• For tonight's special hour-long Conversations with Great Minds - I'm joined by legendary journalist Phil Donahue. Phil is a longtime talkshow host - writer - and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show - which ran for 29 years. Phil is also the co-director of the Oscar-nominated 2006 documentary Body of War - which chronicled the life and story of Tomas Young - an Iraq War veteran turned anti-war activist - who recently passed away. Over the course of his career - Phil has received nine Emmy Awards - has been named one of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time - and has been inducted into Academy of Television and Sciences Hall of Fame.

  • Eating organic is all the rage these days - but could it actually help save the planet from climate devastation? As the reality of global climate change continues to sink in - scientists - activists - and lawmakers all across the world are working to find new ways to fight back against greenhouse gas emissions before it's too late. Thom's guest for tonight's Conversations With Great Minds - Tom Newmark - is one such person. A former corporate attorney turned organic farmer - Tom is now at the forefront of the movement to use agriculture to fight global warming. He is the co-founder of the new non-profit the Carbon Underground as well as the co-owner of Finca Luena Nueva - an organic farm in Costa Rica. Tom is also the co-founder of Sacred Seeds - a trustee of the American Botanical Council.

  • Dr. Michael McDonald, Global Resilience Initiatives joins Thom Hartmann. The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate and financial markets are becoming more and more unstable. Is our society prepared to cope with an uncertain - and possibly chaotic future?

  • Conversations with Great Minds with Tim Carpenter. Tim is the Co-Founder and National Director of Progressive Democrats of America. Tim was a key organizer for the presidential campaigns of Rev. Jesse Jackson and Gov. Jerry Brown - and served as Deputy National Campaign Manager in the Kucinich for President campaign in 2004. In 2007 - Tim was named Progressive Activist of the Year by the Nation magazine.

  • Conversations w/Great Minds: Greg Grandin, Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman/History Department-NY University joins Thom. Besides Richard Nixon - the president he served as both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State - there is probably no more controversial modern American political figure than Henry Kissinger Reviled on the left and admired by many on the right - his legacy is to this day the subject of fierce debate. But whether you love him or hate him - there's one thing most people agree about when it comes to Henry Kissinger - that he's the ultimate cold and calculating statesman - a man of realpolitik. That’s the stereotype - at least.

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  • EXTORTION: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets joins Thom Hartmann.

  • Climate change is the greatest threat our planet has ever faced - and we need to take action now to prevent the situation from getting any worse. But will there ever be enough political will to put the policies in place that are needed to save the future of the only planet we can call home? We'll ask William Becker - Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project - in tonight's special Conversations with Great Minds.

  • Thom Hartmann Conversations With Great Minds with Michael Ratner, Pres. The Center for Constitutional Rights Part 2. The Center for Constitutional Rights, which Michael Ratner leads, states that its mission it to defend civil liberties in the US. The group's efforts have included a legal challenge to theUSA PATRIOT Act and a lawsuit on behalf of post-9/11 immigration detainees in the US. The Center also representated Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen who was sent, orrendered, to Syria, where he was tortured. Ratner and his office have also sued two private military contracting companies in Iraq, alleging their employees were involved in the abuses and torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

  • Professor Anthony Townsend, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia joins Thom Hartmann. If you think the world is crowded now - then watch out. By 2030 - 6 out of 10 people on earth will live in an urban area. Will technology help keep things under control?

  • Kurt Walters, Public Campaign Action Fund & Bob Edgar, Common Cause & Shane Larson, Communication Workers of America (CWA) all join Thom Hartmann. Imagine how productive Congress would be if the filibuster were a thing of the past. Things would actually get done on Capitol Hill for the benefit of ALL Americans. But is saying goodbye to the filibuster even realistic? For tonight's Bigger Picture discussion we're going to tackle the issue of the filibuster: what it is, it's history, how it's been used, and what are the current political dynamics shaping filibuster reform.

  • Sasha Reuther, Producer/Director joins Thom Hartmann. His latest project is the documentary film, "Brothers On The Line" - A provocative historical narrative of power, commitment, and brotherhood, the film explores the legacy of union organizers and social justice statesman Walter, Roy, and Victor Reuther (his grandfather) and their leadership of the United Auto Workers (UAW). With the rise of the American automobile industry came the rise of organized labor - but the fight for workers' rights did not come easy in the Motor City. These three men helped lead the charge to bring unions to Detroit - and revolutionized the American workplace at the same time.

  • Dr. William Ferguson "Fergie" Reid, Sr., M.D., Civil Rights Pioneer/90For90 & Dr. William Ferguson Reid, Jr., M.D., 90For90 joins Thom. For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds I'm joined by two generations of activists. Dr. William Ferguson Reid, Sr. is a civil rights icon and a true American hero. A former Marine and trained physician - he was the first African-American elected to the Virginia Assembly since Reconstruction and played a pivotal role in that state's Civil Rights Movement by founding the Richmond Crusade for Voters in 1956. Dr. Reid is still fighting for equal rights more than half a century later - and recently founded the the 90 for 90 Campaign to help get out the vote in his native Virginia. Dr. Reid's Son - William Ferguson Reid, Jr. - is also a trained physician and is helping carry his father's legacy on to the next generation of activists.

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  • What can we learn from 400 years of African American contribution, work and struggle? Dr. Keisha Blain's newest book examines the community that survived America.

    Dr. Keisha Blain joined Thom to discuss the new book, Four Hundred Souls: A Community of African America.

  • Turn on the news these days and you're bound to hear some kind of fretting about millennials and their views on the world. Usually - the conversation revolves around questions like "why are millennials so lazy?" or "why do they spend so much time on social media?" - and while questions like that are kind of trite - they have a point. Millennials ARE different from other generations. Very - different in fact - especially when it comes to politics. My guest for tonight's Conversations with Great Minds has tried to find out why. Joining me now now is David Cahn. David is a journalist - an activist - a national leader of the Junior State of America - and an experienced campaign organizer. He also writes for the Huffington Post and along with his brother Jack - is the co-author of "When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America."

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  • Nancy Cohen, PhD, Author - "Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America." joins Thom Hartmann. The battles over marriage equality and birth control are more than just contentious political debates. They're part of a larger movement that has engulfed Washington for the past 40 years...

  • 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?