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  • Thom Hartmann and Ralph Nader (http://nader.org/) talk about Tea Party, midterm elections and a role of the corporate power in American history and political system of today.


  • For tonight's "Conversation with Great Minds" - I am joined by award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and internationally best-selling author - Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein is a contributing editor for Harper's and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is also syndicated internationally. Her writing has appeared in dozens of other major newspapers - including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's magazine earned her the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College in Canada. In 2007, her book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" became a number one international best-seller. Her first book"No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies" was published in 1999 and was also an international bestsellerThe New York Times called it "a movement bible," Time Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923, and the Literary Review of Canada has named it one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. Naomi talks to Thom Hartmann about Occupy Wall Street, the Keystone Pipeline and the economy.


  • Best-selling author and scientist Dr. Jared Diamond joins Thom Hartmann in Conversations with Great Minds. They'll discuss his world famous books, Guns, Germs and Steel & Collapse that shed light on how we as humans have evolved and how our societies succeed or fail.


  • Bruce Bartlett, Historian/Domestic Policy Adviser to President Ronald Reagan/Treasury official under President George H. W. Bush/writes for New York Times, Financial Times, Fiscal Times, and Tax Notes magazine joins Thom Hartmann. After suffering major blows in last month's election - it's clear that the Republican party has lost its way. But are Conservatives in Washington ready to face facts - and do what is necessary to once again become a relevant and mainsteam political party?


  • Tom Shadyac Joins Thom Hartmann. He has been a director - a producer - a screenwriter - an actor - and a comedian. His movies are some of the most widely-recognized films in the last few decades - from the "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" series - to the "Nutty Professor" movies - to "Liar, Liar" and "Bruce Almighty." In his most recent film - "I am" he takes us on a journey in search of the nature of humanity - and what it means to live a truly fulfilling life on this planet - a topic we'll definitely get into. Currently - he is a professor of communications - and teaches screenwriting at Pepperdine Univeristy's Seaver college.


  • Dr. James Loewen, Sociologist/Historian/Author of 6 books including "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and "Lies Across America." The average American History textbook weighs 4.5 pounds - is 888 pages long - and contains page after page of misinformation that is tainting the education of American children every day. So how can teachers give children a comprehensive and accurate history of America?


  • Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director-Institute for Responsible Technology, leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), author of the books "Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating" and "Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods." Genetically modified crops are all the rage these days - and have taken over the agriculture industries of many countries. But just how dangerous are genetically modified crops - and do we really need to be relying so heavily on them?


  • Thom sits down with Dr. Lester R. Brown, President-Earth Policy Institute / Author or co-author of more than 50 books, his latest is "World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse"


  • Corey Robin, Associate Professor, Political Science-Brooklyn College joins Thom Hartmann. His most recent book is The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. Corey Robin walks through the history of conservatism, examining key figures, such as Edmund Burke and Phyllis Schlafly. What makes a Conservative tick? What's at the very heart of the Conservative ideology?


  • Tonight we have a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds is David Stockman. He is a former United States congressman - representing the state of Michigan - who was elected to three terms before stepping down to head up the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He is credited with writing the Reagan Budget - and continued his work on federal budgeting through 1985. After leaving politics, David Stockman pursued a career in investment banking and joined Blackstone Group as one of its earliest partners. He is the author of the book, "Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed" and his new book - tentatively titled "The Triumph of Crony Capitalism" - will explore how crony capitalism reached a peak during the recent financial meltdown. David talk to Thom about Reagan would be raising taxes right now, the Republican party has gone crazy and we need to get control of the Fed.


  • Joining Thom for tonight's Conversation With Great Minds is Dr. Reza Aslan. Dr. Aslan is a critically acclaimed writer and religious scholar and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and as Cooperating Faculty in the Department of Religion at the University of California - Riverside. He has degrees in religion from Santa Clara University - the University of California Santa Barbara - and Harvard University and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book - "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" is a must read for anyone who wants to know the true story behind the "Greatest Story Every Told."


  • Dr. Neal Barnard, physician, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) / author of more than 50 published research papers on nutrition and its impact on human health, and several books, including The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart (2011), Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes (2007), and Breaking the Food Seduction (2003)


  • Thom Hartmann talks with Neil Howe, best-selling co-author (with William Strauss) of "The Fourth Turning." The Fourth Turning maps out the place of generations in history.


  • Thom Hartmann and Ralph Nader (http://nader.org/) talk about Tea Party, midterm elections and a role of the corporate power in American history and political system of today.


  • Bruce Bartlett, Historian/Domestic Policy Adviser to President Ronald Reagan/Treasury official under President George H. W. Bush/writes for New York Times, Financial Times, Fiscal Times, and Tax Notes magazine joins Thom Hartmann. After suffering major blows in last month's election - it's clear that the Republican party has lost its way. But are Conservatives in Washington ready to face facts - and do what is necessary to once again become a relevant and mainsteam political party?


  • Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University / Nasr Foundation joins Thom Hartmann. Islam - the world's second-biggest religion - is as diverse as the almost 1 point 6 billion people that comprise it. So why do so many Americans only see it as a vehicle for extremism and terrorism?