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The Majority Report is a scathingly funny, no-holds-barred, informative talk show focused on politics. Sam Seder hosts this daily podcast with guests including comedians, politicians, writers and musicians.

The Majority Report is a scathingly funny, no-holds-barred, informative talk show focused on politics. Sam Seder hosts this daily podcast with guests including comedians, politicians, writers and musicians.
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The Majority Report is a scathingly funny, no-holds-barred, informative talk show focused on politics. Sam Seder hosts this daily podcast with guests including comedians, politicians, writers and musicians.

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@majorityfm

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Episodes

2051 - Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression w/ Johann Hari

3/19/2019
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Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.'' On today's show: AOC talks about the scarcity mindset with regard to NYC public schools. Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.'' The biological makeup of humans has not changed for many centuries, but...

Duration:01:02:29

2050 - The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions w/ Jason Hickel

3/18/2019
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Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel), author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us. On today's show: Spotify sues Apple for monopolistic practices. Joe Biden's comments on New Left criticism: "Most progressive of anyone who would run." Jason Hickel, author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us. Inequality between the global north and the global south has deepened since the 1960s. How colonizers enclosed common lands in...

Duration:00:59:00

2049 - The White Nationalist Massacre In New Zealand w/ Digby & Film Guy Matthew Weiss

3/15/2019
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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us. On today's show: Donny Deutsch says he'd vote for Trump over Sanders. Digby (@digby56) joins us to break down the news. The horrific mosque shooting in Christchurch, NZ. Trump's fashy boast of military and police support. More 2020 analysis: Beto's lack of program, Biden's chances, and more. Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk film. How are things going in his senior citizens' JCC Learning...

Duration:01:33:14

2048 - The Century of Spin w/ Liz Franczak

3/14/2019
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Joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Liz Franczak to discuss her new essay in the Baffler, "The Century of Spin," and the origins of neoliberal sociopolitical culture. Liz Franczak recounts the story of Edward Bernays, who “pioneered the field of modern public relations after serving under Woodrow Wilson during World War I, overseeing propaganda initiatives aimed at selling the war to the public and maximizing recruiting efforts.” Bernays and his intellectual contemporaries felt that...

Duration:00:59:15

2047 - Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World w/ Rutger Bregman

3/13/2019
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Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us. On today's show: Nancy Pelosi says she's never wanted to impeach a president. Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us. In his book, Bregman argues for utopian thinking and posits some big ideas for progress. Universal basic income: its curious history and how it could improve people's lives, if implemented properly. The...

Duration:01:02:47

2046 - Trump's Budget, Biden's Record To Haunt 2020

3/12/2019
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On today's show: New app to help Trump supporters find MAGA-friendly restaurants. Larry Kudlow explains that cuts to entitlements are necessary. OMB acting director claims that budget is not cutting Medicare or Medicaid spending. Joe Biden says he'd stay away, but he saw Trump's budget proposal. Some things you should know about Biden's record. A new fun half song is debuted. In the fun half: John from San Antonio on Bernie's promising numbers. "Jesse Lee Peterson" calls into the show. A...

Duration:01:01:23

2045 - The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence & Institutional Integrity w/ Jonathan H. Marks

3/11/2019
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Jonathan H. Marks (@EthicsLawPolicy), director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, joins us to discuss his book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, And Public Health. On today's show: John Hickenlooper declines to say whether or not he's a capitalist. Jonathan H. Marks (@EthicsLawPolicy), director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, joins us to discuss his book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, And Public...

Duration:00:51:08

2044 - The Democrats' Massive Democracy-Promoting Bill & Manafort's Prison Stripes w/Benjamin Dixon

3/8/2019
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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) joins us for Casual Friday. On today's show: GOP makes reactionary changes to the judiciary. Meghan McCain breaks down in tears over Ilhan Omar's "scary" Israel comments. Benjamin P. Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), founder of ProgressiveArmy.net, joins us to break down the latest news from Washington, including: The Democrats' sweeping reform bill HR1. Ilhan Omar's brave stand. Elizabeth Warren's anti-trust reforms. Paul Manafort's light prison sentence. And...

Duration:01:17:14

2043 - The 2019 Knesset Elections & Bernie's Kickoff in Brooklyn w/ Juan Cole & Meagan Day

3/7/2019
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Juan Cole (@jricole), professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins Michael Brooks to discuss the upcoming elections in Israel set for April 9. Meagan Day (@meaganmday), a staff writer at Jacobin magazine, joins Michael to discuss the 2020 election and Bernie Sanders' launch rally at Brooklyn College. On today's show: Trump calls Tim Cook "Tim Apple." Group of progressive reps send letter to Mike Pompeo re: President Bolsonaro's actions in Brazil. Free Lula samba at Brazil...

Duration:01:17:02

2042 - Neoliberals Come to the Table & Cutting Through the Ilhan Omar "Controversy"

3/6/2019
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On today's show: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lies, claims people are not being deported without the chance to get their kids back. Rep. Clay Higgins compares immigration to D-Day invasion. Sam reads an email from a listener, goes in hard on claims that Ilhan Omar's criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. Steve Scalise says Omar should be removed from foreign affairs council. Clinton and Obama-era centrist Brad DeLong says it's time to let the left wing of the party take the reins. A spirited...

