Learning from History
Updates on key economic causes of Obamacare difficulties, risks of global deflation, Madrid’s garbage strike, and the $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan Chase. Interview with Prof Sheila D. Collins on new book about lessons from the New Deal for today’s crisis. Response to listeners on super PACs and issues of socialism.
Updates on buying politics, an adjunct's story, women in the US economy, and cutting mental health spending. Major discussions of "debt ceiling" maneuvers in Washington and meaning of Bangladesh workers' demonstrations. Response to listeners on the meanings of cutting need-based state help for students and San Jose, CA's fiscal crisis.
Updates on G-20 absurdities, Walmart's peculiar "buy America" campaign, UK plans to sell post office, luxury apartments with separate entrances for rich and poor, even more bank outrages. Interview with Steve Lambert, socially engaged artist. Response to questions on defining capitalism and latest Census data on US households.
Updates on privatization scandals in Greece, wild dogs roaming Detroit, criminalizing the homeless in South Carolina, and poorer New Haven subsidizing richer Yale. Major discussion of how the crisis has impacted colleges, universities and students yielding social costs for decades to come. Response to listeners on US federal income taxes and intro to a women workers coop in Brooklyn, New York.
Update on intern's death in London, austerity and suicide, over-prescribing anti-depressants, cutting health benefits, and laying off mortgage workers at Wells Fargo. Major discussions of the economics of the richest 1% and their relation to the Democratic Party in the US. Continuing response to listeners on defining capitalism and Black Star workers coop (brewpub) in Austin, Texas.
Updates on Social Security, real wage decline, part-time work, political mavericks and others, subsidy for Walmart. Interview with Laura Gottesdeiner on foreclosure epidemic. Response to listeners on demographic change and economics.