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 Dec 25, 2018

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Award Winning Long-Form Interviews, Entertaining Daily Politics and Smart Analysis.

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2033 - Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America w/ Kathleen Belew
44:37

Historian of paramilitary social movements and author of "Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America," Kathleen Belew joins us today to discuss her book. How a 1979 Greensboro, NC was a spiritual precursor to the recent Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist meet-up. White nationalism as an unpatriotic desire for an Aryan Nation as opposed to America as a multicultural state. How America's foreign military deployments fed white power movements in the US, in all the 20th century conflicts but particularly Vietnam. US failure in Vietnam and the sense of betrayal on the right. What is the "business model" of white power movements and how is it propagated? Our collective amnesia of the Oklahoma City bombings.

Feb 21, 2019
2032 - Punishment Without Crime: How Our Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent w/ Alexandra Natapoff
47:26

Alexandra Natapoff (@ANatapoff), Law professor at U.C. Irvine, criminal law scholar, and author of "Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal," joins us to discuss her book. What is a misdemeanor, and how is it distinguished from felonies? The "unprincipled," hodge-podge nature of US misdemeanor law. The alteration to a persons rights merely getting arrested creates. How Stop-and-Frisk fed the problem. Race and class oppression and the misdemeanor system. Ferguson, MO and the monetization of poverty by law enforcement. The piling up of fees by the legal system. Reform and the test "from a veil of ignorance." The importance of local criminal justice reform alongside more visible federal reform efforts.

Feb 20, 2019
2031 - Fraud: An American History From Barnum To Madoff w/ Edward J. Balleisen
01:02:52

First, University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor of economics Bill Lazonick joins Sam for part 2 of their discussion on stock buybacks.

Duke professor of History Edward Balleisen joins us to discuss his book "Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff." What is fraud in a legal sense, and in America specifically. The "caveat emptor" beginnings of America. Markets and the growing problems of asymmetric information. Why private quality control and branding was insufficient for industries like fertilizer. Mail fraud and the falling reputation of business. The Great Depression and the rise of the FTC. The American "disclosure" model of business. The significance of race and class barriers to the legal system. Why the entities committing fraud appear to be getting larger and larger. Enron and 2008 and the rate of amnesia.

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Feb 19, 2019
2030 - The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race & Intelligence b/w Brown & the Bell Curve w/ Michael Staub
01:06:37

First, University of Massachusetts-Lowell professor of economics Bill Lazonick joins Sam to discuss stock buybacks.

Then, Michael E. Staub joins us. With his 1994 book "The Bell Curve," Charles Murray became the most visible proponent of what's now widely understood to be heavily compromised, ideologically driven "science" on race and IQ. But this work of pop science wasn't created in a vacuum. In "The Mismeasure of Minds," Michael E. Staub traces how the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v Board of Education set off decades of deeply flawed research around race, class and IQ, the discriminatory effects of which are still being felt to this day.

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Feb 18, 2019
2029 - Elliott Abrams' War Crimes w/ Eric Alterman & Isabel Gillies
02:02:20

The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss Elliot Abrams' war crimes. Also: Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) returns to discuss her new book 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.'

On today's show: Alex Jones declares war on Joe Rogan. Ilhan Omar bravely questions Elliot Abrams on war crimes, lies about war crimes.

The Nation's Eric Alterman (@Eric_Alterman) joins us to discuss the career of Elliot Abrams, Trump's pick for special envoy to Venezuela. From Guatemala to Nicaragua to El Salvador, Abrams has a long history of supporting atrocities and genocide when it has furthered US interests to do so. He was also convicted of lying to Congress about the US role in the Iran-Contra affair. Alterman goes over this man's crimes and explains why his career has proven so durable. Spoiler alert: It's a club, and he's in it.

Trump talks about declaring a national emergency, references the Muslim ban. Would the Supreme Court dare to set such a precedent?

Actress and author Isabel Gillies (@IsabelGillies) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World.' Channeling the Danish idea of "hygge," Gillies seeks to help people with the task of "learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it into the world, no matter your environment."

