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1931 - GOP's Craven Misogyny & Jordan Peterson Sues To Suppress Speech w/ Digby and Corey Pein

9/21/2018
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We are joined by Digby (@digby56) and Corey Pein (@coreypein). On today's show: GOP Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC) jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg being groped by Abraham Lincoln. Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to break down the latest news from Washington. Kavanaugh was promoted from the start as someone who is nice to women; coincidence? Will blind GOP support of Kavanaugh turn off Republican women voters? Digby says yes. What will happen to...

Duration:02:43:26

1930 - Crashed: How A Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World w/ Adam Tooze

9/20/2018
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Professor Adam Tooze latest book, Crashed How A Decade of Financial Crisis Changed the World, takes a detailed look at the fallout from the 2008 financial crash following the subprime mortgage crisis. Tooze takes a global view of the financial meltdown and shows how no part of our global banking system was left unaffected by this series of financial heart attacks. The windup to the crisis can be attributed to the surge in subprime mortgage in 2004 and the short-term, money-market based...

Duration:01:31:03

1929 - Florence Floods Factory Farms & Kavanaugh In Limbo

9/19/2018
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On today's show: Trump says Florence is "wetting in terms of water." Florence causes massive runoff from factory farms, kills 32. South Carolina refused to evacuate prisons in path of hurricane. Anita Hill says Joe Biden "deferred to power," created a situation where she would suffer. Greg Gutfeld thinks what's happening to Brett Kavanaugh is more unfair than what happens to rape victims. Kav's classmate Mark Judge (spoiler alert!) posts creepy things on Facebook. On the fun half: Trump...

Duration:00:51:22

1928 - How Fascism Works w/ Jason Stanley

9/18/2018
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Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of How Fascism Works, joins us. On today's show: Mazie Hirono grills Kavanaugh about his clerkship with personal mentor Judge Alex Kozinski and how it's possible he never heard the open secret of his abusive behavior. Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator), Professor of Philosophy at Yale, joins us to discuss his new book, 'How Fascism Works.' In this book, Stanley examines fascism from a philosophical perspective...

Duration:00:59:00

1927 - Kavanaugh Nomination Jeopardy & 'Dopesick: The Opioid Crisis' w/ Beth Macy

9/17/2018
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Journalist Beth Macy, joins us to discuss her new book, DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. On today's show: Debra Katz, lawyer for Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford, says Ford considers it an attempted rape and is willing to testify. Author Beth Macy (@papergirlmacy) joins us to discuss her new book, "DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America." For this book, Macy investigated the long term impacts the over-prescription...

Duration:01:25:59

1926 - Benjamin Dixon: Diane Feinstein Needs to Go! & Andy Kindler Attacked By the British Press!

9/14/2018
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Cynthia Nixon comes up short in her challenge of Andrew Cuomo, but progressives gain across New York State. The Host of the Benjamin Dixon, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) joins us and explains the breaking news of the Paul Manafort plea deal. Manafort will plead guilty to defrauding the United States. Serious allegations of sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Was California Senator, Diane Feinstein, hiding the Kavanaugh allegations? Diane Feinstein proves she is...

Duration:02:52:05

1925 - The Progressive Insurgency & the New York Primary w/ Dave Weigel

9/13/2018
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Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) of the Washington Post (and his new newsletter, The Trailer) joins MR to talk about the end of the 2018 primary season. Weigel breaks down yesterday's Rhode Island primary which saw a centrist Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, defend her ticket against Matt Brown, a Sanders-styled progressive. Weigel and Sam then break down the last series of primaries in New York, including Cuomo v. Nixon and Zephyr Teachout's chance to win the democratic ticket for Attorneys...

Duration:00:57:06

1924 - Tim Geithner: The Villain Who Protected Wall Street & Undermined Obama w/ David Dayen

9/12/2018
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Investigative journalist and friend of the show David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss his latest piece for The New Republic, "He Was The Resistance Inside The Obama Administration." On today's show: Trump claims his administration's actions in Puerto Rico were an "unsung success." David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss how Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner undermined President Obama's efforts to restructure the big banks following the financial crisis of 2008. In 2009, Obama...

Duration:01:07:13

1923 - No Ashes In The Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America w/ Darnell Moore

9/11/2018
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Sam speaks with author and activist Darnell Moore (@Moore_Darnell) about his new book, 'No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America.' On today's show: Trump is pumped for 9/11 memorial, praises the endless war on terror in Shanksville, PA. Sam speaks with Darnell Moore about his book, 'No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America.' In this memoir, Moore details the abuse he suffered growing up black, gay and poor in Camden, NJ and how he learned to love...

Duration:00:49:46

1922 - America: Venezuela Coup Curious & Obama Browbeats the Youth

9/10/2018
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On today's show: Tucker Carlson wants to know why you think diversity is good. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro survives drone assassination attempt. What's the humanitarian answer to the crisis in Venezuela? Michael parallels the coup in Venezuela with Lula's situation in Brazil. Obama says Trump is the symptom, not the cause. Obama browbeats young people for not voting, takes zero responsibility for our current situation. On the fun half: The dangers of advocating anti-imperialism...

