Advice for New Teachers: In conversation with Richard Miller

Today we speak with our good friend Richard Miller about his (recently concluded) teaching career. As this podcast is designed with teachers in mind we thought it would be wise to bring on the best teacher we know and pick his brain. In this episode we discuss what good pedagogy looks like, why it should be easy to start good schools,  Michael Jordan's retirement, and financial advice for new teachers. Enjoy!

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Current Events: The Barren Terrain of Indonesian Politics

This week we talk with Professor Max Lane about Indonesian politics and economics. We discuss the 1965 "Red Slaughter" in which one million people were killed, the legacy of the Suharto regime, and the role the U.S, Europe and Australia continue to play in keeping Indonesians poor.  Max Lane is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. In addition to numerous academic publications, he has actively supported political change in Indonesia since the mid-1970s, and has translated work by the acclaimed Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer. He is the author of many books including Unfinished Nation (Verso).   

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Current Events: Ethiopia and Eritrea: What comes next?

In this episode with speak with Abraham T. Zere about the historic peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia. We discuss the origins of the conflict, the political and economic changes that we might expect in both countries, what life is like under the dictatorship in Eritrea, and how to report on a closed regime from exile. Abraham T. Zere is a US based Eritrean writer/journalist who is the executive director of PEN Eritrea. His articles have appeared in The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, The Independent, Africa is a Country and Index on Censorship Magazine.

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Good News: Episode 1

We are trying something new here at A Correction! Once or twice a month we will be recording a podcast where we talk about all of the good things happening in the world. People around the globe are making positive change and we think it's important to recognize that! In this episode we talk about free public transportation in Estonia, plastic-free supermarket aisles, dogs and honeybees, a wild Staten Island, and the high levels of American support for more immigration.  Let us know what you think: acorrectionteam@acorrectionpodcast.com

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Current Events: Can a billionaire turn things around in South Africa?

In this episode we talk with Niall Reddy about what to expect from Cyril Ramaphosa, the new President of South Africa. We discuss how Ramaphosa went from union leader to billionaire to president, how he plans to tackle corruption, and what the abandonment of the left by the ANC has meant for the country.  Niall Reddy is a PhD candidate at NYU and a frequent contributor to Africa is a Country

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Current Events: What lessons can be learned from Ocasio-Cortez's victory?

We talk with Professor Susan Kang about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's huge primary win over Congressman Joe Crowley. We ask: How did this happen? Why now? What does this mean for other left-wing candidates around the country? Susan Kang is an associate professor of political science at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy. Professor Kang a member of the NY citywide leadership committee of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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The Euro Crisis: Slovenia is the future

Lev and Gal Kirn discuss all of the things you ever wanted to know about Slovenia but were afraid to ask. They talk about the recent election, Yugoslav partisans in WWII, historical revisionism in the Balkans, and the powerful myth of Slovenia as Switzerland East. Professor Kirn is a political theorist and researcher at TU Dresden. He is the author of several books, including Partisan Ruptures and Contradictions of Market Socialism in Yugoslavia. In his home-town Ljubljana, he is engaged in the Workers-Punks’ University. 

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The Euro Crisis: Greece and the euro: When you can't leave and shouldn't stay

We talk to Alexandros Alexandropoulos about the economic and political situation in Greece today. Our discussion covers the origins of the Greek economic depression, life under austerity, and why it was impossible for Syriza to Grexit. Alexandros Alexandropoulos has taught politics and political philosophy at SciencesPo Paris, LSE, and Kings College London. 

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The Euro Crisis: What does a populist Italy mean for the EU?

In this episode Lev talks with historian David Broder about Italy and the future of the European Union. They discuss origins of the Five Star party, the legacy of Berlusconi, and the rise of the hard-right in Italy.  David Broder is a historian at the London School of Economics and a contributing editor at Jacobin. 

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The Euro Crisis-So Far

The 2008 Crisis Lives On: Lev and Jon talk about all things euro! How did the crisis start? What has it meant for people across the continent (particularly the most vulnerable)? In what ways has it changed European politics? How will the crisis end? 

This season we have been exploring the ways the 2008 crisis has reshaped the world. Our thesis is that the past is not dead, that we continue to live with the effects of the '08 crisis in a multitude of ways. We are wrapping up the 2008 Crisis Lives On season this month. In addition to this episode we will air three more interviews on the euro crisis (with experts on Italy, Greece and Spain). We will come back in the fall with a new season: On Income Inequality

We will continue to produce interviews with journalists and historians from around the world on Current Events all summer. Stayed tuned!

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Current Events: Can the left survive in El Salvador?

We speak with Hilary Goodfriend about the crisis facing the El Salvadorian left in the wake of a huge electoral defeat. We discuss the major reforms undertaken by the leftist FMLN, the shortcomings of the party, the rise of the quasi-fascist ARENA party, and the impact of social and economic programs on gang violence. Hilary Goodfriend is a writer and researcher based in San Salvador, El Salvador. 

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Current Events: What's Happening in Mexico?

