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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.


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.


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.


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.


Robert Borosage, Campaign for America's Future & Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future join Thom Hartmann. There's an old saying that once the last man who remembers the last great war dies, the next great war is inevitable. Have we reached that point in American politics? After Boomers like Henry Waxman retire, will anyone stand up for the policies that used to make our country prosperous? Let's talk about that period of post-War prosperity in America. Was it an accident of history or a conscious decision by people like FDR to create a middle class?


Robert Borosage, Campaign for America's Future & Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future join Thom Hartmann. There's an old saying that once the last man who remembers the last great war dies, the next great war is inevitable. Have we reached that point in American politics? After Boomers like Henry Waxman retire, will anyone stand up for the policies that used to make our country prosperous? Let's talk about that period of post-War prosperity in America. Was it an accident of history or a conscious decision by people like FDR to create a middle class?


Leigh Gallagher, Fortune /The End of The Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving joins Thom Hartmann. In the 1960s and 1970s - Americans fled decaying cities for the peace and quiet of the suburbs. Now - their children are fleeing the suburbs for the hustle and bustle of the big city. Is this trend just a blip on the demographic radar or a sign that suburban life is on its way to the dustbin of history?


Leigh Gallagher, Fortune /The End of The Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving joins Thom Hartmann. In the 1960s and 1970s - Americans fled decaying cities for the peace and quiet of the suburbs. Now - their children are fleeing the suburbs for the hustle and bustle of the big city. Is this trend just a blip on the demographic radar or a sign that suburban life is on its way to the dustbin of history?


Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council (NIAC) & Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation & John Isaacs, Center for Arms Control & Nonproliferation /Council for a Liveable World join Thom Hartmann. On Monday - the interim nuclear deal with Iran went into effect. That deal is the best chance yet to avoid yet another war in the Middle East. So why are 59 Senators trying to sabotage it?


Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council (NIAC) & Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation & John Isaacs, Center for Arms Control & Nonproliferation /Council for a Liveable World join Thom Hartmann. On Monday - the interim nuclear deal with Iran went into effect. That deal is the best chance yet to avoid yet another war in the Middle East. So why are 59 Senators trying to sabotage it?


Although the Washington, DC metro area is the wealthiest urban area in the country - many DC residents struggle with backbreaking poverty. So how can the city use its recent economic success to give everyone a shot at the American dream? I'll ask Andy Shallal - candidate for mayor of the District of Columbia.


Although the Washington, DC metro area is the wealthiest urban area in the country - many DC residents struggle with backbreaking poverty. So how can the city use its recent economic success to give everyone a shot at the American dream? I'll ask Andy Shallal - candidate for mayor of the District of Columbia.


Gino Campana and Kristin Kirkpatrick, Bellisimo, Inc. & Tracy Wiedt, Let's Move! Cities, Towns & Counties all Join Thom Hartmann. Obesity has become an epidemic in America. So how do we design communities that encourage healthy habits?


Gino Campana and Kristin Kirkpatrick, Bellisimo, Inc. & Tracy Wiedt, Let's Move! Cities, Towns & Counties all Join Thom Hartmann. Now more than ever - Americans are trying to eat local - farm-fresh food. So how do we design communities to help them do that?


Climate change is the greatest threat our planet has ever faced - and we need to take action now to prevent the situation from getting any worse. But will there ever be enough political will to put the policies in place that are needed to save the future of the only planet we can call home? We'll ask William Becker - Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project - in tonight's special Conversations with Great Minds.


Climate change is the greatest threat our planet has ever faced - and we need to take action now to prevent the situation from getting any worse. But will there ever be enough political will to put the policies in place that are needed to save the future of the only planet we can call home? We'll ask William Becker - Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project - in tonight's special Conversations with Great Minds


Conversations with Great Minds with Tim Carpenter. Tim is the Co-Founder and National Director of Progressive Democrats of America. Tim was a key organizer for the presidential campaigns of Rev. Jesse Jackson and Gov. Jerry Brown - and served as Deputy National Campaign Manager in the Kucinich for President campaign in 2004. In 2007 - Tim was named Progressive Activist of the Year by the Nation magazine.


Conversations with Great Minds with Tim Carpenter. Tim is the Co-Founder and National Director of Progressive Democrats of America. Tim was a key organizer for the presidential campaigns of Rev. Jesse Jackson and Gov. Jerry Brown - and served as Deputy National Campaign Manager in the Kucinich for President campaign in 2004. In 2007 - Tim was named Progressive Activist of the Year by the Nation magazine.


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 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.


Right now - the debate in Washington is over what can be done to help those in poverty - but that's not really the question that we should be asking. I'll talk to Ona Porter - founder of ProsperityWorks - about wiping out poverty altogether - in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.


Right now - the debate in Washington is over what can be done to help those in poverty - but that's not really the question that we should be asking. I'll talk to Ona Porter - founder of ProsperityWorks - about wiping out poverty altogether - in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.


Sari Solden, Psychotherapist & Dr. Ellen Littman, Clinical Psychologist join Thom Hartmann. Welcome to tonight's Conversations with Great Minds with Dr. Ellen Littman and Sari Solden. Dr. Ellen Littman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York - an international speaker - and has been involved with the spectrum of attentional disorders for over 25 years. In her private practice - Dr. Littman focuses on the high IQ adult and adolescent ADHD populations. She specializes in identifying and treating complex presentations of ADHD that may be misinterpreted or overlooked. She's also the co-author the book "Understanding Girls With ADHD." Sari Solden is a psychotherapist and has worked with individuals - couples - and groups with ADHD adults for over 25 years. She is also a prominent international keynote speaker and trains and consults with other mental-health professionals in assessing and counseling adults with ADHD. Sari is also the author of the book "Journeys Through ADDulthood: Discover a New Sense of Identity and Meaning with Attention Deficit Disorder." And the book, "Women with Attention Deficit Disorder" - which is now also available in Spanish and all digital formats.


Sari Solden, Psychotherapist & Dr. Ellen Littman, Clinical Psychologist join Thom Hartmann. Welcome to tonight's Conversations with Great Minds with Dr. Ellen Littman and Sari Solden. Dr. Ellen Littman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York - an international speaker - and has been involved with the spectrum of attentional disorders for over 25 years. In her private practice - Dr. Littman focuses on the high IQ adult and adolescent ADHD populations. She specializes in identifying and treating complex presentations of ADHD that may be misinterpreted or overlooked. She's also the co-author the book "Understanding Girls With ADHD." Sari Solden is a psychotherapist and has worked with individuals - couples - and groups with ADHD adults for over 25 years. She is also a prominent international keynote speaker and trains and consults with other mental-health professionals in assessing and counseling adults with ADHD. Sari is also the author of the book "Journeys Through Adulthood: Discover a New Sense of Identity and Meaning with Attention Deficit Disorder." And the book, "Women with Attention Deficit Disorder" - which is now also available in Spanish and all digital formats.