• Greg Palast, BBC News / Al Jazeera / The Guardian / Vultures and Vote Rustlers & Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog join Thom Hartmann. Americans love to think they're number one at everything. But when it comes to the integrity of our election process - new studies say that we're more like 26th. Why is that?

  • Scott Horton, Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare / Harper's Magazine joins Thom Hartmann

  • Craig Unger, Journalist /Author, latest is "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power" joins Thom Hartmann. Karl Rove plans to spend as much as half billion dollars this election to defeat President Obama and Democrats. What's motivating him - and what happens to America if he succeeds?

  • Founder and producer of the Latino activist site, (a Brave New Foundation Campaign), Axel Caballero joins me for our first half hour for Conversations with Great Minds. We'll discuss his mission on bringing awareness to Latino issues, to the unholy alliance between the prison industrial complex, the Republican Party, OWS, ALEC, and Herman Cain's immigrant "electric fence" so-called joke!

  • Paul Stamets, Fungi Perfecti / Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

  • During his first presidential campaign - then Senator Barack Obama said that people would look back on his time in office and say that that was the "moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" But has he really lived up to his own high standard on climate policy? I'll ask Dr. Michael Dorsey in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds. Dr. Michael Dorsey is currently the Interim Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic studies - where he works to combine the study of climate policy with the study of social justice issues. Before taking this position - Dr. Dorsey taught environmental studies at Wesleyan University and Darthmouth University. He was also a member of Barack Obama's energy and environment campaign team in 2008 and is on the Environmental Protection Agency's national advisory committee.

  • Journalist/Author Max Blumenthal, The 51 Day War-Ruin and Resistance in Gaza/Alternet joins Thom. My guest for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds is award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal. Currently a Senior writer at Alternet and a former fellow at the Nation Institute - Max is one of the leading American journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He’s reported on the ground from war-torn Gaza and has written a series of bestelling books on the topic - including his latest "The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza" - a must-read account of the 2014 conflict that destroyed 10,000 homes - killed 2,200 people - and displaced 300,000 others.

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  • For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds - I'm joined by Dr. Ron Daniels - President of the Institute of the Black World - 21st Century. Dr. Daniels has had a wide ranging career in politics and activism - previously serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights - the Executive Director of Rainbow / PUSH - and the Deputy Campaign manager for Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign. In 1992 - he ran for President himself as an independent candidate.

  • As the number of people living on planet earth grows by the minute - we are sitting on a ticking time bomb - all 7 billion of us. So does overpopulation actually pose a bigger threat than climate change? I'll ask activist and author Karen Shragg in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom is joined by Michael W. Hudson. Mike is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and was also an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. His writing has appeared in the publications like Forbes Magazine - the New York Times and Mother Jones. And much of that writing has been devoted to the foreclosure and mortgage crisis still plaguing the nation today - as well as the corruption in the big banks on Wall Street that underlie our current financial crisis. Mike is widely recognized for his work - and has been awarded the George Polk Award for magazine reporting - the John Hancock Award for business journalism and has received multiple accolades from the National Press Club and American Bar Association, among others. Currently - Mike is a Business and Finance writer with The Center for Public Integrity - and is the author of the book, "The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers.

  • For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds - Thom is joined by someone who played an essential role in one of the most important First Amendment cases in modern American history. James C. Goodale was vice chair and general counsel for the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers and led the paper's legal team in its fight against the Nixon administration. He is often called "the father of reporter's privilege" and remains to this day and powerful advocate for the freedom of the press. In addition to his legal work - Goodale has taught at Yale, NYU and Fordham University. His new book - "Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles"
    is a must read for anyone who wants an in-depth look at one of the most famous Supreme Court cases of the past 40 years. James Goodale joins us now from our New York studios.

  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - I speak with two radio industry leaders - Norm Pattiz and Michael Harrison. Last week I was in New York for the annual Talker's Convention - and I had the pleasure to sit down with Norm Pattiz. Norm is a broadcasting entrepreneur - a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame - and Founder of Courtside Entertainment Group. He's also the founder and former chairman of radio giant Westwood One and founder of Podcast One. Norm was appointed by both President Clinton and President George W. Bush to sit on the board of the Broadcasting Board of Governors - which oversees all U.S non-military broadcasting services - including The Voice of America - Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty - Middle East Broadcasting and others. And - he's the chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, which runs Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. For our conversation - I started by asking him about how media has changed over the years and what the "story" of the media is today

  • Joining Thom is Professor Clarence B. Jones, former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer and close friend of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.; Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University.

  • Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch/Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment joins Thom. President Obama has done more to fight global warming than any other president in history. So why does he still support fracking? Fracking supporters - like President Obama - say it's a bridge fuel to a clean energy future. But is that really the case? And is the natural gas boom actually just making it harder to us to make the transition to renewables?

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  • Jared Genser, Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide / Co-Editor (w/Irwin Cotler) "The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times" and author of the forthcoming, "The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice." As the world's largest superpower - does the US always have a moral obligation to take military action to stop human rights atrocities?

  • Former Senator Tom Hayden is an American social and political activist and politician, known for the anti-war and civil right movements of the 1960s.