• In tonight's special hour-long edition of "Conversations with Great Minds," Thom discusses the current situation in Iraq, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the prospects of a new Cold War with Stephen Cohen of "The Nation," author of the book "Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War.”

  • Global activist and former green jobs advisor to President Obama, Van Jones, Co-founder of joins Thom hartmann for "Conversations with Great Minds"

  • Frederick Kaufman, Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food joins Thom Hartmann. What do the malnutrition and starvation epidemics in Africa have to do with a decision made by big bank Goldman Sachs in 1991?

  • Thom Hartmann has an in depth conversation with President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka about wealth, wages, unemployment, deficits, progressives, Democrats, Republican and the the White House messaging

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

  • In this week's Conversations w/Great Minds Jeff Clements joins Thom Hartmann. Jeff is an attorney, author, is the co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He is the author of the Corporations Are Not People (Berrett-Koehler, 2012).

  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann is joined by Professor Gar Alpervitz. Professor Alpervitz is a historian, political economist, activist and author. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and a former Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in leading American publications - including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation Magazine, and the Atlantic and he is a frequent featured guest on major cable news programs. After completing his Ph.D. from Canbridge University - Professor Alpervitz served as a legislative director in both houses of Congress and as a special assistant in the State Department. He is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and is a founding principal of the Democracy Collaborative, a research institution focused on initiatives that promote the democratization of wealth. His latest book is "America Beyind Capitalism" - a book that has been described as "one of the most important books of the decade." Professor Gar Alperovitz goes beyond capitalism with worker coops, public banks and local economies.

  • 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?

  • Daniel Sheehan, The Truth about Iran Contra For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds - Thom is joined by constitutional trial attorney Daniel Sheehan. Daniel is one of the most influential public interest lawyers in the country and has worked on a number of cases - including the Pentagon Papers case and the Karen Silkwood case - that have changed the course of American history. In 1980 - he founded the Christic Institute - where he served as General Counsel and Chief Trial Attorney. Daniel has also served as Chief Trial Attorney for the Romero Institute and Chief Trial Counsel for the ACLU's Rocky Mountain States chapter. His new book - "The People's Advocate: The Life and Legal History of America's Most Fearless Public Interest Lawyer" - is a must read for anyone who wants to know the inside story of some of the most important trials of the past half century.

  • In Conversations with Great Minds with Katrina Vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation Magazine ( Thom and Katrina Talk about The Nation, progressive politics and more.

  • Are our nuclear power plants sitting ducks for terrorists? What kind of damage could a terrorist do to America's nuclear facilities? Kevin Kamps from beyond Nuclear tells us the frightening

    Kevin Kamps is the nuclear waste specialist from Beyond Nuclear.

  • Chris Mooney, author of four books, including his latest "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality" joins Thom Hartmann. His recent articles include pieces on the science of fracking, why people deny science, and how the reality-based community is moving to the left. He is the host of the "Point of Inquiry" podcast and his previous book was the bestselling, "The Republican War on Science".

  • Lori Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division for nearly 20 years. She is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies like NAFTA and the WTO - and currently is leading her organization's efforts to reveal the truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lori has appeared on a variety of television networks - including CNN, the BBC and PBS - and she also the author of numerous articles and books - including her most recent book Whose Trade Organization? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a so-called free-trade deal that the US is close to signing? What are the specifics of the deal - and just how much harm is it going to do to you and me?

  • Jonathan Tasini, The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America joins Thom. It's more good news for Bernie Sanders - as the Vermont Senator's presidential campaign had a record-smashing third quarter of donations. Can he keep this up to win the nomination?

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  • 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?

  • In Conversations with Great Minds Professor Sophie Bjork-James PhD who wrote, The Devine Institution: White Evangelicalism's Politics of the Family, joins us.

    Professor Sophie Bjork-James PhD joined Thom

    Sophie Bjork-James is an Anthropologist / Assistant Professor of the Practice-Anthropology Department, Vanderbilt University / Author of the new book, The Divine Institution: White Evangelicalism’s Politics of the Family / co-editor Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism