February 27, 2014

Speaker Announcement: Thom Hartmann — Focusing on The Big Picture
Category: 2014 Event, Speaker Announcements

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is the host of the number one progressive radio show in the country. He’s also the host of the daily television program The Big Picture, writes weekly columns for The Daily Caller, Alternet and TruthOut, and is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 books currently in print. And on May 3rd, Thom will be sharing an idea worth spreading at the 2014 edition of TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood).

Ever the traveller, Thom has called many different places “home” during his lifetime—Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, and Germany, among others. In the mid-2000’s, Portland held that title. During that time his nationally syndicated radio program, which has been on the air since 2003, was aired on KPOJ, which has since transitioned to sports talk radio. Thom is now back on the Portland airwaves, broadcast by the new local progressive radio station XRAY.fm.

Thom’s roots in radio run deep—back in the 70’s he was a DJ and news director for radio stations in Michigan, where he grew up and attended school. After starting a number of successful business ventures and contributing to humanitarian organizations (most notably Salem International), Thom returned to the world of radio in 2003 when he started his own program.

Thom’s books have become just as influential as his radio program. Senator Bernie Sanders (a regular guest on Thom’s show) read from Thom’s book Rebooting the American Dream during his famous 2010 filibuster in protest of looming tax cuts and the influence of money on politics. Sanders also sent copies of that book to his 99 fellow Senators.

His book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight inspired Leonardo DiCaprio to make the movie The 11th Hour and also resulted in the ongoing documentary project The Last Hours, which investigates the dangerous climate scenarios that our planet faces and provides opportunities for people to take action in support of a healthy planet with a healthy future.

Thom has also written extensively on the subject of ADHD. His book ADD: A Different Perception helped spark a national debate on the still-hot topic. Though described as a “disorder,” Thom views the behavior through the lens of evolutionary advantage. His books, as well as the school he and his wife founded, help children and families nurture the abilities and opportunities available to people with ADHD.

Through the conversations that he has started and the actions he has taken, Thom has shown a dedication to the public good. We’re excited to have him take the stage on May 3rd, and we hope you’ll be there with us to hear his idea worth spreading.

Doug Neill

Doug Neill is an illustrator, writer, and teacher who became involved with TEDxConcordiaUPortland because of a tweet. After a last-minute contribution to the 2013 event, he decided to join the planning team for 2014. He draws things, writes stories, and helps prep speakers to give a memorable performance on event day