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Rumble with Michael Moore

Rumble with Michael Moore

By Michael Moore
Academy Award-winning filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore offers his subversive and humorous take on the issues of the day and talks to a wide range of people from comedians and politicians to the people who’ve tried to kill him. Plus various mischief with Mike’s friends, family and the neighbors who don’t work for the NSA.
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Ep. 86: Rise of the Planet of the Humans (feat. Jeff Gibbs & Ozzie Zehner)

Rumble with Michael Moore

Ep. 86: Rise of the Planet of the Humans (feat. Jeff Gibbs & Ozzie Zehner)

Rumble with Michael Moore

Ep. 197: Welcome To The Department of Restorative Justice & Redemption (w/ Dan Berger)
America's prison system is brutal, stupid and inhumane. It makes us all less safe and has a terrible impact on other parts of our society such as health care, education, and even how we treat one another. "Reform" or band-aids will not make it better - it must be uprooted, abolished and replaced. Michael Moore recently proposed a "Department of Public Safety & Compassion" to replace the existing way we do policing. In this episode, he proposes a "Department of Restorative Justice & Redemption" to replace our existing Prison Industrial Complex. He is joined by Dan Berger, a scholar who has studied prison abolition for several years. They talk about the never-discussed constituency in America called "the criminalized majority," how cruel behavior in society is often taught by cruel institutions (like prisons) themselves, and what they would do if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered. WHOA! Listen to the RUMBLE episode on Mike’s Department of Public Safety & Compassion here: The Organizations Dan mentioned: Common Justice Critical Resistance Survived & Punished Detention Watch Network Prison Policy Initiative Read Dan's Books: Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States Music in the episode: Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Watch the Martin Scorsese/Fran Leibowitz Doc Series Michael Mentioned "Pretend It's A City"
June 17, 2021
Ep. 196: "Warren Buffett Is Living Off YOU" (w/ Anand Giridharadas)
The private tax returns of America's wealthiest few individuals were just leaked to the non-profit journalists at ProPublica and they reveal an American plutocracy that has completely avoided paying personal taxes. We already knew that the wealthiest corporations were able to maneuver the tax code to their benefit, but the levels at which the ultra-wealthy are able to avoid taxes is maddening. And it is all LEGAL. Michael is joined by journalist and author Anand Giridharadas to discuss how they've been able to rig the system, why this is Exhibit A for why we need a wealth tax, and why so many working class Americans have been indoctrinated into supporting the rich and being against taxing them more. Plus, Michael responds to your emails about his proposal for The Department of Public Safety and Compassion. You can reach him at: Join Michael Moore's Email List! Sign up for Anand's Newsletter! ProPublica: The Secret IRS Files Inside the Tax Records of the .001% Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax You May Be Paying a Higher Tax Rate Than a Billionaire Listen to Episode 194: Welcome To The Department of Public Safety & Compassion Music in the episode: "Money" - Pink Floyd Special offer for Rumble listeners: Get 15% off Raycon Earbuds!
June 11, 2021
Ep. 195: The Graduate (High School Valedictorian Speech Edition) (w/ Paxton Smith)
In Dallas, Texas last week, 18 year-old high school valedictorian Paxton Smith decided at the last minute to throw away her school-approved graduation speech to address a new Texas law signed Republican Governor Greg Abbott that would make all abortions illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Video of her 3-minute speech has gone viral and caused a rumble - so she joins Rumble with Michael Moore to explain how she summoned the courage to deliver that speech, how positive the reaction has been, whether she defines herself as "politically active, and the best advice she's received since going viral. Finally, Michael Moore is confused as to why Joe Manchin was sitting behind the legendary Joan Baez at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night singing along to "We Shall Overcome" to honor her when it is Joe Manchin's intransigence, selfishness and greed that needs to be overcome. Weirdest TV moment of the year. Special offers for Rumble listeners! You can get 25% off when you go to and use code RUMBLE at checkout. Get 3 extra months of Express VPN for free. Visit
June 9, 2021
Ep. 194: Welcome To The Department of Public Safety & Compassion
