The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Johann Hari the author of  Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs explains why the world owes Colombia and Mexico an apology. Why stigma and punishing addicts creates violence and instability. How drug prohibition has created stunning violence in the drug business. Will the next UN drug summit actually listen to anti drug war voices? Three of the most interesting global activists opposing the War on Drugs. Why the UN slogan "A Drug Free World - We can do it! sounds Soviet. The global class war and the Drug War. The economics of why the drug is so violent and what we will come from the next UNGAS narcotics summit.

On The Fun Half:  Donald Trump calls for Joe Paterno to come back even though he is dead and protected a child predator. John Kasich Gentilesplains to Hasids. How likely is a contested GOP convention. Bernie Sanders has an incredible rally in Washington Square Park in New York City. Clinton advisor promises UFO transparency.

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Direct download: 04-14-16-Johann_Hari-PUB.mp3
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David Dayen explains how a new Goldman Sachs subprime mortgages fraud settlement with the Federal Government is a fraud. Why Goldman is not going to end up paying any actual money. Why Goldman's punishment is like forcing a bank robber to open a lemonade stand. Who Goldman Sachs ripped off. Why the Federal government benefits but not consumers. Why Goldman Sachs has no reason to stop engaging in unethical behavior. The Living Will provision of Dodd Frank and why banks are to big. Why the to big to fail provision of Dodd Frank is not being acted on. The way to force banks to downsize and would JP Morgan be more profitable to break itself up?

On The Fun Half: What is happening in Brazil? How big a difference between Bernie and Hillary? No porn for North Carolina because of its new anti LGBT bill? David Cameron destroyed in Parliament by Labor MP Dennis Skinner. And your calls and IMs.

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The Nation's Ari Berman explains why voting problems in the Arizona Primary is a result of the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act.  How the first Presidential election after the assault on the Voting Rights Act will play out. Why states like Texas will keep fighting ballot access. A Wisconsin Republican admits that photo ID laws are all about helping Republicans. Why voter ID laws oppress people. Voter ID laws are the new poll tax. Are Democrats getting better on defending voting rights? Is Motor Voter a federal law? The Evenwel v Abbott case and preserving one person, one vote and the election and the Supreme Court. (11:15)

On The Fun Half: We get a call form our favorite conservative. A libertarian call. Seder Hotline bling. Bill De Blasio and Hillary Clinton get awkward. Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly: who is the bigger racist? Democratic insurgents run on expanding Social Security. Ben Carson claims CNN reporter was charged with a crime. Glenn Beck going next level crazy??

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Direct download: 04-12-16-Ari_Berman-PUB.mp3
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On today’s program, Rania Khalek (@raniakhalek) joins us to discuss the difficulty of distinguishing between Netanyahu and Trump as well as what the left-wing critique of PC entails.

The function of identity politics in national politics today, especially in the democratic primary. Hillary Clinton and establishment democrats use of privilege discourse, and college, and how young dems are still going to Bernie. The liability left by Dems abandonment of the working class. How the discourse of white privilege erased white poverty.

And on the fun half - Identity politics and sexual orientation. Sam Harris. Cenk vs American Airlines.  Alex Jones on the natural strength of redheads vs africans. Glenn Beck on being threatened by George Soros. Ted Cruz is protested in the Bronx.

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Cliff Schecter explains the sexual abuse revelations of Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and how Republicans looked the other way. Systemic child abuse and power. The move toward Paid Family leave. Why both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns are screwing up. Bill Clinton's major screw up and reopening race politics and the Clintons.(10:00)

Michael Ian Black has a new children's book on Donald Trump. What inspired the Trump book. Wet Hot American Summer and more of Sam's friends who became stars. Michael's reasons for fighting for Gun Control. How Michael got big Twitter. Michael does not listen to the Majority Report and who is Michael's favorite Right Wing talker and when the Trump book is getting released. (47:00)

On The Fun Half: What you can do to seriously address inequality. Hillary Clinton uses a noise machine from the press hearing what she is saying at a fundraiser and your calls and IMs.

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Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion (@felixsalmon), joins us to discuss the Panama Papers leak and the journalism behind it. Why these services are used. The Icelandic prime minister's dance with resignation as a result of the resulting public pressure. The growing global frustration with wealthy elite shenanigans. Why the Panama Papers has led to more exposure of Europeans than Americans. How are the elite referred into this money-sheltering schemes. "Family offices." How the ICIJ coordinated with the journalists. The immediate tightening of "know-your-customer" rules by banks.

On the Fun Half - Bernie vs. Hillary in Qualifications-gate, there are more interesting things to talk about than Bernie-or-Bust, and your calls and IMs! 

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Ted Cruz wins Wisconsin and the debacle that is coming up at the Republican convention. Republicans hate their choices. Trump plans a series of policy speeches and we all laugh. Trump buys fake Facebook followers. Bernie Sanders wins Wisconsin big and Democrats are getting more and more liberal. The minimum wage is raised to $15 in California and New York. Chuck Grassley talks complete nonsense about the Supreme Court. A Republican gets real about Republican voter suppression laws are all about. Was the Bernie Sanders Daily News interview really that bad? How do you breakup the banks.

On The Fun Half: Florida's dirtbag Governor is destroyed when he visits a coffee shop. James Carville wheels out an absurd new attack on Bernie Sanders and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 04-06-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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Jacob Hacker the Stanley B.Resor Professor of Political Science, Director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper explains why America lost our historical understanding of the mixed economy. How regulation helps grow economies and produce better outcomes. Why we are safer and wealthier because of government investment and regulation. Climate change is the biggest externality that we face and we need government to address it. The descent of the Romney's and the rise of delusional Right Wing politics. Why we need to clean up politics to restore government. Government makes the pie bigger. The problem with the Nudge agenda and why we need to trust government. (12:30)

On The Fun Half: Dinesh D'Souza calls Michael a "limp wristed voice fellow and Sam reviews D'Souza's insane new movie trailer. Trump caller Dug returns! Bernie or Bust? Bernie Sanders called out Panama tax shelters back in 2011 and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) joins us to discuss the massive new Unaoil corporate corruption scandal out of Monaco exposed by the Huffington Post (read about it here). The escalating corruption of bribery. Why cultural explanations of corruption are insufficient. The line between lobbying and bribery. How ISIS uses corruption in recruiting. (6:45)

Then, journalist Omer Aziz  (@omeraziz12) on Sam Harris and the failure of our new public intellectuals. His odd experience of going on Sam Harris’ podcast, where Harris had him on to read his piece to him while Harris critiques it live. Harris courting of controversy and apparent discomfort with his status as a controversial figure. The thoughtful responses from Harris fans Omer receive through email vs. the responses from twitter. (33:00)

On the fun half - The Panama Papers, Hillary says young voters haven’t done their research, Rosario Dawson says she’ll watch her tone for Hillary, the twilight of Sarah Palin and your calls and IMs!

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Hillary Clinton admits she's too ill too lead our country, liberal Trump-hater Tina Dupuy tries to make Trump the Unifier into a bad thing, Thom Hartmann wants to only punish men for abortions, and why Muslims are going have the right to rape if we don't wise up.

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