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Part Four - Teach in - How can we use activism to reclaim America?

Welcome to a special edition of The Big Picture - How can we use activism to reclaim America? Tonight - we're partnering up with the Campaign for America's Future to bring you a special "teach in" on the US economy. CAF is also joining forces with "Rebuild the Dream Organizing Network" - "MoveOn.org" - and "Free Speech TV" - and other groups around the nation that have spread the word about tonight's program. Together, these groups have organized local "teach-ins" where people are tuning into THIS program - in universities, union halls, and community centers around the country. We're calling this whole thing the National TV Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream. So thanks for tuning in - and a special hello to all the local teach-ins watching around the nation. So why are we here? Well...we're here because our nation is in a difficult time - and in desperate need of real solutions to get Americans back to work - to create a sustainable economy that benefits not just the top 1% - but all Americans - and to make the United States competitive once again in the global marketplace. We're also here to discuss what ideas won't work - and why. Tonight - we'll set the record straight - and offer specific - and popular - policies that Congress and President Obama can get to work on immediately to get us back on track. With Thom Hartmann in the studio: Robert Borosage - the co-director of the Campaign for America's Future Heather McGhee - is the Director of Demos' Washington ...

Part Three - Teach in - How do we rebuild the American Dream?

Welcome to a special edition of The Big Picture - How do we rebuild the American Dream? Tonight - we're partnering up with the Campaign for America's Future to bring you a special "teach in" on the US economy. CAF is also joining forces with "Rebuild the Dream Organizing Network" - "MoveOn.org" - and "Free Speech TV" - and other groups around the nation that have spread the word about tonight's program. Together, these groups have organized local "teach-ins" where people are tuning into THIS program - in universities, union halls, and community centers around the country. We're calling this whole thing the National TV Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream. So thanks for tuning in - and a special hello to all the local teach-ins watching around the nation. So why are we here? Well...we're here because our nation is in a difficult time - and in desperate need of real solutions to get Americans back to work - to create a sustainable economy that benefits not just the top 1% - but all Americans - and to make the United States competitive once again in the global marketplace. We're also here to discuss what ideas won't work - and why. Tonight - we'll set the record straight - and offer specific - and popular - policies that Congress and President Obama can get to work on immediately to get us back on track. With Thom Hartmann in the studio: Robert Borosage - the co-director of the Campaign for America's Future Heather McGhee - is the Director of Demos' Washington office ...

Part Two - Teach in - The future of Americans w/conservatives controlling the economy?

Welcome to a special edition of The Big Picture - What kind of future will Americans have if conservatives control the economy? Tonight - we're partnering up with the Campaign for America's Future to bring you a special "teach in" on the US economy. CAF is also joining forces with "Rebuild the Dream Organizing Network" - "MoveOn.org" - and "Free Speech TV" - and other groups around the nation that have spread the word about tonight's program. Together, these groups have organized local "teach-ins" where people are tuning into THIS program - in universities, union halls, and community centers around the country. We're calling this whole thing the National TV Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream. So thanks for tuning in - and a special hello to all the local teach-ins watching around the nation. So why are we here? Well...we're here because our nation is in a difficult time - and in desperate need of real solutions to get Americans back to work - to create a sustainable economy that benefits not just the top 1% - but all Americans - and to make the United States competitive once again in the global marketplace. We're also here to discuss what ideas won't work - and why. Tonight - we'll set the record straight - and offer specific - and popular - policies that Congress and President Obama can get to work on immediately to get us back on track. With Thom Hartmann in the studio: Robert Borosage - the co-director of the Campaign for America's Future Heather McGhee - is the ...

Part One - Teach in - Why & how we almost plunged into a Great Depression

Welcome to a special edition of The Big Picture - Why and how we almost plunged into a second Great Depression a few years ago? Tonight - we're partnering up with the Campaign for America's Future to bring you a special "teach in" on the US economy. CAF is also joining forces with "Rebuild the Dream Organizing Network" - "MoveOn.org" - and "Free Speech TV" - and other groups around the nation that have spread the word about tonight's program. Together, these groups have organized local "teach-ins" where people are tuning into THIS program - in universities, union halls, and community centers around the country. We're calling this whole thing the National TV Teach-In to Take Back the American Dream. So thanks for tuning in - and a special hello to all the local teach-ins watching around the nation. So why are we here? Well...we're here because our nation is in a difficult time - and in desperate need of real solutions to get Americans back to work - to create a sustainable economy that benefits not just the top 1% - but all Americans - and to make the United States competitive once again in the global marketplace. We're also here to discuss what ideas won't work - and why. Tonight - we'll set the record straight - and offer specific - and popular - policies that Congress and President Obama can get to work on immediately to get us back on track. With Thom Hartmann in the studio: Robert Borosage - the co-director of the Campaign for America's Future Heather McGhee - is the ...

Full Show 2/20/12: Are third party Presidential candidates bad for our democracy?

Thom talks with journalist and author Catherine Crier about whether a third party candidate is the answer to combat the Citizens United decision. Also discussed: T-Mobile's anti-union efforts against their US employees, CNN Contributor Dana Loesch's support for state sponsored rape in Virginia and Thom's "Daily Take" on Goldman Sachs's role in sparking a potential war between Germany and Greece.