Trump installs indoor golf simulator in White House. Mike Pence says (in 2014) that the President should not handle immigration by executive order. Nancy Pelosi explains how the Dems will provide legal challenges to Trump's national emergency. Amazon pulls out of NYC, local communities celebrate! Fox and Friends express sour grapes, say "AOC won." Brian Kilmeade says Amazon is like a top draft pick or a free agent: "You gotta over pay." Cuomo blames "local socialists" for killing the deal; Jamie says thanks for the free PR. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Feb 15, 2019
2028 - Warsaw & Peace: Will a US-Led Conference Lead to War with Iran? w/ Djene Bajalan
01:05:47

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day! On today's Majority Report, Michael Brooks is joined by Professor of Middle East History Djene Bajalan to discuss what's happening at the US-led Middle East (minus Iran) "peace and security" conference in Warsaw. Michael and Djene begin with an autopsy on the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions  pushed by the American NatSec community and its allies like BB Netanyahu and how they're spinning the same tale today in the context of Iran. Michael explains how the campaigns from 16 years ago differ now with our policies towards Iran while Bajelan says people are right to be extremely concerned with Netanyahu's comments in Warsaw yesterday. This latest escalation shows what the gulf alliances are looking to do in the face of an already a fraught moment between Israel and Iran. Even if there isn't an all out war, gearing up for conflict and suffocating the Iranian regime will only further destabilize the Middle East and will hurt the millions of civilians living in the region. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation with an update on Kurdistan and the threat that Turkey poses once US forces withdraw from the region.

In the Fun Half: allowing 2020 candidates to evolve their policy platforms without condemnation, an update on the Spanish snap election, Bakari Sellers poo-poo's the Amazon's NYC withdrawal, all of Elliot Abrams war crimes and the NatSec careerists that insulate him, an update on Lula's incarceration and the state of Brazilian politics, how to deal with third-way friends and contemporaries, Duncan Hunter wishes combat had no rules of engagement,  a caller proposes a 2-state solution for Israel, Jonathan Chait's college peer reminds us the New York Magazine writer is always wrong, an update on the Sudanese protests, plus your calls and IMs!

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Feb 14, 2019
2027 - 2/13 Green New Deal & Winning the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement w/ Michael Mann
01:01:15

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us.

On today's show: Sam on Olbermann throws to Sam the Weatherman.

Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State and co-winner of the Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement, joins us. We are facing a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. Record high temperatures, insect die-offs, and increasingly volatile weather patterns paint a grim picture. A recent NASA report blamed the oil and gas industry for the majority of methane emissions. Mann outlines the scope of the problem, then posits some solutions, including a carbon tax, tax incentives for clean energy, and a Green New Deal.

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On the fun half: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway tries to dredge up Sam's old tweet. Fox News tells Americans to stop complaining about their shrunken tax refunds. Stephanie Ruhle says we should hate the game, not the billionaire players; Anand Ghirardardas clarifies it's the system that's immoral. John Barrasso says Green New Deal will abolish ice cream, cheese burgers. Kevin McCarthy and GOP celebrate in Rose Garden after House Obamacare repeal. What have the members of the MR crew done for economic democracy? A short debate with a libertarian. Plus, your calls!

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Feb 13, 2019
2026 - The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition w/ Jonathan Tepper
01:18:04

Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition.

On today's show: Lou Dobbs advises Candace Owens against invoking Hitler: Anyone who does, "loses."

Author Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2) joins us to discuss his new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. The idea of "free market competition" is heavily associated with American capitalism. And yet, everywhere you turn, our lives are dominated by monopolies and duopolies, especially in the tech sector. In this book, Tepper argues for a return of vigorous anti-trust policies to restore competition to the marketplace and fight inequality. The crew weighs in with their takes at the end.

On the fun half: Thomas Friedman uses AIPAC to describe the problems with Citizens United/campaign finance in 2013. Rep. Max Rose calls out Republican double standard: "Can't be chicken sh*t" with anti-Semitism. Kevin McCarthy tweets about Soros buying elections days after Tree of Life synagogue shooting. WV Rep goes full Bolsonaro, implies he would drown his kids if he found out they were gay. Joy Behar shuts down Meghan McCain: "If you're going to have a hissy fit, we can't continue." Surrogates defend Amy Klobuchar for being horrible to staff. A spirited discussion of the solutions set forth by Tepper. MAGA chuds form human border wall. Trump at rally: "We won't abolish ICE." Man flashes white power sign at Trump rally. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Feb 12, 2019
2025 - The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940 w/ Michael Joseph Roberto
01:07:18

