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  • 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.


  • 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 is joined by David Korten. David is an economist, author, and former Professor of the Harvard Business School. His political activism has made him a prominent critic of corporate globalization. His 2006 book "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community" argues that the development of empires about 5,000 years ago initiated unequal distribution of power and social benefits to a small portion of the population.


  • 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?


  • For Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann speaks with Kumi Naidoo - a human rights activist - environmentalist - and Rhodes scholar who now serves as the International Executive Director of Greenpeace.


  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds I sit down with Gunnar Tomasson. Gunnar was originally born in Iceland - but now resides in nearby Maryland. He studied at both the University of Manchester and Harvard University - before going on to become a senior staff member with the International Monetary Fund from 1966 to 1989. Currently - Gunnar is a financial consultant - and with global markets around the world in turmoil - and the nation of Iceland taking a unique approach to shoring up its' economy - he can offer some much needed insight into solutions to get us all out of this mess. He knows a thing or two about world economies, their debts and the revolutions that followed bankrupt countries. He'll cover the collapse of Iceland and what can we can learn from that.


  • Thom discusses what Ronald Reagan’s economic policies have done to America’s middle class with economist Richard Wolff, author of the book “Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.”

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  • 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.


  • For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds Thom is joined by Dr. Trita Parsi - the Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council. Dr. Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and is an expert on US-Iranian relations - Iranian foreign politics - and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is also the author of numerous books - including his most recent - "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran" - a must read for anyone who wants to understand the complicated and confusing US - Iranian relationship.


  • For tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds" - Thom is joined by author, environmentalist, and activist Bill Mckibben. In 1988, he wrote "The End of Nature" - the heir to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" - and since then has gone on to write more than a dozen noteable books about the environment and our human impact on it. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. In 2010, the Boston Globe called him "the nation's leading environmentalist" and Time magazine described him as "the world's best green journalist." And recently he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book - "Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet" - is a guide to living on our fundamentally altered planet.


  • Economist and author, James K. Galbraith joins Thom Hartmann in "Conservations with Great Minds"...tonight we'll discuss how the middle class continues to get trampled by the "New Predators." Can economists help or are they part of the problem - everyone thinks we think are way out....can we?


  • US Rep. Dennis Kucinich has been a mayor - is currently a United States Congressman - and has run for President of the United States twice. As a servant of the people - he's spoken out FOR working families across our nation - and spoken out AGAINST foreign wars and corporate power.


  • Dean Baker is an economist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.


  • Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst joins Thom about The Torture Report. The Senate's shocking report on the CIA's torture program has exposed a culture of lawlessness in America's intelligence community. But were things always like this?


  • 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 Jacoby, Journalist/Author, "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism," and most recently, "Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age" is tonight's Greatest Mind. Forty years ago - very few politicians flaunted their religious beliefs for personal gain. So what's changed - and what's given rise to the Christian Right in American politics? Her latest piece is - How The Founders Ensured America Would Not Be a Christian Nation.