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  • If the 2016 presidential race has proven anything - it's that for Republicans - the facts simply don't matter. Since day one of his campaign - Donald Trump has been making stuff up - and he's now - according to some polls - beating Hillary Clinton - someone who's inarguably one of - if not the most - qualified person ever to run for president. This is shocking - but it should surprise absolutely no one. The Republican Paryt has been living in a world outside the bounds of reason for a long time now. What we're seeing now is just the culmination of a decades-long trend. Which raises the question - how did we get in the situation we're in right now - where one political party, the conservative one, lives in a fantasy world? Joining me now for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds is JP Bernbach - author of the new book "Beyond Reason: Debunking Conservative Lies, Delusions, and Falsehoods and What You Really Need to Know Before You Vote." JP is a board member of the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century - a former spokesperson for the Democrats Abroad.

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • In our hyper-capitalist, neo-liberal world, belief in the superiority of private property and the free market verges on the religious. In the case of the Republican Party - it borders on the fundamentalist. But as powerful as the idea of the free market might be - especially here in the United States - the truth is that it's not the only way or organizing our society There is a real alternative to the endless commodification of resources and accumulation of wealth. It’s called The Commons - and my guest for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds is one of the world's foremost experts on it. Joining me now is David Bollier - Activist -Co-Founder of the Commons Strategies Group - and author numerous books - including "Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons."

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • In our hyper-capitalist, neo-liberal world, belief in the superiority of private property and the free market verges on the religious. In the case of the Republican Party - it borders on the fundamentalist. But as powerful as the idea of the free market might be - especially here in the United States - the truth is that it's not the only way or organizing our society There is a real alternative to the endless commodification of resources and accumulation of wealth. It’s called The Commons - and my guest for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds is one of the world's foremost experts on it. Joining me now is David Bollier - Activist -Co-Founder of the Commons Strategies Group - and author numerous books - including "Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons."

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Professor Kevin O'Leary PhD, Research Fellow-Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine / Author-Trump and the Roots of Rage: The Republican Right and the Authoritarian Threat joins Thom. Even if he loses in November - Donald Trump won't just end up as a footnote in history. The terrifying reason why in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Professor Kevin O'Leary PhD, Research Fellow-Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine / Author-Trump and the Roots of Rage: The Republican Right and the Authoritarian Threat joins Thom. Even if he loses in November - Donald Trump won't just end up as a footnote in history. The terrifying reason why in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Capitalism's Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown/Democracy At Work/The New School, joins Thom. Is the neverending recovery of the Great Recession the fault of austerity or the fault of capitalism itself?

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Capitalism's Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown/Democracy At Work/The New School, joins Thom. Is the neverending recovery of the Great Recession the fault of austerity or the fault of capitalism itself?

    For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Our Conversations with Great Minds series re-launches with a fascinating discussion with author Dahl Jamail, author of "The End of Ice".

    The world is melting; oceans are rising, yet most ignore the perils ahead. Thom and Dahl's conversation covers the state of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, melting glaciers which could drown the planet and whether it is too late to reverse climate change. Has humanity destroyed itself?

    Books mentioned:
    The End of Ice (Dahr Jamail) https://amzn.to/2DogCMH
    Threshold (Thom Hartmann) http://amzn.to/2hwoGSt


  • Kate Pickett joined Thom to discuss how inequality and equality can be changed to your advantage.

    This latest edition of Conversations with Great Minds talks about the new book 'The Inner Level' from Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson.

    Thom reads an excerpt from the book here: https://youtu.be/8JtNSIV-mRk

    The book is available from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S4OtCs


  • Imagine there being just Walmart (to visit) and Amazon (to deliver). What else would you ever need?

    Barak Orbach joined Thom to talk about Robert Bork, and how the complex economy, business and politics affects us all. How has technology changes business and corporations? Discover more about the rights of corporations.


  • Best selling author Dr.Douglas Rushkoff tells us team human can restore our humanity, in a digital age.

    Is the world better or worse for digital and social media and what can be done to improve our lives?

    Part of our Conversations with Great Minds series.


  • 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.

    Book – Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis : https://amzn.to/2IJ3CWJ


  • Author Irshad Manji joins the Thom Hartmann Program for our Conversations with Great Minds series

    Starting with Irshad Manji's understanding of Ilhan Omar and the controversy surrounding the accusations of an anti-Semitic tweet and moving on to how we as a divided society can learn to see each other as much than just our labels.

    The Book, Don't Label Me: https://amzn.to/2Hmor8b


  • The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African American of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass.

    Author David W. Blight joined Thom to discuss American slavery, Frederick Douglass and his book, Prophet of Freedom.


  • The fall of the Roman Empire in 476 CE is well known. Less well known, is whether the US will fall this century.

    Edward J Watts book ‘Mortal Republic’ covers the Roman Republic and how Rome fell into tyranny and discusses with Thom whether the American Empire will decline.

    The historian covers the Roman Empire fall and the possible decline of the American Empire.


  • What are the secrets to happiness? Thom Hartmann asks Herald Eia, a comedian from one of the happiest places on earth!

    How worried is the world about the United States? The leader of the free world is being seen by many as a joke society and on the wrong track. And the US is less free than t may think, according to Norway based Harald Eia.

    Harald Eia joined Thom to disclose how the US is seen from Europe and what he thinks should be done.

    Harald Eia is a sociologist & TV host / his Ted Talk: "Where In The World Is It Easiest To Get Rich" has been seen over 1.9 million times.