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Founder and producer of the Latino activist site, Cuentame.org (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!


For tonight's "Conversation with Great Minds" - I am joined by award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and internationally best-selling author - Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein is a contributing editor for Harper's and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is also syndicated internationally. Her writing has appeared in dozens of other major newspapers - including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's magazine earned her the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College in Canada. In 2007, her book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" became a number one international best-seller. Her first book"No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies" was published in 1999 and was also an international bestsellerThe New York Times called it "a movement bible," Time Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923, and the Literary Review of Canada has named it one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. Naomi talks to Thom Hartmann about Occupy Wall Street, the Keystone Pipeline and the economy.


For tonight's "Conversation with Great Minds" - I am joined by award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and internationally best-selling author - Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein is a contributing editor for Harper's and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is also syndicated internationally. Her writing has appeared in dozens of other major newspapers - including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's magazine earned her the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College in Canada. In 2007, her book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" became a number one international best-seller. Her first book"No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies" was published in 1999 and was also an international bestsellerThe New York Times called it "a movement bible," Time Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923, and the Literary Review of Canada has named it one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. Naomi talks to Thom Hartmann about Occupy Wall Street, the Keystone Pipeline and the economy.


Award-winning journalist and author, Amy Goodman joins Thom Hartmann for "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight she'll discuss her work as a journalist and how she sees Democracy changing in this country. She has been on the forefront of developing truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to light the alternative voices often excluded by the mainstream media. Amy's latest book is "Breaking the Sound Barrier" and explores the role and power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world.


Award-winning journalist and author, Amy Goodman joins Thom Hartmann for "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight she'll discuss her work as a journalist and how she sees Democracy changing in this country. She has been on the forefront of developing truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to light the alternative voices often excluded by the mainstream media. Amy's latest book is "Breaking the Sound Barrier" and explores the role and power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world.


Professor Richard Dawkins, British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author-his latest is "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True" joins Thom Hartmann for Conversations w/ Great Minds.


Professor Richard Dawkins, British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author-his latest is "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True" joins Thom Hartmann for Conversations w/ Great Minds.


For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - I'm joined by award-winning author Jeff Sharlet. His career in journalism, academia and publishing has distinguished him as a prolific voice on faith and spirituality in the United States. In 2000, Sharlet teamed up with novelist Peter Manseau to create KillingTheBuddha.com - which has since become an award-winning online literary magazine about religion and spirituality - and led to a year-long road trip across the United States where Sharlet investigated the various forms religion takes in this country. He has spoken at universities across the country, contributed to the country's leading magazines and newspapers - including Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Washington Post, Salon, and the Columbia Journalism Review - and is a familair presence on MSNBC, NPR, CNN, BBC and the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His newest book - "Sweet Heaven When I Die" explores the spiritual landscape of the United States and profiles religious radicals, realists and escapists who straddle that undefined border between belief and skepticism.


For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - I'm joined by award-winning author Jeff Sharlet. His career in journalism, academia and publishing has distinguished him as a prolific voice on faith and spirituality in the United States. In 2000, Sharlet teamed up with novelist Peter Manseau to create KillingTheBuddha.com - which has since become an award-winning online literary magazine about religion and spirituality - and led to a year-long road trip across the United States where Sharlet investigated the various forms religion takes in this country. He has spoken at universities across the country, contributed to the country's leading magazines and newspapers - including Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Washington Post, Salon, and the Columbia Journalism Review - and is a familiar presence on MSNBC, NPR, CNN, BBC and the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His newest book - "Sweet Heaven When I Die" explores the spiritual landscape of the United States and profiles religious radicals, realists and escapists who straddle that undefined border between belief and skepticism.


Tonight we have a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds is David Stockman. He is a former United States congressman - representing the state of Michigan - who was elected to three terms before stepping down to head up the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He is credited with writing the Reagan Budget - and continued his work on federal budgeting through 1985. After leaving politics, David Stockman pursued a career in investment banking and joined Blackstone Group as one of its earliest partners. He is the author of the book, "Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed" and his new book - tentatively titled "The Triumph of Crony Capitalism" - will explore how crony capitalism reached a peak during the recent financial meltdown. David talk to Thom about Reagan would be raising taxes right now, the republican party has gone crazy and we need to get control of the Fed.


Tonight we have a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds is David Stockman. He is a former United States congressman - representing the state of Michigan - who was elected to three terms before stepping down to head up the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He is credited with writing the Reagan Budget - and continued his work on federal budgeting through 1985. After leaving politics, David Stockman pursued a career in investment banking and joined Blackstone Group as one of its earliest partners. He is the author of the book, "Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed" and his new book - tentatively titled "The Triumph of Crony Capitalism" - will explore how crony capitalism reached a peak during the recent financial meltdown. David talk to Thom about Reagan would be raising taxes right now, the Republican party has gone crazy and we need to get control of the Fed.


Thom Hartmann is joined by author and journalist Anthony Summers. His newest book examines the many conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attack of 9/11 and offers close examinations of document and evidences that had been held from the public. His newest book is The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden By Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan


Thom Hartmann is joined by author and journalist Anthony Summers. His newest book examines the many conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attack of 9/11 and offers close examinations of document and evidences that had been held from the public. His newest book is The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden By Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan


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.


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.


Dr. David Graeber, professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London on his book - Debt: The First 5000 years. How the concepts of debt and credit have defined human history and what this means for our current credit crisis and the future of our economy.


Dr. David Graeber, professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London on his book - Debt: The First 5000 years. The First 5000 years. How the concepts of debt and credit have defined human history and what this means for our current credit crisis and the future of our economy.


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.


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.


Thom is joined by Jeff Shesol, author, Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. He'll talk about how President Obama may be soon facing a crisis with the Supreme Court like one Franklin Roosevelt took on - and how it may play out. To watch this conversation again - as well as other Conversations with Great Minds - go to our website at www.conversationswithgreatminds.com


Thom is joined by Jeff Shesol, author, Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. He'll talk about how President Obama may be soon facing a crisis with the Supreme Court like one Franklin Roosevelt took on - and how it may play out. To watch this conversation again - as well as other Conversations with Great Minds - go to our website at www.conversationswithgreatminds.com


Bob Edgar joins Thom Hartmann tonight for Conversations with Great Minds. He has an extraordinary resume: author, pastor, former Congressman and CEO of the non-profit organization "Common Cause." We'll discuss his time in office and the issues he's now taking on of war, peace, and the corruption of the Supreme Court.


Bob Edgar joins Thom Hartmann tonight for Conversations with Great Minds. He has an extraordinary resume: author, pastor, former Congressman and CEO of the non-profit organization "Common Cause." We'll discuss his time in office and the issues he's now taking on of war, peace, and the corruption of the Supreme Court.


Tom Shadyac Joins Thom Hartmann. He has been a director - a producer - a screenwriter - an actor - and a comedian. His movies are some of the most widely-recognized films in the last few decades - from the "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" series - to the "Nutty Professor" movies - to "Liar, Liar" and "Bruce Almighty." In his most recent film - "I am" he takes us on a journey in search of the nature of humanity - and what it means to live a truly fulfilling life on this planet - a topic we'll definitely get into. Currently - he is a professor of communications - and teaches screenwriting at Pepperdine Univeristy's Seaver college.