The billions of dollars that currently go to police departments across America are NOT contributing to the safety, health and well-being of our citizens. It's time to re-imagine how we think about "public safety" and "law and order." As police budgets continue to increase (despite calls to defund the police), Michael Moore shares a proposal for the creation of The Department of Public Safety & Compassion in every town in America. Rather than attempting to solve human problems by sending in men with badges and guns, we need to dismantle this anachronistic armed wing of the patriarchy and have a department that will serve and truly protect the public from the real dangers in our society: hunger, the lack of clean drinking water, mental health needs, insufficient healthcare, opioid addiction, inadequate public schools, etc. What if we had Public Safety officers whose sole job was to aid the homeless, the unemployed, the addicted, the mentally ill? Don’t they deserve to be protected? From us? Won’t every neighborhood be better off if those suffering in a society fueled by greed, racism and inequity were helped rather than jailed, abused and abandoned? Wouldn’t there in fact be less “crime” if we chose to attack the real crimes and the true criminals who’ve created these appalling conditions? Instead of a militarized police state, what if we built a compassionate state staffed by those with love in their hearts and the knowledge of how to provide the actual help people need when they call 911? Defund the police? De-police the police! Every neighborhood deserves better, much better. It’s the 21st century, folks. C’mon. You can share your ideas for the Department of Public Safety & Compassion with Michael at or leave him a voice mail at the link below. In theaters now! Watch "All Light, Everywhere"
June 5, 2021
Ep. 193: Baratunde Thurston, Civics Teacher
Michael is joined by writer, thinker, comedian and podcaster Baratunde Thurston for a conversation about the fragility of American democracy, the purposeful dumbing down of the citizenry, the lack of civic education in American schools and what we all must do about it. Michael also responds to listener emails about his conversation with "Exterminate All The Brutes" director Raoul Peck. Listen to Baratunde's podcast "How To Citizen with Baratunde" Baratunde mentioned a Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden. Watch Marshall Curry's short doc on that event, "A Night At The Garden" Watch Raoul Peck's "Exterminate All The Brutes" Music in the episode: "American Idiot" - Green Day Underwriters: Special offer for Rumble listeners. Get 15% off Raycon Earbuds! Try Gabi to check if you've been overpaying for home and auto insurance. It's free!
June 2, 2021
Ep. 192: Raoul Peck's "Exterminate All The Brutes" (w/ Raoul Peck)
Filmmaker Raoul Peck has made one of the most audacious films to air on American television. The documentary series titled "Exterminate All The Brutes" tells the brutally honest history of colonialism, genocide and white supremacy, and dismantles the Eurocentric framework through which history is normally taught. He joins Michael Moore for a conversation on how this film got made, and what it has to say about the power of ignorance, the preservation of privilege and how the only way to upend all of this is for each of us to join the fight and never give up, no matter the consequences. Be sure to watch this profound and earth-shattering movie (now on HBO on demand and Max). Watch "Exterminate All The Brutes" on HBO: ...and let Michael know what you think: The three history books that Raoul Peck bases the film on: "Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History" By Michel-Rolph Trouillot "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz "Exterminate All The Brutes" By Sven Lindqvist The other book Raoul mentions in the episode: "Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities" By Mahmoud Mamdani Music in the episode: "White Man" - Queen "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - Wyclef Jean
May 29, 2021
Ep. 191: Everybody In The Pool! w/ Heather McGhee
How is it that the richest and most powerful country in the world can't provide even the most basic of human needs for its citizens? What has been holding America back when much poorer countries are able to provide a more stable social safety net? Heather McGhee, one of our most thoughtful economic and policy thinkers has a new book out explaining that racism -- specifically the fear by white Americans that any gains by Black Americans come at their expense -- has reliably turned the majority of white Americans AGAINST government programs that would help all Americans for fear that it would be beneficial to people of color. She joins Michael to discuss what we can do to overcome this decades-long propaganda campaign that has afflicted white America, and how the idea of a "solidarity dividend" can unite a multi-racial, cross-class coalition to take on concentrated wealth and power and build a better country. Read Heather's book: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Watch Raoul Peck's "Exterminate All The Brutes" - Peck will be on Rumble on Friday, May 28 Music in episode: "If I Ruled The World" - MILCK Special offer for Rumble listeners. Get 15% off Raycon Earbuds!
May 21, 2021
Ep. 190: Tax Day In America... Time To Fund The Killing Of More Palestinians!
