The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

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August 6, 2020 75 min

On today's show: The Majority Report presents its second Michael Brooks retrospective taking you to Brooks's 2016 interview with ANC freedom fighter Ronnie Kasrils, wherein they discuss Kasrils' film London Recruits and the state of South African politics. Matt Binder joins the MR crew in the fun half.

2014 Girl Meets World clip resurfaces to show Disney's anti-communist propaganda.

On the fun half: Asked if he will...

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Sam hosts David Dayen (@ddayen), Executive Editor of The American Prospect, to discuss last week's Big Tech antitrust hearings in the House and what a real investigation could do. Then Sam hosts Aaron Kleinman (@BobbyBigWheel) of the Future Now Fund to discuss yesterday's primaries and his predictions for the fall elections.

On today's show: Governor Ron DeSantis says Florida unemployment was designed to create ...

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Sam hosts historian Gerald Horne to discuss his new book The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century. 

Sam and Professor Horne begin their conversation exploring Horne's historiographic path, specifically how he has worked his way backward through American history to understand its racism and quest for power. Horne explains the relation ...

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Sam hosts investigative journalist Sonia Shah (@soniashah) to talk about her prescient book Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond and her new cover story in the Nation, "It’s Time to Tell a New Story About Coronavirus—Our Lives Depend on It."

On today's show: Mnuchin says Trump is "incredibly involved" in stimulus negotiations, reporter points out Trump has been golfing.

Sam hosts i...

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Sam hosts Digby (@digby56) of Hullabaloo and Salon and David Feldman of The David Feldman Show to discuss this week's biggest stories, including Trump's latest attempts to undermine the fall elections.

On today's show: Brian Kilmeade says "use logic" to figure out that people will forge and steal one another's ballots in households.

Digby (@digby56) of Hullabaloo and Salon joins Sam to discuss the we...

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On today's show: The Majority Report begins its look back at the career of Michael Brooks starting with Brooks' June 2015 interview with Mark Ames about Seymour Hersh, corporate muckraking, and the dangers private corporations pose to a free press.

TP USA co-founder dies of Covid the day after organization posts anti-mask meme. Previously: Charlie Kirk rails against mandatory mask-wearing.

On the fun half: Cuomo threatens t...

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Sam and the MR crew break down this week's biggest stories including Barr's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and Trump's latest efforts to spread Covid-19.

On today's show: Trump upset, questions why he and his administration are not as popular as Fauci: "nobody likes me." Trump promotes anti-mask, pro-hydroxichloroquine doctor at Covid press briefing: "I thought her voice was important....

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Sam hosts journalist and Type Media fellow Sarah Posner to discuss her new book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump. Posner and Sam dive deep into the network and culture of Evangelical Christians that extends way beyond the pulpit in 2020, including its robust media ecosystem, conferences, newsletters, and art. From an outsider's perspective, it seems that Donald Trump is our least religious pre...

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The Majority Report returns this week as Sam hosts journalist and author Colin Woodard (@woodardcolin) to discuss his new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhoodon how 19th-century intellectuals forged the myth of national unity.

On today's show: Steve Mnuchin says WH won't use taxpayer money to let people stay home. Mnuchin says it wouldn't be fair to pay people to stay home while...

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Sam and the greater Majority Report community commemorate Michael Brooks, host of the Michael Brooks Show and co-host of the Majority Report, who passed away Monday after a sudden medical condition. Sam hosts Michael's sister the actor Lisha Brooks, Woke Bros' Wosney Lambre, Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara, Ana Kasparian of TYT, former producer Matt Binder, comedian Andy Kindler, Emma Vigeland of TYT, David Griscom of TMBS, ...

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Sam hosts David Dayen (@ddayen), Executive Editor at the American Prospect, to discuss his new book Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power, which details how a small collection of corporations have come to dominate every aspect of our lives.

On today's show: Asked about "cancel culture," NDAA and confederate named bases, Trump explains he won't budge on base names.

David Dayen (@ddayen), Executive E...

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Sam recaps the week's biggest stories with Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of The Benjamin Dixon Show; and then Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) joins the program to discuss summer movie recommendations for this summer without blockbusters.

On today's show: Trump calls Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "a little weak." Trump touts the strength of shower heads and other appliances under his administration.

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Michael Brooks hosts journalist Milton Allimadi (@allimadi) to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted African nations and how pandemics have impacted the continent in the past.

On today's show: Stephen Moore says he told Trump he'll lose re-election if he extends unemployment benefits.

Michael Brooks hosts journalist Milton Allimadi (@allimadi) to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted African nations and how pandemics have i...

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Sam hosts MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) to discuss his new book Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, which details the reporter's first hand account of the migrant family separation crisis at the US southern border.

On today's show: Asked if he thinks he's the underdog, Trump says he's not, he's got boaters and bikers all over America.

MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsob...

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Sam hosts Princeton historian Julian Zelizer to discuss his new book, Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party. 

Zelizer and Sam begin their conversation with Newt's unconventional upbringing, including his marriage to his high school math teacher. Plus, his early entry into elected office and his pragmatic politics morphed into a career centered on partisan power. Z...

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Sam and the crew return from their week-long hiatus to catch you up on the latest stories including surging COVID cases, SCOTUS rulings on Trump's taxes, Roger Stone's commutation, and the new COVID economy.

On today's show: Florida records nation's one-day peak for new Covid cases. Disney's dystopian reopening video. Betsy DeVos says she can't give advice on school practices, the private sector has provided...

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Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) joins Sam to discuss her new book, "The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy." To those who favor a robust welfare state bolstered by generous federal spending, "how are you going to pay for it?" is an all-too-familiar rejoinder. But what if that question were irrelevant? In her latest work on modern monetary theory, or MMT, Kelton lay...

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Frank Smyth joins Sam to discuss his new book, "The NRA: The Unauthorized History." The NRA is one of the three most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, DC, consistently opposing restrictions on gun ownership and enjoying a mutually beneficial relationship with Trump and the GOP. But it has not always been this way. In this book, Smyth traces the history of the organization, from its surpris...

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Greg Mitchell joins Sam to discuss his new book, The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood―and America―Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. In 1945, multiple Hollywood studios set out to make films about the advent of the atomic bomb — including one written by Ayn Rand. In this book, Mitchell tells the story of how President Truman and the military successfully pressured Hollywood to drain these films of all critique, revealin...

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Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis), professor of finance at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins Sam to discuss his new book, Trade Wars Are Class Wars:
How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace. While "trade wars" are often thought of as countries competing against one another to protect thei...

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