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Conversations w/Great Minds Stephanie Cooke - The Nuclear Age P2

This Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster - and a year on - the disaster continues to devastate the people and nation of Japan. Towns and cities within miles of the Fukushima plant are still covered in a fine layer of radioactive dust - and have been turned into nuclear wastelands - devoid of life. Those lucky enough to have survived the earthquake and tsunami are now battling radiation poisoning and and the probability of cancer and birth defects. As hundreds of thousands of people across the world prepare to commemorate the tragedy over the course of the next month - we need to ask ourselves - is nuclear power really worth enduring such a horrible and deadly disaster? Will there ever be a way to make nuclear power a safe form of energy - or do we need to move away from it all together? Tonight we have a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds - featuring Stephanie Cooke. Stephanie is one of the world's top reporters and authors on the issues of nuclear energy and the use and history of nuclear weapons and is a real industry insider. Her articles on nuclear topics have appeared in a variety of publications - including Readers Digest - The International Herald Tribune - and GQ magazine. Stephanie first began her reporting career in 1977 at the Associated Press - and later moved to London where she covered the Chernobyl disaster for Business Week. She returned to the United States in 2004 to complete her ...

Full Show 3/8/12: Thom interviews Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Thom talks with Rep. Dennis Kucinich following his primary defeat, and with actress Kristin Davis on her role with OXFAM America. In tonight's special Thursday edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" journalist and author Stephanie Cooke discusses the one year anniversary of Japan's Fukushima disaster. And in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom warns Rush Limbaugh on the potential risks of using Viagra.

Rush - for your own protection - a full proctological exam

Enough is enough - it's time to stop criticizing Rush - and start trying to protect Rush. In fact - we shouldn't just protect RUSH - we should be protecting all middle-aged men across the nation. Luckily - Ohio state Senator Nina Turner is introducing legislation to do just that - to protect Rush Limbaugh and the male race from the unknown dangers of...erectile dysfunction medication.

Conversations w/Great Minds Stephanie Cooke - The Nuclear Age P1

This Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster - and a year on - the disaster continues to devastate the people and nation of Japan. Towns and cities within miles of the Fukushima plant are still covered in a fine layer of radioactive dust - and have been turned into nuclear wastelands - devoid of life. Those lucky enough to have survived the earthquake and tsunami are now battling radiation poisoning and and the probability of cancer and birth defects. As hundreds of thousands of people across the world prepare to commemorate the tragedy over the course of the next month - we need to ask ourselves - is nuclear power really worth enduring such a horrible and deadly disaster? Will there ever be a way to make nuclear power a safe form of energy - or do we need to move away from it all together? Tonight we have a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds - featuring Stephanie Cooke. Stephanie is one of the world's top reporters and authors on the issues of nuclear energy and the use and history of nuclear weapons and is a real industry insider. Her articles on nuclear topics have appeared in a variety of publications - including Readers Digest - The International Herald Tribune - and GQ magazine. Stephanie first began her reporting career in 1977 at the Associated Press - and later moved to London where she covered the Chernobyl disaster for Business Week. She returned to the United States in 2004 to complete her ...

Rep Dennis Kucinich on his election loss & what's next

In the midst of the Republican battle on Super Tuesday - Progressives suffered a major defeat. Congressman Dennis Kucinich joins us tonight to talk about where his fight for progressive causes will take him next.

Thom Hartmann - we want to hear from every country in the world!

Tonight we are debuting are first international comment - coming to you from the United Kingdom. Sue posted this comment about austerity on our Thom Hartmann.com messageboards..."Thanks for having economist Richard Wolff on the Big Picture last night talking about austerity. Here in the UK our economy is going downhill because of our austerity economic policies and things are looking pretty bad, although not as dramatically as in Greece."

Kristin Davis (Sex & the City) on world hunger w/Thom Hartmann

Today is International Women's Day - a day devoted to recognizing the significent economic - political and social achievements of women. The United Nations has designated the theme for this year's International Women's Day as "Empowering Rural Women - Ending Hunger and Poverty." Actress Kristin Davis and Oxfam President Ray Offenheiser join Thom.

Full Show 3/7/12: Reminder: AUSTERITY DOESN'T WORK!