As the decades-long ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland by Israel has intensified over the past week, Michael Moore shares his thoughts on America's culpability in funding these atrocities. He also recounts his trips to the Occupied West Bank and Gaza in the 1980's, his history of activism with Flint and Detroit's large Jewish and Arab populations, and why the U.S. government must stop funding Israeli apartheid and violence. Michael also shares his concerns with the dangerous announcement by the CDC to loosen the mask standards when only one-third of Americans have been vaccinated, plus the scary news that the conservative Supreme Court will be taking up a new abortion case that might continue to weaken a women's right to choose. B’Tselem (The largest human rights group in Israel) "A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid" Human Rights Watch "A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution" Watch: Rep. Rashida Tlaib's Speech on the House Floor on Israeli Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing Contact the White House and Tell Them To Stop Funding Israeli Apartheid and Violence
May 18, 2021
Ep. 189: "We Are So Damn Fortunate" -- The End of COVID Could Come If You and I Convinced Everyone We Know To Get Their Shot (with Dr. Eric Topol)
A new report claims that U.S. and worldwide COVID deaths are actually much higher than the official numbers: over 900,000 deaths in the U.S. (as opposed to the official count of 574,000) and nearly 7 million worldwide (twice the official number of 3.24 million). This virus has ravaged the world and upended all of our lives. And we still can’t get the truth? However, as we live through an historically deadly pandemic, we are also living through one of the greatest scientific and medical breakthroughs in history. As Dr. Eric Topol tells Michael Moore, "we are so damn fortunate." In record time, we have developed multiple, extremely effective vaccines that are reaching millions of arms, that cause very limited side effects (and no side effects for the majority of people aside from a sore arm), and it's free. We have an unbelievable opportunity to crush the virus, severely limit the havoc it causes us all, and get back to living healthy lives. Without these amazing vaccines, we'd be staring down several more years of death and destruction. But thanks to these medical and scientific breakthroughs, we stand a fighting chance if we all continue to get vaccinated! Dr. Topol, who is the Executive Vice President of Scripps Research, one of the most important medical research institutions in the world, helps Michael put this all into perspective and clears up myths about the vaccine and about "herd immunity." Finally, some truth! And some true hope. Follow Dr. Topol on Twitter: Music in episode: "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers "Shots" - LMFAO & Lil Jon Special offer for Rumble listeners. Get 15% off Raycon Earbuds!
May 14, 2021
Ep. 188: How to Convince Joe Manchin to Do the Right Thing
Due to the 50-50 split in the United States Senate, the fate of all critical legislation and of the Biden Presidency itself, lays in the hands of West Virginia's conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. And Senator Manchin has made it very clear that he intends to use this power for all it is worth. Fine! Good! In this episode of Rumble, Michael Moore encourages Senator Manchin to go ahead and use that power, but do so for the good of the people of West Virginia. Bring home the bacon! High-speed internet! More funding for research at West Virginia University! Help for those suffering from opioid addiction! Job training and jobs for former coal workers! Michael also shares his love and appreciation for the state and its people. West Virginia has a rich history militant union action. The state also happens to be very poor. There are so many good, helpful things that Senator Manchin can deliver to the state of West Virginia if he wants to use his power wisely. Hasn’t anyone from the White House called Manchin and simply said, “just tell us what you want— and it’s yours!” Call Senator Manchin's office and encourage him to give Biden the votes he needs - but do it in return for getting a bunch of good stuff for the people of West Virginia! 202-224-3954 202-225-3121 Listen to Michael Moore & Pulitzer-winning Heath Policy writer Laurie Garrett on How To Defeat Covid: Music in episode: "Hey Joe" - Jimi Hendrix "Country Road" - WVU Band Special offer for Rumble listeners! For high-quality video conference technology, try SignalWire: Go to and use the code "Moore" for a free 30-day trial!
May 11, 2021
Ep. 187: It’s Like Herding Americans! How To Defeat COVID This Year (w/ Laurie Garrett)
Michael is joined by public health expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Laurie Garrett to discuss the new reports that the United States of America will never reach herd immunity to the coronavirus. President Biden seemed somewhat defeated when he had to announce recently that we will have to settle for 70% getting just one shot by the 4th of July. They discuss how each of us are the most important ambassadors for total vaccination success. If 200,000 Average American citizens who are listening to this podcast each convince 10 people to get their shots — BOOM! Yes, there is a small portion of the American public who will simply refuse to get the vaccine and whom we cannot reach. However, most of the people avoiding vaccination have fears and skepticism — and each of us can help convince them with our support, encouragement, kindness and love. President Biden — don’t give up on us. We’ll get millions of those sleeves rolled up by summer! Music in the episode: "All Together Now" - The Beatles "All Together Now" - Andre 3000 Special Offer for Rumble Listeners: Get 3 extra months of Express VPN for free. Visit Try Gabi to check if you've been overpaying for home and auto insurance. It's free!
