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The Rev. Mark A. Thompson has spent most of his life as a political, civil rights & human rights activist and organizer. He not only has been a part of every major social justice movement & event over the past 35 years, he has also been a radio broadcaster for three decades, and he has spent over 10 years as a television commentator, as well. Mark, hosts Make It Plain, a political, human rights and non-mainstream news podcast. Mark’s lifelong social justice activism intersects with his years ...
 
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It’s #ThursdayKos with Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos, Civiqs, and host of podcast “The Brief,” and he and Mark are talking 2022 midterms. Markos notes they’re always a referendum on the incumbent, but this time, it’s actually set to be based on the idea of Trump versus Biden--he explains what that means and more specifically what it means f…
 
President Biden has the highest rating in the history of polling a president's popularity--but you're not seeing that in the media anywhere. Eric Boehlert, Founder of Pressrun,media, is calling the hypocrisy to our attention (especially because of all the in-depth media coverage that Trump supporters got, as some sort of misunderstood majority). He…
 
Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry was born in Toronto to parents who practiced a puritanical form of Islam, which they believed would shield them from racism. In her latest book, “The Colour of God,” Dr. Chaudhry weaves her life’s experiences into a universal narrative about how we belong in the world and also our families, the meaning of life, what happens afte…
 
Dr. Cameron Webb is on President Biden’s COVID-19 Response Team and he joins the show for an update from inside the White House on the state of equity with both the virus and the distribution of the vaccine. He’s also working on behalf of the White House to spread the word on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, hoping to quiet any fears or…
 
Anoa Changa is a journalist, retired attorney, and host of the podcast "The Way with Anoa.” She joins MIP today to discuss some of her latest reporting, which includes the revisionist history that Rep. Justin Lafferty recently pushed while discussing the three-fifths compromise, and how this rhetoric speaks to a larger problem with what's being tau…
 
The April Jobs Report is out and Chad Stone, Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is back to give us his breakdown and put the numbers into perspective. President Biden said the new unemployment number was “disappointing,” but Chad explains why there’s still reason to be optimistic. However, it’s still women of color who a…
 
Donna Haskins grew up in poverty in one of the most racially segregated cities in America with seemingly all the odds stacked against her. She was sexually assaulted at 13, and when she had an abortion, she thought she could never fulfill her dream of becoming a nun. Later in life, in a crisis about her identity as a Black woman and on the brink of…
 
Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKo & Civiqs, and Host of podcast “The Brief,” is back and there’s a mixed bag of issues covered in today’s episode. We get an update on the latest thing that Senator Joe Manchin is standing in the way of, some context on Facebook keeping Trump off their platform, and the political aspirations of Sen. Tim Scott, Her…
 
Plessy vs. Ferguson upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the concept of “separate but equal.” The case is more than 125 years old now, but Dr. Susan T. Gooden and co-contributors have a new report that shows how the landmark case’s ripple effect is still present in today’s society, from criminal justice, to education, and even C…
 
In the final half of this two-part panel, hosted by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and moderated by Mark and Nkechi Taifa, panelists dig deeper into the topics President Biden covered in his first formal address to Congress. LaTosha Brown opens with remarks on voter suppression and then participants provide additional analysis and re…
 
In this annual panel (and two-part MIP series), hosted by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and moderated by Mark and Nkechi Taifa, these Black leaders reflect on President Biden’s first 100 days in office and assess what, if anything, has been accomplished that will advance the goals of the Black community-at-large. These leaders also …
 
We’re in the middle of a pandemic, so you’d probably think Florida’s legislative goals include healthcare, education, and employment, for starters. That would be a wrong assumption--instead, they’re pushing through H.B. 1, which focuses on bringing us back to the Jim Crow era by making peaceful protests nearly impossible to participate in without g…
 
It’s been 100 days of President Biden, and it’s been...quiet--but still productive for progressives, says Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs and Host of podcast “The Brief.” Markos and Mark dissect the Biden administration’s strategies and nominations and put them against the backdrop of American history to see where we’re actually ad…
 
