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The United States has spent tens of billions of dollars on reconstruction in Iraq - but it might surprise you to find out what some of that money is really going towards. In tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom talks with State Department veteran Peter van Buren about our government's bungled attempts to re-build a post-war Iraq. His new book is We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.


The United States has spent tens of billions of dollars on reconstruction in Iraq - but it might surprise you to find out what some of that money is really going towards. In tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom talks with State Department veteran Peter van Buren about our government's bungled attempts to re-build a post-war Iraq. His new book is We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.


From the mountains of Pakistan to the border with Mexico - drones are America's 21st Century weapon of choice. What's fueling the rise of remote control warfare? I'll ask Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin in tonight's Conversation with Great Minds. Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control


From the mountains of Pakistan to the border with Mexico - drones are America's 21st Century weapon of choice. What's fueling the rise of remote control warfare? I'll ask Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin in tonight's Conversation with Great Minds. Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control


For Conversation With Great Minds I'm joined by Lee Fang. Lee is a Reporting Fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and has covered the complex world of lobbying and public policy for ThinkProgress - the Boston Globe and the Nation Magazine. One of the first journalists to uncover the network of donors behind the Tea Party - his new book: The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right - is a must read for anyone interested in learning the real story behind the rebirth of the Republican Party in the age of Obama.


For Conversation With Great Minds I'm joined by Lee Fang. Lee is a Reporting Fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and has covered the complex world of lobbying and public policy for ThinkProgress - the Boston Globe and the Nation Magazine. One of the first journalists to uncover the network of donors behind the Tea Party - his new book: The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right - is a must read for anyone interested in learning the real story behind the rebirth of the Republican Party in the age of Obama.


Stewart Acuff, "Playing Bigger Than You Are" & Karen Nussbaum, Working America & Bill Spriggs, AFL CIO, joins Thom Hartmann. Today is May Day. Workers and activists from all over the world gathered to celebrate labor's achievements and demand social justice. With the wealth gap widening and union membership here in the United States at its lowest in decades - May Day is as important now as ever. After the break - I'll talk to tonight's Bigger Picture Panelists about the future of the labor movement and what workers are doing right now to fight back against the one percent.


Stewart Acuff, "Playing Bigger Than You Are" & Karen Nussbaum, Working America & Bill Spriggs, AFL CIO, joins Thom Hartmann. Today is May Day. Workers and activists from all over the world gathered to celebrate labor's achievements and demand social justice. With the wealth gap widening and union membership here in the United States at its lowest in decades - May Day is as important now as ever. After the break - I'll talk to tonight's Bigger Picture Panelists about the future of the labor movement and what workers are doing right now to fight back against the one percent.


Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism, joins Thom Hartmann. You've seen the headlines....Massive bomb plot foiled! FBI nabs culprit just in time! But who's really behind these would-be terrorists?


Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism, joins Thom Hartmann. You've seen the headlines....Massive bomb plot foiled! FBI nabs culprit just in time! But who's really behind these would-be terrorists?


Candida Moss The Myth of Persecutions, joins Thom Hartmann. For tonight's Conversation with Great minds I'm joined by Candida Moss. Candida is the Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame and an expert in the role of martyrdom in Christian theology. A renowned scholar in her field of study - she has received recognition for her research from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation - the National Endowment for the Humanities - and the John Templeton Foundation. Her new book - "The Myth of Persecution - How Early Christians Invented A Story of Martyrdom" - reveals the truth behind centuries of Christian persecution stories and is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the mindset of the American religious right.


Candida Moss The Myth of Persecutions, joins Thom Hartmann.Candida Moss The Myth of Persecutions, joins Thom Hartmann. For tonight's Conversation with Great minds I'm joined by Candida Moss. Candida is the Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame and an expert in the role of martyrdom in Christian theology. A renowned scholar in her field of study - she has received recognition for her research from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation - the National Endowment for the Humanities - and the John Templeton Foundation. Her new book - "The Myth of Persecution - How Early Christians Invented A Story of Martyrdom" - reveals the truth behind centuries of Christian persecution stories and is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the mindset of the American religious right.