Good morning, on today's show, Michael Joseph Roberto, author of The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940. Roberto traces his definition of fascism to the American financial system in 1920s. Life in America in the 1920s was the epicenter of capitalism, this is period of great prosperity for Americans. The financial system during this period consolidated and became the most essential actor in the American economy, something most every American depended on. While most American understand fascism as a bottom-up and petite bourgeois movement like what transpired in Italy and Germany, Roberto argues that American fascism is a top-down, namely protecting the interest of Big Business. This American fascism involved the extreme concentration of money and power in corporate monopolies, bent government policy to serve the nation’s wealthiest citizens, contributed to the suffering of the Great Depression, and also included fascism’s characteristic efforts to control public perception.

And in the Fun Half: how to risk the imagination of new kind of possibility, Kamala Harris smoking mids, Mick Mulvaney says we cannot rule out a second shut down at the end of the week, the "unwilling to work" part of AOC's Green New Deal, Northam calls slavery "indentured servants," according to Joe Crowley AOC is who she is because of him, Elizabeth Warren officially announces her presidential campaign, Jamie Raskin asks Matt Whitaker if Sheldon Adelson is behind his former non-profit the  Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, Rep. Veronica Escobar explains why the "Remain in Mexico" is such a awful policy for any asylum seeker, Charlie Kirk has a boomer problem, the wall is now ICE detention bed, plus your calls and IMs!

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Feb 11, 2019
2024 - Trump's Corruption Miasma & Nomiki Konst On Advocating For The Public w/ Digby, Nomiki Konst & Film Guy Matthew
01:38:21

Digby (@digby56), Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump's big SOTU conclusion: "Abortion security." Maria Bartiromo says wealth taxes are a waste because rich people will hide their income.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the news: Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker faces tough questions as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. And what's up with all that money that got paid to Melania's consultant friend? Also: Was the Enquirer's interest in Jeff Bezos' dick pic evidence of international corruption, or just good gossip?

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins us to discuss her campaign for New York City public advocate, how "affordable housing" programs are actually gentrification programs, and the importance of rejecting corporate money.

'Film Guy' Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to discuss his itinerant lifestyle and recommend movies, including: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor,' 'Sicario 2,' and 'Come and See,' a 1985 Soviet war tragedy directed by Elem Klimov.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz talks about the dropping cost of tuition at Purdue University: "You gotta clap for that." Gavin McInnes shows up to SPLC dressed like a plantation owner, tells the story of the not-racist South. Candace Owens talks about how nationalism is good, where Hitler went wrong was becoming a globalist. Sean Spicer drunk after SOTU. Brandon Straka will run against AOC in her district. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says you can't complain about family separation unless you adopt a bunch of kids like he did. AOC explains House reps can own stock in the companies they regulate. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Feb 08, 2019
2023 - A Green New Deal to Win Back Our Future w/ Kate Aronoff
48:44

Kate Aronoff of the Intercept and the Jacobin joins Michael Brooks this Thursday to discuss the prospects and the "Five Freedoms" of a Green New Deal. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes the media rounds to rally support for her and Ed Markey's Green New Deal, Aronoff joins MR to explains what we can hope to achieve legislatively and how quickly we can decarbonize the economy this century. Aronoff breaks down the power relationships of climate catastrophe and how approximately 100 companies account for 71% of all carbon emissions since 1988. The five freedoms laid out in Aronoff's piece critique our current lifestyle politics. While it's important to make environmentally conscious choices, the choices of a low-income consumer in the middle of the country is not nearly as destructive as Betsy DeVos owning several houses, yachts, and flying on private jets. More broadly speaking, Aronoff believes we need to rethink our understanding a productive lifestyle. Under a Green New Deal we need to abolish work that is worse than toil; work that is both unfulfilling and destructive to the environment must be effectively eliminated from society. While policymakers are proposing legislation to remake our energy economy, Aronoff says elected officials should not overlook the importance of climate justice, too. Over the past 40 years, energy executives have hidden climate research showing the damage of carbon emission and have promoted disinformation in its place. Moving forward it's important that we hold these industry leaders accountable for their actions in the court of law.