The Supreme Court is set to hear a major NRA-backed gun rights case, which will decide if New Yorkers can carry concealed handguns while in public. Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America, is back today to explain how this potentially dangerous ruling could bring us such a great distance from what the 2nd Amendment was intended to do, …
 
Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters for America (mediamatters.org) is back for an update on “UnFox My Cable Box” (unfoxmycablebox.com), which seeks to inform consumers on the ways they are (often unknowingly) funding the propaganda machine that is Fox News. Angelo also discusses the network’s massively inaccurate predictions of riots and vi…
 
Reverend Michael Battle’s latest book, “Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor,” gives an unprecedented closeup of one of the most visible figures of the anti-apartheid movement. Rev. Battle has known Archbishop Tutu for more than 25 years, once living in residence with him in South Africa, serving as his chaplain and event…
 
In today’s final episode of “Reparations Are Coming,” we hear the remaining panelists share their final thoughts on witnessing history, and as Mark calls it, the “unfinished business of America.” These panelists are deeply ingrained in the fight for reparations, and they express their gratitude for those who work alongside them, as well as the gian…
 
History is captured in today’s episode as we hear the Judiciary Committee vote to approve the reparations bill, H.R. 40, advancing it to the floor of the House of Representatives. The panelists discuss the GOP’s strategy to obfuscate the discussion on reparations with a mention of “packing the court,” or more accurately known as expanding the court…
 
On April 14th, for the first time in history, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the reparations bill, H.R. 40, which would establish the commission to study reparations proposals. As the bill was getting marked up on Capitol Hill, Mark moderated a panel of some of the key players in the reparations movement, and we’ll be bringing you …
 
On April 14th, for the first time in history, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the reparations bill, H.R. 40, which would establish the commission to study reparations proposals. As the bill was getting marked up on Capitol Hill, Mark moderated a panel of some of the key players in the reparations movement, and we’ll be bringing you …
 
Maggie Haberman had unprecedented access to the Trump family and administration; now that we’re in our new administration, where are all her big scoops on Biden? That’s what Eric Boehlert, writer and publisher of Pressrun.media, wants to know today. He also says that Fox News should not be allowed to participate in White House press briefings after…
 
Arisha Hatch is the Vice President and Chief of Campaigns for Color of Change, and in today’s episode, she and Mark dig into the difficult topic of optimism vs. pessimism regarding the outcome of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, which is incredibly complicated for the Black community. They share their fears and hopes for the outcome, and also explor…
 
President Biden surprised Democrats when he announced a commission to explore expanding the Supreme Court. Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos, Civiqs, and Host of podcast “The Brief,” is back today to explain why Biden might have made that move and what could come of it, in terms of D.C. statehood and reparations. However, aside from the Supreme…
 
What would it look like to engage in nonviolent direct action consistently, through strategic organizing? That’s what Kai Newkirk (Founder of For All www.forallorg.us) and Rev. Stephen Green (Pastor, Scholar, and Activist) explain in today’s episode, as they discuss the piece they co-authored, “Why Kingian democratic socialism is the best path forw…
 
If you’ve watched the HBO documentary on QAnon (“Q: Into the Storm”), or if you spend any time on the internet, you know it revealed some key details surrounding the group of conspiracy theorists. But what you don’t know is what the filmmaker, Cullen Hoback, chose to leave out, and that crucial information is what Mother Jones reporter Ali Breland …
 
Glenn Kirscher, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, is on today to unravel the latest testimonies in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knealed on George Floyd’s next until he was dead. Mark and Glenn examine what was heard from Dr. Tobin, an expert pulmonologist, as well as Dr. Baker, the medical examiner who perf…
 
Racism is harming, if not killing, people of color in America, and there’s a small group that actually profits off it. That’s what Jim Freeman, author of “Rich Thanks to Racism: How the Ultra-Wealthy Profit from Racial Injustice,” unravels in today’s episode. There’s a number of billionaires and multi-millionaires (like the Koch brothers and the pe…
 
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center (the first Black woman to hold the position), a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. This renowned civil rights center suffered an arson attack in 2019, complete with a “white power” tag found at th…
 