Professor Steve Keen, Debunking Economics, joins Thom Hartmann. If you believe Republican politicians like Paul Ryan and John Boehner - the United States has a crushing sovereign debt problem. But is private debt - the mortgage and credit card debt held by everyday Americans - the real drag on the economy? Steve is the Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney - Australia - and a world reknowned authority on a wide range of macroeconomic issues - including debt - financial instability - and monetary theory. A frequent critic of mainstream economists - he predicted the financial collapse of 2008 and received the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Reviews for his cutting analysis of contemporary economic trends. Professor Keen's book "Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?" is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about how we got into our current financial mess.


Professor Steve Keen, Debunking Economics, joins Thom Hartmann. If you believe Republican politicans like Paul Ryan and John Boehner - the United States has a crushing sovereign debt problem. But is private debt - the mortgage and credit card debt held by everyday Americans - the real drag on the economy? Steve is the Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney - Australia - and a world reknowned authority on a wide range of macroeconomic issues - including debt - financial instability - and monetary theory. A frequent critic of mainstream economists - he predicted the financial collapse of 2008 and received the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Reviews for his cutting analysis of contemporary economic trends. Professor Keen's book "Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?" is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about how we got into our current financial mess.


Dale is the founder and brainchild behind UnCollege - an organization that provides resources for those students pursuing a self-directed path to higher learning. A critic of the traditional higher education system - he left college during his second semester and has been "unschooling" himself ever since. He's also a recipient of the prestigious Thiel Fellowship and a frequent commentator on education at the Washington Post - New York Times - and the Huffington Post. His new book is called Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures - Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will.


Dale is the founder and brainchild behind UnCollege - an organization that provides resources for those students pursuing a self-directed path to higher learning. A critic of the traditional higher education system - he left college during his second semester and has been "unschooling" himself ever since. He's also a recipient of the prestigious Thiel Fellowship and a frequent commentator on education at the Washington Post - New York Times - and the Huffington Post. His new book is called Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures - Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will.


Susan P. Crawford, JD - Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age joins Thom Hartmann.


Susan P. Crawford, JD - Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age joins Thom Hartmann.


What drives resisters, whistleblowers and conscientious objectors? P1 Eyal Press, Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times joins Thom Hartmann. For Tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...we examine the question of what leads people to stand up - dissent - and show true moral courage during times of crisis - especially when there's great risk in doing so. What's drives these resisters - whistblowers - conscientious objectors - who throughout history have tried to warn entire societies of the risk of succumbing to authority and convention. It's a question tonight's guest sought ought to answer - by going all the way back to World War 2 and telling stories of those who've defied the Nazis. And later - stories of those who defied their own communities and governments and set their guns downs rather than fight a way they didn't believe in. And those who today are taking on Corporate America. Eyal Press is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. And he is the author of the book we'll explore tonight - Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times"


Eyal Press, Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times joins Thom Hartmann. For Tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...we examine the question of what leads people to stand up - dissent - and show true moral courage during times of crisis - especially when there's great risk in doing so. What's drives these resisters - whistblowers - conscientious objectors - who throughout history have tried to warn entire societies of the risk of succumbing to authority and convention. It's a question tonight's guest sought ought to answer - by going all the way back to World War 2 and telling stories of those who've defied the Nazis. And later - stories of those who defied their own communities and governments and set their guns downs rather than fight a way they didn't believe in. And those who today are taking on Corporate America. Eyal Press is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. And he is the author of the book we'll explore tonight - Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times"


Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne, co-authors, Rethinking Money join Thom Hartmann. During the past four decades - there have been around 10 countries experiencing some kind of financial or monetary crisis each year. Could turning to alternative currencies help relieve some of the burden that nations are facing today - and improve the global economic outlook?


Bernard Lietaer & Jacqui Dunne, co-authors, Rethinking Money join Thom Hartmann. During the past four decades - there have been around 10 countries experiencing some kind of financial or monetary crisis each year. Could turning to alternative currencies help relieve some of the burden that nations are facing today - and improve the global economic outlook?


Susan Cain, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking, joins Thom Hartmann. Why are extroverts favored in American society - and are there any cultures across the globe that value introversion more? We'll ask author and lecturer Susan Cain in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.


Susan Cain, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking, joins Thom Hartmann. Why are extroverts favored in American society - and are there any cultures across the globe that value introversion more? We'll ask author and lecturer Susan Cain in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.