advertising firm from Mad Men for advertising? The Trump campaign scam and a Trump advisor says that its not a probably that Trump's campaign has no money on hand because he is a billionaire.

On The Fun Half: all Gun control measures fail in the Senate. The arms maker Remmington that made the gun Adam Lanza used for his killing spree in Newton, argues that they are immune from lawsuits. Gun advocate says bars need to sell less booze so people can be sober enough to carry guns. Donald Trump reflects on how being an "educated black" would be an advantage. Corey Lewandowski does not get while he is fired. Bernie and local party platforms. The Brexit campaign is full of lies. A young Muslim doxxed after a garbage Daily Caller story and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Today we have Lina Srivastava (@lksriv on twitter) on to discuss the promises and limitations of digital activism and the state of the Syrian refugee crisis. How "voice of the voiceless" framing still leaves out community perspectives despite intending not to do so. Direct service and direct action in assisting unsettled communities. Migrant crises in America as opposed to in the Middle East and Europe. Using the arts and technology to help make new environments more welcoming to refugee children. The limited utility of hashtags.

On the Fun Half - Ivanka Trump gets her dad to fire Corey Lewandowski, Paul Ryan continues straddling the fence of dignity, Trump feels like a supermodel x 10, Elizabeth Warren roasts Scott Brown, and your calls and IMs. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Cliff Schecter explains what motivated the murder of UK MP Jo cox and the enduring threat of Far Right terrorism. The Orlando massacre and the problem with how we label these crimes. The problems with preventing gun violence without real reform. Can we follow Australia's lead in gun sanity. The marketing of weapons of mass violence. How to reign in the arms industry. The PR campaign against weapon company CEOs. The importance of the gun filibuster and debating guns and the terror watch list and Bernie Sanders spells out the future of the revolution.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains his latest eBay plan. What strange things is Sam texting Matthew? Matthew met Muhammad Ali when he was a kid! Bernie or Bust Bill Clinton gives a movie suggestion. Matthew has a new puppy! Also Matthew thinks we should watch, Son of Saul.

On The Fun Half: does Sam hate dogs? Are soda taxes regressive? Scott Brown makes fun of Chris Christie for getting Trump's McDonalds. Pat Robertson still a lunatic and still a scumbag. John McCain blames the Orlando shooting on Barack Obama. Cornel West calls for Palestinian human rights at a Democratic Platform committee hearing. Is Dug off of the "Trump train" and your calls and your IMs.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

Tamara Draut, the Vice President of Policy & Research at Demos and author of Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, to discuss the makeup of America's new working class and why America has always been a working class country. The divergence between the educated and non educated population. The college graduate debt crisis. Why the working class is worse off than in the 1970s. Why we need to start talking about the working class again. The emerging movements of working class. solidarity. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the "old" and "new" working class. Representing the working class in media. The Fight For $15, the future of labor organizing and why does Microsoft care about protecting McDonald's from paying higher wages? What the New Working Class needs and what's next for the Democratic Party and will the case against Donald Trump hurt pushing the Democrats to the left?

On The Fun Half: John Kasich is so sad that he can't endorse Donald Trump. Right Wing Mandela slays John Kasich. The Koch Brothers try to sound like Bernie Sanders. Alex Jones attacks the LGBTQ community for the Orlando attack. Looking for rationality in Trump supporters. A pastor is glad that the Orlando slaughter happened. Glenn Beck goes to the next level of insane and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

The lack of objective in US "jihadi" terror shootings. The instrumentalism of religion by ISIS leaders, and why it's a mistake to assume they are truly pious. How Donald Trump is playing a role that helps ISIL. Why Bill O'Reilly is wrong about how defeating ISIS works and saying they're the "same thing" as the Nazis. The operational reality in how ISIS is being rolled back: nobody likes them. The backlash against fundamentalist islam, even wearing beards, in primarily Islamic countries like Egypt. The incredible social change occurring in the middle east.

On the Fun Half - Obama gives an excellent speech on terror and the right's "radical Islam" obsession, Bill O'Reilly calls for gun laws, do we believe in Satan?, and your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

Matthias Matthijs, an Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, explains the history of the European Union and the relationship between the UK and the EU. Why the Left in Britain skeptical of the EU historically. The common currency and getting "Britain's money back". Thatcher and the rise of Euro Skeptic politics in Britain. Why Britain's current relationship with the EU is the best of both worlds for Britain. How close was Britain to joining the Euro? What will happen to Britain if the Brexit wins. The success of Europe and how would the Brexit hurt the European project.

On The Fun Half: more Math debate. Can you really hate the sin and not the sinner? Right Wing Mandela talks math. A Infowars reporter stalks David Petraeus. Why its absurd to compare the Petraeus and Clinton.  Why its absurd to compare the Petraeus and Clinton. Rabbi Michael Lerner makes a powerful call for justice at Muhammad Ali's funeral. Fox News wants people at mass shootings to "fight back' against ISIS. Donald Trump promises far right judges. The DC Circuit upholds Net Neutrality. Deepak Chopra calls Donald Trump "retarded" and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-14-16-Matthias_Matthijs-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EST

An anti Gay terrorist attack in Orlando. The emergency need for gun control and what we can do to to get gun safety. Can a liberal Supreme Court chip away at the Heller decision? Bizarre British pundits try to deflect from the homophobic nature of the attack and Owen Jones walks off set. Donald Trump, exploits Orlando and implies Obama is a terrorist. Alex Jones has ideas about Orlando and reforming State Democratic Party platforms.

