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Rep. Peter Welch - Another Hostage - Student Debt

Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) joins Thom Hartmann. The amount of outstanding student loan debt in America has now topped one trillion dollars - more than credit card debt and automobile debt for the first time ever. So will Republicans come to the table to help struggling students - or is another hostage situation in the works on Capitol Hill.

Full Show 4/24/12: The End of ALEC?

Guest host Sam Sacks asks why ALEC, the ultimate lobbyist group, is exempt from paying taxes. Also discussed: our nation's next economic disaster (college debt), and when will our representatives start representing the people and start taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses the dangers of austerity and what it's doing to many European nations.

Full Show 4/20/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Chris Mooney

Thom talks with journalist and author Chris Mooney in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Karl Rove's secret donor, why only the super-rich can afford to go to college now and when will the BP oil executives responsible for the oil spill be thrown in jail. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at what drives America's obsession with guns.

Big Picture Rumble - Ahmadinejad bankrolling the Republican Party?

Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Karl Frisch, Bullfight Strategies & Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com all join Thom Hartmann for The Big Picture Rumble. Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bankrolling the Republican Party - and will BP executives ever face punishment for destroying the Gulf?

Zimmerman - The Wild West was a Myth!

What do Clint Eastwood - John Wayne and Paul Newman have to do with America's gun-loving trigger-happy culture? Heck - George Zimmerman may have even had that cowboy streak - believing that he was the lone ranger - armed and ready to defend his town from enemy drifters. The trouble is - The Wild West was a myth.

Conversations w/Great Minds - Chris Mooney The Republican Brain P2

Chris Mooney, author of four books, including his latest "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality" joins Thom Hartmann. His recent articles include pieces on the science of fracking, why people deny science, and how the reality-based community is moving to the left. He is the host of the "Point of Inquiry" podcast and his previous book was the bestselling, "The Republican War on Science".

Conversations w/Great Minds - Chris Mooney The Republican Brain P1

Chris Mooney, author of four books, including his latest "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality" joins Thom Hartmann. His recent articles include pieces on the science of fracking, why people deny science, and how the reality-based community is moving to the left. He is the host of the "Point of Inquiry" podcast and his previous book was the bestselling, "The Republican War on Science".

The Dem Party Doesn't Need Phony Dems

As Politico reports - a Washington, DC-based organization - Center Forward - which is run by former Blue Dog Representative Bud Cramer and funded with a lot of corporate money - is spending $100000 in ads against progressive Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania - accusing Cartwright of working against the President on health reform. That's right - the Blue Dogs who voted against Obamacare are accusing the progressive who is running in the primary - who supports a national health care system - they're accusing that progressive of being an opponent of the President's efforts to reform our broken healthcare system. So the question Democrats should be asking themselves - especially in Pennsylvania's 17th district - is if they want a true progressive Democrat - or a Blue Dog Democrat who fights against major progressive reforms? In 1952 - President Harry Truman had a message for Democrats. He said, "The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign." Harry Truman's message to Democrats proved prophetic in 2010 - when nearly HALF of the entire 54 member Blue Dog caucus in the House of Representatives was voted out of office. How do we get back to the ideals of Harry Truman & remove phony Democrats from Congress?

How Music 'Awakens' Alzheimer's Patients

There's more to music than meets the ear. How could listening to music help make the lives Alzheimer's patients better - and even slow the progression of the disease?

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Angustirostratously Ugly!

The Good! *Citigroup Shareholders* At their annual meeting - shareholders of Citigroup voted against the pay packages that had been previously given to company executives - including $25 million dollars given to Citigroup CEO Vikran Pandit. The Bad! *Senator John McCain* Earlier today - McCain - a strong supporter of Mitt Romney - weighed in on the "Dog-Gate" scandal. He tweeted a picture of his son's dog - saying, "Good pic of my son Jimmy's bulldog, Apollo - I'm sorry Mr. President, he's not on the menu." and the Very Very Ugly! *Rep. Pat Tiberi* At a tax policy summit yesterday - Tiberi defended the Paul Ryan Republican budget - and also defended the idea that taxes on the rich need to be cut while taxes on low-income Americans should be raised.

Murder, Suicide & Financial Ruin

Mark Ames, The eXile, joins Thom Hartmann. Last month - a US Army soldier allegedly massacred 17 Afghan citizens. But what could this atrocity of war have to do with Wall Street's foreclosure crisis and the One Percent's war on middle America?

Punctuated Equilibrium, The Gulf & Eyeless Shrimp

Why you need to know about Punctuated Equilibrium and what is has to do with the Gulf oil spill. Time to rethink that whole "drill baby drill" thing.

The Gulf 2 Years Later - Scientists Alarmed

Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, joins Thom Hartmann. Two years after the BP oil disaster - our worst nightmares might be coming true. With eyeless shrimp and clawless crabs being plucked from the Gulf on a daily basis - just how concerned should American consumers be?

Sunday Morning Shows - Not fair & Very Unbalanced!

Every year a new study comes out about the Conservative slant on Sunday morning talk shows. This one is from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. They looked at... -NBC - Meet the Press -CBS - Face the Nation -ABC - This Week -Fox - Fox News Sunday What FAIR found is this - the four sunday shows are "...extraordinarily friendly terrain for the right." But wait there's more...

If the Government Shutdowns - Who Wins?

John Nichols, The Nation Magazine joins Thom Hartmann. Come September - there's a good chance that the government might shut down. And believe it or not - this time - it's not Republicans threatening the shut down. So who IS? And how might a shutdown one month before the election affect who wins the White House?

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