• Thom discusses last year’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Max Blumenthal, author of the new book “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.”

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  • 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 oreign 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."

  • 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.

  • David Frum, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, including most recently, his first novel Patriots published in April 2012. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. What was Conservative America like before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh came to town - and how have they helped to create an alternate reality in American politics? We'll pose that question and more to David Frum in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...

  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds Thom Hartmann is joined by an economist Richard Wolff whose many books and more than four decades of teaching have focused on Marxian economics, economic methodology and class analysis. He is professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School University in New York City. His latest book is Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It.

  • For tonight's Converation with Great Minds - I am joined by Dick Gregory to talk about Occupy Wall Street, his activist work on the death penalty for a white supremacist, the Keystone Pipeline and more. Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist writer, and entrepreneur whose work has redefined how Americans perceive political comedy and African American comedians. He got his first big break when he was hired by Hugh Hefner to perform stand up at the Chicago Playboy Club in 1961 and he hasn't stopped since. He began political activism by running against Richard J. Daley for the mayor's office in Chicago in 1967 and followed that up with a write-in campaign for the Oval Office in 1968 as a candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party. He has devoted himself to many causes throughout his career as an activist - including civil rights, women's rights, anti-war campaigns, the international anti-apartheid movement and environmental protection issues. When Thom Hartmann ran a community for abused kids in New England in the early 1980s, he was on the advisory board, and did fundraisers for the Salem program, and he traveled with Thom to Uganda during the end of the war with Idi Amin to set up famine and medical relief programs. He has devoted his life to using his considerable talents and gifts to helping others. He now finds himself on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Standups of All Time and has his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

  • 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.

  • Many of us buy into the common myths about happiness - but by doing so - we often end up feeling like something is wrong - and that we are destined to always be unhappy. What can we do to avoid these happiness myths - and live happier and more fufilling lives? We'll ask Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky is tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

  • Dr. Richard Wolff, Democracy At Work, joins Thom Hartmann for Conversations w/Great Minds.

  • Joe Madison, Joe Madison Show & Human rights activist joins Thom Hartmann. What fuels racism and police brutality in America? Is it politcal rhetoric from the right - or something more deep-seated? And what can we do about it? We'll pose those questions and more to Joe Madison in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

  • Is the economy flawed? Is the cycle about to change down for the worse in 2020?

    Speculative booms in the economy produce wild swings, making investments difficult. The up and down cycle can create investment at the wrong time, slowing down business at the wrong time.

    Confused? Professor Steve Keen joined Thom to try and explain what is going on and whether there is a new slump on the way.

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  • 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.

  • After nearly 52 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Thom discusses whether we know who did it with historian Lamar Waldron, author of “The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination.”

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  • For tonight's special edition of Conversations With Great Minds - I'm joined by Dr. Ron Paul. From 1976 until 1985 and again from 1997 until 2013 - Dr. Paul was the U.S. Representative for Texas' 22nd and 14th Congressional Districts. He has run for President three times - most recently in 2012 - and is the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity - as well as the Ron Paul Channel - which debuted last week. Dr. Paul is one of our country's most outspoken advocates for limited government and free-market economics and is the author of a number of books on those subjects - including his most recent - "The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education. He also has started a new media channel The Ron Paul Channel.

  • 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.

  • A special hour with Dr. Reza Aslan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam / Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth joins Thom Hartmann for a special one hour Conversations w/Great Minds.