The Majority Report with Sam Seder

6/12/15

Sam calls Nancy Pelosi to tell her we want a no vote on TAA and Fast Track authority.

Political strategist Cliff Schecter explains the importance of the fight on Trade and why its the key legislative fight of our time. Why we need to kill the Trade Assistance Authority. The internal politics of the Democratic Party and killing awful trade deals. The new political energy on the left. Why President Obama's establishment worship explains his support for corporate trade. Is the activist behind the Obama "ObamaTrade" website a progressive? President Obama's last minute push for trade and why Jeb Bush isn't going anywhere.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss talks about his teaching and production work. The joys of cutting Sam out of the action. How Matthew decides what to sell on eBay. What Matthew has been watching. Matthew tells us to watch the The Year of the Sex Olympics, the 1960s BBC television film that predicted the Reality TV era.

On The Fun Half: A major setback for corporate trade. What society should reward and your calls and IMs.

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On this week's 'Call of the Week', caller Doug, is very upset about his conviction that there is mass voter fraud. Listen to Sam try to to talk sense with our favorite new far right caller. 

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Check out this bonus episode with journalist and Majority Report friend David Dayen on the Corporate Democrats behind Obama's trade policy.

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{Bonus Episode 1 6/12}: Sam had to set the record straight after his WTF interview with Marc Maron. Listen to him and Film Guy Matthew Weiss break it down and listen to the WTF interview here

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6/11/15 

NPR reporter and author of the new book the  The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be, Anya Kamenetz, explains the history of America's obsession with test taking. The conflicting political drives behind the testing movement. The connection between theories of intelligence and eugenics. Why higher test scores don't mean better schools. The Atlanta cheating scandal and the pressures that leading to cheating. What could lead to higher quality testing? Also the power of the testing industry.

On The Fun Half: NPR host Diane Rehm asks Bernie Sanders if he is also a citizen of Israel. Rick Perry is still a very stupid man. The racism behind the fear of voter fraud. Glenn Beck is convinced America is being overrun by psychological Nazis. A racist teacher in Texas wants to return to segregation but claims through a hashtag that she is not racist. Senator Mark Kirk says on a hot mic that Lindsey Graham is a "bro without a hoe" Also your calls and IMs.

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6/10/15

Bard College Leon Botstein, explains whether we are still educating to create citizens. The rise of the suburbs and social segregation. The erosion of public education and the Charter School movement. Why our conversations are shrinking. The American progressive education tradition and the training of citizens. Media culture and the undermining of civic space. The policies that can lead us to creating citizens again. Also how men can do better academically. 

On The Fun Half: An Israeli study shows that "dirty bombs" are a myth.  Hillary Clinton's progressive push on voting rights and Chris Christie's stupid response. The young man in Mckinney who had the gun pulled on him explains what happened during the incident. Keith Ablow blames Obama for what happened in McKinney. Jerry Seinfeld flails and whines about "PC" culture. Also your calls and IMs.

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Becky Bond the Vice President and Political Director of CREDO Action explains the unique mission and purpose of CREDO. How CREDO Mobile works and where it gives its money. CREDO's success in fighting the Keystone Pipeline. The state of the fight against NSA surveillance of innocent Americans. Also the push for more debates in the Democratic Primary.

Journalist Monica Potts, explains the personal debt crisis and the limits on America's creative class. How shrinking opportunities limits options and undermines service. Why the sharing economy softens the edges of the economy will undermining structural answers to poverty. How sustainable is the sharing economy? And what do we want America to look like?

On The Fun Half: Josh Fox schools Stuart Varney and Varney kicks him off. Fox & Friends do not want you to make assumptions about the cop in Mckinney Texas who pinned down a fourteen year old girl. Far Right caller insists that voter fraud is happening, but cannot prove it. 

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Pando Senior Editor Mark  Ames, explains how Symour Hersh's attempts at Corporate muckraking in the 1970s reveal the dangers of going after the corporate state. Dangers of corporate muckraking journalism and what's wrong with the NSA debate.

On The Fun Half: The Police assault on black teenagers in Mckinney Texas and the horrifying viral that revealed it. Debating Libertarians. And your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Charlie Pierce explains the bizarre new law enforcement shooting of a terrorism suspect in Boston. How does someone become monitored? Can Congress restore civil liberties? Hillary's Democratic challengers and the Republican clown car.

On The Fun Half: Some people want Michael Bloomberg to run for President and we found a handful of the handfuls of people that would vote for him. Debating the Constitution and the war in Afghanistan. Also your calls and IMs.

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National security blogger and analyst, Marcy Wheeler, explains what's good about the USA Freedom Act and what's wrong with it. Why the USA Freedom ACT, could end up creating new civil liberties problems for Americans. The Second Circuit Court decision that limits the NSA's domestic spying. The relationship between the FISA Court and the Justice system as a whole. The enduring danger of NSA abuse and overreach. Why metadata is used far beyond counter-terrorism. What triggers a database search of our metadata. Why the dragnet program has produced very little for national security. Also how the spying on the Civil Rights movement mirrors monitoring of Muslims.

On The Fun Half: If people voted by what issues they support, Bernie Sanders would be our next President. Is Glenn Beck in trouble? Also, why Glenn Beck says all of his predictions have come true. Alex Jones says Caitlyn Jenner is distracting us from an upcoming Obama civil war. Debating a another crazy caller. Also your calls and IMs.

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