And in the Fun Half: When Bernie endorsed Jessie Jackson's 88 campaign, Nomiki Konst wants to audit and municipalize the MTA, judging our healthcare future on researched metadata, Michael explains the Latin American geopolitical dynamic of the late-20th century and Lula's second conviction, Mike Pompeo says there are active Hezbollah cells in Venezuela, AOC's vision for America with a Green New Deal, Howard Schultz is the billionaire Chauncey Gardner, one listener's story of breaking away from the IDW, Abdul Sayed explains M4A contrasted with CAP Medicare Extra, debating the effectiveness of BDS, improving Ro Khanna's foreign policy chops, plus your calls and IMs!

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Feb 07, 2019
2022 - The Oath & the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents w/ Corey Brettschneider
01:02:37

Today, Sam is joined by Brown University professor Corey Brettschneider to discuss his new book, The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents in which Brettschneider lays out the constitutional limits at any point in time on the chief executive office. People often overlook the first thing the President does in the office, which is read an oath. This oath is prescribed from the second article of the constitution laying out the requirements of protecting the constitution. Brettschneider believes the Trump and the Supreme Court have failed to uphold the articles of the constitution, namely the travel ban Trump enacted his first weeks in government. Brettschneider explains the different interpretations of the constitution and schools of thoughts that exist on our current Supreme Court like Originalism and Textualism. With that said, Brettschneider really doesn't think Trump is serving with any functional understanding of the constitution--he's simply appointing Federalist Society and Judicial Watch originalist judges to the nation's highest courts. But what's worse? Having a president who can manipulate the constitution to his ideological will, or, Trump who has outsourced his constitutional interpretation to conservative judicial PACs. Brettschneider believes Trump's utter disregard for human rights and rule of law is not only more dangerous than a cunning judicially minded president, but it's also the most dangerous thing in the history of the country.

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Feb 06, 2019
Bonus: 2019 State of the Union Address w/ Katherine Kreuger
02:54:12

Majority Report's live broadcast from the 2019 state of the union address, archived here for your listening pleasure!

Donald Trump is president and we are rapidly sliding towards barbarism. But with the help of Splinter News' Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) and maybe some beers, we can get through Trump's SOTU speech. Plus: Stacey Abrams delivers the Democrats' response, and Bernie Sanders delivers the democratic socialist response.

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Feb 06, 2019
2021 - The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America w/ Sarah E. Igo
01:09:58

Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss her book, The Known Citizen A History of Privacy in Modern America.

On today's show: Fox News pundit Charles Payne says AOC's tax proposal smacks of fairness.

Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss her book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. While "privacy" as a concept is quite old, it gained new relevance in the 19th century when technology, corporate industry, the press, and the administrative state grew rapidly. From the workplace to Madison Avenue to our current digital dystopia, Igo tracks the ways in which people and entities have negotiated the boundaries between "public" and "private."

John Avlon says Trump's SOTU might finally be the day he becomes president.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz wants AOC to stop billionaire hatred, wants to use more inclusive language: "people of means." Wendell Primus, Pelosi advisor, says Dems will not pursue single-payer healthcare. Trump says we should keep troops in Iraq to "keep watching" the middle east. CNBC economist says Bernie's policies would be good for the economy. Bakari Sellers says there are different ways to M4A and we need private industry, endorses Harris and Booker plans. Ro Khanna explains how drug "innovation" is publicly funded. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Feb 05, 2019
2020 - Speaker of the NYC City Council on Amazon & Housing w/ Corey Johnson
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New York City City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) joins us.

On today's show: Trump says national anthem protests should be done on players' own time, brags about passing criminal justice reform.

Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC), Speaker of New York City Council and acting public advocate, joins us to discuss the Amazon deal. From underperforming schools to a cash-starved public transit system, New York City is greatly in need of public funds. And yet, the city is about to hand over $3 billion in tax subsidies to the world's richest man as part of the Amazon HQ2 deal. Johnson goes over how this happened, why it's a bad deal, and what we can do to fight it, as well as steps politicians should take to reduce the influence of corporate money.

A video ode to MR's love affair with AOC.

On the fun half: John Lovett's "nuance" on Medicare-for-all obfuscates why we really need a universal program. Elizabeth Warren backs off true m4a. John from San Antonio on why single-payer is the only answer. Ralph Northam nearly moonwalks before his wife steps in. Sherrod Brown says we don't deal with race in this country, plus we have a racist president. Two Twitter accounts battle over who's the real Turning Points UK and who's the impostor. How should AOC respond to charges that Corbyn is anti-Semitic? Why is the left more fragmented than the right? Kamala Harris' race issues. How should young people approach running for office?

