PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Is Trump About to Come for You and Your Pot?” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the Trump administration’s war on drugs and what it means for states’ marijuana legalization with Lt. Commander Diane Goldstein (Ret.). Then, Thom talks to Valerie Ervin of the Working Families Party and Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio about adviser Stephen Miller’s comments on the judiciary, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach advising Trump to crack down on voter fraud.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “How Trump is Blowing Up the Separation of Church and State” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church & State. If you’re an American who cares about the separation of church and state – you should be very worried about Neil Gorsuch – Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. The reason why?

NEOLIBERALISM: “How Trump Could Bring on the Crash of 2016” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann, and Richard Wolff ☮

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses Trump’s economic and trade policies with economist and professor Dr. Richard Wolff. If Trump cuts taxes and ramps up defense spending, the U.S. could be looking at a shift back to Reagan-era economics.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Trump on the Couch with Dr. Justin Frank, MD” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Big Picture Interview: Dr. Justin Frank, MD,, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science-George Washington University/Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Is Donald Trump crazy or craxy like a fox?

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Welcome to America – Land of Fake News and a Fake President” / Big Picture Progressive Roundtable / Thom Hartmann, Kai Newkirk, and Sarah Badawi ☮

Big Picture Progressive Roundtable: Kai Newkirk, Democracy Spring/99Rise & Sarah Badawi, Progressive Change Campaign Committee(PCCC). Fake news is now literally putting people’s lives in danger.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Ralph Nader: This Could Be the Most Serious Event in American Political History” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Big Picture Interview: Ralph Nader, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think. If Donald Trump’s election represented anything – it was the complete and utter repudiation of the Clintonite Democratic establishment. Are we about to witness a permanent realignment of the parties?

WHITE-WING CONSERVATIVE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: “Why Isn’t There Wall-to-Wall Coverage of the Kansas Crusaders?” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Thom compares the media coverage of the arrest of three men in Kansas who were plotting to harm immigrants with coverage of previous events perpetrated by Muslims. Is the difference in coverage a reflection of the media’s views on race?

AMERICAN HISTORY: “Support Indigenous Rights by Abolishing [Catholic] Columbus Day” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Deborah Menkart, Teaching For Change/Zinn Education Project & Daniel Ruiz, Capital City Public Charter School, joins Thom. On Monday – millions of Americans will stay home from work and school to celebrate how Christopher Columbus committed genocide against the Taino people and launched the Transatlantic slave trade. Unfortunately – many Americans won’t know that it’s a celebration of genocide – because many Americans still don’t realize what actually happened when Columbus quote “discovered” America. Fortunately there are efforts moving forward across the country to celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” instead of Columbus Day – with Phoenix, Arizona being the most recent city to recognize Indigenous People’s Day.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Will Mike Pence Get the Tough Questions in Tonight’s VP Debate?” / Thom Hartmann ☮

Thom talks about the upcoming Vice Presidential debate and asks whether the moderator will ask Mike Pence about his views on women’s reproductive rights, climate change, or evolution.

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POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXECUTIONS: “How Did Our Police System Become So Dangerously Racist?”/ The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann, Mike Papantonio ☮

Why are black people getting shot at an alarming rate by police officers in the United States, and why is this a uniquely American problem?  America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, answers this question with Thom Hartmann on RT’s The Big Picture.