The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

The New America Foundation's Lina Khan explained, the growth of agricultural monopolies, why farmers are serfs on their own land, how CongressionalRepublicans killed the Obama Administration's efforts to reform the industry and why the Administration folded on the issue and Sam and Lina map out where we go from here.

The Better Half: Will Republican billionaires smarten up? Filibuster reform is looking weak, is Walmart just a Mafia family? And former Florida Republican Party leaders admit that efforts to block early voting is about disenfranchising African American voters.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-27-12-Lina_Khan-PUB.mp3
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Journalist Osha Gray Davidson explained the rapid growth of renewable energy in Germany, the roots of the German sustainability movement,why there is more market stability in renewable energy and what the United States can do to follow the German lead.

On The Half: The deficit is shrinking fast, reporter Thomas Ricks destroys Fox on Fox, the rich are paying even less in taxes, Egypt's President Morsi grabs dictatorial powers and the war on men has been launched and Sam gives us some Random Rush.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Financial fraud expert William Black explained why pushing for austerity in a economic crisis is illogical, how Europe plunged itself into a unnecessary recession and social crisis with austerity policies, why governments need to stimulate the economy,how Greece's debt crisis is fundamentally different from America's "debt crisis", what the IRS does with your cash if you send it in to pay your taxes and how a "grand bargain" would be grand betrayal of the middle class and the poor.

And for Members only! interviews from the Air America archives with Zach Galifianakis (@galifianakisz) and Ralph Neas ( former head of People for the American Way.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-23-12-William_Black-PUB.mp3
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Director Jeff Orlowski explained what the "Extreme Ice Survey" is, the shocking collapse of the earth's glaciers, the centrality of climate change to our future, why climate change is the biggest issue that humanity faces, how is climate is measured scientifically and the success of his new movie Chasing Ice.

Linda McMahon gives bad checks and condoms to campaign workers for their work on her failed campaign, Lloyd Blankfein wants you to work more, Breitbart Website is just awful at comedy, a ceasefire in the Middle East and Wal Mart called out on CNN.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!  

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Professor Stephanie Kelton explained the origins of the Bretton Woods system, why US policy makers still make policy as if we were in a gold standard world, why we will not become like Greece, what really creates hyper inflation, why the US can easily reach full employment

without inflation, the problem is demand, why the inflation of the 70s was not driven by government seeking full employment, why the "solutions" to the fiscal cliff will produce a fiscal crises, what is the best policy to follow now and how the economic debate is changing.

The Better Half: How to deal with a bad fiscal cliff deal deal, IMer Bushinchainz did not like the Stephenie Kelton interview and the coming Ross Douthat scanda

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-20-12-Stephanie_Kelton-PUB.mp3
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Former Middle East peace negotiator Daniel Levy explained what precipitated Israel's military action in Gaza, why Netanyahu chose to escalate the conflict, the internal politics of Gaza, how the citizens of Gaza have lived under blockade conditions for several years, Israel's lack of coherent strategy and how Israel's worst tendencies are reinforced by American policy makers.

On The Better Half: Rush wallows in self pity in Random Rush, why Sam does not want a Christmas tree and is Lindsey Graham listening to Sam?

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!

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Direct download: 11-19-12-Daniel_Levy-PUB.mp3
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Cliff Schecter and Sam explained why Simpson-Bowles would tank the economy, where we can make smart cuts, all the money we waste on the Drug war, is Social Security safe?, are progressives drawing a line in the sand? a much more forceful President Obama and the Real John McCain.

Marc Maron talked about his record collection, what he worries about, his arc with Gina Gershon on the pilot of his tv show and recommended the documentary DR. Bronner's Magic Soapbox.

And before we got to the Better Half a new song from Jimmy Reefercake.

the Better Half: why did Hostess go out of business? Don't blame the Union, activists pressuring Macy's to drop Donald Trump's Cologne line, Sam overviews Israel's military action in Gaza and movements across college campuses for divestment from companies profiting from the Occupation.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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The National Priorities Project's Mattea Kramer explained the biggest misconceptions Americans have about the federal budget, what makes up most of the federal budget, why now is a great time for infrastructure investment, the best ways to deal with the deficit, why the fiscal cliff is a myth and some predictions on budget negotiations.

On the Better Half: Matt Bai writes something stunningly disingenuous and Sam nails him on it, the fiscal cliff is a bait and switch, Mitt Romney still a massive A-Hole and the head of the Maine Republican Party proves the GOP isn't just racist in the South.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-15-12-Mattea_Kramer-PUB.mp3
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Professor David Grabaer explained why our understanding of debt is flawed, why we keep telling ourselves a false narrative of debt, student loans and Occupy, how the debt crises and the ecological crises are the same thing, how the Rolling Jubilee will work and what is financial disobedience?

On the Better Half: Spanish banks hold up evictions in cases of extreme hardship after a woman commits suicide, floods threatening Italian economy accelerating due to climate change and Sam takes another Libertarian caller to the Sam Seder Learning Annex.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-14-12-David_Graeber-PUB.mp3
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BuzzFeed's Michael Hastings explained the full sordid details of the Petraeus affair, how the spying on David Petraeus is typical of today's surveillance state, The hypocrisy of the Washington Press, how Petraeus helped us scrub our record of disaster in Iraq, how he started to believe his own press and why we need a realistic perspective on the Military.

On The Half: the danger of cutting of unemployment benefits, why 96 percent of Americans benefit from government spending, Obama's 2011 grand bargain memo leaked and it does not look good, some in Louisiana and Texas want to Secede and Paul Ryan blames his tickets loss on "urban" voters.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!  

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Direct download: 11-13-12-Michael_Hastings-PUB.mp3
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