Cecily Myart-Cruz is the President of United Teachers Los Angeles (and the first woman of color to hold the position) and as both a teacher and a parent, she understands the frustrations of at-home learning and the pressing desire to get kids back into schools. But she says there’s much to be considered first -- like how often students should take …
 
It’s that time again for Chad Stone, Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priority, returns for his monthly status report on our economy. There is good news out of March’s jobs report, but as always, there’s many layers to understanding what it means. Chad breaks down unemployment rate vs. jobs added (which is reported by employers) a…
 
Ian Millhiser a Senior Correspondent at Vox, where he focuses on the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the decline of liberal democracy in the United States, and his expertise on the courts is what fills out his new book, “The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America.” The agenda he’s speaking of is dangerous to voting rights …
 
Lawmakers say this level of gun violence, with mass shootings occurring almost daily, “should not become the new normal,” but Brian Lemek says we’ve already reached that point. Brian is the Executive Director at Brady PAC, the sister organization/political arm of Brady, the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention advocacy group. In today’s episode,…
 
President Biden unveiled his infrastructure plan, and it’s no surprise the GOP is upset about the corporate tax hike; but Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos, Civiqs, and Host of “The Brief” podcast, points out what’s interesting about their hypocrisy this time around, and why Republicans are having zero luck treating Biden as an “other.” Markos …
 
Anti-Asian racism is on the rise and Roshni Nedungadi has the numbers to back it up. She’s the Founding Partner, Chief Research Officer, and COO of HIT Strategies, a leading millennial and minority-owned public opinion research firm on Capitol Hill, and one of the few AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) pollsters in America. In today’s episo…
 
One of the most common reasons a person does not leave a domestic violence situation is because they don’t have the cash to do it. At FreeFrom, an organization dedicated to knocking down the barriers that prevent domestic violence survivors from holding economic and community power, Tannia Ventura and the team work to get direct cash payments to su…
 
Reopening schools is just one of the challenges that lie ahead for teachers, students, and parents. Randi Weingarten is President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and she explains that it’s not solely about getting caught up with academics; kids need healing from the traumas of the pandemic and should get back on track with human intera…
 
Gun violence is centered in the national conversation once again, in light of the mass shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, and Chicago. Igor Volsky is the Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Guns Down America, and yesterday, his organization teamed up with other leaders and organizations in the fight against gun violence to launch a coalition lette…
 
As more people gain access to the coronavirus vaccine, we’re bringing you insight from a panel discussion with leaders of both medicine and faith. Moderated by our own Mark Thompson, the panelists explore how the vaccine works, community fears and hesitations, and what outstanding questions remain. Panelists: Dr. James K. Hildreth, President of Meh…
 
There’s money to be made in keeping Americans unhealthy, and Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg is pulling back the curtain on the links between our collectively declining health and capitalism. Dr. Freudenberg is a public health practitioner and distinguished professor at CUNY School of Public Health, and his new book is titled “At What Cost: Modern Capital…
 
The people of Minneapolis want change, and the activists at Reclaim the Block are going to bring it. D.A. Bullock is a filmmaker and a Communications Team Member with Reclaim the Block in Minneapolis, where they reimagine public safety and lay groundwork for defunding the police. As the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin unfolds and we remember …
 
The For the People Act (H.R. 1) passed in the House and is now headed to the Senate. What does that mean for you, the voter? Tiffany Muller is the President of End Citizens United (endcitizensunited.org) and she explains that, at a time when our voting rights are under constant threat, it’s a crucial time to pass this bill and she gives specific in…
 
Eric Boehlert, Writer and Publisher of Pressrun.media, is not surprised by the mainstream media’s normalization of the GOP’s voter suppression tactics over recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop calling them out for it. Eric points to the ways Republicans continue to evade accountability (and common decency) while the press plays ni…
 
Following the horrific and racist attack on Asian women in Atlanta, Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos, Civiqs, and podcast “The Brief,” is back to explain how not only are hate crimes against Asians at an all-time high, but law enforcement contributes to the problem by downplaying the motive of the shooter (or in the case of the Capitol riots, taking se…
 
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