May 7, 2021
Ep. 186: Biden Our Time
Joe Biden is an unlikely savior. Nothing in his past indicated there was a second coming of FDR on its way. However... WTF is going on?! Elected President at a time of transformational change in America, he has chosen to read the political winds — and those winds have shifted left. The progressive worldview is in ascendance, and the demand by the American public for a big, active government that serves the needs of the American people is what the majority wants. Contrary to what he's done throughout his political career, Joe Biden is not punching left, but riding the progressive wave. And it is looking really, really good. While it's too soon to paint a full picture of the Biden presidency and whether this political change will last, Michael Moore shares candid thoughts about being shocked by how Biden has governed, asks leftists to understand and acknowledge political victories that are occurring, and also notes that there will be serious political battles ahead. He also shares a story of the first time he met Senator Biden in 2004, and makes an open, public plea to the President to keep delivering for the people, keep following his conscience, and keep telling Republicans and Larry Summers to fuck off. Music in the episode: "100 Days, 100 Nights" - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
April 28, 2021
Ep. 185: Oscar Time With Michael Moore
In spite of the hard times the film industry has faced during the pandemic, there have been many excellent films released over the past year. For Oscar weekend, Michael Moore shares his thoughts on all the nominated films, plus some of his favorite films that we're not nominated, such as "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," "Palm Springs," "The Invisible Man," "First Cow," "The Assistant," "The Invisible Man," "EuroVision Song Contest" and "Driveways." Michael also discusses the state of the film industry and the prospect of us all getting back to the movie theaters once the pandemic is behind us. Watch all the Nominees for Best Short Film here: Mike's Birthday Message: Watch: Mike's Birthday Stop #1 at Strawberry Fields Watch: Mike's Birthday Stop #2 where the first movie was shown to the public in the U.S. in 1896 Rumble listeners get a free 30-day trial to Audible! Go to: or text "RUMBLE" to 500-500 Raycon Earbuds 15% off!
April 25, 2021
Ep. 184: EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM — Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
It took only 10 hours of deliberations for a Minneapolis jury to find former police office Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. The decision was swift, overwhelming, obvious, and yet, somehow, shocking. Maybe it should not have been such a shock that jurors in the political district that elected Rep. Ilhan Omar to Congress (twice) made the right decision. However, as Michael Moore explains in this EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM episode of Rumble, it is not normal for these cases to go the right way. He shares his feeling of total shock, plus his warning to white Americans and police officers who do not want to see America change into a more diverse, just, and equitable society. He also explains how this one act of accountability is not the massive, revolutionary change we need to address white supremacy, criminal justice reform, and anti-Black racism. Finally, he pays tribute to Darnella Frazier, the courageous teenager who filmed the the Chauvin murder with a steady hand and a lot of gumption. Watch: Biden's Call With The Floyd Family After The Verdict
April 21, 2021
Ep. 183: Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and "Mank" Producer Eric Roth
Eric Roth is one of the most successful Hollywood screenwriters of our time. His writing credits include  “A Star Is Born," “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Munich,” “Ali,” “The Insider,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Postman,” and the film for which he won an Academy Award, "Forrest Gump." He's also written two of the most highly-anticipated films coming later this year: the science-fiction drama "Dune," and the Martin Scorcese-Leonardo DiCaprio-Robert De Niro collaboration, "Killers of The Flower Moon." His most recent film, MANK, is one that he produced, and it's up for an Academy Award for Best Picture (among several other nominations) at the Oscars later this month. Roth joins Michael Moore to discuss making MANK with his close collaborator and best friend, director David Fincher, how "Killers of The Flower Moon" may be "the last movie of its kind," what to expect from "Dune" when comes out, his screenwriting advice, and his guilt about making "House of Cards" which helped catapult streaming as the #1 way we watch movies now.  They also share their thoughts on the importance of preserving the theatrical experience, the closing of the ArcLight Cinerama Dome, and the future of cinema. Watch Oscar-Nominated MANK Watch the other Oscar-nominated "Time" Watch "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Music in the episode: San Simeon Waltz - from MANK Original Score - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Shallow (From A Star Is Born/Live From The Oscars) - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Special offer for Rumble listeners! For high-quality video conference technology, try SignalWire: Go to and use the code "Moore" for a free 30-day trial!