On The Fun Half: Brexit advocate in the UK use the Orlando attacks to argue for exiting the EU. Is Bernie or Bust white privilege. "Bill Clinton" is Bernie or Bust now. Transitioning with the help of Obamacare. The plague of violence against women. Sam Seder is called a "dumb jew" by a fake "former terrorist". Chis Christie picks up McDonalds for him??!! And your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-13-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

David Dayen, author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, joins us in studio and explains how foreclosure fraud is still a national crisis. Will Elizabeth Warren be Hillary Clinton's running mate? How Warren wields power. Why we would Hillary pick Warren? How progressives started winning the battle over Social Security. Donald Trump and how the politics of Social Security have transformed. If Trump loses will the Republican fever break? No. Do Democrats need to give up some of the center so Republicans have room to leave the extreme right? And the Democratic Platform Committee hearings and the trial of the modern Democratic Party.

Comedian Judy Gold explains why she hates Republicans and who they are hating on now. Why would anyone vote for Trump? Paul Ryan sucks. The absurdity of the Trumps. Comparing the Clintons and the Trumps. Ted Cruz is still the worst, Chris Christie crushes on Women Tennis players and David Duke thinks the Jews are trying to take Donald Trump down.

Ben Jealous explains why Bernie Sanders represents the future of America. Bernie Sanders explains why what is radical today is common sense tomorrow and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-10-16-David_Dayen-MEM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Rebecca Gordon, author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes, explains the origins of the Nuremberg tribunals. The political and practical implications of Nuremberg. The United States and the ICC. The ICC and political stability. What are war crimes? Are American Drone strikes war crimes? The Bush Administration's use of torture in hyping intelligence for the invasion of Iraq. Does accountability mean criminal prosecution? Can peoples tribunals be effective and how we have mainstreamed torture.

On The Fun Half: The establishment and Donald Trump. A caller really does not like the Clintons. Bernie Sanders to help sure Donald Trump does not become President of the United States and to fight for DC Statehood. Ed Rendell, has an incoherent reason why Elizabeth Warren shouldn't be Vice President. President Obama endorses Hillary and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-08-16-Rebecca_Gordon-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

How a Stanford swimmers rape of an unconscious woman demonstrates how rape culture works. Hillary Clinton locks up the Democratic nomination and Bernie Sanders should stay in. The historic nature of Clinton's nomination. Hillary's victory. A die-hard Bernie supporter is gonna vote for Hillary in the general and Donald Trump gets low energy.

On The Fun Half: More positive results from Bernie's run. Can Trump ever attract normal people? Jeffrey Lord is an insane and racist Trump supporter. Paul Ryan condemns Trump's racism, but of course still supports Trump. Glenn Beck making sense??!! Donald Trump gets boring. Trump still talking about owning Black people. Trump keeps imploding and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-08-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

Rana Foroohar the author of  Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business explains why Mitt Romney is wrong about who the real makers and takers are. The imbalance between the financial sector and "real businesses." Why finance sectors half the size of ours in the us are bad signs for economies. Inequality and the credit driven economy. Concentric circles of Wall Street's toxic influence on the entire economy. What are Share Buybacks and why they are a threat. Robert Mcnamara's influence on the balance sheet economy. The high tax myth and how to reform Capital Markets.

On The Fun Half: Ken Starr who terrorized Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky ignored a rape crisis at Baylor College when he served as President. Can business reform itself? Katrina Pierson says women Judges might be unfair to Donald Trump. Bill O'Reilly debunked by Megyn Kelly. Right Wing Mandela shares his thoughts and your call and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-07-16-Rana_Foroohar-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

Today, Michael will be talking to Publisher and Owner of The Black Star News Milton Allimadi (@Allimadi) on South Africa and turmoil in the ANC and Uganda's contested presidential elections.

Muhammed Ali's legacy beyond boxing. Malcolm X's influence on Muhammed Ali's consciousness. The upcoming elections in South Africa. The unraveling of the ANC government under Jacob Zuma. Jacob Zuma's history of misbehavior. The struggle to maintain the current coalition under political and economic tensions. The crisis in Uganda. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. American influence in Uganda since the 90s. The controversy over the Ugandan presidential elections. What can be done to get Uganda out of Museveni's control

On the fun half: More on Muhammed Ali. Are liberals purging leftists? The protests in France and the failure of centrist politics. Trump is having a tough time pivoting as the GOP promises he will. Bernie has a message for those calling on him to drop out, and your calls an IMs.

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Direct download: 06-06-16-Milton_Allimadi-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

Political strategist and MR regular explains some progressive wins in the state of Ohio. The transformed politics of Social Security. The evolution of the modern Democratic Party on Social Security. Where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are on Social Security. Social Security and the Republican con game. The Trump Paul Ryan meeting. Donald Trump starts reversing himself on his war against the Republican establishment. Is Donald Trump calculated or insane and will Bernie win California?

