Conversations w/Great Minds Joe Madison - What's fueling racism & police brutality? P1

Joe Madison, Joe Madison Show & Human rights activist joins Thom Hartmann. What fuels racism and police brutality in America? Is it politcal rhetoric from the right - or something more deep-seated? And what can we do about it? We'll pose those questions and more to Joe Madison in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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Full Show 4/5/12: The Dangers of Austerity

Thom looks at the deadly impact of Greece's continued austerity policies. Also discussed: how workers got screwed at the Hostess Brands Company, the radioactive plume of debris heading our way from Japan's Fukushima disaster and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why conservatives are so afraid of facts.

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A Well Oiled Machine that Doesn't Depend on Facts...

The secret weapon Conservatives are using to take down public universities in America. Conservatives are arming up for their war on public universities, trying to de-fund them, destroy them, and replace them with for-profit colleges. Think it's impossible? They did the same thing during the Reagan years with our national system of non-profit hospitals, which have nearly all now been replaced with for-profit hospitals, which is a large part of why our healthcare costs are soaring and hospital executives are suddenly multimillionaires. So the war is on to destroy our state colleges and promote more for-profit colleges. And their primary weapon of choice ISN'T budget cuts to education or tax breaks to for-profit universities. No - their primary weapon of choice is frames.

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

The Good! *Walter Wilde* Walter Wilde helped form a group called Missoula Moves to Amend - which will soon be part of the national Move To Amend organization. The Bad! *Arizona State Senator Judy Burges* Burges - along with other Arizona Tea Party members - introduced a bill in the state legislature to stop energy efficiency programs. and the Very Very Ugly! *Newport, California Police Department* Police were called to the home of Tori Hunter - a professional baseball player - when his house alarm went off. When they arrived - they saw Hunter outside his house - and drew their weapons.

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Geeky Science! Bee Colony Collapse could lead to Famine

You may have noticed over the last few years that the price of honey - like many food products - has gone up. This is mainly due to a loss of honeybee colonies - the result of a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. And it doesn't just raise the cost of honey - it could lead to famines. Dave Goulson - from the University of Stirling in Great Britain - and a team of fellow researchers have shown that pesticides - including widely used neonicotinoid insecticides - may be to blame.

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How Dangerous is the Radioactive Wave Headed Toward the US?

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. California beware! A radioactive wave is headed toward the West Coast of the United States courtesy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? So with nuclear power still wreaking havoc on the environment - why are the Japanese about to flip on more of their nuclear reactors?

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ALEC May Have Met its Match

Rashad Robinson, Color of Change, joins Thom Hartmann. The Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council may have met its match - how one campaign is having success in cutting off the flow of corporate money to ALEC

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Crazy Alert! Snakes on a Plane...No - Really!

Snakes on a Plane...No - Really!

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Why isn't the media doing its job & calling out these liars?

Neal Asbury, Truth for America, vs. Thom Hartmann. Mitt Romney resorts to lying about President Obama. That shouldn't be too surprising. What is surprising, though, is that the media goes right along with it...

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Workers who make Twinkies are screwed but not the CEOs

David Cay Johnston, Reuters, joins Thom Hartmann. The corruption of American capitalism by Reaganomic deregulation is on full display at Hostess Brands company. Kids in American have been eating Twinkies since 1930. But the people running the corporation that manufactures Twinkies might have just broken the law. The story of CEO greed at the Twinkie factory - and what it means for American capitalism in general...

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The Trickle-Down Austerity Agenda only leads to Peons

Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies joins Thom Hartmann. So with Republicans ready to bring the same trickle-down austerity to the United States - will pain and suffering follow suit?

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Is the Greek suicide the beginning of Europe's Arab Spring?

The banksters and technocrats pushing trickle-down austerity in Greece now have blood on their hands. Yesterday - a man walked up to the Greek parliament building in Athens and shot himself in the head. It's the latest consequence of trickle-down austerity measures choking the Greek nation.

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Thom asks why the partisan Supreme Court has the final say on the laws that govern us. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses who Romney will be when the general election gets going, how a long overdue increase in minimum wage would immediately stimulate the economy and what happens if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how the occupy movement is treated compared with the tea party.

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Sticks & stones are not allowed...but handguns are...

On Tuesday night - 30 Santa Monica College students - including a small child - were pepper-sprayed. Five students were treated on the scene for injuries inflicted on them by the police, and two others had to be taken to the hospital. So what did these young people do to deserve a chemical attack by the cops? Nothing...absolutely nothing deserving that kind of a response. They merely were exercising their right to peaceably assemble at a Board of Trustees meeting at their college. When they protested against the college's plan to charge more money for classes - they were met with a face full of pepper spray. Just like these students at the University of California Davis last year were doing nothing - except sitting peacefully - when they were doused with pepper spray, too, by campus police officers. Or these young women - who were peacefully marching with the Occupy Movement and kettled in by NYPD cops who then hit them with pepper spray as well. They didn't deserve this sort of treatment. So what's going on here? Why are young people around the nation getting assaulted with chemical weapons for simply doing what patriotic Americans are supposed to - organize peacefully and speak truth to power? Or, perhaps more importantly - why have there been countless uses of pepper-spray against peaceful Occupy protestors, but not one use of pepper spray against armed Tea Party protestors? The hypocracy of this unequal response to two movements is on clear display in the city of ...

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

The Good! *Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy* Malloy is poised to sign into law a measure to repeal the death penalty in Connecticut for future crimes. The Bad! *Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker* Despite being declared unconstitutional on two seperate occasions - Walker's Voter ID law still managed to disenfranchise voters in yesterday's Wisconsin Primary. and the Very Very Ugly! *Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam* Haslam announced yesterday that he will likely sign into law a bill that attacks the teachings of global warming - biological evolution and the chemical origins of life among other scientific topics.

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GOP Blocks Equal Pay...again.

Just in time for election season, Senate Republicans blocked legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap. For the third time since 2012, Republicans refused to allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, and reminded women that the GOP doesn't believe in equal pay for equal work.

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