• Economist Ian Fletcher and author of "Free Trade Doesn't Work", breaks down the plague on our economy that is free trade and what we can do to turn things around.

  • 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.

  • For tonight's "Coversations with Great Minds" - Thom welcomes an authority on wealth inequality in America, Chuck Collins.He is the senir scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies here in Washington, DC - as well as the co-founder of "Business for Shared Prosperity" - an organization that brings together business leaders to address wealth inequality in America and increased opportunites for everyone in our nation, He's worked with several of the welathiest people William Gates Sr. and Geroge Soros to advocate for taxing millionaires and billionaires. He's also co-authored several books including, "Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes" and "Robin Hood was Right." For questions about the effects of extreme wealth inequality in America - he's the guy to talk to

  • Lunar based nuclear power is on the way, plus nuclear-powered satellites. Could Mars go the same way? And of course, the military will dominate control of nuclear use, so does that mean that NASA will become the military outlet for the US in space, on the moon and on Mars.

    Kevin Kamps from Beyond Nuclear joined Thom to explain that life on Earth could be wiped out if one of these new nuclear powered craft exploded at launch.

    WATCH NEXT: Multi-Billion Dollar Nuclear Scandal Exposed -

  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann is joined by Chris Hayes. Chris is a political commentator - and host of Up With Chris Hayes - which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on MSNBC. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The Nation magazine and writes on issues central to the liberal community - including what is hurting the Democratic Party - and how the labor movement is changing From Wall Street to Main Street - the wealthy elite have run roughshod over the lives of everyday Americans for the past several decades. How did we get to this point in American history - and what can be done to fix our broken meritocracy?

  • Every politician talks about wanting to help small businesses, but little happens. Once 40% of the economy was small businesses. Independent businesses are now less than 23%. New business being started has dropped.

    For small business to survive, big business needs a break up!

    Stacy Mitchell joined Thom to discuss small business and many other topics over an extended session.

    Stacy Mitchell is Co-Director, Institute For Local Self-Reliance

  • Edward Girardet, Writer and journalist since mid-1970s on conflict, humanitarian and media issues joins Thom Hartmann. His new book is "Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan". Few reporters have covered Afghanistan as intrepidly and humanely as Edward Girardet. Now, in a gripping, personal account, Girardet delivers a story of that nation's resistance fighters, foreign invaders, mercenaries, spies, aid workers, Islamic extremists, and others who have defined Afghanistan's last thirty years of war, chaos, and strife. As a young foreign correspondent, Girardet arrived in Afghanistan just three months prior to the Soviet invasion in 1979. Over the next decades, he trekked hundreds of miles across rugged mountains and deserts on clandestine journeys following Afghan guerrillas in battle as they smuggled French doctors into the country, and as they combated each other as well as invaders. He witnessed the world's greatest refugee exodus, the bitter Battle for Kabul in the early 1990s, the rise of the Taliban, and, finally, the US-led Western military and recovery effort that began in 2001.

  • Thom Hartmann is joined by investigative journalist and author Jeremy Scahill -- They discuss the escalating events in Libya and the rest of the Middle East as well as the bigger picture about what's wrong with our nation's approach to security now-a-days.

  • Can America cure our addiction to instant pleasure?

    Dr. Anna Lembke is the Professor of Psychiatry-Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic / Author of the new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. .

  • Zachary Roth, author-The Great Suppression, Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy/MSNBC, joins Thom. We on the left have become accustomed to thinking of the Republican war on democracy as something that just involves voter suppression. But as your book points out, it’s actually much bigger than that.

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  • 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, 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.

  • Michael T. Klare, Author of fourteen books, including his latest "The Race for What's Left" and previously, Resource Wars and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. A contributor to Current History, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense correspondent for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The U.S has begun to hand out permits to companies to do exploratory digging in the Arctic for oil and natural gas. But - with other nations laying their claim to the vast resources in one of the world's last unexplored frontiers - what happens when the Arctic is tapped out? We'll pose that question and more to Michael Klare in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds...

  • This Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster - and a year on - the disaster continues to devastate the people and nation of Japan. Towns and cities within miles of the Fukushima plant are still covered in a fine layer of radioactive dust - and have been turned into nuclear wastelands - devoid of life. Those lucky enough to have survived the earthquake and tsunami are now battling radiation poisoning and and the probability of cancer and birth defects. As hundreds of thousands of people across the world prepare to commemorate the tragedy over the course of the next month - we need to ask ourselves - is nuclear power really worth enduring such a horrible and deadly disaster? Will there ever be a way to make nuclear power a safe form of energy - or do we need to move away from it all together? Tonight we have a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds - featuring Stephanie Cooke. Stephanie is one of the world's top reporters and authors on the issues of nuclear energy and the use and history of nuclear weapons and is a real industry insider. Her articles on nuclear topics have appeared in a variety of publications - including Readers Digest - The International Herald Tribune - and GQ magazine. Stephanie first began her reporting career in 1977 at the Associated Press - and later moved to London where she covered the Chernobyl disaster for Business Week. She returned to the United States in 2004 to complete her most recent book, "In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age." Currently - Stephanie is the editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly - part of the Energy Intelligence Group.

  • Thom hartmann is joined by author and historian Thomas Frank who's written such books as "The Wrecking Crew" and "What's the Matter with Kansas"

  • Thom Hartmann is joined by an author and columnist Les Leopold whose work is focused on holding Wall Street accountable for its crimes and raising awareness about the dangerous dependence of the American economy on the financial sector today. He is currently the executive director of the Labor Institute and the Public Health Institute in New York - and his latest book is titled: The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity - and What We Can do About it.

  • In Conversations with Great Minds Thom talks to Professor Adam Tooze on his new book - Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy. In SHUTDOWN, Tooze shows how social organization, political interests, and economic policy interact with devastating human consequences, from your local hospital to the World Bank. Part 2.

    A whole variety of things went wrong as the pandemic hit. But we knew it could happen. However, in the face of reality, red alert was ignored.

    Adam Tozze joined Thom to share how Covid shook the World's economy.