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Feb 04, 2019
2019 - Harris' Punitive Record, Schultz's Doomed Run & Strikes Kill Shutdowns w/ Benjamin Dixon & Virgil Texas
02:49:43

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ), co-founder of the North Star and Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), of Chapo Trap House, join us.

On today's show: Pompeo announces US withdrawl from Cold War INF treaty.

Benjamin P. Dixon joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington: The government shutdown, the power of the strike, Trump and abortion, Cory Booker's campaign video, Kamala Harris' criminal justice record, and wtf is Howard Schultz doing?

Virgil Texas, prolific gamer and co-host of Chapo Trap House, joins us. Steve Schmidt defends Schultz run. Mike Slater claims we need billionaires to save us from poverty. Amy Klobuchar proposes tax-savings nonsense for "apprenticeships," education. (PSA: You don't have to pay for an apprenticeship at a good union job.) Is it good or bad that we're discussing Kamala Harris' criminal justice now instead of later in the primary? Ralph Northam explains women's choice bill on radio. Warren says our economics and taxation is "capitalism without rules." Dave Rubin says he wouldn't blame people if they turned to ethno-nationalism. Ana and Cenk break down Dave Rubin's superchat-gate "debate Sam Seder." Speaker Johnson asks Amazon again: "Why do you need billions of dollars?" AOC asks doctor if public gets any ROI from NIH research which subsidizes drug development.

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Feb 01, 2019
2018 - Out with NAFTA, in with the USMCA w/ Lori Wallach
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Lori Wallach (@WallachLori), the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, joins us to discuss the new NAFTA.

On today's show: Howard Schultz says his favorite presidents of the past 50 years are Reagan & FDR.

Lori Wallach, the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, joins us to break down what's new in the new NAFTA, or the USMCA as it's been called by Trump and his co-signers, and how it will alter the international trade regime. Under the banner of "free trade," NAFTA limited the power of local governments to regulate business, as well as the power of workers to organize. USMCA is an improvement in some ways but worse in others. To track the upsides and downsides of "NAFTA 2.0," visit www.replaceNAFTA.org.

On the fun half: Howard Schultz is Old Economy Steven personified. Michael Bloomberg on Medicare for all: "You could never afford that." Waleed Shahid of Justice Dems says billionaire centrists are a fringe group. Rachel Maddow concerned that Russia will hack the utilities, freeze people in the Dakotas. Bernie calls himself a socialist during governor race in VT during 1986 campaign. Mitch McConnell mocks the idea of making Election Day a federal holiday.

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Jan 31, 2019
2017 - Kamala Harris Backs Down On M4A & The Fallacy Of Foreign Intervention
01:00:06

On today's show: Donald Trump may be getting talking points from the movie Sicario 2.

Sam breaks down the new proposed standards for asylum seekers and how they'd further family separation and white supremacy. Kamala Harris backs down on m4a, resists criminal justice reform; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor calls her out. John Bolton's notepad: "5,000 troops Colombia." John Bolton says Venezuela is part of the "troika of tyranny." Ro Khanna explains the fallacy of US foreign intervention and regime change on Democracy Now.

On the fun half: Chris Christie spills the tea on the Kushner family. Dave Rubin freaks out over abortion bill, sets himself up for anti-choice pivot. Warren explains her wealth tax to Chris Hayes. Stephanie Ruhle tells Jeff Stein it's "naive" to think Schultz is only against wealth tax for personal reasons. Former Obama aide Bill Burton defends Howard Schultz campaign (and his role in it): "Really cool." Laura Ingraham says billionaires and CEOs need to defend the policies they voted for. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Jan 30, 2019
2016 - It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America w/ Reniqua Allen
01:12:40

Journalist and author Reniqua Allen (@rnz1) joins us to discuss her new book, It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America.

On today's show: Starbucks tycoon and aspiring third party candidate Howard Schultz shows us the mind of a billionaire who is not really a politician. Protester tells Howard Schultz to drop out of the race: "You egotistical billionaire asshole!" "Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter!"

