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1822 - Puerto Rico Blacks Out & CFPB Attacked w/ Heather 'Digby' Parton & Andy Kindler

4/20/2018
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Good morning everyone, on today's show Digby and Andy Kindler join us. Digby joins us to talk about the Cuomo/Nixon democratic primary in NY and why Cuomo is in more trouble than he appears prepared for before discussing the legal jeopardy Michael Cohen is in. Finally, the shock doctrine is in full effect in Puerto Rico. Andy Kindler joins us to tell us about his new movie The Fiddling Horse and helps us bully the newly resurgent Dennis Miller who's back back back baby! ba ba ba! Dennis...

Duration:04:10:33

1821 - Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual w/ Daniel Bessner

4/19/2018
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Professor Daniel Bressner joins Majority Report to discuss his new book, Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual and Daniel Bessner shows how the experience of the Weimar Republic’s collapse and the rise of Nazism informed Hans Speier’s work as an American policymaker and institution builder. How intellectuals began embedding themselves in the defense establishment beginning in the 1930s. Hans Speier's origins in Weimar Germany and on the German socialist...

Duration:00:48:35

1820 - Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy w/ Domingo Morel

4/18/2018
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Domingo Morel (@domingomorel), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University – Newark and author of Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy, joins us. On today's show: Comey has said the GOP has "lost their way." Domingo Morel joins us to discuss his book, 'Takeover: Race, Education and American Democracy.' By the '60s and '70s, lots of funding was going to city schools in which racial minorities had a real voice. School boards as entryway into politics for...

Duration:00:48:50

1819 - It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build A Lasting Majority w/ David Faris

4/17/2018
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David Faris (@davidmfaris), an associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University in Chicago, joins us to discuss his book, It's Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build A Lasting Majority in American Politics. On today's show: Sean Hannity is the third Michael Cohen client revealed by court, claims it's no big deal. David Faris joins us to discuss what the Democrats should do to hold onto power, if and when they get it back. How Republicans consolidate power by pushing...

Duration:01:01:56

1818 - Airstrikes in Syria, Teacher Strikes in America, and Cynthia Nixon's Chances Against Cuomo

4/16/2018
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On today's show: Libertarian economist finds regulations have no negative impact on business dynamism. Trump addresses nation on Syria strikes. KY governor Matt Bevin claims kids will be poisoned and molested because teachers are striking. Why the Democratic Party is supporting the current wave of teacher strikes. The crew discusses Cynthia Nixon's chances of beating Andrew Cuomo to become governor of New York, what's going on with unions and the Working Families Party, and how progressive...

Duration:01:09:30

1817 - War Profiteers and Cycles of History: Sam Live from Las Vegas, Day Two

4/13/2018
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On today's show: Sam speaks with radio host Thom Hartmann about the history of reform and where America is headed. The cycles of reform and backlash that characterized much of the 20th century. Paul Manafort's sociopathic career. How the Republican Party has changed. The various factors that will contribute to an economic crisis worse than 2008. Thom co-signs MMT. Sam talks to human rights lawyer Gavi Mairone about his work suing banks on behalf of the victims of terrorism and ethnic...

Duration:02:04:00

1816 - Suing Debt Collectors & Opioid Distributors: Sam Live in Las Vegas

4/12/2018
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Sam broadcasts live from the Mass Torts conference in Las Vegas, NV! On today's show: Jimmy Kimmel takes down Paul Ryan. Sam speaks with Jared Johnson of SueTheCollector.com about consumers' rights when dealing with debt collectors. The many ways debt collectors can break the rules, rendering your debts null and void. How to deal with student loan collectors. How the laws are expanding to be more consumer-friendly but how the Santander ruling set it back. Sam speaks with Mike Papantonio...

Duration:04:55:24

1815 - The Slow Motion Coup in Brazil w/ Alex Hochuli

4/11/2018
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Alex Hochuli (@Alex_1789), writer and host of the Aufhebungabunga podcast, joins us to discuss the slow motion coup against former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. On today's show: Paul Ryan will not seek re-election, is a grotesque person. Alex Hochuli joins us to discuss the slow motion coup against Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula's background as a labor leader. The deals Lula struck during his time as president (2003-2011) that left him vulnerable to...

Duration:01:15:09

1814 - How Employers Rule Our Lives w/ Elizabeth Anderson

4/10/2018
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Professor Elizabeth Anderson joins the show to discuss why our workplaces are authoritarian private governments—and why we can't see it. In her new book, Private Government How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It), Anderson breaks down how Americans continue to talk as if early advocates of market society—from John Locke and Adam Smith to Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln—were right when they argued that it would free workers from oppressive authorities. What does...

Duration:02:06:45

1813 - Oklahoma Teacher Strike, Chemical Weapons in Syria & More ICE Terrorism

4/9/2018
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On today's show: Scott Walker claims to support a suspiciously ACA-like healthcare program. What's Trump about to do in Syria? Bernie Sanders calls Israel's killing of non-violent Palestinian protesters an "overreaction." Updates from the OK teacher strike: The other jobs teachers do to survive, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder expresses support, Teamsters walk off the job in solidarity (with pizza!), students keep everyone's spirits up with Rihanna. ICE deports a mother on her...

