The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Nation magazine senior editor, Sarah Leonard explains why the work cultures of Wall Street and Silicon Valley matter to all of us, new reforms in Wall Street work hours, the cult of "smartness", how Silicon Valley disguises its work culture through the rhetoric of passion, how Wall Street and Silicon Valley work to avoid regulation and how we need to start thinking about the technology sector as a whole.

And the great St Patty's Day gets boycott.

On The Fun Half: the roots of the crisis in Ukraine, anti reproductive rights extremists threaten activists online, Abby Huntsman's absurd argument for slashing Social Security, what millennials need to actually worry about, the failure of the "White Pride" demonstrations, Rupert Murdoch tweets crazy things and your IMs.

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains the insane new pro gun law that the Georgia House just passed, why the Georgia Senate may need to block the bill, what Democratic candidate Alex Sink's loss in the Florida 13th District special election means, how the Obama White House does not know how to sell healthcare, the problem with how Democratic candidates run, the House Progressive Caucus releases a smart budget and gets no attention, how Rob Portman was backed into supporting an unemployment insurance extension and the Obama Administration reconsiders deportation policy.

Andy Kindler objects to being called an Obamabot, Sam reviews more of his ill advised decisions in his entertainment career, Kindler is sick of the "New Atheists", Bill Maher praises Jay Leno and Kindler responds with disgust, why Kindler also hates Fallon, Kindler's favorite Holocaust and Kindler suggested the movie Friends with Money.  

Lindsay Graham Senate challenger calls Graham ambiguously gay And your calls and IMs.

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New York Times National Security Correspondent and author of the The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth Mark Mazzetti explains how the roots of the CIA Senate spying scandal began with the 2005 CIA destruction of torture tapes, Dianne Feinstein's accusations against the CIA, the role Acting General Council of the CIA Robert Eatinger in the torture and spying stories, how Senate investigators discovered that the CIA was lying about the efficacy of the CIA torture program, the Senate investigation into the CIA torture program, the Panetta Review, Why both the CIA and the Intelligence Committee have referred criminal probes to the Department of Justice, John Brennen's role in the torture program, the role of the White House in the dispute between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence committee? Is there any cost for the White House in its response to the investigation, will the White House invoke Executive Privilege and why Republicans hate the report and Democrats know the clock is ticking.

On The Fun Half: old Majority Report friend Austin Ruse says he wants college professors to be shot, the problems with intentions in politics, Paul Ryan blames poverty on "lazy inner city men", the destructive conservative myth that culture creates poverty, the shrinking deficit reveals another conservative myth and your IMs.

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Journalist and Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association in New York Alex Marshall author of The Surprising Design of Market Economiesexplains why the term "free market" is a misnomer, why only governments create markets, why we need to have a debate about what type of markets we want, the evolution of private property, how water became a public good, President Obama's new initiative to make more workers paid for overtime work, how intellectual property laws have created monopolies, how to redesign corporations, why large corporations should have national charters, what are the Commons, are we becoming more caring as a society and the public education debate, the future of the Commons and why progressives need to articulate a more optimistic vision.

On The Fun Half: what are maker spaces and how they could reinvent education, NSA spying and crazy presidents, the value of testing in education, President Obama to extend worker eligibility for overtime pay, Senator Ron Wyden tells Jake Tapper that the CIA spying on the senate Intelligence committee because they do not want Bush era torture policies to be made public, debating Charter schools and your calls and IMs.

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MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon explains the new radical anti abortion movement forming at the grassroots, the transparent radicalism of the Abolish Human Abortion movement, what the goals of the "abolition" movement are, why California is starting to base reproductive policy on science, why more healthcare providers need to provide abortion services, why restrictions cause more late term abortions, how California allowed more medical professionals to provide reproductive services and can California's progressive model expand across the country?

What led to the CIA spying on Senate staffers, why Senator Dianne Feinstein called out the CIA surveillance of the Senate committee, why they CIA may have broken multiple laws and Feinstein warns against the CIA threatening the Senate and its staffers.

