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Reality Asserts Itself - Leo Panitch

On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Leo Panitch talks about the political culture of his family, shaped in Winnipeg's radical Jewish community before and after World War Two; Labor Zionists, Social Democrats and Communists debated and organized within the Jewish working class movement - with host Paul Jay


Reality Asserts Itself - Gabriel Byrne

On Reality Asserts Itself, actor and climate activist Gabriel Byrne speaks of growing up in a working class family that was religious, Irish nationalist and where joining a seminary made parents proud. He came to understand the injustice of the life working men like his father faced; with host Paul Jay


Reality Asserts Itself - Thomas Frank

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank author of "What's the Matter with Kansas" and "Listen Liberal", tells host Paul Jay that the Democratic Party serves the professional class and the top 10% and no longer cares about the poor or working class


Reality Asserts Itself: Trita Parsi

From Afghanistan to Iraq, the Trump administration, leading Democrats and much of the foreign policy and military establishment believe the U.S. should be more aggressive towards Iran. That's a very dangerous situation that can lead to war, noted Iran expert Trita Parsi tells Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself


Reality Asserts Itself: Troy LaRaviere

On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay talks to the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Troy LaRaviere about his new report that found systemic racial discrimination in the way Chicago Public Schools receive special education funding


Reality Asserts Itself - Sabah Alnasseri

On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion


Reality Asserts Itself - Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon of the Bernie Delegates Network says the California fight reflects a much larger struggle within the party between progressives and corporate Democrats


Reality Asserts Itself - Nina Turner

On Reality Asserts Itself, Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and leading Bernie Sanders surrogate during the primary, tells host Paul Jay that she grew up poor, believing in the Democratic Party and the Clintons but she came to understand the failure of the Party to serve the needs of the African-American community and poor white workers


Reality Asserts Itself - Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin and Paul Jay examine how 115 billion dollars in recent US arms sales and a dictatorship that helps dominate the oil rich region is the reason for the lasting "friendship"


The General's Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights - RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay that he's come to understand that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands began in 1948 and he broke with the liberal zionist belief in the "secularization of the bible" and the mission of a Jewish state; he says BDS is an effective strategy that should be supported


Reality Asserts Itself - Bill Ayers

On Reality Asserts Itself Bill Ayers joins Paul Jay to discuss his journey from an apolitical life to the militant group the Weatherman to social activism and organizing


Reality Asserts Itself - Peter Kuznick

With vague language about evil in his Hiroshima speech, President Obama essentially defended the mythology that the nuclear attack "saved lives" - says historian Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay


Reality Asserts Itself - The Occupation of the American Mind

The Occupation of the American Mind - RAI with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss their new film about the Israeli public relations campaign to influence U.S. public opinion


Reality Asserts Itself - Chris Hedges

Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the Pope's rhetoric on climate change and capitalism is a positive force or a dangerous illusion


Reality Asserts Itself - Thomas Drake

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake, a former Senior Executive at the National Security Agency, says he was targeted by the NSA because he exposed that the agency had intel that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks and because he blew the whistle on a massive secret surveillance program aimed at Americans


Reality Asserts Itself - Catarina Principe

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe talks about growing up in Portugal expecting the promise of the social state to be fulfilled, and becoming an activist in the fight against forces dismantling the achievements of the Portuguese revolution


Reality Asserts Itself - Chris Hedges

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay; in part one they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man who understood the moral imperative of revolt and was willing to pay the price


Reality Asserts Itself - Salvatore Babones

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Babones, author of "Sixteen for '16", says while he grew up in a right-wing, conservative working-class family, social science brought him to progressive public policy conclusions


Reality Asserts Itself - Robert Scheer

On Reality Asserts Itself, Robert Scheer talks about democracy, journalism and his new book, "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy"


Reality Asserts Itself - Christian Appy on Reality Asserts Itself

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy, author of "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity", discusses growing with a broad faith that America is always an indispensable and invincible force for good in the world - and the seeds of his disillusionment with Americanism


Reality Asserts Itself - Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full-page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS


Reality Asserts Itself - John Kiriakou

Mr. Kiriakou was the first U.S. government official to confirm that waterboarding was official policy. He spent 23 months in prison after being convicted of passing classified information to a reporter. He speaks to Paul Jay while still under house arrest


The Pain Doesn't Go Away

Rachel Corrie's Parents on Reality Asserts Itself


Reality Asserts Itself - Kamau Franklin

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin says that after growing up in the projects of Brooklyn, reading the autobiography of Malcolm X changed his life


Reality Asserts Itself - Mark Reutter

Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America


Reality Asserts Itself - Jill Stein

On Reality Asserts Itself, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tells Paul Jay that as a doctor/activist, she realized that the two party political system will not tolerate reform from within


Reality Asserts Itself - Irvin Jim

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Jim tells host Paul Jay about his youth and radicalization in the fight against apartheid. Mr. Jim is now the leader of the largest union in South Africa with 340,000 members, which has recently broken with the ANC and is calling for a return to the principles of the Freedom Charter


Reality Asserts Itself - Bob Pollin

Mr. Pollin tells Paul Jay the most likely scenario is that the level of CO2 carbon dioxide emissions are going to be twice the level that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says is necessary to have a chance to stabilize the climate


Reality Asserts Itself - Lia Tarachansky

Ms. Tarachansky, TRNN Israel - Palestine correspondent and former Israeli settler, tells Paul Jay about her new documentary film, On the Side of the Road