Duration:01:00:59

1921 - Democrats Show Signs Of Life & No Points For Anonymous Op-Ed Writer w/ Digby & Judy Gold

9/7/2018
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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us. On today's show: Brett Kavanaugh may have perjured himself four times in 2008 confirmation hearings. Trump tries and fails twice to say the word "anonymous." Digby (@Digby56), of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the latest news from the White House. The Democrats grow a spine for once. Kavanaugh's record as a right-wing activist. The $600k re-election fund Susan Collins will get if she votes against...

Duration:02:54:15

1920 - SCOTUS Hearings: Kavanaugh Cornered

9/6/2018
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The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings continue apace. On today's show: TV shrink Gina Loudon uses "science" and "psychological theory" to write a book about why Trump is "the most sound minded person to ever occupy the White House." Kamala Harris grills Kavanaugh on his discussion of the Mueller probe with Kasowitz, the law firm founded by Trump's personal lawyer. Cory Booker threatens to release Kavanaugh's racial profiling email as act of civil disobedience. Kavanaugh doesn't believe Roe v....

Duration:01:12:38

1919 - Chokwe Antar Lumumba: America's Radical Mayor

9/5/2018
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Chokwe Antar Lumumba (@ChokweALumumba), mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, speaks with Sam at NetRoots Nation. On today's show: More of the Kavanaugh confirmation dog and pony show. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) questions Kavanaugh about a "mole" that hacked Democrats' emails during the Bush admin; Kavanaugh claims he has no recollection of getting an email about this. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says all the non-incriminating stuff is already public, so what's the problem? Sam plays his interview with...

Duration:01:37:24

1918 - GOP's Kavanaugh Charade & Milo Gets Bumped From Politicon

9/4/2018
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The MR crew catches up on all the news they missed while they were on vacation! On today's show: The crew remembers John McCain. Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal try to postpone Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings until they can sort through the 11th hour document dump. Dick Durbin asks to postpone the hearing because of Merrick Garland. Chuck Grassley explains the Kavanaugh documents. Could Obama have done more to get progressive judges on the Supreme Court?...

Duration:01:12:30

1917 - Labor Day 2018

9/3/2018
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Today our annual repeat of a compilation of labor speeches from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more. Full live show returns tomorrow! Become a member of the Majority Report today! Get updates on the ongoing nationwide prison strike at supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org/nationalprisonstrike2018/ Check out The Michael Brooks Show at patreon.com/tmbs, and the new TMBS YouTube channel for all short TMBS clips Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover or...

Duration:00:58:34

1916 - Classic Friday: The Debate Between Sam & Libertarian Professor Walter Block

8/31/2018
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Hey folks, trip down memory lane today as we replay one of the most referenced libertarian debate in Majority Report folklore, the first debate with Libertarian Professor Walter Block. Professor Walter Block proposed that laissez faire free market exchanges are the best way to organize society, how Block thinks the United States limits freedom, debating the minimum wage, full time workers who live in poverty, debating minimum wages and job losses, what is the value of wages if they don't...

Duration:01:37:07

1915 - Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism w/ Emily Ogden

8/30/2018
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TODAY, Emily Ogden talks to us about her book 'Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.' Franz Mesmer's animal magnetism as a "scientific" for of folk magic. The relationship between mesmerists and debunkers. The parallels in "rationality as totemic device" between the mesmerists and the New Atheists. What to make of the dupes? For members: From the Air America archive, Janeane, Paul Rudd (in for Sam), Amy Poehler, and Fred Armisen talk about Sam's wedding and how Hollywood and Wall...

Duration:00:50:02

1914 - Globalists: The End Of Empire & the Birth of Neoliberalism w/ Quinn Slobodian

8/29/2018
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Today, writer Quinn Slobodian joins us to discuss his new book, 'Globalists: The End Of Empire & the Birth of Neoliberalism.' With Sam, he discusses Neoliberalism as a discrete political movement for technocratic protection of capitalism. The similarities and differences between Neoliberals and Keynesians. How decolonization was seen as a threat to capitalism. How Neoliberalism uses democracy while fundamentally distrusting it. FOR MEMBERS: Another throwback to Air America days, Sam and...

Duration:00:41:54

1913 - This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent w/ Daegan Miller

8/28/2018
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Today writer Daegan Miller (@DaeganMiller) joins us to discuss his new book, 'This Radical Land: A Natural History of Dissent.' Fun half returns next Tuesday. What is radical environmentalism? How freedom and justice require environmental ethics, and how the social and natural can't be understood apart from each other. Exploitation as a fundamental to both social and environmental justice. Thoreau and the ethics of surveying. Timbuktu and the legacy of African-American pioneers. For...

Duration:01:08:31

1912 - America's Forgotten Black Pioneers & the Struggle for Equality w/ Anna-Lisa Cox

8/27/2018
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Today, an interview with historian Anna-Lisa Cox on her new book, "The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality." Cox uncovers the early history of America's black frontiersman in the late 18th century, and what happened to what was once the largest area on earth set aside for equality in the NW territory (Ohio, Indiana, etc). Why white supremacist movements of the early 19th century were a response to black success and not black failure on...

Duration:00:56:12