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Progressive Profiles: With New TV Show, Radio Talker Thom Hartmann Brings Substance to Style

With an entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge of history and boundless energy, Hartmann brings the singular mix he honed on national radio to the cable news airwaves.

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I nudge him. "So that means...."

"Showing up at those monthly party meetings -- those incredibly boring monthly party meetings -- and working your way up," Hartmann says.

"And that's how people get seated as delegates at the national conventions, too," I offer.

"That's important stuff," he says.

Indeed, one of Hartmann's favorite lines when talking to his progressive listeners is, " Tag, you're it."


*CORRECTION: The original version of this story misidentified the call letters of the first radio station Thom Hartmann worked at after leaving college, and the title of his book about Gottfried Müller. They are, respectively, WITL and The Prophet's Way.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.