Comedian Dave Hill is working on speaking better by hosting his own radio show. Dave Hill's brush with fame in Japan. The time Dave Hill worked for Donald Trump. Dave Hill's relationship with Trump. Why Trump is just a performer and parenting tips for older dads and Dave's experience in performing in Prisons in New York and Mexico and check out Dave's new book, Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore.

On The Fun Half: Hillary Clinton smacks Donald Trump. An epic Libertarian debate and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-03-16-Cliff_Schecter-Dave_Hill-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

More Libertarian insanity and President Obama calls for an expansion of Social Security.

Andrew Hacker a Professor of Political Science, Queens College and author of The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions, explains why Math is over taught in high school and community college. Is Math the austerity of the school curriculum. How Math became a religion. How we learn Math. The intellectual stagnation in Math teaching. Why we need fewer STEM students. Why we need imagination. The data era and how to move towards reform.

On The Fun Half: A Libertarian gives us his thoughts on Social Security, but somehow his phone didn't work. How retirement works. Libertarians are insane. Debating Math instruction. Bernie Sanders owns Right Wing hack Radio Show hosts. Crazy anti Transgender extremist is a Governor. Should we have universal basic income? Prison reform, cause for hope? And your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 06-02-16-Andrew_Hacker-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

Libertarian Billionaire Peter Thiel funds lawsuits against Gawker and threatens the free press and a Bloomberg libertarian columnist writes a dumb column about it. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets booed at the Libertarian Convention for talking with a bit of rationality on carbon emissions. Phone bank for Bernie in California. Austin Peters is a crazy pure Libertarian. Libertarians are confused about the role of government in their debate and suggest that Jetpacks will save us. Gary Johnson causes more controversy by saying he would have voted for the Civl Rights Act and it gets crazier from there and your calls and IMs. 

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Direct download: 06-01-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

Micah White the author of  The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, explains his role in co-creating the Occupy movement. How the Occupy movement evolved and devolved. The problems that Occupy had. Generating authority in movements. Innovating new tactics and dealing with counter tactics. Getting more sophisticated about how social change happens. How do you get sovereignty and why radicals need to run for office. How does revolution happen? Why radical parties in Europe matter. The best ways to engage in politics and hacking elections?

On The Fun Half: Debating circumcision. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren calls out a bigoted witness. A Libertarian strips. Jerry Brown endorses Hillary Clinton. Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a public service and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 05-31-16-Micah_White-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

Legendary blogger and columnist Digby explains why Republicans are threatening a public health crisis by blocking funds to the CDC. The Moral monstrosity of the GOP. Republicans new practice of holding up funds to prevent and address emergencies. Racism and ignoring the Zika crisis. Why is the Obama Administration still deporting people? Donald Trump's hair and did he rape his ex wife? How the media is completely failing in covering Trump. The battle inside the Trump campaign. Why Donald Trump is a global threat and will the Bernie and Trump debate happen?

Andy Kindler not impressed with Sam's Trump. Andy goes after Glenn Greenwald. Reliving the Chris Matthews hot mic about Trump's wife. A Fox segment on Donald Trump becomes an ad for Trump's new hotel. Andy is mad at media and funny on Twitter and why he likes Hillary this time.

Louie Gohmert says no "Gays" on a space colony and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 05-27-16-Digby-Andy_Kindler-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Ashley Dawson, a professor of English at CUNY, New York City and author of the new book Extinction: A Radical History, explains the sixth extinction. The history of extinctions and why and how we rely on bio diversity. The moral crisis of species extinction. capitalism and the crisis. Bison, colonial systems and Native Americans. What makes capitalism different.19th century whaling and why Capitalism can't confront the extinction crisis. The problem with Elizabeth Kolbert's critique. Bio capitalism and the next inequality crisis. The problem with "Rewilding" and why the environmental crisis is all about the contradictions and crisis of capitalism.

On  The Fun Half: Donald Trump punks out on debating Bernie Sanders. Bill O'Reilly demands Hillary Clinton debate to defends capitalism. Donald Trump calls Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas and Kimberly Guilfoyle thinks its a compliment. Ken Starr loses his job as President of Baylor for ignoring a Campus rape crisis and your calls and IMs. 

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Direct download: 05-26-16-Ashley_Dawson-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

The NRA gets Charlie Daniels threatens Iran with 'swamp folks' and 'gator' wrestlers diss video. Why Hillary Clinton's campaign will need to reach out to Bernie Sanders supporters. Elizabeth Warren hits Donald Trump hard on his Wall Street incoherence. Bill Bradley calls Donald Trump a "below average real estate developer". Noam Chomsky tell you to be rational in how you vote. Why its an ongoing fight beyond the election.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump calls out New Mexico's Governor. Trump says no Syrian refugees in New Mexico. Who is existentially threatened by Trump. Sanders supporter Nina Turner debunks Chris Cuomo's ill informed questions on CNN.Violence at an anti Trump rally. A youth perspective on SJW culture online. James O'Keefe own goals himself and still is a moron and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 05-25-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EST