Duration:01:12:17

1812 - Neoliberalism: A Textbook w/ Julie Wilson

4/6/2018
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Julie Wilson is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She joins us today to discuss her new textbook, 'Neoliberalism.' What "neoliberalism" is and how it differs from classical liberalism. The role of the state in promoting neoliberalism via policy that privileges "free markets." The different versions of neoliberalism advanced by Democrats and Republicans. The rise of neoliberalism in the late '70s and early '80s and how every...

Duration:00:53:54

1811 - Why Liberalism Failed w/ Patrick J Deneen

4/5/2018
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Patrick J. Deneen, political science professor at Notre Dame, joins us today to discuss his book, 'Why Liberalism Failed.' For members, Jack Hitt talks to Sam and Janeane about a branch of science attempting to prove 'white people' were on North America first.

Duration:00:48:44

1810 - The Senate's Wrongheaded Sex Trafficking Bill w/ Alana Massey & Laundering Racism in America w/ Khalil Gibran Muhammad

4/4/2018
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Today we present two interviews taken from Sam's nationally syndicated radio program, Ring of Fire. Alana Massey (@AlanaMassey), journalist and author, joins us to discuss the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, or SESTA, the controversial "anti sex trafficking" bill that recently passed the Senate. While SESTA sounds like a good idea on its surface, sex workers' rights advocates and many who work with trafficking victims say it will hurt the victims of trafficking more than it helps. The...

Duration:00:43:35

1809 - The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town w/ Brian Alexander

4/3/2018
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Journalist Brian Alexander (@BrianRAlexander) joins us to discuss his book, 'Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town.' The history of Alexander's hometown of Lancaster, Ohio and how it came to be a glass-making center where one fifth of the population worked at the Anchor Hocking Company. The policy changes during the Reagan years that incentivized the transition to a less production-oriented, more financialized, and more sociopathic version of capitalism. How...

Duration:00:54:55

1808 - So You Want to Talk about Race w/ Ijeoma Oluo

4/2/2018
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Author Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) joins us today to talk about her book, 'So You Want To Talk About Race.' How Ijeoma's mixed-race and class background informed and motivated the writing of this book. How class and race intersected in her life. How 'racism' is different when it reinforces a racial power structure. Separating intention from impact in conversations of race. Where America's history with slavery and racial segregation intersect with economic class oppression. How awareness around...

Duration:03:32:29

1807 - Assault on the VA, the Right vs. the Students, & a Debate About Platforming Never Trumpers w/ Cliff Schecter & H. Jon Benjamin

3/30/2018
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Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) and H. Jon Benjamin (@HJBenjamin) join us for Casual Friday. On today's show: Sam recalls meeting Carter Page and hearing him say "dodgy dossier." Trump congratulates Roseanne Barr on her high ratings. Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) joins us to talk about the latest from the Trump White House. Fired VA head David Shulkin and efforts to privatize the VA. Trump's unqualified celebrity appointees. Laura Ingraham's unwise attack on David Hogg and subsequent...

Duration:06:20:46

1806 - The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder w/ David H. Webber

3/29/2018
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David Webber joins us to discuss his new book, The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor's Last Best Weapon. In The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, David Webber uses cases such as Safeway’s to shine a light on labor’s most potent remaining weapon: its multitrillion-dollar pension funds. Outmaneuvered at the bargaining table and under constant assault in Washington, state houses, and the courts, worker organizations are beginning to exercise muscle...

Duration:00:41:24

1805 - Hidden Figures: How Donald Trump is Rigging the Census w/ Ari Berman

3/28/2018
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Ari Berman (@AriBerman), senior reporter at Mother Jones, joins us to discuss his latest article, Hidden Figures: How Donald Trump is Rigging the Census. On today's show: Sam Harris has a hilarious Twitter meltdown over some extremely fair mannered criticism from Ezra Klein. Ari Berman, author of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America, joins us to discuss the Trump administration's efforts to tamper with the census. Why the U.S. census has not asked...

Duration:01:01:13

1804 - The Shock Doctrine in Puerto Rico w/ Nomiki Konst

3/27/2018
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Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins us to discuss recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. On today's show: Andrew Cuomo is trying to quell voting rights in New York. Ben Shapiro criticizes David Hogg's speech using his trademark sophistry and MTV camera work. Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst), investigative reporter for The Young Turks, joins us to talk NY state politics and disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico. The shady moves Cuomo has pulled to keep New York as Republican-dominated as possible in...

Duration:00:55:34

1803 - Tariffs, Voting Rights, Stormy Daniels, and the Inspiration of March for Our Lives

3/26/2018
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On today's show: Rick Santorum says children should take CPR classes if they're so concerned about gun violence. NAACP National Youth Director Tiffany Dena Loftin on the importance of intersectionality in March For Our Lives. Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez gives a powerful speech. NRA TV's sad attempt at a response. Trump's un-evolved stance on NAFTA and how it's different from Bernie's. Why the federal "right to try" bill that just passed the House is a bad idea. How anti-sex trafficking...

Duration:00:57:29

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