On The Fun Half: President Obama appears on Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Fern and a Republican Congressman freaks out about Benghazi, another Obamacare horror story turns out to be wrong, new Bitcoin fail, Rand Paul the darling at CPAC, are Libertarians really popular with the young,  and your calls and IMs.

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Education activist and the author of Feel-Bad Education Alfie Kohn explains why poverty is the root problem in modern education, where standardized testing fails, why driving up test scores do not reflect education but do reflect affluence, why those pushing corporate education "reform" do not understanding what the experience of education really is, smart ways of actually assessing education, the Democratic and Republican consensus on testing, why the most damage is done to low income and children of color, why rising test scores should be a warning sign, the need for parental activism against corporate education and why progressives buy to many corporate education myths.

On the Fun Half: Edward Snowden says he raised concerns at the NSA but was ignored, a former FISA Court rejects NSA's request to hold onto metadata indefinitely, Fox Business commentator Todd Wilemon tells the Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi that the poor should just stop being poor, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou wants to know why former CIA Director Leon Panetta isn't in prison for passing classified information to Zero Dark Thirty screenwriters, more evidence that Obamacare expands care and decreases costs, Random House, new polling show how liberal millennials are and your calls and IMs.

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains the paranoid and insane worldview presented by the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, why the right ring is defined by fear, loss and bigotry, why the gun cartel makes us less safe, the cultural roots of the NRA's racial politics, Paul Ryan's sociopathic attack on school lunches, his attack on poor parents, why Ryan's argument is like an old Eddie Murphy bit, The conservatives love of Putin, what Crimea means for the United States, the different factions battling in Ukraine, why the right wants us to drill in response to Ukraine, Paul Ryan makes another story and the shameful Senate failure to confirm President Obama's nominee for head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

Isabel Gillies talked with Sam about his move to Brooklyn, why Isabel thinks Brooklyn is really hip, why Isabel's Super Bowl Party was disaster and Isabel broke format and suggested we read the book The Goldfinch.  

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Former Republican Congressional and author of The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted staffer Mike Lofgren explains the Deep State is, the power of corporate special interests in Washington, how the 1980s unleashing of Wall Street set the stages for the growth of the Deep State, how the terrorist attacks of September 11 speeded up the process, Silicon Valley's central role in corporate influence in Washington, why the Deep State loves trade deals, how the Deep State perpetuates itself and what we can do to radically reform government.

The Senate with seven Democrats going along with all Senate Republicans shamelessly rejects President Obama's pick to head the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department.

On The Fun Half: Sean Hannity totally wrong on New York crime rate under Bill de Blasio, did the Pope just endorse civil unions, majority of Americans support marriage equality, Tom Harkin calls out the disgusting Senate rejection of Debo Adegbile and your IMs.

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Professor Adolph Reed Jr., explains how the Democratic Party embraced the neo-liberal agenda, how the shock of the Reagan Presidency shaped the modern Democratic Party, the role of the Democratic Leadership Council in moving Democrats to the right, the rightward legacy of Bill Clinton, the decoupling of class and social politics, why we have one neo-liberal party that is multicultural and another that is reactionary, why the left is in retreat, why acknowledging the problem can allow for a strengthening of leftist politics, how progressive politics is cheapened, how the left can rebuild itself and why we need to stop searching for progressive savors.

On The Fun Half: Elijah Cummings calls out Darrell Issa for continuing his IRS Jihad in Congress and Issa attempts to silence Cummings in Congress, Lindsey Graham's insane explanation for why Russia invaded Ukraine, integrating social and economic politics, Chipotle says the climate crisis threatens guacamole supply and your calls and IMs.

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Hey folks, today is a Members only show, but we still wanted to give you Freebies a teaser from today’s show. Enjoy this epic moment of Sarah Palin calling out President Obama for wear "mom jeans" and find out all of the stupid policies Republicans want to implement because of Russia's incursion into Ukraine and remember! Members make the Majority Report possible. Please join us by becoming a MEMBER. You can also show your support by clicking thru to the DONATE button for a one-time donation. Thanks


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