• Thom Hartmann and Ralph Nader ( talk about Tea Party, midterm elections and a role of the corporate power in American history and political system of today.

  • Bruce Bartlett, Historian/Domestic Policy Adviser to President Ronald Reagan/Treasury official under President George H. W. Bush/writes for New York Times, Financial Times, Fiscal Times, and Tax Notes magazine joins Thom Hartmann. After suffering major blows in last month's election - it's clear that the Republican party has lost its way. But are Conservatives in Washington ready to face facts - and do what is necessary to once again become a relevant and mainsteam political party?

  • Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University / Nasr Foundation joins Thom Hartmann. Islam - the world's second-biggest religion - is as diverse as the almost 1 point 6 billion people that comprise it. So why do so many Americans only see it as a vehicle for extremism and terrorism?

  • Thom discusses last year’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Max Blumenthal, author of the new book “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.”

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  • Joining Thom for tonight's Conversation With Great Minds is Dr. Reza Aslan. Dr. Aslan is a critically acclaimed writer and religious scholar and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and as Cooperating Faculty in the Department of Religion at the University of California - Riverside. He has degrees in religion from Santa Clara University - the University of California Santa Barbara - and Harvard University and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on oreign Relations. His new book - "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" is a must read for anyone who wants to know the true story behind the "Greatest Story Every Told."

  • Has Qanon taken over America? Your politicians, your friends and even your family, could all be a part of the Qanon cult, but how did a nonsensical conspiracy theory move from the fringes of infamous imageboard 4chan to mainstream movement?

    Mike Rothschild joins Thom Hartmann for a deep dive into the history of QANON.

    Mike Rothchild joined Thom to discuss QAnon

  • 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.

  • The CDC says thimerosal in vaccines is safe - but Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. disagrees - and says he has the science to back it up. The leading environmental activist will make his case for removing thimerosal from vaccines in tonight's special Thursday edition of Conversation With Great Minds.

  • David Frum, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, including most recently, his first novel Patriots published in April 2012. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. What was Conservative America like before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh came to town - and how have they helped to create an alternate reality in American politics? We'll pose that question and more to David Frum in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...

  • Professor Steve Keen, Debunking Economics, joins Thom Hartmann. If you believe Republican politicans like Paul Ryan and John Boehner - the United States has a crushing sovereign debt problem. But is private debt - the mortgage and credit card debt held by everyday Americans - the real drag on the economy? Steve is the Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney - Australia - and a world reknowned authority on a wide range of macroeconomic issues - including debt - financial instability - and monetary theory. A frequent critic of mainstream economists - he predicted the financial collapse of 2008 and received the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Reviews for his cutting analysis of contemporary economic trends. Professor Keen's book "Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?" is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about how we got into our current financial mess.

  • What is the psychoology behind Critical Race Theory Fear? Do the right hate education so much, that they are trying to bury the past? Are they trying to purge racism from society, so people believe it doesn’t exist?

    Dr. Justin A. Frank joined Thom to explain why there is fear about some subjects in our history.

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.