• For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom is joined by award-winning author David O. Stewart. Formerly a trial lawyer here in Washington, D.C. - David is also the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. He's written a number of books about American history as well a mystery novel and won the 2013 History Prize from the Society of the Cincinnati. David Stewart's new book - "Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America" - is a fascinating look into the friendships that made James Madison into the revolutionary leader he was.

  • Eyal Press, Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times joins Thom Hartmann. For Tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...we examine the question of what leads people to stand up - dissent - and show true moral courage during times of crisis - especially when there's great risk in doing so. What's drives these resisters - whistblowers - conscientious objectors - who throughout history have tried to warn entire societies of the risk of succumbing to authority and convention. It's a question tonight's guest sought ought to answer - by going all the way back to World War 2 and telling stories of those who've defied the Nazis. And later - stories of those who defied their own communities and governments and set their guns downs rather than fight a way they didn't believe in. And those who today are taking on Corporate America. Eyal Press is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. And he is the author of the book we'll explore tonight - Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times"

  • Gino Campana and Kristin Kirkpatrick, Bellisimo, Inc. & Tracy Wiedt, Let's Move! Cities, Towns & Counties all Join Thom Hartmann. Obesity has become an epidemic in America. So how do we design communities that encourage healthy habits?

  • Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press joins Thom Hartmann.

  • Thom Hartmann sits down with nuclear energy specialist Robert Alvarez for Conversations with Great Minds. In light of the largest radiation detection at the Daiichi plant in Japan - Should we have a nuclear renaissance or a clean renewable energy renaissance?

  • Dr. Clarence Lusane, Howard University/District of Columbia Commission on African American Affairs/The Black History of the White House joins Thom. Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice both played a prominent role in the one of the most destructive presidencies in American history. How did the Bush administration use their racial idenitity to justify its adventures abroad? I'll ask Professor Clarence Lusane in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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  • Dr. Hussein Ibish, American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) & Dylan J. Williams, JStreet join Thom Hartmann - Another view on the Middle East. Part 2

  • 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.

  • Stewart Acuff, "Playing Bigger Than You Are" & Karen Nussbaum, Working America & Bill Spriggs, AFL CIO, joins Thom Hartmann. Today is May Day. Workers and activists from all over the world gathered to celebrate labor's achievements and demand social justice. With the wealth gap widening and union membership here in the United States at its lowest in decades - May Day is as important now as ever. After the break - I'll talk to tonight's Bigger Picture Panelists about the future of the labor movement and what workers are doing right now to fight back against the one percent.

  • Professor Harvey Kaye, The Fight For The Four Freedoms: What Made FDR And The Greatest Generation Truly Great/University of Wisconsin at Green Bay joins Thom. Seventy-Five years ago next week - FDR gave one of his most important public addresses - the so-called Four Freedoms speech. What lessons does that speech hold for us today - in 2015?

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  • Melvin J. Goodman, Center for International Policy / National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism joins Thom Hartmann. President Eisenhower warned us about the dangers of a military-industrial complex 53 years later - it's pretty clear we didn't listen. Why is that? And what can we do to make sure that we heed Eisenhower's warnings?

  • 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 humanitarian 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?

  • Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future & host of The Zero Hour joins Thom Hartmann.

  • Peggy is the Chairperson of the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (the JUCCCE). She is internationally-recognized for her expertise on China's sustainability efforts - and is also an advisor to the World Economic Forum Project Board on Sustainable Consumption. Peggy has been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader - a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment- a Forbes "Woman to Watch in Asia" - and one of China's top 50 innovative business leaders by China Business News Weekly. In 2007 - she organized the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China - which at the time was the first public dialogue between US and Chinese government officials on clean energy in China. China and the United States are the world's two biggest powers and polluters- so how important is an open dialogue between the two superpowers when it comes to combatting global warming and climate change?

  • For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - I'm joined by award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair - Sebastian is also a filmmaker and the co-director of the academy-award nominated film Restrepo - which won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He's also the author a number of books - including the bestelling Perfect Storm - which was made into the film starring George Clooney - and his latest - "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging" - a fascinating look at the breakdown of community in America - and what it means for returning veterans.

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  • Norman Lear, (Pt. 1) is an American television writer and producer who produced such 1970s sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude. As a political activist, he founded the advocacy organization People For the American Way in 1981 and has supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes. Shows like "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" didn't just shatter ratings charts - they changed the way we thought about American society. Why is that - and what can that tell us about the power of socially-conscious art? I'll ask legendary television producer Norman Lear - the man behind "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" - in tonight's Conversation with Great Minds. His new book is Even This I Get to Experience.