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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 and Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs, is back with a discussion on the takeaways from Biden’s meeting with Putin. On the topic of Senator Joe Manchin, Mark shares some of what he learned on the ground from locals while attending the March on Manchin, and voting rights are on their minds. Markos fills us in on the k…
 
Mark is on the road with Black Voters Matter, as they recreate the historic 1961 Freedom Rides and to fight for voting rights and against voter suppression. In today’s travels, Mark talks with Tennessee State Senator Brenda Gilmore on what they are doing in the state to protect voting rights, including restoring that right for convicted felons. But…
 
It took 2 years and six months for slaves to learn of their freedom--because what we know all too well in this moment, is that passing legislation is often more symbolic than it is transformative. As Juneteenth is now recognized as a federal holiday, we must be reminded that actual justice does not come with the signing of a bill, it comes with per…
 
21 House Republicans voted against awarding Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded at the Capitol on January 6th, and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett knows they did that because it would force them to admit there was an insurrection. Since they’re still denying that truth, Rep. Plaskett explains how things have changed on the h…
 
Today you’ll hear a compilation of interviews Mark collected on the ground at the March on Manchin, led by the Poor People’s Campaign with Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis at the helm. He speaks with lifelong residents of the state who voted for Senator Joe Manchin and has left them angry and disappointed. And now, they’re on his …
 
Yesterday, Mark was on the ground in West Virginia, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Poor People’s Campaign, to march on the office of Senator Joe Manchin following his hypocrisy and lack of support for voting rights and access. Mark speaks with his constituents who are angry with the man they elected for failing to …
 
The press coverage of Vice President Kamala Harris’s first trip overseas has been largely negative, which comes as no surprise to Eric Boehlert, Writer and Publisher of Pressrun.media. Not surprising but no less disappointing that they’re framing it as a failure without considering the larger picture, which he explains in today’s episode, and notes…
 
DeRay McKesson is an activist, organizer, former teacher, podcast host (Pod Save the People) and leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement. In today’s episode, DeRay hits us with the data on police murdering civilians, and helps us understand what is actually collected and tracked--and, perhaps more importantly, what isn’t. DeRay also draws …
 
Senator Joe Manchin met with civil rights leaders to discuss the voting rights bill, but he remains opposed (despite the fact that he initially co-signed it). Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs and host of podcast “The Brief,” attempts to unpack Manchin’s recent hypocrisies. Markos also gets into the Wuhan lab leak and Biden’s call fo…
 
Randi Weingarten is President of the American Federation of Teachers, and she recently made an appearance on Fox News that got quite a bit of buzz. Fox News Host Martha MacCallum pressed Randi on the legitimacy of the 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Randi responded by saying she believes in the 1619 Project and also suggested that Fox has …
 
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month, and we’ve got our resident expert back on the show to honor the month and discuss where we’re at with congress and gun safety laws. Igor Volsky is Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of “Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,” and he has a very specific challen…
 
The May jobs report is here and Chad Stone, Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is back for our monthly chat where he breaks it all down and explains exactly where we stand in our recovery since slipping into a recession in 2020. Chad says we are definitely heading in the right direction, but it’s not going to simply be a…
 
The May jobs report is out today, and Mark is joined by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to reflect on the disappointments from April and discuss where we stand now over a year since the pandemic began and our economy fell into recession. Executive Producer: Adell Coleman Producer: Brittany Temple Distributor: DCP Entertainment For additional content: m…
 
Republicans used the filibuster to squash a bill that would have created a commission to investigate the deadly insurrection on January 6th. Now, Speaker Pelosi is floating the idea of an independent investigation--so what could happen next? Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs and host of podcast “The Brief,” explains that, while there…
 
America is the wealthiest country in the world and yet our federal paid leave, or rather, lack thereof, comes up way short in comparison to other countries. Carol Joyner is the Director of Labor Project for Working Families and in today’s episode, she explains that we’re at a pivotal moment in our country’s history where we have the potential to pa…
 
Racial injustices in the criminal justice system are front of mind for many people today, but one element of that system is not discussed nearly enough, says author Jonathan Rapping, and that’s public defenders. Jonathan is a criminal defense attorney and author of “Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice,” where …
 
Throwback episode! While you enjoy your Memorial Day, we’re bringing you this panel discussion from March 2021. As more people gain access to the coronavirus vaccine, this panel discussion provides insight from leaders of both medicine and faith. Moderated by our own Mark Thompson, the panelists explore how the vaccine works, community fears and he…
 
Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters for America, is back to MIP for an update on what the conspiracy factory known as Fox News is up to -- especially since the latest campaign to get companies to divest from the media conglomerate. Also on today’s agenda is CNN finally sending Rick Santorum packing for his inaccurate and racist comments on …
 
What’s Senator Joe Manchin getting in the way of this week? Markos Moulitsas is back for #ThursdayKos and he gives us the update on Manchin gumming up the works on the filibuster, infrastructure, and more. Mark and Markos also take a look at another senator, admittedly with more fondness, as they discuss Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s moves to hold big co…
 
It was announced last week that the Supreme Court would be taking up a case on abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and major collective concerns were raised. Here to address those is Morgan Hopkins, Director of Political Strategies at All* Above All, an organization dedicated to their 4-part BOLD Action Plan in the continued fig…
 
Scott Dworkin is the Co-Founder of the Democratic Coalition and Host of podcast “Dworkin Report.” He also founded the Impeachment Task Force, which makes him the perfect person to talk to on the latest Trump news, this time courtesy of New York Attorney General Tish James, who announced her office’s criminal investigation into the Trump Organizatio…
 
Ari Berman is the Voting Rights Reporter for MotherJones, and he received an exclusive scoop via leaked video that shows the leader of a top conservative group bragging about being the architects behind the new voter suppression law in Georgia--and they’re doing the same thing with similar bills across the country (story/video link below). These we…
 
Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs, is here for his weekly installment of #ThursdayKos and as usual, there’s a boatload to cover. First up is how North Carolina police are gaslighting us over the video footage of Andrew Brown’s murder. Markos also gives his thoughts on Republicans changing their tune on the insurrection of January 6th…
 
We’ve pulled this never-before-aired interview with Nafessa Williams from the vault (recorded in 2020 prior to her filming season 4) to hear from Thunder herself as the incredible series Black Lightning comes to a close next week, and Nafessa finishes her reign as the first Black lesbian superhero. Mark and Nafessa talk about the days before she wa…
 
John Judis an Editor-at-Large at Talking Points Memo, as well as a journalist and author of his latest book (out now), “The Politics of Our Time: Populism, Nationalism, Socialism.” In today’s episode, he joins Mark to discuss the intersections and differences between the three and which of them he believes have plateaued as a movement (for the time…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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