In this episode we are joined by Professor Christy Thornton of Johns Hopkins to discuss the upcoming Mexican elections and the general economic situation in Mexico. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the left-wing candidate, is currently well ahead in the polls two weeks out from the election. Lev and Professor Thornton talk about what to expect from a new administration, the failures of Nafta and the drug war, and how the Mexican elites are responding to the possibility of a López Obrador victory. 

Professor Thornton is an assistant research professor in sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to graduate school, she was the Executive Director of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). Professor Thornton has written for The Washington PostThe New York Times’ “Room for Debate,”  Al Jazeera AmericaThe Nation, and Jacobin.

 

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Current Events: Venezuela

In this episode Lev speaks with Professor Gabriel Hetland about the economic situation in Venezuela. We discuss President Maduro's recent reelection, the Chavez legacy, and what the New York Times gets wrong in its coverage of the country.  Professor Hetland's work on Venezuela and Latin American politics has been published in Qualitative Sociology and Latin American PerspectivesThe NationJacobin, In These Times, Nacla and teleSUR. 

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A note: From time to time we will be covering current events in addition to our regular podcasts on the economy. This podcast is primarily designed for educators and we believe that current events are an important part of any class. We hope that by interviewing experts we might gain insight about political and economic events that are happening in the world right now. We also hope that these interviews can provide some clarity when preparing lessons. Please let us know how we are doing! Thank you. 

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Current Events: What's going on in Turkey?

In this episode we are joined by Güney Işıkara of The New School to discuss the upcoming Turkish elections and the general economic situation in Turkey. Lev and Professor Işıkara talk about the aspirations and limitations of the Erdoğan regime, the depreciation of the Turkish lira, and the process of fascization in Turkey. 

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A note: From time to time we will be covering current events in addition to our regular podcasts on the economy. This podcast is primarily designed for educators and we believe that current events are an important part of any class. We hope that by interviewing experts we might gain insight about political and economic events that are happening in the world right now. We also hope that these interviews can provide some clarity when preparing lessons. Please let us know how we are doing! Thank you. 

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This has been an exciting year for us! We are producing twice as many episodes and conducting  interviews with experts from around the world. Each month, well over two thousand people (from more than 15 countries) are listening to our podcasts, providing helpful and enthusiastic feedback. We developed this podcast for educators and students two years ago and it's been more successful than we could have imagined. In the next few months, we would like to buy some new equipment and editing software, and fund trips where we can conduct interviews and create content. We think it's important to remain ad-free, so we need money. To help accomplish these goals, we are asking listeners to consider donating. You can add your contribution here. We appreciate any donation you can give.

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Special Episode: Crisis in Brazil. Update with Tamires Gomes Sampaio (Current Events)

In this episode we talk with Brazilian activist Tamires Gomes Sampaio about the political and economic crisis gripping Brazil. Tamires Gomes Sampaio is a lawyer and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in Political and Economic Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. She was the first black woman to be appointed president of the Law Students Union of Mackenzie. She is the former vice president of the National Union of Students of Brazil (2015-2017), and she advocates for the inclusion of black young people in higher education. She is currently the director of the Lula Institute. 

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A note: From time to time we will be covering current events in addition to our regular podcasts on the economy. This podcast is primarily designed for educators and we believe that current events are an important part of any class. We hope that by interviewing experts we might gain insight about political and economic events that are happening in the world right now. We also hope that these interviews can provide some clarity when preparing lessons. Please let us know how we are doing! Thank you. 

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Special Episode: What's happening in Gaza? (Current Events)

In this episode Lev speaks with Greg Shupak about the recent events in Gaza. They discuss the goals of the demonstrators and the Israeli government, the economics of Gaza, and what it means to manufacture consent. Professor Shupak teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. He writes regularly for a variety of outlets including In These TimesJacobinLiterary Review of CanadaMiddle East Eye, and TeleSUR.  He is also the author of a new book, The Wrong Story:  Palestine, Israel, and the Media, which you can order from the website of OR Books.

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A note: From time to time we will be covering current events in addition to our regular podcasts on the economy. This podcast is primarily designed for educators and we believe that current events are an important part of any class. We hope that by interviewing experts we might gain insight about political and economic events that are happening in the world right now. We also hope that these interviews can provide some clarity when preparing lessons. Please let us know how we are doing! Thank you. 

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Read Shupak's latest article on Gaza in Jacobin here.  

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On OWS: In conversation with Heather McKee Hurwitz

The 2008 Crisis Lives On: In this episode Lev talks about the roots and legacies of the Occupy Movement with feminist scholar Heather McKee Hurwitz of Barnard's Athena Center. Professor Hurwitz is working on a book about the movement entitled, The 51%: Gender Conflict and Feminist Mobilization in the Occupy Wall Street Movement. She teaches courses on Global Activism, Gender and Organizations, and Women and Leadership. 

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Occupy Everywhere

The 2008 Crisis Lives On: In this episode Jon and Lev talk about the relationship between the 2008 crisis and Occupy Wall Street. They discuss the Arab Spring, the alter-globalization movements, Black Lives Matter, the Bernie Sanders campaign, anarchism, the Situationist International, and getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. 

 

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