Reniqua Allen (@rnz1) joins us to discuss her new book, It Was All A Dream: How A New Generation is Navigating the Broken Promise of America. After seeing their parents work hard in exchange for dubious rewards, black millennials are beginning to question the promise of the American dream. By talking to black millennials from all walks of life, Allen explores how the younger generation is navigating a bleak economic climate, shouldering the worst of the problems faced by millennials, and rejecting the rules and assumptions of white, neoliberal America.

Sam explains the Supreme Court case that could spell the end of Roe v Wade, especially if the court decides not to hear it. Reminder: direct action gets the goods. Nomiki Konst makes the case that progressives can't just be 90% progressive as public advocate.

On the fun half: Joe Rogan issues correction on fake inflammatory antifa sign. Howard Schultz roasted over 2020 plan. Kamala Harris endorses Medicare for all, says "it's time to move on." Kamala Harris punts on the morality of billionaires, says progressives aren't realistic on criminal justice reform. Sam lays out why the "electability" argument is not a good one to use against Harris in the primary. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Jan 29, 2019
2015 - Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics w/ Jamila Michener
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On today's show, Jamila Michener (@povertyscholar), Professor in the department of Government at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. Medicaid is one of the most fundamental aspects of the US federal safety net, however it is fractured and constantly under attack by state governments, especially in GOP-controlled states. Michener explains that states have very expansive control over what they will and will not cover for its Medicaid recipients. The way that Americans provide care is fragmented and inconsistent. Michener says American social policy towards people living in poverty is one where we give people as little help as possible. States should have an much discretion as possible when dealing with its poor people. This is most illustrative in the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. In the former we have a nationalized program where the funding and policy is set by the federal program; and in the latter a program that is different from state to state, leaving a vulnerable class at the whims of its state's balance sheet. Michener and Sam also consider lower class involvement in the political process and how their action or absence influences election outcomes. Finally, Michener  describes the ground game for Medicare-For-All and how it can be enacted through a

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Jan 28, 2019
2014 - Trump to Cave on Shut Down? & Roger Stone Indicted w/ Emma Vigeland & Larry Murphy
01:40:53

Joining us on today's show, Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) Correspondent & Producer at TYT Rebel HQ, and comedian and Bob's Burgers voice actor Larry Murphy. We're on Day 35 of the Government Shutdown and the disconnect between Trump and everyday people continues to grow. In a matter of hours Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump, and Larry Kudlow each explained exactly how little they understand about average Americans. Today, Air Traffic Controllers called out sick across several major US airports, include NY LaGuardia, Newark, and Philadelphia, grounding a large number of flights across the northeast and across the country. Emma Vigeland joins us and shares her stories from imbedding with conservatives during the 2016 campaign and breaks down the path forward for Democrats into 2020.

Then, Larry Murphy joins Sam to discuss the latest revelations from the Mueller probe including this morning FBI SWAT arrest of Roger Stone. Larry and Sam wonder how Trump and associates like Giuliani have gotten away with so much over such a long period of time in a politically ambitious city like New York. Finally, Sam asks Larry the hard question, will Hugo be in the Bob's Burger movie?

And in the Fun Half: Dana Perino is sending warning signals to Republicans on their economic messaging, Emma Vigeland explains the frustration of having centrist Democratic parents,  WWE Daniel Bryan is a woke boomer-hater, Denver teachers overwhelming vote to strike, Sam and the gang watch down Trump's announcement that he will reopen the government with no wall funding, what Venezuelans think about the on-going coup, plus your calls and IMs!

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Jan 25, 2019
2013 - Brazil Under Bolsonaro & the State of Venezuela w/ Brian Mier & Eva Golinger
01:08:53

It's a Michael Thursday. Journalist Brian Mier of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss Bolsonaro's first month in office and his message to the global elites this week in Davos. Then author and journalist Eva Golinger joins us to break down Juan Guiado, Nicolas Maduro, and the prospect of US intervention in Venezuela.

On today's show: DSA Chris Cuomo argues against Venezuela sanctions and intervention.

Journalist Brian Mier of Brasil Wire joins us to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing coup against Lula in Brazil. How Brazil's discovery of petroleum reserves got the NSA interested in spying on Lula's government and helping to root out "corruption." The shady connections between US agencies, Bolsonaro, organized crime, and the right-wing militia suspected of assassinating Marielle Franco, who was investigating the military police at the time. Parallels with the coup in Venezuela and a warning against taking the words of white, middle class ex-pats at face value.

