The Majority Report with Sam Seder

On today's show, Sam speaks with journalist Katie Gilbert about Chokwe Lumumba, a human rights attorney and politician who was involved with the Republic of New Afrika movement and black cooperatives in the 1970s, then went on to be elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi in 2013. He succeeded at passing a 1% sales tax to support infrastructure, but his work was cut short when he died of heart failure in 2014.

On the fun half: Donna Brazile surprises everyone, the crew discusses the DNC's incompetence and argues with callers over whether the primary was rigged, Jim Bakker thinks Trump is a good Christian, a caller recommends the book "Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Around Us," Peter Thiel puts a caller in his place, Tucker Carlson thinks the people who died in Tuesday's van attack in NYC are "martyrs to diversity," Bob Mercer divests himself from Breitbart, and Sean Hannity is mad at CNN for correctly translating "Allahu Akbar."

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Direct download: 11-2-17-Katie_Gilbert-PUB.mp3
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On today's show, Michael speaks with Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, about just what the hell the United States is doing in Africa. (Spoiler alert: nothing too good!) From helping France fight Al Qaeda in Mali (which just happens to have a lot of uranium and oil) to supporting  problematic neoliberal president Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, the U.S. has made it clear it's motivated more by economic interests than anything having to do with human rights in its foreign policy towards the countries of Africa.

On the fun half: Trump might not be getting the full briefings anymore, Gorka thinks "political correctness kills," Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks we should honor our confederate history, George W. Bush is a hypocrite who supports Trump-lite candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia, the Duck Dynasty guy wants to have sex with Beyonce, Bill O'Reilly gets rejected by Sinclair Media, a caller espouses evo-psych theories of conservatism, the MR crew muses on what they've un-learned, and an extremely high person calls in.

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Direct download: 11-1-17-Milton_Allimadi-PUB.mp3
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On today's show we experienced some technical difficulties, with interesting results.

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Direct download: 10-31-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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Direct download: 10-30-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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Happy Casual Friday! On today's show, Heather Digby Parton stops by to lend her expert commentary on Senator Jeff Flake's resignation, Gorka's accusations against Hillary, and more. Film Guy Matthew also comes by to discuss his sick Ebay lots, what movies we should watch, and a TV clip of Isla Fisher saying she owes her career in the U.S. to Sarah Silverman and Sam. A new Jimmy Reefercake song is debuted!

In the fun half: Trump discusses his specs for the wall, a caller wonders if we're headed for civil war, the MR crew discusses Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi, and more on how Senator Flake should not be elevated.

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Direct download: 10-27-17-Digby_Film_Guy_Matthew-PUB.mp3
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On today’s show, Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) of The Atlantic joins us to discuss foreign policy with regards to North Korea. In many ways, Clemons says, the U.S. has become the rogue nation in the equation. Trump is dismantling the diplomatic options and leaning on military power, possibly in an effort to distract us from the Russia investigation. Yikes!

In the fun half: Whitefish Energy picks a Twitter fight with San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, Trump complains some more about how unfairly the fake news media is treating him, Trump brags about his excellent "president president" relationship with China's president Xi Jinping, George H.W. Bush gropes women from his wheelchair, Mark Halperin's pervy behavior and weaksauce apology, and a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy got caught by ICE on her way to the hospital.

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Direct download: 10-26-17-Steve_Clemons-PUB.mp3
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On today's show, Sam speaks with Ari Berman (@AriBerman) of Mother Jones about the voter suppression that helped throw Wisconsin to Trump.

On the fun half: Sam doesn't want to run for president, Sean Hannity hates never Trumpers, Tomi Lahren on the Steele dossier, the US ambassador to Canada believes "both sides" of climate change science, Alex Jones will never lie to you on purpose, Walter Block's "rate my professor" page, and Scott Brown's lewd comments.

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Direct download: 10-25-17-Ari_Berman-PUB.mp3
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Happy Monday! On today's show, Sam recaps his trip to Vegas and updates us on the situation in Puerto Rico. Also: The Trump administration denies a teenage immigrant the right to an abortion, and Bill O'Reilly blames God for his problems.

In the "fun" half: Jamie discusses her experience modeling for Terry Richardson, Ben Carson is bad at his job, cable news has no class analysis, the DNC is bungling everything, shady corporations like Sinclair Media control the news, Michael defends the Kurds from idiot tankies, Sam schools a caller on Trump's tax cuts.

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Direct download: 10-24-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall) joins us to discuss how we should discuss taxes. The New Deal origins and mythology behind the "tax revolt," and the danger of being to comfortable with individuals getting obscenely wealthy, and what Trump's hesitation to shamelessly pass tax cuts for the wealthy signifies.

And on the fun half - Pompeo promises a "vicious CIA," Trump sees a psychiatrist, Turning Point USA wears diapers at Kent State, Fox News thinks the Weinstein Company should shut down due to sexual harassment, and Tom Price's wife wants to quarantine the HIV positive, and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 10-23-17-Marshall_Steinbaum-PUB.mp3
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Attorney Mike Burg, talks about a very disturbing case involving BRC Arizona and BRC Illinois on body snatching for snatching. The FBI criminal investigation into companies illegally taking bodies for research. When people think their bodies are being used for science, but are being used instead for army training exercises and why selling body parts is a multi billion dollar business.

Attorney Burton Leblanc, explains, the control substance act and the role of drug companies in the opioid crisis. The crisis in West Virginia and what companies need to do in order to address the crisis. The similarity to the Tobacco case. How do you hold the industry to account? And why southern Ohio matters in the case.

Activist Jared Johnson, explains taking on debt collectors. The telephone consumer protection act and why debt collectors could owe you money. Why Sue the Collector helps you take on debt collectors and other abusers and why are you might be in luck if you have student debt and go to sue the http://www.suethecollector.com to find out your rights.

Cenk Uygur, explains the mess of the Trump Administration, why establishment Republicans are untrustworthy. George W Bush was horrible don't forget it. Why the establishment led to Trump and why did Russ Feingold lose his race in Wisconsin.

Direct download: 10-20-17-Mass_Torts-PUB.mp3
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