Thom talks with economist Richard Wolff about the endless economic problems facing Greece and whether their economic devastation is heading this way. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumple" panel talks about yesterday's "Super" Tuesday results, Rush Limbaugh and his ever growing number of fleeing advertisers and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses why the GOP candidates are damaged goods compared with the lineup the Democrats produced in 2008.

Why Primaries Force Politicians to tell the Truth

As the primary season drags on - Republican candidates continue to emerge bruised - battled and beaten. Why do Republican primaries hurt their candidates, while Democratic primaries help Democratic candidates?

Is the endgame for Greece the same for the US?

European austerity continues to takes its toll. On Tuesday - Greece issued a warning to all the banksters who've invested in about $260 billion worth of Greek debt - telling them they'd better take a new deal accepting about half the value of their investments - or risk getting nothing at all. Greece is hoping that about 90% of its investors will take the haircut - giving Greece a chance to restructure its debt in a way that's more manageable. And investors have until Thursday to decide if they'll take the deal - but if they choose not to - then once again a Greek default becomes a very real possibility. Of course asking investors to take a haircut is nothing compared to what the Greek people have had to sacrifice under years of austerity - with massive layoffs - cuts to social services - and wage decreases. All of which have led to unrest in the streets - hostility with neighboring nations like Germany - and even the ousting of democratically-elected leaders. Greece right now is the epicenter of the crisis of corporate capitalism that is engulfing the world today. And the question isn't how will things work out in Greece - but instead how long until what we're seeing in Greece comes to the United States? Richard Wolff joins Thom now - he is an Economist and Visiting Professor with the Graduate Program in International Affairs at New School University in New York City and Author of the book "Capitalism Hits the Fan."

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Poikilothermalously Ugly

The Good! *Citizens of Vermont* As I mentioned yesterday - communities across Vermont were voting on whether or not to tell Congress to amend the US Constitution to keep money out of politics. The Bad! *The Georgia State Senate* The Georgia State Senate voted yesterday to ban undocumented immigrants from attending any of Georgia's public colleges. And the Very Very Ugly! *Rep. Cory Gardner* Despite only being in his first term as a congressman - Gardner is doing all he can to line his pockets with money from Big Oil.

Crazy Alert! A whopping bar tab for $323000?

A whopping bar tab for $323000?

Why politicians are trying to scare and alarm Americans

Only Mitt Romney can save us from danger. You hear the same talking points when the subject comes up of cutting the defense budget - which has tripled since 1997 - and accounts for more than half of the world's total spending on weapons. We can't cut the Pentagon's budget...or else we'll be vulnerable to attack! But the odd thing about these frightful talking points - is that they are just talking points - and not true at all. The truth is - Americans have never been safer in history than they are today - and the number of violent conflicts around the world is at an all-time low. Really - despite the warnings and so-called threats - how many times has Al Qaeda attacked the United States since 9/11? Zero. So - if we're not really in danger - then why are politicians in Washington and members of the media trying to scare and alarm Americans? We're the land of the free and the home of the brave - not the cowardly and frightened. Time to stop listening to the fear mongers and war profiteers who make millions off scaring us into a neverending war on terror and an intrusive security state. Joining Thom to discuss this is Michael Cohen - Columnist with Foreign Policy and a fellow with the Century Foundation and author of the book "Live from the Campaign Trail."

Lone Liberal Rumble - Name 1 thing Republicans have done

Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Mike Brownfield, The Heritage Foundation join Thom Hartmann. Mitt Romney won the most states last night - but is increasingly disliked by the American electorate. What's going on with this, and why don't Democratic primaries hurt Democratic candidates the way Republican primaries hurt Republican candidates? Plus - The backlash from Rush Limbaugh's highly misogynistic tirade continues to grow.

Full Show 3/6/12: Why "Super Tuesday" isn't so super this year

Thom talks about super Tuesday with tonight's political panel, and with Rep. Schakowsky on the 70 members of Congress who are urging Pres. Obama to reduce speculative oil trading. Also discussed: Rush Limbaugh and his fleeing advertisers, the United Nation's efforts to make 2012 the year of the CO-OP and Thom's "Daily Take" on why super Tuesday isn't so super this year.

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