• For tonight's special edition of Conversations With Great Minds - I'm joined by Dr. Ron Paul. From 1976 until 1985 and again from 1997 until 2013 - Dr. Paul was the U.S. Representative for Texas' 22nd and 14th Congressional Districts. He has run for President three times - most recently in 2012 - and is the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity - as well as the Ron Paul Channel - which debuted last week. Dr. Paul is one of our country's most outspoken advocates for limited government and free-market economics and is the author of a number of books on those subjects - including his most recent - "The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education. He also has started a new media channel The Ron Paul Channel.

  • 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.

  • After nearly 52 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Thom discusses whether we know who did it with historian Lamar Waldron, author of “The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination.”

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  • Best-selling author and scientist Dr. Jared Diamond joins Thom Hartmann in Conversations with Great Minds. They'll discuss his world famous books, Guns, Germs and Steel & Collapse that shed light on how we as humans have evolved and how our societies succeed or fail.

  • 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.

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  • Money makes the world go round. Well, it is supposed to. Why do countries depreciate their currencies over time? Someone could live on $2.50 an hour back in the 70s, but as prices go up, so do wages.

    Prices are set by the final seller, but there are limits. The seller works out through economics, the maximum price they can change for the item. How Much Can Be Charged for a Burger?

    Professor Richard Wolff joined Thom to discuss economics and how they affect you.

  • Dr. Richard Wolff, Democracy At Work, joins Thom Hartmann for Conversations w/Great Minds.

  • Thom Hartmann talks with Neil Howe, best-selling co-author (with William Strauss) of "The Fourth Turning." The Fourth Turning maps out the place of generations in history.

  • Does your faith produce a more (or less) compassionate world? Asking the question, If God is Love, Don't Be a Jerk.

    John Pavlovitz joined Thom

    Bio: Writer, pastor & activist / Author of 3 books, including Stuff That Needs To Be Said (also the name of his popular blog) and his latest, If God is Love, Don't Be a Jerk

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  • Many of us buy into the common myths about happiness - but by doing so - we often end up feeling like something is wrong - and that we are destined to always be unhappy. What can we do to avoid these happiness myths - and live happier and more fufilling lives? We'll ask Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky is tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

  • Susan Cain, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking, joins Thom Hartmann. Why are extroverts favored in American society - and are there any cultures across the globe that value introversion more? We'll ask author and lecturer Susan Cain in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

  • For tonight's Converation with Great Minds - I am joined by Dick Gregory to talk about Occupy Wall Street, his activist work on the death penalty for a white supremacist, the Keystone Pipeline and more. Dick Gregory is a comedian, social activist writer, and entrepreneur whose work has redefined how Americans perceive political comedy and African American comedians. He got his first big break when he was hired by Hugh Hefner to perform stand up at the Chicago Playboy Club in 1961 and he hasn't stopped since. He began political activism by running against Richard J. Daley for the mayor's office in Chicago in 1967 and followed that up with a write-in campaign for the Oval Office in 1968 as a candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party. He has devoted himself to many causes throughout his career as an activist - including civil rights, women's rights, anti-war campaigns, the international anti-apartheid movement and environmental protection issues. When Thom Hartmann ran a community for abused kids in New England in the early 1980s, he was on the advisory board, and did fundraisers for the Salem program, and he traveled with Thom to Uganda during the end of the war with Idi Amin to set up famine and medical relief programs. He has devoted his life to using his considerable talents and gifts to helping others. He now finds himself on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Standups of All Time and has his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

  • The radical right has a secret hub Anne Nelson calls The Shadow Network, linking media, money, and the far right.

    Do secret organizations like ALEC, the Council For National Policy, and others have more control over our democracy than you do?

    Anne Nelson joined Thom to discuss just how far these connections go.

    Anne Nelson is the author of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right.

  • How did a radio change Jen Senko's dad and divide America? Jen Senko reveals how Fox News brainwashed her dad in Thom Hartmann's Conversations with Great Minds.

    Jen Senko joined Thom to discuss her book following the brainwashing of her father by Fox News.

    Jen Senko is Director/Writer/Producer-The Brainwashing Of My Dad (documentary) / Media Activist. The documentary was nominated for the 2021 Webby Awards, her new book of the same title, expands on what the Documentary covered.

  • In Conversations with Great Minds Professor Sophie Bjork-James PhD who wrote, The Divine Institution: White Evangelicalism's Politics of the Family, joins us.

    Professor Sophie Bjork-James PhD joined Thom

    Sophie Bjork-James is an Anthropologist / Assistant Professor of the Practice-Anthropology Department, Vanderbilt University / Author of the new book, The Divine Institution: White Evangelicalism’s Politics of the Family / co-editor Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism

  • Psychoanalyst proves that Democracy and Fox News are incompatiable. You can never have a true democracy with Fox news around.

    Dr. Justin A. Frank joins Thom to discuss how Fox News is a threat to Democracy that has to be stopped.

    Dr. Justin A. Frank is the Psychoanalyst & Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science-George Washington University / Author-Trump On the Couch (Previous books include Obama on the Couch & Bush on the Couch)