Greece - The Eurozone's first colony?

Europe is nearing a tipping point - and it's not so inconceivable that the ongoing financial crisis could descend into all-out war. With a second bailout coming down the pike for Greece - and more austerity - or starvation - on the way for the Greek people - hotter heads are speaking up. One being German Finance Minister Wolfgang Shauble. You see - when we're talking about "bail outs" for Greece - or I should say bailouts for banksters who've invested in Greece and don't want to lose their money - we're essentially talking about German money. That's primarily who's footing the bill for these bailouts - along with Nordic nations. And Schauble - the German finance minister - is getting fed up. After all - it's his job to make sure German money is invested wisely. And Schauble doesn't see Greece - with its capital city of Athens on fire - suicide rates skyrocketing - and unemployment at 20% - as a wise investment. So before forking over the money - Schauble is making some outrageous demands of Greece - the main one being that Greece should postpone their elections so a new government won't come to power that may do what Iceland has done in two citizen referendums - say, "hell no!" to the banksters - including the German banksters. Think about that for a second - here's one sovereign European nation - Germany -trying to prevent another sovereign European nation - Greece - from holding democratic elections. That's where this financial crisis has brought us. As expected ...

Everything U Know is Wrong: Arrested - Get Bailed Out 101

What if you got arrested - and were forced to use a bail bondsmen to help get you out of jail? If you listened to movies and popular culture - you'd expect to be working with a very intimidating man - maybe with a few tattooes - who's office smells of smoke and liquor. Well - if you think that all bail bondsmen are shady, chain-smoking, muscle clad men with anger management problems, then everything you know is wrong...Joining me now is Stephen Owens - bail agent and President of the Kansas Bail Agents Association

Why German labor is treated better than American labor

Klaus Barthel, Member of Social Democratic Party and of Parliament of Germany & George Kohl, Communications Workers of America join Thom Hartmann. Workers at T-Mobile USA are threatened and intimidated if they bring up talk of forming a union. How can this be the case when their parent company has union members on its board of directors? Stay tuned...

The Radical Center Will Not Save Us...

Catherine Crier, author of Patriot Acts: What Americans Must Do To Save the Republic joins Thom Hartmann. Move over Citizens United - Americans Elect is the new corporate ruse in town. What is it - and how can we save our democracy from more corporate influence?

The Good, the Bad and the Very, Very Saprostomouseously Ugly

The Good! *Florida State Republicans* Last week - the Florida State Senate voted down the largest proposed expansion of private prisons in the country - despite the fact that the Republican Party has a 16 seat advantage in the Florida Senate. The Bad! *CNN Contributor Dana Loesch* This week - the Virginia state House moved closer to enacting a law which would require a woman to be forced to have a transvaginal ultrasound - a highly invasive procedure - before they could receive an abortion. And the Very Very Ugly. *Minnesota State Government* Governor Mark Dayton and the State Legislature are intent on providing the Minnesota Vikings - an NFL team - with a new stadium. The catch...they want the citizens to pay for it.

Full Show 2/17/12: Thom looks back at two recent "Conversations with Great Minds"

Thom talks with attorney Jeff Clements on his latest book, "Corporations are Not People," and with author and political science professor Corey Robin.

Roseanne Barr accuses Thom of "all the smug sexism of a rt winger"

In Your Take/My Take - Thom Hartmann answers back to Roseanne Barr who said "Last night i watched my formerly fave pundit Thom Hartmann on fstv mention my green party candidacy with all the smug sexism of a rt winger."

Full Show 2/16/12: Montana exempt from Citizens United decision?

A Montana Supreme Court law passed in 1912 may exempt the state from the Citizens United decision. Also discussed: Virginia's efforts to ban abortion, the continued high price of oil despite historically low levels of demand, Roseanne Barr's displeasure with last night's quick fire segment and Thom's "Daily Take" on the increased efforts in the war on labor.

5 million people - wiped off the voter rolls

The Democratic Governor of Minnesota - Mark Dayton - vetoed a voter ID law last year - but the millionaires and billionaires are trying to get it passed as a ballot measure now in November. If successful - Minnesota will join eight other states who've passed or strengthened voter ID laws in just the last year - from Kansas - to Mississippi - to Rhode Island - to Wisconsin - to Alabama - to South Carolina - to Tennessee - to Texas. According to the Brennan Center for Justice - more than 5 million eligible voters will be disenfranchised this election thanks to these new laws. And those are mostly minorities, the poor, the elderly, and college students - mostly people who'd vote for Democrats and support stronger middle class policies. 5 million people - wiped off the voter rolls. This is an all-out assault on our democracy - and it's all happening under the radar of the mainstream media.

Will women report miscarriages to police soon?

Sam Bennett, Women's Campaign Fund, joins Thom Hartmann. Virginia is close to passing two highly controversial bills that would greatly reduce women's rights. What's the context of these two absurd bills - and do they put the women of Virginia at risk?

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