Duration:01:04:18

2041 - How the IRS Was Gutted w/ Paul Kiel

3/5/2019
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Investigative reporter Paul Kiel (@paulkiel) joins us to discuss his new co-authored piece for Pro Publica, 'How the IRS Was Gutted.' On today's show: Dan Bongino says nobody accused Trump of racism before he was a Republican. Investigative reporter Paul Kiel (@paulkiel) joins us to discuss his new co-authored piece for Pro Publica, 'How the IRS Was Gutted.' In this piece, Kiel details the GOP's successful campaign to slash the IRS' budget and hamstring its ability to collect taxes,...

Duration:00:47:26

2040 - The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America w/ Greg Grandin

3/4/2019
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On today's show, historian Greg Grandin (@GregGrandin), joins us to discuss his new book, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. At the foundation of America is the idea of expansionism. For centuries the United States has expanded its borders, markets, and policy in order to alleviate domestic issues and would dilute problems of factionalism. Unlike other imperial powers, Grandin believes the United States married the ideas of liberty and imperial...

Duration:00:51:06

2039 - Top Secret Cohen-Tell-Pro w/ Emma Vigeland & Andy Kindler

3/1/2019
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On today's show, TYT reporter Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland ) and comedy legend Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us. On today's show, Sam, Michael and Emma discuss this week's Cohen hearings as well as what to expect from Felix Sater's upcoming public hearing and Allen Weisselberg's potential testimony before the House Intel committee. Lost in the revelations of Cohen's testimony was the GOP's general incompetence at cross-examination. Mark Meadow's "I'm not racist!" grandstanding has come...

Duration:01:48:55

2038 - The Sudanese Anti-Austerity Movement & the Upcoming So. African Elections w/ Milton Allimadi

2/28/2019
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Milton Allimadi joins the program today on a Michael Brooks Thursday to discuss the on-going protest and civil unrest in Sudan over President Omar al-Bashir's austerity measures. Allimadi and Brooks will also preview the upcoming South African general elections set to take place in May. We're live at 12:00 PM EST. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has ruled for over 30 years but recent protests over bread prices and a rise in poverty have led to anti-austerity marches against al-Bashir's...

Duration:00:50:41

2037 - Michael Cohen Sings! Rolling Coverage w/ MR Crew

2/27/2019
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The MR crew comments on Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress. On today's show: Cohen's in the hot seat and singing like a bird! Tasty tidbits include: Trump's presidential run was a marketing campaign, Trump hired a sock to bid up the value of his portrait, and Trump had his associates threaten the college board into sitting on his SAT scores. He also addresses Trump's hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, ties to the Russian mob, Vietnam draft-dodging, and more! Also: Rep. Katie...

Duration:05:03:40

2036 - The New and Improved Bernie 1.0

2/26/2019
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Meghan McCain stands in solidarity with Diane Feinstein's stand against children who protest. Bernie breaks fundraising records! Bernie answers questions about race, sexual harassment, and intervention in Venezuela at town hall. Tucker Carlson outraged over Bernie's private jet use in 2016. On the fun half: Ivanka Trump accidentally makes the case for a federal jobs guarantee. Dave Rubin claims nobody who has a phone is oppressed. Bodega Boys on edgy humor and PC culture. Plus, your calls...

Duration:01:17:26

2035 - Bernie's Record Breaking Fundraising, Warren's Plan For Universal Childcare, & Tucker's Meltdown

2/25/2019
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Good Monday morning, MR listeners! We're back from hiatus with a news day, catching you up on all the stories and commentary you might have missed over the past week. On today's show: AOC's payroll is socialism and communism at the same time. Bernie announces! When asked about Howard Schultz: "Why does he all of a sudden have this platform?" Elizabeth Warren's plan for universal childcare upsets Fox News. (Jamie says: make it free and totally un-means tested to make it even better!) Tucker...

Duration:01:06:35

2034 - Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics w/ Matthew Blackwell

2/22/2019
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Matthew Blackwell(@Matt_Blackwell), Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University and co-author of "Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics" joins us to discuss the book. Why do certain parts of the US seem to be particularly "conservative" when it comes to race. "Behavioral path dependence" and the importance of institutions on behavior. How the growth of US slavery centuries ago still affect politics today. The linear relationship between the increase in enslaved...

Duration:01:18:13

2033 - Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America w/ Kathleen Belew

2/21/2019
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Historian of paramilitary social movements and author of "Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America," Kathleen Belew joins us today to discuss her book. How a 1979 Greensboro, NC was a spiritual precursor to the recent Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist meet-up. White nationalism as an unpatriotic desire for an Aryan Nation as opposed to America as a multicultural state. How America's foreign military deployments fed white power movements in the US, in...

Duration:01:03:13

2032 - Punishment Without Crime: How Our Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent w/ Alexandra Natapoff

2/20/2019
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Alexandra Natapoff (@ANatapoff), Law professor at U.C. Irvine, criminal law scholar, and author of "Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal," joins us to discuss her book. What is a misdemeanor, and how is it distinguished from felonies? The "unprincipled," hodge-podge nature of US misdemeanor law. The alteration to a persons rights merely getting arrested creates. How Stop-and-Frisk fed the problem. Race and class...

Duration:01:10:39