• Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd - A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran, all join Thom. It was a story that captivated the world: Three Americans hikers captured by Iran - and thrown into solitary confinement for over a year.

  • Peter Galuszka, Journalist/Author, Thunder On The Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets behind Big Coal. How many more Upper Big Branch tragedies is it going to take before America finally kicks it's addiction to coal? Or - better yet - before Coal companies put the worker's safety ahead of the bottom-line?

  • Conversations w/Great Minds - Rick Perlstein, Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Richard Nixon And The Rise of Ronald Reagan joins Thom Hartmann.

  • For tonight's Conversations With Great Minds - we're going to take a closer look at the refugee crisis on our southern border, and the ongoing fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Since October of last year - almost 60,000 children - virtually all of them from Central American - have crossed without their parents and without documentation into the United States from Mexico. While at it's core it's a humanitiarian crisis - the surge in undocumented children has rapidly become a political crisis - bringing with it new questions about how we can fix our broken immigration system. Joining me now to discuss this crisis and what the response to these children says about America today and the future of immigration reform are three leading experts on the topic. Miriam Yeung is the Co-Chair of We Belong Together Campaign: Women for Common Sense Immigration Reform, and Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Oscar Chacon is the Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities and Mary Small is the Assistant Director for Policy at the Jesuit Refugee Service USA. It’s been more than a year since the Senate passed the bipartisan immigration bill reform - and John Boehner STILL hasn't brought that bill to the floor in the House. Is immigration reform dead or is there still time left to fix our broken system?

  • For tonight's Conversation With Great Minds Thom is joined by Dr. Trita Parsi - the Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council. Dr. Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and is an expert on US-Iranian relations - Iranian foreign politics - and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is also the author of numerous books - including his most recent - "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran" - a must read for anyone who wants to understand the complicated and confusing US - Iranian relationship.

  • Maya Schenwar, Truthout / Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better

  • 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.

  • From the mountains of Pakistan to the border with Mexico - drones are America's 21st Century weapon of choice. What's fueling the rise of remote control warfare? I'll ask Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin in tonight's Conversation with Great Minds. Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

  • Dr. David Korten, YES! Magazine/New Economy Working Group / Agenda for a New Economy joins Thom Hartmann. Our fossil-fuel driven economy is killing us and it's killing the one planet we call home. So how can we build an economy that protects the environment and grows the middle class - all at the same time?

  • In this week's Conversations With Great Minds we'll meet a true pioneer who may well help revolutionize your relationship with our healthcare system. For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds I am joined by Dr. Peter Beilenson. He currently heads up the Health Deparment in Howard County, Maryland where he and his team have launched the Healthy Howard Intiative - a program that joins individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and government to ceate and make accessible healthy alternatives in many different aspects of daily life for county residents. For 13 years he served as the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City in Maryland where his vision led to expanded drug treatment programs, improved immunization compliance, a wide range of extremely effective lead poisoning prevention initiatives, juvenile violence prevention, and the creation of the state-wide initiative for universal health coverage in Maryland called "Health Care for All" He is also the founder of "The Evergreen Project" - an initiative that was inspired by a provision in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and seeks to create healthcare co-ops that cut costs to both patients and providers while making sure that excellent health care is avaialble to communities. Dr. Beilenson was chosen as an Utne Reader visionary in 2011 - joining a distinguished list of individuals who - as described by the Editors of the publication - "are world visionaries who don't just concoct great ideas but also act on them."

  • Dr. Douglas Rushkoff, "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now" joins Thom Hartmann. Our addiction to cell phones, tablets and other high-tech gadgets has caused us to start living for the moment - and to lose our sense of a past and future. How can we better adapt to a high-tech world - and strike a balance between living in the now - and living with a past and future?

  • Alyssa Katz, THE INFLUENCE MACHINE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life joins Thom. How DID the Chamber of Commerce get so powerful? And what does that say about the corporate capture of our democracy?

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

  • Dr. Michael Mann, Climate Scientist / Professor & Director-Penn State Earth System Science Center / Author-"Dire Predictions" and "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" joins Thom Hartmann. Despite clear evidence of climate change occurring - the number of climate change deniers in this country is on the rise. Who is bankrolling the phony science behind the deniers - and why is there a war on scientific freedom underway in America?

  • Thom Hartmann talks with award winning actor and activist Ed Asner.

  • Who was Fannie Lou Hamer and what was her contribution to the black rights movement?

    The granddaughter of enslaved laborer, how did she rise to prominence in the Civil Rights movements?

    Dr. Keisha N. Blain joined Thom to talk about Fannie Lou Hamer