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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 of experience broadcasting the news and issues of the day. Newsmakers, politicos, policy-makers, entertainers and athletes alike make MIP a frequent sojourn.

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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 of experience broadcasting the news and issues of the day. Newsmakers, politicos, policy-makers, entertainers and athletes alike make MIP a frequent sojourn.

    Things to Remember in Light of Joe Biden's "You Ain't Black" Comment with Sam Smith of Progressive Reivew

    Things to Remember in Light of Joe Biden's "You Ain't Black" Comment with Sam Smith of Progressive Reivew

    Globally, the number of coronavirus cases has started to rise again. And with 31-percent of all cases occurring in the United States, that's concerning to Sam Smith, Publisher of Prorev.com. He gets into the problematic ways some states are reopening, as well as some talk on Biden--why he thinks Elizabeth Warren is not a strategic pick for VP, and how his "you ain't black" comment serves as a reminder that we're voting for so much more than a president.


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    • 36 min
    Trump Wants It to Look Like Democracy Without Actually Being Democracy says Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast

    Trump Wants It to Look Like Democracy Without Actually Being Democracy says Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast

    Defying science and not wearing a mask are actions not just synonymous with support for Trump, but also express a specific worldview even bigger than the Donald, says Michael Tomasky, Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast in today's episode. Aside from that, Michael tells us how he thinks the country has transitioned into a "competitive authoritarianism," defined as a country that has the trappings of a democracy, but one party continues to control both elections and the country. You NEED to hear today's episode, then check out Michael's latest writing here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/author/michael-tomasky


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    • 28 min
    Rectifying Systemic Inequalities with Senator Amy Klobuchar

    Rectifying Systemic Inequalities with Senator Amy Klobuchar

    Trump is attacking vote-by-mail and early voting, and Senator Amy Klobuchar wants you to stay ahead of the curve, and she lets us know what you can do to ensure your vote is cast in November. She's also been working on quite a bit of legislation, including a bill she authored that will get new types of job training for people who are out of work due to coronavirus, as well as a bill to help struggling non-profits. She also has some questions about why Trump's henchmen are getting released from prison but others are being left to die. All that and more in today's episode with the senator from Minnesota. Producer's note: this interview was conducted just before Joe Biden's "you ain't black" comment was made public.


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    • 25 min
    Rep. Stacey Plaskett Says Dems Aren't Waiting on Mitch McConnell to Do the Right Thing

    Rep. Stacey Plaskett Says Dems Aren't Waiting on Mitch McConnell to Do the Right Thing

    60-percent of black women over the age of 65 live 200% below the poverty line. More than half of black women over 65 live with food insecurity. That's what's on Rep. Stacey Plaskett's mind right now, as she fears those vulnerable populations are falling through the cracks during this pandemic. In today's episode, she discusses this concern as well as overall food insecurity for Americans, and why Dems aren't waiting on Mitch McConnell to supply the kind of aid this country actually needs in the next stimulus package.


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    • 30 min
    Biden's VP Picks are Narrowing with Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos and Civiqs

    Biden's VP Picks are Narrowing with Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos and Civiqs

    Stacey Abrams or Elizabeth Warren -- which one should be Joe Biden's VP pick? Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs, thinks he knows which way Biden is leaning, and he shares that insight on each with us in today's episode. Markos also brings to our attention something else Dems should be aware of--polling shows our party is less unified behind Biden than we were during Hilary's 2016 run. Listen to the episode then head to YouTube for Markos' new show "The Brief."


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    • 34 min
    Subway Remains Silent on White Nationalist Incident with Igor Volsky of Guns Down America

    Subway Remains Silent on White Nationalist Incident with Igor Volsky of Guns Down America

    In North Carolina, an armed militia of stay-at-home protestors, complete with what appeared to be a bazooka, first harassed a black family walking outside, then entered a Subway for some sandwiches. Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America, wants to know why Subway has remained silent in condemning the group who have direct ties to white nationalism and a specific group that is working to start a race war. Get into the details in today's episode then head to SubwayMustAct.org to get involved.


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Skydancer72 ,

Safe Port in a Crazy, Scary, Dark and Stormy Time.

Just saw you on Ari Melber and rushed to my phone to look you up on ITunes! OMG, so glad you’re back on the air! I listened for so long with so many others as you discussed issues of the day, upcoming elections and events; I felt a real sense of loss when you left the airwaves. I look forward to learning and listening again, finding you here has MADE MY DAY! May God be with you, Mark Thompson!

Arias Are My Thing ,

Glad You’re Back

I listened to you on SiriusXM through time changes,and got up earlier to hear your beautiful baritone helping me tolerate this administration. I was delighted to discover the podcast. Great work.It helps to have good friends to help me get by in these hard times.

double -0- soul ,

Awesome

Glad Ur back boss !!!

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