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Big Picture Rumble - Why should CEOs have more free speech than workers?

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Liz Chadderdon, The Chadderdon Group & Horace Cooper, Public Policy Research join Thom Hartmann for The Big Picture Rumble.

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Conversations with Great Minds - Sasha Reuther - Here's Who Started the Middle Class P2

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.

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Big Picture Rumble - What Happened to Card Check?

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Liz Chadderdon, The Chadderdon Group & Horace Cooper, Public Policy Research join Thom Hartmann for The Big Picture Rumble.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Sasha Reuther - Bring Back Labor Union Classes! Part 1

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.

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Full Show 10/19/12: Privatizing the Vote

In tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with Sasha Reuther, the Director and Producer of "Brothers on the Line," a documentary on the critical role three men played during the beginning of the auto industry's labor movement. Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses Romney's encouraging of NFIB employers to have their employees vote for him, Romney's campaign staffer's recent ties to Wall Street and what New Jersey's doing to end Citizens United. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how the privatizing of the vote through electronic voting machines may put Romney in the White House.

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Romney Urged CEOs To Tell Employees How to Vote

Attorney Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. With millions of dollars of corporate cash corrupting our democracy - and politicians in Washington only looking to pad their wallets - whats the little guy to do - We'll ask my friend Mike Papantonio.

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If the World Largest Employers can be Unionized - then any corporation can

The corporate state today is stronger than it's ever been. Thanks to the Supreme Court - our elections are up for sale to the highest bidder - be it a billionaire casino mogul like Sheldon Adelson - or a massive transnational corporation like Koch Industries. And employers can now use the power of their position as the holder of the paycheck to implicitly coerce their employees to vote or lend support to whichever politician the CEO wants - or face consequences on the job. Many companies, are doing exactly that - including Murray Energy in Ohio - Westgate Resorts - and the Koch brothers' Georgia Pacific. And Mitt Romney himself is encouraging employers to use this tactic, as a June 2012 conference call with the National Federation of Independent Businesses revealed. Plain and simple - the mechanisms by which we the people can control our democracy are being destroyed one-by-one. So the question is...how do we get them back? How do we wrestle back control from corporate CEOs and the super-rich who have now become Kings in our so-called democracy? Now of course - there's overturning Citizens United and putting in place a constitutional amendment that says money is property - not speech - and corporations are property - not people. Go to MoveToAmend.org to get involved in that fight.

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Geeky Science Rocks! This is your Brain on...Breakfast

Thom Hartmann's geeky science

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Judy Collins on Politics & Dreams

Judy Collins, singer/songwriter/author-new book is Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music joins Thom Hartmann.

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Obama: Tax hikes for the rich or walk the plank

Anthony Randazzo, Reason Foundation, joins Thom Hartmann. The United States is teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff - just barely managing to hold on. Is President Obama willing to let go of the country - and our economy - just to make the rich pay their share in taxes?

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Third-Party Presidential Candidates Will Get their Debate Too

Christina Tobin,The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, joins Thom Hartmann. Why are third-party candidates in America locked out of mainstream media debates? What are Democrats and Republicans really afraid of?

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Full Show 10/18/12: Vote for Romney...or else!

Thom discusses how corporations, and even presidential candidates, can now tell employees how to vote thanks to Citizens United. Also discussed: next week's RT and Free and Equal Elections sponsored Third Party Presidential debate, whether Obama is willing to push the US off the fiscal cliff in order to make the wealthiest pay their fair share and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses how the card check system may be the best tool for taking on corporate America.

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We're all going to die and no-one's talking about it

The Human Race may very well die out - and no one is talking about it. The fact that we've now gone through three Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates - and not once has global climate change been brought up - should be, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, an "Alarm bell in the night" for all of us. Especially because this last September was the hottest September ever recorded in the civilized history of the human race. Not only that - this last September produced the smallest amount of Arctic ice ever recorded in the civilized history of the human race. Our planet is rapidly changing - scientists across the world are freaking out - farmers are getting hysterical and, in many countries, committing suicide in mass numbers - and yet our two Presidential candidates are fighting about who's going to pump more carbon pollution into the atmosphere: That would have been the perfect time for Candy Crowley to chime in an say - "Hey, guys what about the climate change crisis that's being worsened by all of this drilling?" But she didn't - and then Romney bashed the President over not approving the Keystone XL pipeline...Actually the President DID approve the Keystone pipeline - at least a large portion of it - and he'll likely approve the rest if he wins a second term.

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All in the family - Romney legacy of tax payer rip-offs

Lee Fang, The Nation, joins Thom Hartmann. Like father like son - Mitt Romney founded Bain Capital - so son Tagg had to start his own little shady pirate equity firm too. What's the story behind Solamere Capital - and what role is it playing in Mitt Romney's presidential campaign? What type of businesses are clients of Tagg Romney - and how do they stand to gain in a Mitt Romney presidency?

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The Phone Lines - Why you won't hear Romney say American Energy Independence

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 7p-8p ET.

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The Post-Citizens United Era.

This month marks five years since the United States Supreme Court made their infamous ruling in the case of Citizens United v. FEC. That ruling turned a century of legal precedent on its head with the declaration that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money in elections. And, that ruling opened the floodgates to massive spending levels in our political process.

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