This week we discuss the rise of Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos outsold the Bible last year, his youtube videos have millions of views, but his ideas are often misunderstood. We sit down with Guy Stevenson to talk about Peterson’s appeal, Jung and Nietzsche, and the work of John Gray. Guy Stevenson is a lecturer in English Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. He specializes in literary modernism and has a book, Henry Miller, Modernism, and the Birth of the Counterculture, due out in 2019. He is currently working on a study of conservative countercultures, from Futurism to the alt-right.
We speak with Jesse Lerner-Kinglake about how we can end sexual abuse behind bars. Jesse is Just Detention International’s Communications Director. Just Detention International works inside detention facilities across the country to develop policies and programs that keep people safe from sexual abuse.
We are back for another episode of Good News! Today we talk about rural education, BDS and Airbnb, DACA and The Rhodes Scholarship, and the National Book Award winning author Elizabeth Acevedo. We also discuss our favorite organization in the world: The Brotherhood-Sister Sol and encourage listeners to support them on #givingtuesday.
We speak with Anat R. Admati about banking. Anat Admati is the George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics at Stanford. She is the co-author, with Martin Hellwig, of the award-winning and highly acclaimed book The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It (Princeton University Press, 2013; bankersnewclothes.com). In 2014, she was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and by Foreign Policy Magazine as among 100 global thinkers.
Our market economy produces trillions of dollars in wealth and provides us with ever more stuff. We are richer than any humans that have come before, and by many measures, life has never been better. In other words, the market system generally works. But periodically markets fail, and when they do the results can be catastrophic. In this Olio we will explore how market failure occurs and why market failure seems to be happening more frequently.
There are a number of ways markets fail, from externalities to asymmetric information, and the idea of this Olio is to delve into the market failures happening in real life. From crypto currencies, to online dating sites to tourists paying too much for a bottle of water, we'll explore market failures and how they directly affect us.
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Trees, ping pong, checkers, grass to lie in, fresh air, and the occasional passing freight train.
We speak with producer and musician Gabe Wax about the economics of the music industry. Gabe has had a hand in some of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past decade; from Cass Mccombs to Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, Beirut, Palehound and Here We Go Magic. Gabe won his first Grammy this year.
We speak with Malcolm Harris about his book Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, n+1, and the New York Times Magazine.
We speak with Alfredo Saad-Fihlo about the Brazilian elections. We discuss the improbable rise of Jair Bosonaro, the tragic fall of Lula and the PT, and the future of Brazilian democracy. Alfredo Saad-Filho is a professor of political economy in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London.
We speak with Nathaniel Popper about the past and future of Bitcoin. Nathaniel Popper covers finance and technology from San Francisco for The New York Times. He is the author of "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money." Before joining The Times he was a reporter at The Los Angeles Times and The Forward.
We speak with René Rojas about the rise of the “Pink” left in Latin America from the late 1990s to the present. We discuss how this movement differs from the socialism of the 1960s and 1970s, what limitations the “Pink Tide” faced, and what the future holds for the Latin American left. René Rojas teaches sociology and political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His research is on neoliberal development and politics in Latin America, where he spent years as an activist.
We speak with Professor Jack Rasmus about the 2008 financial crisis and the upcoming mid-term elections. Dr. Rasmus teaches economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is the author of various books, including ‘Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few‘. Rasmus is the host of the weekly radio show, Alternative Visions, on the Progressive Radio Network, and has written articles for various magazines, including ‘Z‘ magazine, ‘Against the Current‘, ‘In These Times‘ and others.
We speak with novelist Teddy Wayne about the economics of writing. We discuss where to live and how to pay rent, the death of reading, and how to get your kids into books. Teddy Wayne is author of Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.
We speak with William S. Cossen about the history and importance of Labor Schools. William S. Cossen is online book review editor for the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is currently working on his first book, Making Catholic America: Religious Nationalism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is a high school teacher in Georgia (and three-time Jeopardy champion).
We speak with Basav Sen about energy insecurity, the ways in which climate change disproportionately hurts poor people, and why we may need to abandon capitalism if we want to save the world. Basav Sen is the Climate Justice Project Director for the Institute for Policy Studies. His work focuses on climate solutions at the national, state, and local level that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality.
We speak with Netfa Freeman about Fidel Castro’s impact on Africa. We talk about the origins of the relationship, the development of the Pan-African movement, and the reasons why America remains fixated on overthrowing Cuba’s socialist government. Netfa Freeman was Director of the Institute for Policy Studies Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) from 2000 to 2010 and is now the coordinator for events of the other IPS projects. His writings have been published in Black Star News, Black Commentator, and Black Agenda Report, Pambazuka News, Global Research, and beyond.
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We speak with Lindsay Koshgarian about all of the things we could have if we cut the military budget (and why it’s so big in the first place). Lindsay Koshgarian is the program director of the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
We speak with Darren Baxter about Universal Basic Income. We discuss the costs and benefits of UBI, who supports it, and under what circumstances it might lead to a more equal society. Darren Baxter is a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK's leading progressive think tank.
Tobias Campbell has created a short video for our interview with Vito Laterza on Italy’s new government. He has done an outstanding job, we hope you enjoy this.
Brazilians go to the polls in less than a month. We speak with Daniela Mussi about the top candidates, the attempted assassination of poll leader Jair Bolsonaro, and the legacy of the dictatorship. Daniela Mussi is a post-doctorate researcher at the University of São Paulo and editor of October Magazine.
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