Reality Asserts Itself - Richard Wolf


Reality Asserts Itself - Deepa Kumar


Reality Asserts Itself - Phil Donahue


Reality Asserts Itself - Eddie Conway


Reality Asserts Itself - David Cay Johnston


Reality Asserts Itself - Gerald Horne


Reality Asserts Itself - Christopher Williams


Reality Asserts Itself - Heiner Flassbeck


Reality Asserts Itself - Bob Moses


Reality Asserts Itself - Robert Johnson


Reality Asserts Itself - Costas Lapavitsas


Reality Asserts Itself - Ali Abunimah


Reality Asserts Itself - Alan Robock


Reality Asserts Itself - Edgardo Lander


Reality Asserts Itself - Andy Shallal


Reality Asserts Itself - Gareth Porter


Reality Asserts Itself - Michael Ratner


Reality Asserts Itself - Medea Benjamin


Reality Asserts Itself - Danny Schechter


Reality Asserts Itself - Heiner Flassbeck


Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself


Reality Asserts Itself - Dayvon Love

Young Baltimore activist Dayvon Love tells Paul Jay how MLK's teaching that American blacks must be anti-imperialist, changed his life.


Reality Asserts Itself - Toby Jones


Reality Asserts Itself - Marisela Gomez


Reality Asserts Itself - Ralph Nader


Reality Asserts Itself - David Swanson


Reality Asserts Itself - Phyllis Bennis


Reality Asserts Itself - Glen Ford


Reality Asserts Itself - Peter Kuznick


Reality Asserts Itself - James Early


Reality Asserts Itself - Chris Hedges


Reality Asserts Itself - Max Blumenthal


Reality Asserts Itself - Glen Ford


Reality Asserts Itself - Peter Kuznick


Reality Asserts Itself - Frank Hammer


Reality Asserts Itself - Rania Masri


Reality Asserts Itself - Max Blumenthal


Reality Asserts Itself - Vijay Prashad


Reality Asserts Itself - Chris Hedges


War is Not About Truth, Justice and the American Way

Lawrence Wilkerson, Collin Powell's former Chief of Staff, reflects on his life journey from "cold warrior" to harsh critic of US foreign policy


Noam Chomsky on the economy and democracy

Plan is recycled Bush/Paulson. We need nationalization and steps towards democratization


Zinn on class in America

In the United States we are brought up to think there's only one class


Gore Vidal's America

This seven-part interview is classic Gore Vidal. Whether you agree with Vidal or not, as Martin Amis said: "Even his blind spots are illuminating."




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Paul Jay: Empires Don't Make Their Own Reality
The Real News Network Senior Editor Paul Jay explains what's behind the show title 'Reality Asserts Itself,' and discusses the promise and danger that asserts itself now

Trump and The War Within the American Oligarchy
TRNN senior editor Paul Jay discusses how the Real News covers the Trump administration as well as the struggle between those who want to 'reign in the excesses of capitalism' and those who want to destroy the 'administrative state'

Planet Will Burn Before Corporate Media Covers Climate Change as Existential Threat
Paul Jay says that the elites and their corporate media are not dealing with the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves because they think they will be ok and live by the philosophy of 'to hell with what comes tomorrow'

Donald Trump: The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches
Paul Jay says the enablers of Trumpism are the leaders of both major parties and the corporate media

Donald Trump: The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches
Paul Jay says the enablers of this surge in far right populism are the leaders of both major parties and the corporate media

Abby Martin and Paul Jay - What Should Sanders Do Next?
As Hillary Clinton becomes the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, Martin and Jay discuss the strategy of voting for the lesser evil and the potential foreign policy of a Trump or Clinton administration.

TRNN in New Hampshire: Why The Real News Went to the Primary
Senior editor Paul Jay says it's important to deconstruct what the candidates say in terms of the interests of working people

Paul Jay asks: How much do you value The Real News Network?
From our on-the-ground reporting in Greece, Ferguson and Paris, to our live coverage of the Freddie Gray protests and trial, 2015 was a big year for The Real News. We need your support to help us continue our crucial work in 2016.

A Defining Moment for The Real News
Paul Jay stresses the importance of the Real News coverage of the protests against the murder of Freddie Gray and the police and National Guard violation of people's constitutional rights

Paul Jay on TRNN's International Coverage
Jaisal Noor talks to Paul Jay about recent viewers' comments

Why Don't Americans Hear the Palestinian Voice?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

Why Does AIPAC Have So Much Power?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

Is "Democracy" a Western Construct?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

Denying Civil Rights is a Crime
Paul Jay on austerity, mass protests and mass arrests

NATO and the Libyan People are Not One
TRNN Replay - Paul Jay: We should oppose imperialist "humanitarian" interventions and dictatorships

Exclusive G-20 Report Coming
Paul Jay on TRNN interview with Ontario Ombudsman and other reports on G-20 anniversary

Toronto G-20: Will Police be Held Accountable After Scathing Ombudsman's Report?
TRNN Replay: Paul Jay: If use of "martial law" was illegal, are most arrests at G-20 also illegal?

The Tucson Shooting, Civility And The New Class War Zone
Paul Jay: Instead of using 'civility' to cover up reality, how about a people's civility intended to reveal it

How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP
TRNN Replay (first published days before the 2010 elections) - Paul Jay: Top six ways Obama and the Democratic Party allowed a resurgence of the Republicans

THE MISSING WORDS AT THE G-20 The Missing Words at the G-20
Paul Jay on the G-20 declaration - an absurd plan for the global economic crisis

The Heart of Journalistic Mythology
Paul Jay Speaks at The Labour College of Canada

Who Gave The G-20 Commander His Commands?
Paul Jay: Was the prime minister the hidden hand behind the G-20 fiasco in Toronto?

Toronto G-20 - The Shape of Things to Come
Paul Jay: Are extraordinary police powers and cuts to social safety net the G-20 plan for the future?

The Crisis Will Deepen, We Need The Real News
Paul Jay of The Real News speaks at the Von Krahl Academy, Estonia in November 2008

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