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  • Nancy Cohen, PhD, Author - "Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America." joins Thom Hartmann. The battles over marriage equality and birth control are more than just contentious political debates. They're part of a larger movement that has engulfed Washington for the past 40 years...


  • For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds - Thom is joined by someone who played an essential role in one of the most important First Amendment cases in modern American history. James C. Goodale was vice chair and general counsel for the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers and led the paper's legal team in its fight against the Nixon administration. He is often called "the father of reporter's privilege" and remains to this day and powerful advocate for the freedom of the press. In addition to his legal work - Goodale has taught at Yale, NYU and Fordham University. His new book - "Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles"
    is a must read for anyone who wants an in-depth look at one of the most famous Supreme Court cases of the past 40 years. James Goodale joins us now from our New York studios.


  • Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch/Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment joins Thom. President Obama has done more to fight global warming than any other president in history. So why does he still support fracking? Fracking supporters - like President Obama - say it's a bridge fuel to a clean energy future. But is that really the case? And is the natural gas boom actually just making it harder to us to make the transition to renewables?

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Jared Genser, Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide / Co-Editor (w/Irwin Cotler) "The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times" and author of the forthcoming, "The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice." As the world's largest superpower - does the US always have a moral obligation to take military action to stop human rights atrocities?


  • Former Senator Tom Hayden is an American social and political activist and politician, known for the anti-war and civil right movements of the 1960s.


  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann is joined by blogger - political commentator - and author Keli Goff. You've probably seen her on several television programs - offering up her political and cultural insight on CNN - MSNBC - Fox - and BET. And her writing has been featured in Time magazine - Cosmpolitan - and Essence - as well as the New York Times and USA Today. Her first book - "Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence" received critical acclaim documenting the rise of "Generation Obama." And her most recent book - out just this year - a fictional work entitled "The GQ Candidate" has been labeled a recommended summer read by the Los Angeles Times. Currently she is a contributing editor and columnist to "TheLoop21.com" - and a contributor to the Huffington Post


  • Could encouraging more private investments in solar power and other forms of clean energy help make renewable forms of energy more popular in America - and lead to the downfall of dirty fossil fuels? That and more in our Conversations with Great Minds with Billy Parish. Billy is the co-founder and president of Mosaic - a solar power investment platform. In 2002 - Billy dropped out of Yale University to help found the Energy Action Coalition - which quickly grew into the largest youth advocacy organization in the world working on the climate change crisis. He's been honored by Rolling Stone magazine as a "Climate Hero," and by the Utne Reader as one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." Billy is also the co-author of the book, "Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World."


  • Could encouraging more private investments in solar power and other forms of clean energy help make renewable forms of energy more popular in America - and lead to the downfall of dirty fossil fuels? That and more in our Conversations with Great Minds with Billy Parish. Billy is the co-founder and president of Mosaic - a solar power investment platform. In 2002 - Billy dropped out of Yale University to help found the Energy Action Coalition - which quickly grew into the largest youth advocacy organization in the world working on the climate change crisis. He's been honored by Rolling Stone magazine as a "Climate Hero," and by the Utne Reader as one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." Billy is also the co-author of the book, "Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World."


  • For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds - Thom is joined by someone who played an essential role in one of the most important First Amendment cases in modern American history. James C. Goodale was vice chair and general counsel for the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers and led the paper's legal team in its fight against the Nixon administration. He is often called "the father of reporter's privilege" and remains to this day and powerful advocate for the freedom of the press. In addition to his legal work - Goodale has taught at Yale, NYU and Fordham University. His new book - "Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles"
    is a must read for anyone who wants an in-depth look at one of the most famous Supreme Court cases of the past 40 years. James Goodale joins us now from our New York studios.


  • For many Americans - success means money and money means success. That's why even after the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression - a job at a top-notch investment bank still holds allure for many young Americans starting their professional lives. But is working on Wall Street really worth it? For tonight's Conversations With Great Minds - I'm joined by someone who lived the life of a Wall Street millionaire and left it all behind. Sam Polk spent most of his 20's working as a trader for high-powered Wall Street investment firms - but at 30 he decided to leave the world of finance for good. Since then - he has become a successful nonprofit entrepreneur and has written about his time on Wall Street for The New York Times and Forbes Magazine.


  • Dr. Michael Mann, Climate Scientist / Professor & Director-Penn State Earth System Science Center / Author-"Dire Predictions" and "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" joins Thom Hartmann. Despite clear evidence of climate change occurring - the number of climate change deniers in this country is on the rise. Who is bankrolling the phony science behind the deniers - and why is there a war on scientific freedom underway in America?


  • Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation Magazine joins Thom Hartmann. For tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds - we’re going to take a closer look at the momentous decision by the Obama administration to normalize relations with Cuba. First announced on Wednesday - the move - which came after months of secret negotiations - is the most significant shift in American foreign policy towards Latin America in decades. Not surprisingly - it’s also causing a lot of controversy back here in the U.S. - with many Republicans slamming the president for what they say is another example of his “weakness” But what's the real deal with America's new policy towards Cuba? And who stands to benefit most from the end of one of the last remaining Cold War standoffs?


  • Thom Hartmann talks with award winning actor and activist Ed Asner about the new role of working class.


  • Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair, former reporter-NY Times. His new book is 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. Over the last 11 years - it's been a question asked hundreds of times: Could 9/11 have been prevented if the Bush Adminstration had acted on the intelligence they had at the time. Of course - 9/11 did happen - and Bush took us to war with Iraq shortly thereafter. What was the planning for the Iraq war really like inside the White House - and what roles did the United States' closest allies play in it? We'll ask investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds


  • Congressman Keith Ellison(D-MN, 5th District) / Author of the new book, My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future joins Thom Hartmann.


  • Alan Uke, author, Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity, joins Thom Hartmann. Could "buying American" create new jobs across the country and help improve the state of the economy? Is "Buying America Back" a political issue - is it Democrat versus Republican. Or is it simply about looking out for America?