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Are American Prisons Glorified Slave Labor Camps?

Sam Sacks, The District Sentinel, joins Thom. The Justice Department has announced that it will soon phase out all contracts with private prisons. This is great news - but does it go far enough to reform our broken criminal justice system?

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How to Change Our Pathetic Green Infrastructure

Climate change is a mortal threat to our way of life - but it's also an opportunity to finally take on fossil fuel oligarchs like the Koch brothers.

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What’s Causing the Monarch Butterflies To Disappear?

Scott Hoffman Black, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation/Monarch Joint Venture joins Thom. Monarch butterflies are among the world's most elegant creatures - and they're rapidly disappearing. What's causing their disappearance - and what can it tell us about the threat facing the one planet we call home?

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Aetna Proves Why Single Payer is the Only Way to Go

With America's third largest health insurer pulling out of the Obamacare insurance exchange in 11 states - the argument has never been clearer for Single Payer.

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DC's Revolving Door is Alive & Well

David Sirota, International Business Times joins Thom. Hillary Clinton announced who will be leading her White House transition team. But what message does it send that her pick has vocally supported the TPP and the Keystone XL pipeline?

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Chinese $$$ In US Elections?!?

Brendan Fischer, Campaign Legal Center joins Thom. In his epic dissent to the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling - justice John Paul Stevens warned that it would open up our elections to foreign money. Well - he was right - and now we have proof. So what needs to be done to ensure that foreign nationals aren't spending millions to undermine our Democratic process?

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Politics Panel: Right Wing Radio - We Created A Monster!

Hughey Newsome, BOLD.global/Move-On-Up & Anya Parampil, RT America & Bryan Pruitt, RedState joins Thom. Conservative radio host Charlie Sykes. He told Business Insider recently that any blame for the rise of Trump lies squarely at the feet of right-wing hate radio. He said, "When this is all over, we have to go back. There's got to be a reckoning on this. We've created a monster... [W]e have spent 20 years demonizing the liberal mainstream media...There is a real bias. But, at a certain point you wake up and you realize you have destroyed the credibility of any credible outlet out there.” Who bears more responsibility for Trump - the mainstream media or right-wing hate radio and its more established mouthpiece, Fox So-Called news?

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Full Show 8/16/16: Trump's Extremely Bad Idea

Tonight’s Politics Panel discusses whether the media is underestimating Trump, what Trump’s new “immigration test” will look like, and whether the Democrats are united behind Hillary. Thom discusses Hillary picking Ken Salazar to head her White House transition team with David Sirota of the International Business Times and in tonight’s Daily Take Thom discusses the latest reason why we need to join the rest of the developed world and make health care a right in this country.

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Full Show 8/15/16: Bernie Calls On Dems to Reject TPP

Tonight’s Progressive Roundtable talk Trump’s bizarre plan to defeat ISIS, Bernie’s push to prevent Congress from passing the TPP, and the heated debate between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova. Thom discusses the importance of pollinators with Xerces Society’s Scott Hoffman Black and in tonight’s Daily Take Thom details how the United Kingdom (and many other developed countries) are leading the U.S. in terms of combating global climate change.

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Full Show 8/12/16: DEA: Pot as Bad as Heroin

Tonight’s Rumble discusses how the DEA still thinks Marijuana is as dangerous as heroin and has no medicinal value, a new study detailing how private for-profit prisons are far more prone to problems than public prisons, and Trump’s call for Americans to be tried at Guantánamo. In tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds Thom discusses the sad state of our democracy with Zachary Roth, author of “The Great Suppression, Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy.”

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Great Minds P2: Zachary Roth - The Far Right movement to repeal the 17th Amendment...

Zachary Roth, author-The Great Suppression, Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy/MSNBC, joins Thom. We on the left have become accustomed to thinking of the Republican war on democracy as something that just involves voter suppression. But as your book points out, it’s actually much bigger than that.

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Great Minds P1: Zachary Roth - When did the Republican war on democracy begin?

Zachary Roth, author-The Great Suppression, Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy/MSNBC, joins Thom. We on the left have become accustomed to thinking of the Republican war on democracy as something that just involves voter suppression. But as your book points out, it’s actually much bigger than that.

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Rumble: Was Trump Being Sarcastic About US Citizens Being Sent to Guantanamo?

Hughey Newsome, BOLD.global/Move-On-Up & Chuck Rocha, Solidarity Strategies & Gianno Caldwell, Caldwell Strategic Consulting, joins Thom. After Trump and his surrogates spent a day doubling down on his claim that Obama literally founded ISIL - he tweeted this morning that he was just being sarcastic. But was he being sarcastic when he said that US citizens should be sent to Guantanamo?

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Rumble: DEA - Reefer Madness?

Hughey Newsome, BOLD.global/Move-On-Up & Chuck Rocha, Solidarity Strategies & Gianno Caldwell, Caldwell Strategic Consulting, joins Thom. Can anyone want to defend the unscientific and racist classification of marijuana as a schedule 1 drug?

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We Are All Pharma-Bro Suckers

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli became one of the most notorious people in America for hiking the price of a rarely used life-saving drug by 4,000 percent in September of 2015.

And nearly a year later, dozens of reports are now coming out about how Mylan Pharmaceuticals hiked the price of the very common life-saving EpiPen by over 450% since Mylan bought EpiPen in 2007.

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