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Could a deadly super bird flu be coming?

Michael Greger, MD, author "Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching" joins Thom Hartmann. Fortunately - most of those suffering from the flu this year will fully recover from it. However - what if that wasn't the case. What if millions of Americans - and billions of people worldwide - contracted a strain of the flu - and all died? Over the better part of the past two decades - a killer straing of avian influenza has been ravaging Asia, Europe the Middle East and even Africa. While the deadly strain has mostly affected only birds up to this point - there are increasing concerns that it could become the world's next great pandemic. So - if you think that the bird flu is only a concern for poultry and wildlife - then everything you know is wrong.

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Is Japan Dumping Austerity?

Eamonn Fingleton, Economics Journalist / Contributor-Forbes.com / Author "In the Jaws of the Dragon" joins Thom Hartmann. As much of Europe continues to suffer at the hands of austerity - one Asian nation might be showing the entire world how to break away from these devestating policies and principles. What's going on in Japan right now - and has that nation come up with the solution for escaping the global recession?

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Crazy Alert! Derriere Delight at the Cuddle Club...

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Second amendment was Passed to Protect Slavery

Gun-crazy America is arming up. While Vice President Biden and his gun taskforce think of ways to stem horrific gun violence in America - the shootings and the gun purchases keep piling up. According to the Children's Defense Fund, nearly 450 children and teenagers have been shot by a gun just since the 113th Congress was sworn in earlier this month. And thanks to the fear mongering going on in the gun community, assault rifles are fling off the shelves around the nation. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were 2.2 million gun background checks performed in December, which is more than a 58% increase over the same period in 2011. But I want to tell you something you don't know about the Second Amendment - something that's been lost in the pages of history - that is very crucial to informing today's current gun debate. And that's this: The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" was to preserve the Slave Patrol Militias in the Southern States, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that...and we all should be too...Today's Second Amendment is linked to our nation's disturbing history of slavery. In the Beginning, there were the Militias. In the South, they were also called the "Slave Patrols," and they were regulated by the states.

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FULL SHOW 1/14/13: Aaron Swartz, A Spark In Life And Death

Tonight we remember internet activist Aaron Swartz, and take a closer look at how the punishment for this victimless crime was more than that of a convicted murderer.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky - The Myths of Happiness P2

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.

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Would you like a side of the flu with your order?

Watch out the next time you go out for dinner - because your waiter or waitress might have the flu and be coughing all over your food - because they aren't allowed to take sick days. Should we really be patronizing restaurants that would rather have sick employees than provide healthcare?

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Conversations w/ Great Minds - Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky - The Myths of Happiness P1

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.

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Big Picture Rumble - Michele Bachmann has some secrets...

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Sam Bennett, The She Should Run Foundation & Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Former spokesperson - RNC all join Thom Hartmann

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Big Picture Rumble - Do we need guns to protect us from our government?

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Sam Bennett, The She Should Run Foundation & Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Former spokesperson - RNC all join Thom Hartmann

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Full Show 1/11/13: Corporations Spreading The Flu

When big restaurant corporations deny employees sick days, are they in fact responsible for spreading the flu? We also ask, is the concept of "happiness" just a myth? Thom talks with Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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Shouldn't we each get a check for the wealth of our nation?

The stuff beneath us is worth trillions of dollars - so why don't we see any of the wealth? Rather than billionaire CEOs paying us to use our commons, pollute our air and water, dictate our military missions, exploit our markets, and hijack our radio and TV airwaves, it's all been flipped on its head and we end up paying them. We give them subsidies, generous tax breaks, free usage, and no requirement that they have to share any of the wealth our commons have produced for them with the rest of us who actually own those commons. So in the end, they make billions off what should belong to all of us while we make squat. This makes no sense. And with pressing concerns about wealth inequality, economic insecurity, and environmental disasters, we need to move away from this corporate rentier-model, and embrace a new universal shareholder model.

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Crazy Alert! Hardcore Porn on the News?

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Geeky Science! Depressed? Could be your beverage

Thom Hartmann's geeky science,

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Your Take/My take LIVE! America is not a western movie!

The phone lines are now open for our Your Take My Take LIVE segment. So if you want the chance to ask me a question live on The Big Picture - give us a call at 202-904-2134 Thursdays.

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Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?

Democrats must embrace a pro-government platform, not run away from it.

Those were the sentiments of Senator Chuck Schumer today, in a speech given at the National Press Club. Talking about the reasons for Democrats’ losses on Election Day, Schumer said that those losses were proof that the American people and middle-class want a government that will work more effectively for them.

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