Author, lawyer and journalist Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) joins us to discuss the coup against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Golinger contextualizes this as-yet unfinished coup with the 2002 coup against democratically elected president Hugo Chavez, which the US abandoned when it became clear that it was going to fail due to widespread support for Chavez. Golinger breaks down what's different this time around, and what stance the US left should have toward this complex, developing situation.

On the fun half: How should the left approach the candidacy of Kamala Harris? Tulsi Gabbard spews pablum on working towards a two-state solution in Israel. Hannity says AOC's taxing the rich and social programs will turn us into Venezuela hell hole. Warren proposes wealth tax on those with more than $50 million. Maria Bartiromo fearmongers about taxes at Davos. Tony Blair says Anand's take on Davos as bad is "the easiest line in the world." Fake friend Tony Blair poses with fascist PM of Italy, has lunch with Bolsonaro at Davos. Ro Khanna tweets his position against Venezuelan intervention, gets re-tweeted by AOC and Ilhan Omar. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Jan 24, 2019
2012 - Lower Ed: The For Profit College Scam w/ Tressie McMillan Cottom
01:08:50

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of 'Thick: And Other Essays' and 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy,' joins us.

On today's show: Lara Trump to federal workers not getting paid: "This is so much bigger than any one person."

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, joins us to discuss her book, 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.' With the rise of neoliberalism came the "education gospel," which claimed workers could, and should, raise their wages by getting four-year college degrees at their own expense. While it did not turn out to be true, this myth fed a boom in for-profit colleges. Through her interviews with students, employees, executives and activists, McMillan Cottom paints a full picture of these predatory institutions, which disproportionately impact working class women of color.

On the fun half: AOC explains top marginal tax rates to Stephen Colbert. AOC tells Ta-Nehisi Coates that billionaires are immoral. Disingenuous tweet from conservative writer says that AOC claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist. Ben Stein compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler, Mao. Pod bro Jon Favreau asks Gillibrand if she'd abolish the filibuster for M4A or GND. Rev. William Barber calls out TN Governor Bill Lee to his face: "You can't say you love Dr. King and not support his agenda." Joe Rogan and Bari Weiss talk about how the radical left and right cause extreme backlash in people. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Jan 23, 2019
2011 - MAGA Teens, Studies Show What 'Build The Wall' Is Really About
01:08:53

On today's show: Former assistant director of FBI admits deep state used to keep progressives and "socialists" out of office. MAGA teens from Covington Catholic harass and mock Native American veteran Nathan Phillips at DC rally. Phillips explains what happened. Additional footage shows the teens harassed group of women as well. Tulsi Gabbard plays the "both sides" game on the shutdown. Poll finds support for the wall correlates with regressive attitudes towards race, feminism. Household gun ownership is biggest predictor of teen suicide.

On the fun half: Kyle Kashuv tweets about Charlie Kirk not getting medical attention in LA. Here's Charlie Kirk's tweet from 2017 saying healthcare is not a right. Trump says Pence is acting like MLK in demanding border wall. HBomber Guy raises $340k for trans youth by playing Donkey Kong on Twitch stream. Tentative deal reached in UTLA strike. Cory Booker celebrates charter schools in NoLa. Cole James Cash on Kamala Harris' horrendous record as a prosecutor. Aaron Sorkin's advice to progressive Dems: "Stop acting like young people." Jerome Corsi likens being questioned by Mueller's team to Christ's interrogation by Pontius Pilate.

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Jan 22, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019
02:44:36

Dr. King’s first TV “interview” from the show "The Open Mind – The New Negro" in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

Beyond Vietnam, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

MLK’s last speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“ delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

Walter Cronkite reports King's assassination.

Nina Simone "Why?" live, 3 days following MLK's assassination.

Telephone Conversation between President Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr., August 20, 1965 Time: 5:10 PM. Topics: Close Votes On Poverty Bill; Thomas Kuchel's Letter On Watts Riots; MLK's Meetings With California Leaders; Need For Federal Programs To Alleviate Poverty; WH Civil Rights Conference; Howard University Speech; MLK's Views On Vietnam Policy; Peace Efforts

Jan 21, 2019