California lawmakers pass bill banning private prisons. A VERY good thing!! ~ Thom reads from "An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics" by Greg Sargent ~ Adam Green from Bold Progressives offers his thoughts on the Democratic Debate. Did Progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders come off on top? Making solid arguments for Medicare for All that ... Read more
CORPORATIONS VERSUS THE ENVIRONMENT ~ Corporate corruption is working to protect short term profits- can environmental campaigners and small farmers protect our water and lands?.. or will climate change have the final say? Ohio's Chamber of Commerce killed a community-backed environmental bill of rights- Markie Miller with Toledoans for Safe Water joins Thom with the story. ~ Timothy Wise of the Small Planet Institute tells Th... Read more
Perspectives on where we stand with the candidates post-Houston.
Elizabeth Warren has put a proposal on the table that would tax the very wealthy to lift senior citizens out of poverty, but how will Democrats who are taking billionaire money respond?
It has been 18 years since G.W. Bush cravenly used our national moment of unity over 9/11 to enrich himself and his friends, killing tens of thousands of people, committing war crimes, and diminishing our democracy in the process.
Would it be the further transfer of wealth from the middle-class to the very rich? Would it be greater and greater student debt burdens on working people? Would it be the acceleration of the destruction of our environment? Will he launch a final assault on the media and try to turn the entire American media landscape into something resembling Fox News? Will McConnell’s corrupt judges with lifetime appointments kneecap enforcement a... Read more
Will Trump's greatest legacy be demonstrating that America can be blatantly run like a banana Republic? And will Trump succeed at muzzling CNN? Can anything be done to punish those who are facilitating Trump's corrupt behavior? Plus- warrior Jesus.
Exposing the secret Christian group seeking political power. ‘The Family’ is the oldest Christian Conservative Organizations in Washington D.C. and very secretive. Their goal is not to use Christian feelings to help the poor and the needy, but to concentrate on the ‘key’ people such as politicians and business people. Jeff Sharlet was part of the organization and has published books on his findings. Jeff joined Thom to reveal all a... Read more
Thom says everyone brought their 'A' game to the climate change town hall- except Joe Biden. What happened? ~ Bob in Illinois kicks off the honest feedback on Vice President's Biden's stumbling performance at the climate change town hall. ~ Mark Pocan, House Representative and Progressive leader keeps us up to date with what the Dems are doing in Congress.
The media, trying to be balanced when it comes to politics, has stopped talking about climate change because they don't want to seem political ~ Will Trump's attack on unions inspire a political revolution? Donald Trump's effective attack on unions and worker organizing, has got progressives furious and it could lead to a political revolution! Larry Cohen, of Our revolution and the former president of the Communications... Read more
As our children are being slaughtered by weapons of war that no other developed country allows on its streets, our media fail to document the trail of money and lies from weapons manufacturers through front groups like the NRA directly into the pockets of politicians and political parties.
Thom discusses the work of labor unions today with a live audience at the Bricklayer's union hall in Chicago.
Why is the Amazon burning? Thom considers the factors that have lead to the crisis and how our food consumption patterns make a difference. ~ Thom speaks with David Korten of the Living Economies Forum on how an extinction event could actually SAVE the human race. The growth of GDP has been aimed at increasing the bank accounts of billionaires and not focusing on long term survival on the planet. ~ Fascism is using environmentalism... Read more
Washington analyst and British/ American correspondent Victoria Jones of the DC Radio Company explains the plot behind Boris Johnson's intervention with the queen to suspend parliament while he lays his Brexit plan. ~ Thom clarifies previous comments around the controversy of the MSNBC story from Lawrence O'Donnell on Trump's Russian Oligarch co-signers for Deutsche Bank loans. While the stories haven't yet been ver... Read more
It’s increasingly looking like the economy is on the edge of crashing and that Trump’s tax returns are going to show that he was only able to keep himself out of bankruptcy with loans from Deutsche Bank, engineered by the son of former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and cosigned by Russian oligarchs. If this trifecta hits, and Republicans realize that Trump threatened Anthony Kennedy off the Supreme Court, that Trump is who... Read more
Bernie Sanders has come out in favor of breaking up the media monopolies with anti-trust law. Will the same big media companies that destroyed Howard Dean right after he made the same announcement come up with an equivalent of the 'Dean Scream' to destroy Bernie? - The Youngstown newspaper just failed. How will anyone keep up with the gutting of America as Republicans pack our courts and monkey wrench our regulatory agencie... Read more
Thom surveys the latest happenings. And, with the recent death of David Koch, a consideration of the political resurgence of American oligarchs. Speaking of which, could Mike Pence be planning a coup in the White House?
The failure of Republican policies to support the American middle class- from economic instability to the deliberate damage done to Medicare.
How do you respond to 'the racist next door'? Plus- a remarkable study is just in on the gender-role views of anti-abortion believers, Thom says this explains a lot! - Thom takes in his listener's experience and wisdom when it comes to dealing with the racism and racists around them. - Thom reads from the new book 'R.I.P. G.O.P.' by Stanley Greenberg. - [DISCUSSION CONTINUES] - Arch Progressive Congressman Mark ... Read more
Trump's reelection strategy is to activate and encourage his neo-Nazi base, but it is placing the rest of Americans at huge risk, and his concentration camps are destroying the lives of refugees seeking asylum. - Thom reads from Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns by Igor Volsky. - The listeners call in with their votes of Trump's worst offenses. - For the Book Club Thom reads from Devi... Read more