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  • Economic Update: Recent Economic History

    Updates on Wisconsin's public employees, the GRAT tax evasion, and the last 50 years of the "War on Poverty." Major discussions of the FED's "taper program," the Boulder, CO vote to produce electricity production itself, and evaluating 20 years of NAFTA. Response to emailed question on AIG bailout and its results.

  • Economic Update: There Are Alternatives

    Updates on dangers in anti-bacterial soap, South African union to start socialist party, Germans retire abroad, billionaires' whims shape health care. Major discussions of Obamacare and alternatives to capitalist bank scandals. Responses to emails on worker coops in US and on "regulated Capitalism."

  • Economic Update: Crisis Hits Puerto Rico

    Updates on bee-killing pesticides; movements against austerity and inequality in Chile, New York, and Italy; university presidents’ 6-figure pay packages vs adjuncts’ exploitation; rejecting pay cuts, Minnesota’s orchestra reforms as worker coop. Interview NYU Prof. Juan Flores on deepening economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Response to questions: (1) bitcoins and (2) exceptions to constitutions that “guarantee” contracts.

  • Economic Update: Struggles over the Welfare State

     

    Updates on tentative budget deal in Congress, psychiatrists refusing insurance, and austerity's terrible toll on Ireland. Interview with Yale History Prof. Jennifer Klein on rise, fall and possible rise again of the US welfare state and organized labor. Response to questions on possibilities of worker take-over of Boeing in Seattle.
  • Economic Update: Capitalism's Inequalities

    Updates on Detroit's and Illinois's attacks on public employee pensions, minimum wages, tiny middle east oil countries take over global air travel, job openings vs unemployed, and companies' profit-driven hustles of dangerous flame-retardant chemicals. Major discussions of (1) redistribution policies versus not distributing unequally in the first place and (2) Capitalism's uneven development. Response to emails on free trade's consequences, robotics/less labor versus doing labor differently, and government repression against opponents of austerity policies.

  • Economic Update: Giving Thanks?

    Updates on seriously wrong solutions for real economic problems (in Hawaii and at Walmart), 10 big companies paying the lowest wages, Pope's assistant with strong critique of capitalism, correction on Swedish economics prize. Major discussion on the economics of organized religion and separating the issue of full employment from respecting the environment. Response to listeners on Philippine typhoon and critique of seeing "capitalism" as root of all evil.

  • Economic Update: 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.

  • Economic Update: Behind the Headlines

     

    Updates on Janet Yellen, minimum wages, Twitter, and Cuba trade embargo. Major discussions of a bankruptcy inside Mondragon and "private" universities that aren't. Response to questions on full employment and inflation.  
  • Economic Update: What Price Capitalism?

    Updates on big bank's manipulation of foreign exchange market, Ireland pays for bank bailouts, big pharma guilty of "recklessly  endangering health, new book on US poverty. Major discussions of economics education as Manchester University students protest, unemployment and falling share of labor in total national income. Response to frustrated listener's question about obstacles to needed change with focus on DiBlasio mayoral victory in New York and Richmond, CA mayor's use of eminent domain.

  • Economic Update: Banks and Austerity

    Updates on Goldman Sachs charity/PR, bank scandals, housing "recovery" exposed, suicides rise in Kansas, and Benedictine Nun leads new anti-austerity party in Catalonia. Major discussions of public banking (as in North Dakota) and the basic analysis of continuing "austerity" policies around the world. Response to questions on nature, impact, and injustice of US property taxes. 

  • Economic Update: Economics in the News

    Updates on big banks' misdeeds, inadequate health care, the social costs of low wages, and Nobel prizes in economics. Major discussions about poverty and education and important economic events on Bolivia (workers taking over enterprises), Spain (indignados form new political Party X), and China (raising value of yuan to change China's and world's economy). Response to questions on (1) how Great Recession affects retirees and retirement, and (2) latest data on the highest incomes in US.

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